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Make a Difference for July 27, 2014


  • The El Dorado Bar and Grill in the Village of Oliver will offer its second annual benefit for homeless veterans beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. The event starts off with a horseshoe tournament (sign up at 11 a.m.) and includes raffles throughout the day, Karaoke set up outside and a pig roast and roast beef with all the fixings. All proceeds benefit homeless veterans.
  • Memorial Blood Centers will offer a blood drive from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday at Grand Rapids High School, 800 Conifer Drive. Call (888) GIVE-BLD (448-3253) or go to for eligibility guidelines and to schedule an appointment.

    • Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault seeks people willing to train as volunteer advocates. Volunteers attend a 40-hour training session to help them prepare to work on the 24-hour crisis line or to advocate for survivors of sexual assault who go to the hospital for medical care. Go to or call Christy at (218) 726-1442 for more information.
    • Art in Bayfront Park Art Fair seeks volunteers for its Aug. 16-17 event and will donate up to $500 for art supplies to each of the local Duluth high schools, depending upon the number of volunteers recruited. Each volunteer will have an opportunity to earmark part of the donation to go to the school of their choice. Volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to: set-up or clean-up crew; information booth; entertainment (street buskers); Kids’ Interactive Corner (face painting, hairdos); staffing booths while artists take breaks; and more. Apply online at and go to “Get Involved."
    • Here are a few volunteer opportunities supported by the United Way Greater Duluth Volunteer Center. Go to volunteer or call Paige Stein at (218) 726-4780 to learn more.
    • Lutheran Social Service Crisis Nursery seeks foster care families to provide short-term care of up to 72 hours for children whose parents are resolving crisis situations. Lutheran Social Service can license people or couples who are 21 or older, have completed a Minnesota home study assessment and passed Minnesota Department of Human Services background study. For more information, contact Leanna Hudson at (218) 626-1901, ext. 17.
    • Duluth Children’s Museum needs volunteers to help with its new Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit that runs until Sept. 2. Volunteers will serve in the Dino Corps, leading tours through the exhibit, running hands-on stations and help answer museum guests’ questions about the exhibit. Contact Aaron Slonecker for more information at (218) 733-7518 or
    • Soar Career Solutions seeks donations of Slinkies, stress balls, mini-racecars, candy and other small toys to keep clients busy during various employment-related classes. Soar also needs donations of office supplies including pens, pencils, Post-it notes, copy paper, notepads, staples and Scotch tape for its office. For more information, contact Sarah Hayes at (218) 722-3126 or
    • Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival seeks enthusiastic volunteers for its community mountain biking event Aug. 16-17. Volunteer opportunities include helping out with race registrations, water stations, finish area activities, course officiating and setup and teardown at race sites. All volunteers will receive a ticket for a beer or soda at the party Aug. 16 in Chester Bowl. For more information, email
    • Northwest Wisconsin Community Services Agency Inc. seeks volunteers to assist with meal preparation and service at Solid Rock Safe Haven, 1004 N. Sixth St., Superior. Background checks are required and volunteers must be able to lift and carry items up and down stairs. Volunteers should also be compassionate, patient and willing to work with people from all walks of life. Call (715) 392-5127 or go to to learn more.
    • The Bayfield County Causeway Mentoring Program seeks positive, caring adult volunteers to mentor youths ages 14-17. 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
    • 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 for information.


    • Face the World international high school exchange program seeks Minnesota families to host a teenage exchange students for five or 10 months in the fall. Email or call (800) 216-3223 to learn more.