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Helping Out for August 31, 2014

UNITED WAY 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 seeks volunteers to get the community excited for the annual Chili Cook-Off by hanging posters for the event. Locations are all over Duluth and Superior and a specific site list will be available when participants pick up posters. For more information or to volunteer, contact Taire Lind Suliin at (218) 726-4794 or
  • Help with the Labor Day picnic scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday 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 for more information or to volunteer.
  • 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 insur-ance to community groups. They also help by providing staffing at community events like health fairs, senior expos, confer-ences and other senior community events where the Senior LinkAge Line exhibits. Work is 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 scheduled for Sept. 16-18. Upon successful comple-tion 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

SECOND HARVEST NORTHERN LAKES FOOD BANK 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.

  • Work on site: Volunteers are needed at distribution locations to help register program participants or carry 40-pound boxes of food. Monthly distributions occur in Duluth, Two Harbors, Hibbing Virginia, Wright, Cloquet and Moose Lake. Regular monthly commitment preferred. Must be friendly, enjoy working with people, able to sit for short periods of time and/or lift 40-pound boxes of food. Wear casual, comfortable shoes and clothing. Evening hours are available.
  • Food shelf: Serve as a shopping assistant or carry boxes for Second Harvest clients. Food shelf distributions occur Tues-days from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Duluth facility. Must be friendly, enjoy working with people, able to stand, lift, bend and follow warehouse safety procedures. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

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, Lake Superior School District board of education and high school sports in Lake County. 

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