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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 info@vital-aging-network.org. While we will make every effort to include what you send us, space is limited.

Vital Aging Network

Various Roles
Be part of the Vital Aging Network team. The Vital Aging Network is looking for individuals who are seeking a challenge and to become part of a meaningful team. We need a variety of different skills, from writing, bookkeeping, to business planning and development, with a flexible time commitment. If you are interested please contact Mark Skeie at 651-226-9578 or mjskeie@earthlink.net.

East Side Neighborhood Services

Volunteer at Adult Day at Friendship Center
Would you like to engage with older adults and be of service to others? Become a volunteer at Adult Day at Friendship Center (across the street from East Side Neighborhood Services)! Here are a few of the opportunities:
Lunch Volunteers:
Assist with lunch set up, serving, and clean up
AM Hospitality Volunteers: Greet and escort adult day participants from vehicle to building; Serve coffee and snacks; Clean up/ help set up for next activity
AM and PM Activity Volunteers: Assist with the activity of the day including arts & crafts, sing-alongs, games, discussions, exercise and more. Help escort clients between activities and program transition times
When: Morning, noon, or afternoon times available between 9:30-2:30
Where: 1717 2nd Street NE, Minneapolis 55413
How: Call Donna at 612-781-2052 to learn more.

FamilyMeans Caregiver Support Program

Respite Volunteers
Men and women are needed to help provide a caregiver with a much needed break. Volunteers provide companionship and supervision to a senior or child that needs supervision, because of a disability, health concern, memory loss or who may just be frail. Volunteers do not provide any medical care or personal cares. Volunteers are needed days, evenings and or weekends for two to four times a month for a two to four hour shift. Volunteers do need transportation in order to get to the caregivers home and must be able to pass a criminal background check. Some needs are for just sitting with a person in their home to make sure they are safe, while others can be more interactive such as playing a game, doing a puzzle, going for a walk, and other fun activities. A 90-minute orientation is provided as well as a monthly volunteer training should you choose to attend. Volunteering can improve your physical and mental health, educate you, give you purpose, help your community, expand your friendship circle ad help you put life into prospective. For more information, please contact Dianne Vierling, FamilyMeans Volunteer Coordinator at 651-789-4055 or dvierlig@familymeans.org. www.familymeans.org.

Kids 'n Kinship

Make a difference in the Life of a Child
Kids 'n Kinship is a local non-profit agency making successful mentoring matches for over 45 years in Dakota County. Its mission is to provide friendships to youth ages 5-16 who are in need of a positive adult role model. They seek individuals, couples and families willing to spend an hour each week to provide fun, enriching and life long learning activities for youth. If you are interested in learning more about Kids 'n Kinship or becoming a mentor you are invited to attend an Information Session on Saturday, April 29 at the Robert Trail Library in Rosemount from 10:00-10:45 am, or Wednesday, May 17 at the Burnhaven Library in Burnsville from 6:00-6:45 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Rita Younger at rykinship@aol.com or 651-686-0990. More information is also available at: www.kidsnkinship.org. Mentoring is a fantastic way to volunteer---it is fun and rewarding and you can make a huge difference in the life of a child!

Help At Your Door

Help At Your Door Volunteer Opportunities :  New Name, New Services for 2017!
Help At Your Door assists seniors and individuals with disabilities to remain in their own homes throughout the Twin Cities Metro area. Volunteers are the heart of our services and assist with our grocery, home maintenance, transportation and companion care services in a variety of ways. Volunteer from home to place grocery orders, fill orders at a participating store location, help out with light fix-it or homemaker tasks, or occasionally drive clients to and from a doctor’s appointment or errand. Your help makes a significant impact on our client’s ability to stay at home. For more information, call 651-642-1892, visit helpatyourdoor.org or contact carolyn@helpatyourdoor.org.

RSVP

RSVP will connect you with great volunteering. Of our many great volunteer opportunities with partner agencies, two are:
 
Hospice Volunteer
Give your attentive presence to another: share your big heart and listening ear as a visiting companion to an assigned patient (you would not do any hands-on care). Your support can allow a caregiver some time away to run errands, visit a friend, or get a much-needed rest. Volunteers needed throughout greater Metro area. Contact Jyni at 612-704-6116 or jkoschak@voamn.org.

Adult Basic Education/English Language Learner Classroom Assistant
Brooklyn Center. Work one-to-one or in small groups with adult students for 2-4 hours a week. You will meet motivated adult learners from all over the world and gain the satisfaction of helping them meet their education goals. Contact Mary at 612-704-6114 or mary.quirk@voamn.org.

Grace Hospice Caring

Hospice Volunteer
Companion, pet therapy, vigil or 11th hour volunteers to provide 1:1 companionship to patients. Read, share memories, take walks or just be a presence to a patient and their loved ones during their hospice journey. Administrative or office volunteers to help with mailings or filing. Bereavement volunteers to help support our patient's families in the 13 months after their loved one has passed. Visit listing on VolunteerMatch for more information.

East Side Elders

Help Seniors Maintain Lawns
Work with team of volunteers to provide lawn care services to seniors in Dayton’s Bluff and Payne Phalen area of Saint Paul. Maintained lawns not only keep homes looking attractive, they also help seniors avoid fines from the city for overgrown strips of grass near the sidewalk. If you have a lawnmower and/or truck to transport the mower, you can make a huge difference in the life of a senior! Learn more.

Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging

Health Insurance Counselor
The world of Medicare can be a maze, and many seniors and persons with disabilities are getting lost! Become a Volunteer Health Insurance Counselor, and work one-on-one with individuals with Medicare in your area.

Senior Surf Day Volunteer
Teach basic, hands-on computer and Internet training to seniors who have little or no experience with computers and provide them with the skills to access information on the Internet. Classes are held at various libraries and community centers.

To learn more about these opportunities and other opportunities available through the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging or to become a volunteer, please contact Colleen Fritsch at 651-917-4638 or cfritsch@metroaging.org or by visiting metroaging.org for more information.

Roseville Area  Senior Program

Caregiver Support Co-Facilitator
The Roseville Area Senior Program (RASP) is seeking a volunteer Caregiver Support Co-Facilitator. The group meets twice monthly, 2nd and 4th Tuesday’s 12:30-2:00 pm at Fairview Community Center (1910 County Road B West, Roseville). Training and orientation are available. A co-facilitator should be out of their caregiving role for at least one year. Prefer someone who has cared for a senior loved one and has some experience dealing with dementia. Leadership experience in small group settings or in support group settings, is helpful, but not required. The co-facilitator should be comfortable asking questions and dealing with sensitive conversations. Please call the Roseville Area Senior Program at 651-604-3520 or email Norm Kunselman, coordinator: norman.kunselman@isd623.org.
 
Office Receptionist
The Roseville Area Senior Program (RASP) is seeking a volunteer Office Receptionist. The Office Receptionist assists program staff by answering the phone, greeting the public and providing information regarding the RASP, and other older adult needs and services. Assist staff with projects and activities. Once a week ½ day (4-hours). Please call the Roseville Area Senior Program at 651-604-3520 or email Norm Kunselman, coordinator: norman.kunselman@isd623.org.

Airport Foundation MSP

Various Roles
New volunteers are always welcome to join the Airport Foundation's volunteer program. A variety of positions are available, most at MSP International Airport. The program's flexible schedules and unique opportunities attract volunteers from all walks of life. Travelers Assistance (TA), including Navigators, Service Specialists and Go Guides, provides help to passengers throughout the airport. Volunteer orientation sessions will be held at the airport on Saturday, May 20 from 9:30 AM to 12 PM. Potential volunteers should submit an application form. Additional information and a link to the application.

Lyngblomsten

Art Volunteer
Let your inner artist shine by helping older adults experience the arts in multiple ways. Teaching artists from around the Twin Cities teach classes at Lyngblomsten and volunteers enhance the participant experience by being an encourager, helping with color coordination, turning pages of music, or holding a piece of clay. Days and times vary. Volunteers of all experiences encouraged to assist!

Brain Games Volunteer
Brain Games, Trivia Leader, Mind Twister, whatever you call it, it's an interactive time with older adults (average age 87) at Lyngblomsten. Lyngblomsten residents and tenants love it when a volunteer comes and leads a thoughtful game, or maybe a scrabble game, or a card game.

Gift Shop Volunteer
Where can you get a scooped ice cream cone for a dollar and a hot meal at lunch for $3.75? Anna's Café and Gift shop at Lyngblomsten! Volunteers help scoop the ice cream and run the cash register, as well as stock shelves and help customers find the "perfect" greeting card.

Visit lyngblomsten.org for more information or call Shelli Beck at 651-414-5297.

 

 

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