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We were privileged to have the opportunity to honor a few of our county’s senior volunteers last month at the Carlton County Fair — those who have not only served many years, but are known for their sincerity and integrity.  They are all tremendous leaders.  Congratulations to our 2015 Outstanding Senior Citizens of Carlton County winners, Rita Baresh of Moose Lake and Gerald Smith of Barnum.  Also recognized were Judy Koivisto of Cromwell, Linda Langness of Barnum and Shirley Magnuson of Moose Lake.  All have given, and continue to give, countless hours to serving their communities.  If you are interested in getting involved in your local community, and are not sure where to start, please give Volunteer Services a call at 218-879-9238. We’ll be happy to share ideas with you for volunteer opportunities in your area.

Upcoming Meetings and Events:

MIPPA – Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act/Medicare Part D & Savings Programs:   Randy Correll, a State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) counselor, will present information regarding recent Medicare Improvements and Medicare Part D, along with a Q & A time.  Please spread the word and join us at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28, at Volunteer Services of Carlton County, 199 Chestnut Ave., Ste. 3, Carlton. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Volunteer opportunities through RSVP:

  • Coffee Time – Many older adults would love to have someone come and spend a little time visiting with them or perhaps play a game of cards.  This can take place one-on-one or in a group.  Or, you can even visit via phone from the comfort of your own home.  Time commitment is very flexible and opportunities are available in various settings throughout Carlton County.

  • Enjoy reading? A local assisted living is seeking volunteers to read the local newspaper to residents who can no longer see to read for themselves.

  • Group Respite Support – Everyone needs a break now and then! Looking for individuals who may be interested in providing assistance as support personnel in a local group respite day program. Time commitment is flexible.

  • Handyman Assistance – Looking for volunteers to assist with various small home maintenance projects.

  • Housekeeping Assistance – Seeking volunteers interested in lending a hand with light housekeeping tasks.  Time commitment and schedule is flexible.

  • North Country R.I.D.E. – Volunteers are needed to assist with their therapeutic riding program.  Volunteers needed to work with clients and horses.  No horse experience is required for many positions.  

  • Number-Crunching – Do you like working with numbers? A local organization is looking for someone to help compile stats once a month.  Time commitment is approximately three to four hours per month.

  • Shopping assistance – Looking for volunteers willing to push wheelchair-bound adults and assist with shopping in Cloquet.  You can meet at the store.  Commitment is very flexible.

  • Share about your hobby or interest:  A local assisted living is seeking volunteers to come and share about a hobby, special interest, or even their career.  This is a “one-time assignment.”


If interested in getting information about, or volunteering in, one of the positions listed above, call Volunteer Services at 218-879-9238.

Cathy Niemi is the director of the Aitkin-Carlton County Retired Senior Volunteer Program, operated through Volunteer Services of Carlton County, Inc. She can be contacted at 218-879-9238.