Helping Out for March 30, 2014
RSVP Program of Superior/Douglas County seeks six to eight volunteers who live in Douglas County, to read to children in HeadStart classes twice a month beginning in October for the Bookworms program. The program was designed to provide free books to children in HeadStart, giving them the experience of being read to and having books of their own. This inter-generational project is part of the School Readiness Literacy program, a community and national effort to prepare 3 and 4-year-old children for the years that follow. RSVP provides orientation, training and placement. Call (715) 394-4425 for more information.
SECOND HARVEST NORTHERN LAKES FOOD BANK Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank seeks volunteers for the following positions. Call Sarah Bourcy at (218) 727-5653, ext. 110, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
- Pack backpacks: Help prepare the nearly 1,000 bags of ready-to-eat food that is distributed to children in the region through the BackPack Program. This requires regular packing of foods into 1,000 small bags. Must be able to stand, lift and bend and follow warehouse safety procedures. Evening hours are available.
- Work on site: Volunteers are needed at distribution locations to help register program participants or carry 40-pound boxes of food. Monthly distributions occur in Duluth, Two Harbors, Hibbing Virginia, Wright, Cloquet and Moose Lake. Regular monthly commitment preferred. Must be friendly, enjoy working with people, able to sit for short periods of time and/or lift 40-pound boxes of food. Wear casual, comfortable shoes and clothing. Evening hours are available.
- Food shelf: Serve as a shopping assistant or carry boxes for Second Harvest clients. Food shelf distributions occur Tues-days from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Duluth facility. Must be friendly, enjoy working with people, able to stand, lift, bend and follow warehouse safety procedures. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
- Kids’ Café: Provide a fun food activity to children, read a food related book, prepare a recipe, work in the garden or just interact with children participating in Duluth’s Kids Café programs at Damiano of Duluth. Volunteers are needed after school Monday through Friday when school is in session, and midday when school is out. Must be qualified by Kids Café agency and enjoy children.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service, is seeking volunteers across the Duluth District to help Minnesota taxpayers who are seeking assistance preparing and filing their 2013 tax returns. Volunteers do not need to be an AARP member or retiree to participate and receive free tax training and are reimbursed on a limited basis for qualified program-related expenses.
Go to aarp.org/tavolunteer8 or email Tom Griggs at email@example.com.
If your organization needs volunteers for a cause, you can make a request to readers. Send it to Helping Out, Duluth News Tribune, 424 W. First St., Duluth, MN 55802, email firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 720-4120.