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: 1-5 p.m., Grand Itasca Volunteer Services, 1601 Golf Course Road, Grand Rapids

  • Monday: 2-6 p.m., American Legion, 14388 Finstad Lane, Gordon

  • Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Deer River High School, 101 First Ave. N.E.

  • Tuesday: 3-6:30 p.m., Elim Lutheran Church, 2077 County Road 6, Barnum

  • Wednesday: 8-11 a.m., Wells Fargo Building and Holiday Center, 230 W. Superior St., Duluth

  • Wednesday: Noon to 7 p.m., Griggs Hall, 509 Niagara Court, Duluth. Sponsored by UMD Housing and Residence Life.

  • Wednesday: 1:30-4:30 p.m., Minnesota Power Rowe Energy Control Center and Herbert Service Center, 3215 Arrowhead Road, Duluth

  • Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Grand Casino, 777 Lady Luck Drive, Hinckley

  • Friday: 8 a.m. to noon, Upper Lake Foods, 801 Industry Ave., Cloquet

  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lowe’s, 12025 Highway 169 W., Hibbing

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.

  • Thursday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Riverwood Healthcare Center, 200 Bunker Hill Drive, Aitkin

  • Friday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Riverwood Healthcare Center, 200 Bunker Hill Drive, Aitkin

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.


  • Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss volunteer opportunities: If interested in learning more about the following volunteer opportunity, contact Mary at or call 218-624-4828, ext. 125:

Reader - Twin Ports News of the Air Radio (TPNA): Read local articles from the Duluth News Tribune and other regional newspapers. The TPNA radio broadcasts over a special radio frequency and is utilized by hundreds of Northlanders with low vision or blindness. Each volunteer typically reads once or twice a month from 9 a.m. to noon.

Food Shelf: Tuesdays at Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. Volunteers during this shift may perform one or more of the following duties: sorting food, restocking, set up, assisting guests with shopping, carryout and cleanup. Must be friendly, enjoy working with people and able to stand, lift and bend. Wear closed-toe shoes, clean and comfortable clothing.

Program volunteers: Weekdays/variable. Support individuals and families utilizing our Food Shelf, Mobile Food Pantry Programs and seniors utilizing our Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS). Deliver food to seniors as part of our NAPS and to schools as part of our BackPack Program in St. Louis, Carlton, Lake, Cook, Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland and Iron Counties. Depending on role, must be able to sit, stand, lift, bend and carry up to 40 pounds and follow food and personal safety procedures. Must be friendly and enjoy working with people. Wear closed-toe shoes, clean and comfortable clothing. Must be dependable and have reliable transportation.

Office: Weekdays. Perform data entry, organize and maintain files and data, make phone calls and conduct mailings at our location in Duluth. Must be detail oriented, highly organized, friendly and enjoy working with people.

Special Events/Raise Awareness volunteer: Weekdays, evenings and weekends. Solicit support, serve pre, post and/or event day and represent us at regional events. Variable requirements for location. Must be detail oriented, highly organized, creative, friendly and enjoy working with people.

  • Salvation Army seeks volunteers to help prepare and serve noon meals for the lunch program one morning each week. Experience with ServSafe food handling procedures is helpful, but not required, to work in the kitchen. Volunteers also are needed to pack and distribute groceries for the food shelf for one afternoon each week from 1:15-4:30 p.m. Commitments of six months to one year are preferred for both positions. For more information on the positions or how to apply, contact June Stanley at 218-722-7934 or june.stanley@usc.salvationarmy.

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