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Helping Out for April 6, 2014


The Senior Linkage Line seeks volunteer health insurance counselors to assist seniors and help individuals make informed decisions about Medicare and other health insurance coverage, complete necessary forms and connect them with available resources. Volunteers should have compassion for seniors and be willing to work with a wide range of people. You will attend an initial 18-hour training to become certified as a State Health Insurance Program Counselor. After the training Senior Linkage Line seeks a one-year minimum time commitment to the program and four hours of service per month as needed.

Training is provided. Call (800) 333-2433, ext. 81019, for more infor-mation.


Learn about domestic violence and help women and children in domestic violence situations seeking support at Safe Haven. Volunteers are needed to provide child care and activities for children; complete intake paperwork with clients and schedule appointments with service providers; and to serve as receptionist and answer the telephone and provide support for staff and clients. A two-hour commitment between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday is required.

Safe Haven volunteers are required to complete an online application at, as well as a three-hour basic train-ing/orientation before starting volunteer work. Call Hilary Hintsala at (218) 728-6481 or email for information.


The Bayfield County Causeway Mentoring Program seeks positive, caring adult volunteers to mentor youths ages 14 to 17. Ideal candidates will be able to commit to weekly contact (two hours a week) with youths for a minimum of one year. Volunteer mentors develop and maintain a relationship and participate in recreational, cultural, educational and community service activities with youths. Volunteer trainings, monthly group activities and ongoing support are provided. Reasonable regional travel and activity costs will be reimbursed.

Call Carrie Welter, youth mentor coordinator at Causeway Mentoring Program, Bayfield County Department of Human Services, (715) 373-6144, ext. 127, or email


Lutheran Social Service seeks volunteers for the following opportuni-ties.

  • Senior companions: Volunteers are needed for 15 (flexible) hours per week to assist others in maintaining the highest level of dignity and independent living possible by visiting homebound/isolated adults, assisting with vital services such as appointments and gro-cery shopping, and acting as a caring friend. Training, small stipend and mileage reimburse-ment provided; must be 60 or older to draw the stipend. Call Peg at (218) 724-0648.
  • Caregiver respite volunteer: Seeking vol-unteers to provide in-home companionship, a safe environment and informal, nonmedical care for an elderly or disabled adult in order to give the primary care-giver temporary relief from the responsibilities of caregiving. Two- to four-hour commitment per week. Training pro-vided and mileage reim-bursed. Call Peg at (218) 724-0648.

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 or fax 720-4120.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb started as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle in August 2015. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and previously worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. He is the beat writer for the Lake County Board of Commissioners, Lake Superior School District board of education and high school sports in Lake County. 

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