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Volunteer Opportunities

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Join the Vital Aging Network Board of Directors

Board Members Needed

Are you passionate about advancing VAN's mission, programs and initiatives? Would you enjoy working to expand VAN's network? Are you able to attend monthly board meetings as well as actively participate on a task force or committee for 6 to 8 hours each month? Do you believe in VAN's Core Principles? If you answered yes to these questions, we would love to talk with you. VAN is looking to add a few more people to our Board of Directors. Specifically, we would love to add people with backgrounds in one or more of the following areas: finance, legal, fund raising, marketing. If you know of someone who would qualify for our board, please have them contact Mark Skeie at 651-917-4652 or Thank you!


Volunteers Needed in Alexandria and Willmar

Lead Children to CATCH Healthy Habits

OASIS CATCH Healthy Habits is an intergenerational program that encourages healthy eating and active living. We are looking for volunteers over 50 in Alexandria and WIllmar to lead children in the lessons and games, and/or act in other supportive roles behind the scenes. Training is provided and program snack expenses are covered. 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! Read more.

For Willmar, contact Jena Tollefson at
For Alexandria, contact Ruth Turner at


Urban Battle's Tutoring Program

Tutors for Grades 1-12

Tutors are needed to help children who are behind academically, socially, and maybe have poor attitudes. Our program tries to build the individual child's self-confidence and instill in them the belief that they have value. The program meets from 6:30 to 9:30 on Monday and Tuesday evenings at the Berean Church, 441 Rice Street, St Paul, MN 55103. Contact Geeta Vora at 763-780-8837 for more information or visit

Great River Greening

Restoration Volunteers 
Saturday, September 27, 2014
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Alimagnet Park, 211 Ridgeview Dr, Apple Valley, MN, 55124 

Great River Greening, a community-based restoration non-profit that works to secure the legacy of Minnesota lands and waters. At the upcoming restoration event, 125 volunteers will drag and stack precut trees and seed cleared areas in an attempt to rejuvenate wildflower populations that once thrived in this area before woody overgrowth and buckthorn overtook the park.  Additionally, volunteers will be needed to help with registration, lunch, photography, and as Volunteer Supervisors. Learn more.  Registration is required so sign up today!   See flyer for more details.  

Normandale Center for Healing and Wholeness

Memory Companion Team Member

Training sessions Tuesday, Septermber 30, 2014, 5:00 PM to 7:00PM or 
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
6100 Normandale Road, Edina, MN 55436

The project's goal is to provide safe and nurturing support for the person with memory loss while giving their caregiver an opportunity to take a break from his/her caregiving responsibilities. Volunteers will be trained on and matched with a person with mild to moderate memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer's disease to provide socialization, meaningful activities, and friendly visiting. Two-hour visits, every other week for 3 months, will take place in the client's home in the west metro area. Teams of 2 volunteers will be matched to a client.  To register for training, contact Marta Volbrecht, Volunteer Coordinator, at or call 952-929-1697 ext 31. 


FamilyMeans Caregiver Support Program

Male Volunteers Needed

The FamilyMeans Caregiver Support Program is in need of male volunteers to  spend time with another male senior being cared for by a loved one. The  volunteer would be asked to volunteer 2-4 times a month for 2-4 hours.  The volunteer would be providing companionship and supervision, so that  the caregiver could get a break. The volunteer would not be providing  any medical or daily living cares. Volunteers chat, play cards, go for a  walk, watch a movie, talk about sports, cars, former roles, fishing,  music you name it. Females are also needed. If you can help, please contact Dianne Vierling,  FamilyMeans Volunteer Coordinator at or call 651-789-4055.


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 Send questions to




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