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Community Connections

Bernadine Atchison

RSVP Director

The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) along with its sponsoring organization, Volunteer Services of Carlton County, wishes you and yours a happy holiday season!

As we enjoy the holidays we reflect on how fortunate we are to receive the best gift of all and that is our volunteers of Carlton County. Through our RSVP program, which engages people age 55 and older to volunteer, we have been able to set them up in a diverse range of volunteer activities. As you settle in for the holidays you may be thinking of how you can give back to your community. Here is a great opportunity to do that. Below is a list of jobs that we are actively seeking volunteers for If you do not see anything that interests you, please give us a call and we can let you know what other opportunities are available. Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

Volunteer opportunities through RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program):

+ AARP Tax Counselors -- Tax law and computer training is provided for this position. Job is February to mid-April, every Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cloquet Public Library.

+ Chore Services -- Looking for volunteers who are interested in doing snow removal, house cleaning, home maintenance, or odd jobs in Carlton County and Duluth.

+ Clerk for Thrift Store -- Sorters are needed with a commitment of two hours or more, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

+ Community Memorial Hospital - Several volunteer opportunities are available, including mail delivery, receptionist, gift shop attendant, friendly visiting, and wheelchair escort.

+ Cloquet School District -- A volunteer is needed for the Power Lunch Reading Program. This will be during the student's lunch/recess time. You will eat lunch with the student in the library/media center, and spend time sharing the fun and joy of reading. This position is available every Monday from 10:45-11:45 a.m. January through March at Churchill Elementary. Volunteer receives a complimentary lunch.

+ Drivers -- Drivers are needed for transporting individuals to medical appointments, grocery shopping and other personal business. Time is flexible, Monday to Sunday. Mileage reimbursement is available.

+ Meals on Wheels Drivers -- Deliver meals to homebound seniors in the Carlton County area. Openings are available for every day, once a week, once a month, or on call, Monday through Friday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

+ Salvation Army - Bell ringers are needed in Cloquet, flexible time, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with two-hour time slots.

If interested in volunteering, 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 or being a homemaker? Call Deb Lindamood for more information at 218-879-9238.

Christmas Day Dinner

The 20th Annual Cloquet Area Community Christmas Day Dinner will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 25 at Zion Lutheran Church, Cloquet. If you are interested in volunteering, need transportation to the meal, or to pick up a meal, call 218-879-4647 for more information.