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Make a Difference for Aug. 10, 2014

United Way of Greater Duluth's Big Red bookshelf is teaming up with Duluth Super One stores to hold a weeklong book drive today through Aug. 17.


* 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.

Friday: 9 a.m. to noon at Hibbing Medical Campus, 750 E. 34th St.

At the following MBC blood drives at area Walgreens locations, blood donors giving a pint of blood will receive a pint of ice cream:

Monday: 2:30-6:30 p.m. at 215 Doddridge Ave., Cloquet.

Tuesday: 2:30-5:30 p.m. at 4501 Grand Ave., Duluth.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. to noon at 5474 Mountain Iron Drive, Virginia.

Wednesday: 2:30-5:30 p.m. at 1609 Kenwood Ave., Duluth.

Thursday: 9 a.m. to noon at 1131 E. Superior St., Duluth.

Thursday: 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 18 S.E. 10th St., Grand Rapids.


* Filling in the Gaps is once again collecting school supplies for students in need in Douglas County. FIGS donates supplies to schools in Douglas county so teachers have extra for kids in need. School starts very soon and supplies already are in stores. Please consider a donation to help families who can’t afford all the supplies necessary for kids to succeed. To donate or for more information, contact Pam Rabideaux (715) 364-2363


* 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.

Duluth Children’s Museum seeks four to five volunteers to help at the 2014 Duluth Air Show on Aug. 23-24 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers can sign up for any time and do not need to be there for the whole event. Volunteers will be helping museum staff run fun activities for children at the Air Show. For more information, contact Erica Priester at (218) 733-7518 or

United Way of Greater Duluth needs volunteers to help with the Labor Day Picnic Sept. 1 at Bayfront Park in Duluth. The picnic opens at 11 a.m. and includes free hot dogs, corn and beverages beginning at noon. There will be children’s rides from noon to 3 p.m. along with a reading tent with the Big Red Bookshelf. We are looking for volunteers for the kids’ area to read for the kids and encourage them to pick a book, help run rides, assist with registration, to set-up before the event and cleanup after. Participants may volunteer as an individual or group in shifts from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Time commitment can be as little as a half-hour for the reading tent or one hour for the rides. To volunteer or for more information, contact Liz Pawlik at (218) 726-4889 or

Arrowhead Agency on Aging seeks volunteers to become community outreach educators with the Senior Linkage Line. Volunteers present information about the Senior LinkAge Line, Medicare, health care fraud and long-term care insurance to community groups. The also help by providing staffing at community events like health fairs, senior expos, conferences and other senior community events where the Senior LinkAge Line exhibits. Work will be primarily in the Duluth area, however, there are opportunities to volunteer in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis counties. Interested volunteers must complete a three-day training class in Duluth that will be Sept. 16-18. Upon successful completion of the three-day training class, volunteers will receive certification through the Minnesota Board on Aging as a Health Insurance Counselor with the State Health Insurance and Assistance Program. For more information, contact Lee Swenson at (218) 529-7539 or

Duluth Community Gardens Program needs volunteers for its weed mob. Many of the 17 community gardens have common spaces that need regular attention that mostly includes weeding. The opportunity is great for large groups to help weed an area and spend a day working outside together. For more information, contact Megan Brant at (218) 722-4583 or

* 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 also should be compassionate, patient and willing to work with people from all walks of life. Call (715) 392-5127 or go to for more information.

* The Foster Grandparent Program is recruiting volunteers to serve as tutors and mentors in the Duluth/Superior/Cloquet areas at public and parochial schools. Foster Grandparents do a variety of activities with children from helping with homework, teaching to read, one-on-one tutoring and guiding children at critical times in their lives. Volunteers who serve also assist with literacy and math skills, social and emotional skills, and act as mentors.

Foster Grandparent Program volunteers are men and women who must be 55 and older and volunteer 15-40 hours per week. They receive a small, tax-free stipend; transportation assistance; training, vacation and sick leave; recognition; social activities; and the satisfaction of knowing that they’ve made a difference in the life of a child.

To volunteer or for more information, call (715) 394-5384 or (888) 338-6492, or email

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United Way of Greater Duluth's Big Red bookshelf is teaming up with Duluth Super One stores to hold a weeklong book drive today through Aug. 17. Donate new or gently used books appropriate for children from birth to third grade. Look for the big, red bins in any Duluth Super One store. This weeklong book drive is a part of a larger, year-round drive to help stock United Way Big Red Bookshelves around the community. United Way is halfway to its goal of collecting 25,000 books. If you're unable to drop off donations at a Super One store form this week, bring books to the United Way of Greater Duluth office at 424 West Superior Street, Suite 402, or visit to find more drop-off locations. 

Make a difference in your community today by responding to one of these listings. If you have an event or volunteer opportunity that you’d like to have considered for this column, e-mail it to scrapbook@; fax it to (218) 720-4120; or mail it to Scrapbook, Duluth News Tribune, 424 W. First St., Duluth, MN 55802.