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Make a Difference for April 27, 2014

Yarn Harbor is collecting food for Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. Customers bringing in any nonperishable food item will receive a bag of yarn bits for birds soon to be building nests. Bring items to 103 Mount Royal Shopping Circle, Duluth.


* Memorial Blood Centers will offer the following blood drives across the Northland. Call (888) GIVE-BLD (448-3253) or go to for eligibility guidelines and to schedule an appointment.

Monday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at ArcelorMittal Minorca Mine, 5950 Old Highway 53 N., Virginia.

Monday: Noon to 3 p.m. at Indus Secondary School, 8560 Highway 11, Birchdale.

Tuesday: 1:30-5:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 123 Wayside Lane, International Falls.

Tuesday: 8-11 a.m. at International Falls High School, 1515 11th St.

Wednesday: 8-11:30 a.m. at the Forestland Building, 1000 Fifth St., International Falls.

Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Duluth East High School, 301 N. 41st Ave. E.

Friday: 7:30-11:30 a.m. at Cloquet Senior High School, 1000 18th St.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 10 Elizabeth Ave., Cloquet.

* The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Westside Church, 810 Second St. N.W., Aitkin.

* Sammy’s Pizza locations will donate 60 percent of sales to local Disabled American Veterans chapters on Thursday as part of restaurant’s 60th anniversary celebrations.

* Hartley Nature Center will hold its 10th annual Wine in the Woods benefit auction from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at 3001 Woodland Ave., Duluth. There will be a raffle and silent and live auctions featuring getaways, art, outdoor furniture and more. Guests will enjoy live music, hors d’oeurves from New Scenic Café, wines from Super One and beer from Bent Paddle Brewery. Tickets are $45 in advance or $55 at the door and may be purchased from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hartley Nature Center, by phone at (218) 724-6735 or online at

* The Duluth chapter of Come Unity will hold a 6K race beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Endion Station, 250 Canal Park Drive, Duluth. Come Unity is a group of humanitarian activists and the race will raise money to build clean water wells in Africa. The race distance is 6K to represent the average distance a woman or child in Africa must walk to acquire fresh water. Participants can register for $30 at For more information visit or email


* Circle of Hope seeks donations of hand-made prayer shawls and chemo caps that are knitted, crocheted or sewn. Go to, email or call (218) 464-1626.

* Neighborhood Youth Services seeks donations of gently used Halloween costumes and other clothing items for youth to have the opportunity to play dress up, make believe or put on skits. The organization seeks a variety of sizes for girls and boys ages 6-12. For more information contact Jessica Schiff at (218) 723-3523 or


* Here are a few volunteer opportunities supported by the United Way Greater Duluth Volunteer Center. Go to or call Paige Stein at (218) 726-4780 for more information.

Animal Allies Humane Society seeks volunteer docents to perform a variety of tasks, the most important being hospitality and assistance to shelter staff and visitors. Shelter docent duties include greeting the public and answering questions, giving brief tours of the shelter, escorting potential adopters into the cat room and dog area when necessary, or starting the adoption survey process with visitors interested in possibly adopting. Docents may review adoption surveys, maintain the appearance of the front lobby, assist staff with animals going home and retail sales, or with housekeeping for cats and dogs. For more information, contact Becky Mathiowetz at (218) 623-6343 or

Volunteers are needed for the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive May 10. Volunteers can serve as walkers, rovers, sorters or recycle crew members.

The West Duluth Food Shelf seeks volunteers to interview clients and pack food orders between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesdays or Thursdays at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 4831 Grand Ave. Volunteers may come in weekly or once or twice a month.

For more information on either opportunity contact Meg Kearns at (218) 727-2391 or for more information.

* 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. They must attend an 18-hour training course 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 information.

* 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 training/orientation session before starting volunteer work. Call Hilary Hintsala at (218) 728-6481 or email hhintsala@safehaven for information.