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"It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute... that gives meaning to our lives." ~ Tony Robbins

It is often life's difficulties or a time of quandary that cause us to self-reflect. Do you happen to be in either position, and if so, are you content with what you see? Sometimes, especially as we age, we look at the upcoming chapter and wonder what is next. While at one time we had sure direction, we provided for and nurtured our families, and even served in the community for years, things somehow look different now. Yet we still have a lot of life to live. We want to seek our passions, follow our own time clock, and enjoy what we do. And, whatever we choose, we want to live life with purpose! If you happen to be in this chapter, seeking what is next and you would like some ideas of ways you can make a meaningful impact in our community, please give us a call at 218-879-9238. We are happy to share volunteer opportunities with you. We want to work with you to find just the right match. Please peruse the opportunities below; just a few are listed.

Upcoming events,

community news

Refire! — Volunteer Services of Carlton County is hosting weekly meetings, featuring a delicious buffet luncheon and guest speakers or entertainment. The meetings encourage a healthy lifestyle and are geared toward adults 55 and over, although everyone is welcome. Cost of meal is $5 for age 55 and older; $10 for all others. Please join us Mondays at noon at The Public House in Carlton. Weekly pre-registration required. Call 218-879-9238 by Friday afternoons to register. Check out Volunteer Services' Facebook page or call the above number for more information.

Carlton Wellness Center Now Open — Are you looking to live a healthier lifestyle or perhaps looking for a place closer to home to work out? Come check out the Carlton Wellness Center, 199 Chestnut Ave., Carlton. Tours are available, and memberships are being accepted. For more information, contact the Carlton Wellness Center at 218-384-1115.

Volunteer opportunities

through RSVP

Board Member — Local nonprofit seeks a board member interested in youth advocacy. Time commitment is approximately four hours per month.

Bookkeeper — Community nonprofit seeks a bookkeeper. Need to have knowledge of Quicken. Time commitment is one to two hours per month. Can serve from home.

Deliver Meals — Seeking volunteers willing to help deliver Meals on Wheels during winter months, or willing to serve as substitute. Several locations available.

Front Desk — Local hospital seeks an assistant to help with light office work and escorting patients. Morning and afternoon shifts available.

Handyman — Looking for volunteers willing to assist with occasional small handyman-type projects. Schedule is flexible.

Library Assistant — Nursing home seeks volunteer to help organize and check out materials. Time commitment approximately one hour every other week.

Visiting — Seeking volunteers willing to check in on and/or visit homebound individuals. Also seeking volunteers interested in writing letters for, or playing cards or cribbage with, assisted living residents. Schedule is very flexible.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please call Volunteer Services and ask for Cathy Niemi, RSVP director, at 218-879-9238 Ext. 102.