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: Noon to 8 p.m., St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus.

  • Monday: Noon to 4 p.m., Solon Springs High School, 8993 E. Baldwin.

  • Tuesday: 8:30-11 a.m., 2626 Courtland St., Duluth. Sponsored by Western Lake Superior Sanitary District and Duluth Transit Authority.

  • Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 315 S.W. 21st St., Grand Rapids.

  • Tuesday: 8:30-11:30 a.m., Environmental Protection Agency, 6201 Congdon Blvd., Duluth.

  • Tuesday: 1:30-4:30 p.m., Enbridge Energy, 119 N. 25th St. E., Superior.

  • Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Super One Foods, 2410 S. Pokegama Ave., Grand Rapids.

  • Wednesday: 3:30-6 p.m., Essentia Clinic-Deer River, 115 10th Ave. N.E.

  • Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Barnum High School, 3675 County Road 140.

  • Thursday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Itasca Community College, 1851 N. Highway 169, Grand Rapids.

  • Thursday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Greenway High School, 308 Roosevelt St., Coleraine.

  • Friday: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Arrowhead EMS Conference, 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth.

  • Friday: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Aurora Community Center, 15 W. First St. N. Sponsored by White Community Hospital Foundation.

  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Arrowhead EMS Conference, 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth.

Ruby's Pantry in far western Duluth is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Fond du Lac Community Church, 521 131st Ave. W. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.

American Red Cross blood drives: To make an appointment or for more information, download the Red Cross blood donor app, visit or call 800-733-2767.

  • Monday: Noon to 6 p.m., Kenwood Lutheran Church, 2720 Meyers Ave., Duluth.

  • Wednesday: Noon to 6 p.m., Eveleth Auditorium, 425 Jackson St.

  • Thursday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Heritage Manor Health Center, 321 Sixth St. N.E., Chisholm.

  • Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Washington Elementary School, 801 12th St., Cloquet.


The following volunteer opportunities are supported by Courage Kenny Northland. If interested, contact Beth Albrecht, coordinator of volunteer services, at 218-726-4834, ext. 3, or email unless otherwise noted:

  • Yoga - Winter Session: Jan. 27 through March 5 - Help introduce adults living with a disability to the benefits of yoga by practicing mind-body concepts and practical exercises. Classes are led by certified adaptive yoga instructors. Volunteers help participants experience a variety of yoga poses by adapting the poses to the participant's abilities. Volunteers commit to one lesson per week. New volunteer training is 5-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23, at the College of St. Scholastica Health Science building, 1200 Kenwood Ave., Duluth.

  • 2020 Great Lake Mono Ski and Race Camp at Spirit Mountain (Feb. 26-28): Volunteers are needed for both skier/snowboarder and non-skier “boots on the ground” roles each day of camp. You can volunteer one, two or all three days. Please inquire for details on volunteer shifts/roles.

  • Shoot for Fun (held the first weekend after Labor Day): Seeking volunteers to help with prize donations for this annual fundraising event. If you are interested in learning more, contact Eric Larson at or 218-726-4834.

Ecumen Lakeshore is seeking volunteers for the following. If interested, contact Jana Warner, Volunteer Coordinator, at 218-625-7822 or

  • Meal Packer for home delivered meals: A cold bag and a hot tray are prepared for each client. Meals are then packed into a hot bag and a cold bag for each delivery route. Meal packers must be able to volunteer for at least 1½ hours once a week, Monday through Friday, beginning at 8 a.m. or as your schedule allows; able to stand for 1½ hours at a time; and must complete the Ecumen Lakeshore volunteer application process.

  • Delivery Drivers for home delivered meals: Volunteers use their own vehicles to pick up meals from Ecumen Lakeshore, 4002 London Road. Meals are ready for pick up at 9:45 a.m., Monday through Friday. Each route takes approximately one hour. Empty route bags and the list of clients is then returned to Ecumen Lakeshore. Drivers must be available at 9:45 a.m. for an hour or two; possess a vehicle that is in good working order; have a current driver’s license and insurance coverage.

Safe Haven provides safety, space to heal, advocacy, and empowerment for women, children, and all survivors of domestic violence. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Safe Haven at or visit Safe Haven’s website and complete an online volunteer application.

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