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Spring is in the air? Well soon it will be, and a good time to take advantage of informational meetings and volunteer opportunities! Before we do that we would like to congratulate Larry Penk on receiving a Volunteer Appreciation Certificate for his service at South Terrace Elementary School in Carlton. Good job, Larry, and thank you for all you do in volunteering your time!   

Carlton County Council on Aging is sponsoring a presentation from 9:30-11 a.m. Monday, April 28, at Volunteer Services of Carlton County, 199 Chestnut Ave., Suite 3, Carlton, across from the VFW. Parking is available in the VFW parking lot. The guest speaker will be Sheriff Kelly Lake and she will speak on what TRIAD is and cover key points in preparing for disasters. There is no age limit for those who want to attend. The information shared is for all to learn from and to share. For more details, call 218-879-9238.

Volunteer opportunities through RSVP

  •  Assisted Livings: Looking for volunteers or a family who enjoy any of these activities — reading, playing games, walking, making crafts, or other activities. Time is flexible, 30 minutes to an hour, every day, once a week, or once a month.
  •  Children’s Center: If you like working with children up to Pre-K, this is a job for you! It is Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Cloquet. This position is available for one to two people depending on how often you want to volunteer each week. It could be everyday or two or three days a week. You will be helping with lunch set-up, reading stories to the children, sitting at the table and assisting preschoolers with their lunch, help with lunch clean-up, and doing quiet activities. Lunch is provided.
  •  Chore Services: Volunteers are needed who are interested in doing snow removal, house cleaning, home maintenance, or odd jobs. Location is Carlton County and Duluth.
  •  Drivers: Volunteers are needed for transporting individuals to medical appointments, grocery shopping, and other personal business. Time is flexible, seven days per week. Mileage reimbursement is available.
  •  Guardian: Volunteer guardians are needed for adults with disabilities. Time commitment is about up to two hours per month. No experience is needed, just the desire to advocate for an adult person who may not be able to represent themselves.
  •  Meals on Wheels: Drivers for Cloquet and Moose Lake are needed to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the Carlton County area. Days are flexible, Monday through Friday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  •  Senior Surf Day: Volunteers are needed to teach an “Introduction to the Internet” class to seniors. Time commitment is once a month at the Cloquet Public Library. Must have a fairly good grasp of computers and the Internet. Training is provided.

If you are interested in volunteering, please call Volunteer Services and ask for Bernadine Atchison, RSVP Director, at 218-879-9238.

Other Opportunities

Are you interested in assisting seniors or homebound individuals as a home health aide? Please call Deb Lindamood for more information at 218-879-9238  We are also accepting applications for volunteer drivers.  Routes are local and greater Minnesota. IRS rate of mileage reimbursement is available (56 cents per mile).

Writer Bernadine Atchison is the director of the Aitkin-Carlton County Retired Senior Volunteer Program, operated through Volunteer Services of Carlton County, Inc.