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Volunteer Opportunities

Can we help spread the word about a volunteer opportunity in your organization? Send information by the 10th of the month for publication in the e-Bulletin for the next month to While we will make every effort to include what you send us, space is limited.

Vital Aging Network

CATCH Healthy Habits in Alexandria and Willmar
OASIS CATCH Healthy Habits
is a fun, inter-generational program that brings together older adults and kids to learn healthy habits for a lifetime! Through simple nutritional lessons, healthy snacks and active games, adults guide the children towards fitness in an engaging and enjoyable way. Already successful in 20 cities, CATCH Healthy Habits has been shown to increase health and well-being for all who participate in the program. In Minnesota, the Vital Aging Network has a groundbreaking opportunity to reach rural communities with a generous grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. We are looking for volunteers over 50 in Alexandria or WIllmar to lead children in the lessons and games and for other roles behind the scenes. Training is provided. It's a great way for an adult to make a difference in the lives of kids and improve their own health at the same time! Download Alexandria flyer. Download Willmar flyer.

Minnesota Senior Games

Event Assistance
The Minnesota Senior Games are looking for 500 energetic, dedicated volunteers to assist in shifts of four hours or less.  there are a variety of positions including indoors or out, sitting or standing, sports-related tasks or not.  All volunteers will receive a t-shirt and a complimentary Metro Transit pass to get to/from The Games! Sign up at: or call 952-278-8513.


Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly

Basic Training for Volunteer Companion Opportunities
Learn about Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly's history, current programs and what the future holds in store for Minnesota's older adults. You'll gain valuable insights on working with older adults, handling various situations and our practices and policies. The sessions are FREE and essential for all volunteer companions. Sessions: Saturday, July 12, 9 AM and Wednesday, July 16, 6:30 PM.   For information or to RSVP to Danielle Fehring at or 612.746.0726.


Minnesota Reading Corps and Math Corps

Reading and Math Tutors
Minnesota Reading Corps-the nation's largest state AmeriCorps program-and Minnesota Math Corps train tutors to impact students in schools across Minnesota. We are looking to place over 1,000 literacy tutors and math tutors in schools across Minnesota to commit a year of service and change the world of struggling students.

As a tutor, you will implement research-based strategies to help children believe in themselves and succeed in reading by the end of third grade, or in math by the end of eighth grade. You will receive training, a living allowance (about $484 biweekly for full-time), an education award of up to $5,645 and the reward of making a real impact in your community. Tutors who are 55 or older may choose to transfer their education award to a child, grandchild or foster child.

Give a year of service to grow our communities. Apply today to become a tutor! Go to or Strong preference is given to tutors who can start serving August 10, 2014. Send questions to


Wilder Community Services for Aging

Caregiver Peer Support
Did you take care of your parents as they were aging? Your spouse? Your partner? Your friend? Then you get it: caregiving can be challenging, frustrating, fulfilling ... If you are a former caregiver and want to make a difference in the life of a current caregiver for an older adult, then consider becoming a Peer Support (P.S.) volunteer. PS volunteers are former caregivers who are matched with current caregivers for monthly phone conversations. Volunteers understand what it means to care for someone because they have done it, and now they want to help others in their caregiving roles. Volunteers will be trained prior to being matched and are asked to commit to at least six months; volunteers can expect to spend 3-5 hours a month volunteering.  Contact Grant Watkins at  or 651-280-2504.


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