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Helping Out for August 24, 2010


The Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging in Duluth seeks volunteers to serve as leaders in the Living Well with Chronic Conditions program. Leaders will facilitate groups of people with chronic conditions with the objectives being to build confidence in self-health management and help maintain an active lifestyle.

Trained leaders will help people find practical ways to deal with issues related to chronic conditions such as pain and fatigue, the need for better nutrition and exercise choices, a better understanding of new treatment options, and learning new ways to talk with family and doctors about health.

Interested volunteers will receive 24 hours of classroom training. Contact Lee Swenson at the Senior LinkAge Line (800) 333-2433, ext. 81019, for a registration packet.


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. Volunteers will attend an 18-hour training to become certified as a State Health Insurance Program Counselor. After the training Senior Linkage Line seeks a one-year minimum 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.


Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank relies on many volunteers to keep things at the food bank running smoothly. Call Lora Wedge at (218) 727-5653, ext. 108, or email for information.

Pack commodity food: Help prepare some of the more than 950 boxes of commodity food that are distributed to in-need mothers, children and seniors throughout the region as part of the Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors and Mother and Children programs. Must be able to stand, lift, bend and follow warehouse safety procedures. Evening hours are available.

Kids’ Café: Provide a fun food activity to children, read a food related book, prepare a recipe, work in the garden or just interact with children participating in Duluth’s Kids Café programs at Damiano of Duluth. Volunteers are needed after school Monday through Friday when school is in session, and midday when school is out. Must be qualified by Kids Café agency and enjoy children.

Office/administrative: Detail oriented, organized, volunteers are needed to assist with data entry, filing, direct mail projects and more. Projects are typically on an on-call basis however, weekly scheduling could occur. Must enjoy a fast-paced working environment.

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, Silver Bay City Council and high school sports in Lake County. 

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