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Make a Difference for Aug. 17, 2014


* 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: 2-5 p.m. at Grand Itasca Clinic, 1601 Golf Course Road, Grand Rapids.

Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at American Legion, 272 Summit Ave., Blackduck.

Thursday: 2-6 p.m. at Orr City Hall, 4429 Highway 53.

Thursday: 2:30-5:30 p.m. at Nashwauk Lutheran Church, 304 Third St.

Friday: 9-4:30 p.m. at Disability Specialist Inc., 9558 Ashawa Road, Cook.

* CHOICE, unlimited will host the fourth annual Evening of the Arts beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Clyde Iron Works, 2920 W. Michigan St., Duluth. The event will feature music, poetry, sculpture, paintings, dance and


CHOICE, unlimited supports people with disabilities and people who are experiencing barriers to employment and community inclusion. Its ARTS Program provides creative outlets and platforms for self-expression, personal growth and an opportunity to educate the public to the incredible possibilities all people possess.

Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, call the CHOICE, unlimited office at (218) 725-5869 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.


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

United Way of Greater Duluth needs volunteers to serve as book screeners and inspect Big Red Bookshelf’s collection of book donations from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday. Volunteers will review donated books to check for appropriate content and inspect condition; clean donated books as necessary; and count book donation totals for recording and recognizing purposes. For more information, contact Courtney Schmidt at (218) 726-4729 or

Help with the Labor Day picnic scheduled for 11 a.m. Sept. 1 at Bayfront Park. The event 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. Volunteers are needed in the kids’ area to read for the kids and encourage them to pick a book; to help run rides; help with registration and with set-up before the event and clean-up after. Volunteer as an individual or group in shifts from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Time commitment can be as little as 30 minutes for the reading tent or one hour for the rides. Contact Lynette Swanberg at (218) 726-4775 or comservices@unitedwayduluth.ord for more information or to volunteer.

* Soar Career Solutions seeks volunteer mentors for men and women coming out of incarceration and participating in the Community Offender Re-entry program.

Volunteers are asked to meet with a participant one hour a week to provide a meaningful friendship and guidance to ex-offenders. Training is provided. Monthly support and educational groups and/or social events are held for mentors and mentees.

Contact Emily Edison at (218) 722-3126 or email if interested.


* March of Dimes Minnesota Chapter seeks applications for Community Awards grants to support programs that address unmet maternal and child health needs. Requests must fall under March of Dimes 2015 funding priorities. Community Awards, which can be requested for amounts up to $1,000, may not be used to support the purchase of equipment or furniture, individual tuition or conference fees, dues or membership fees, employee salary or programs requiring long-term March of Dimes funding.

Applications are being accepted until Nov. 7 and grantees will be notified on Jan. 30. The funding period extends from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2015. For more information, visit or contact Martha Overby, director of program and public affairs, (612) 326-9443.