Ecumen Lakeshore, 4002 London Road, is seeking drivers for its home delivered meals program. Call Jana at 218-625-7822 or email JanaWarner@ecumen.org.

The Humane Society of Douglas County's 23rd annual Cause for the Paws 5K walk/run, 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept 18, on the Osaugie Trail near the entrance to Barker's Island. Registration: 8 a.m. Register online at: https://CFP2021.givesmart.com Event fees: $40 for individual and includes race T-shirt and bandana(s) for up to 2 dogs; $95 for family (parents & minor children) and includes race T-shirt(s) and bandana(s) for up to (2) dogs as well as an entry into a prize raffle following the race. You can also run or walk without a dog. Race sweatshirts awarded if you raise $50 or more in pledges. You can also walk/run virtually. Dogs must have current proof of rabies vaccination (certificate) at the time of registration. See all rules at www.hsdcpts.com.

Concert for Recovery, an event supporting substance abuse treatment and mental health services, 4-9 p.m. Sept. 25 outside at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, facing the Duluth Harbor and Aerial Lift Bridge. Bands scheduled to play: Big Wave Dave and the Ripples, Virgil Caine, A Band Called Truman and South of Superior. Tickets: $15; available at duluthbethel.org and eventbrite.com. All funds raised beyond expenses will support substance abuse treatment and mental health services.

American Red Cross blood drives: The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe blood shortage as the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries rise and deplete the nation’s blood inventory. There is an emergency need for donors to give now to ensure blood is on hospital shelves when patients need it. Donors who come to give throughout the month of September will receive a free haircut coupon by email from Sport Clips Haircuts. The coupon is valid through Nov. 30 at participating Sport Clips locations. Donors must have a valid email address on record to receive the coupon. To make an appointment or for more information, download the Red Cross blood donor app, visit redcrossblood.org, call 800-733-2767 or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Upcoming drives:

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  • Noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 4, Peace Lutheran Church, 2177 Highway 18, Finlayson.
  • Noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 20, St. Raphael Catholic Church, 5779 Seville Road.
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 11-12, AMSOIL Arena, 350 Harbor Drive.
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1, UMD Kirby Student Center, 1049 University Drive.
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2, Shriners Event Center, 5152 Miller Trunk Highway.

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Saturday, Sept. 18, in Chisholm. Participants can walk in their neighborhood or via the official mobile app or in-person following provided COVID-19 safety protocols. Check in at 9 a.m. Minnesota Discovery Center, opening ceremony at 10 a.m. and walk follows. Participants are encouraged to fundraise to help reach the $50,000 goal for the Iron Range. Registration is free.

Benedictine Living Community sidewalk sale, featuring discounted Daisy Gift Shop merchandise and over 200 new and gently used purses, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, 935 Kenwood Ave. BLC Auxiliary fundraiser. Raindate: Friday, Sept. 17. Note: The annual pre-owned jewelry sale has been postponed to May 2022.

Mental Health Awareness Fundraiser and Open House, 5-7 p.m. Sept. 22, Northland Medical Center South, 925 E. Superior St. Features carnival games, food, silent auction and resource fair. All donations go to Life House of Duluth. Call 218-481-0220 or email info@duluthtms.com.

The Huntington's Disease Society of America's (HDSA) Minnesota Chapter Duluth Team Hope Walk, 11 a.m. Sept. 25, Endion Park: Lakewalk. Team Hope is HDSA’s largest national grassroots fundraising event, which takes place in over 100 cities across the U.S. and has raised more than $20 million for Huntington's disease since its inception in 2007. Huntington's disease is a brain disease that is passed down in families from generation to generation with symptoms described as having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s – simultaneously. Today, there are approximately 41,000 symptomatic Americans and more than 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease. Go to minnesota.hdsa.org/about/duluth-team-hope-walk for details.

The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, 395 S. Lake Ave., annual “Fudge for Troops” promotion runs through September to benefit U.S. military personnel from the Duluth area who are serving overseas. The store teamed up with the Lake Superior Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America to provide free fudge for care packages to be sent to service men and women stationed outside the U.S. Every customer who purchases one pound of fudge at the Canal Park store, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory will send a free matching pound of fudge to our troops overseas in time for the holiday season.

Duluth Art Institute seeks volunteers. In-person programming is back at the Duluth Art Institute, and volunteers are needed to help with upcoming events. Call Liz at 218-723-1310 or email engagement@duluthartinstitute.org.

Opportunities include:

  • Sept. 27: Annual member show pickup.

  • Sept. 28-29: Artwork packer.

There are also docent volunteer slots available every weekend during our open hours. Docents supervise the galleries to ensure visitors and the artwork are safe. The Duluth Art Institute gathers volunteer docents during special events when there are more visitors expected than the average day.

Local nonprofit Memorial Blood Center is facing a blood emergency as fears of the COVID-19 Delta Variant drive a drop in donations of blood and platelet donations. To replenish supplies for the Northland’s hospitals, trauma centers, and air ambulance bases, more healthy donors are needed at blood drives and donor centers. Donating blood takes less than an hour and costs nothing. All presenting donors will be eligible for a thank you gift. Staff at the blood center continue to take extra precautions to help prevent person-to-person spread of COVID-19, including reimplementing facial covering requirements. Interested donors can learn more about these safety precautions, find out if they’re eligible, or schedule an appointment to give at MBC.ORG or by calling 1-888-448-3253

(GIVE-BLD).

Do you like to read aloud? The Lighthouse Center for Vital Living needs volunteers who will read the newspaper once a month. Reading takes place at the Lighthouse in a recording booth that is COVID-19 safe. To learn more, email Michelle at michjunt@gmail.com.

Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospice is seeking caring and compassionate people who have a listening heart and may have talents, skills, hobbies or interests to share. They are looking for people who will make a difference in the lives of people on hospice and their caregivers. Trained hospice volunteers help in many ways: provide companionship, housework, yardwork, caregiver respite or office skills. Share your talents or skills like singing or playing musical instruments or the ability to speak multiple languages. Hospice volunteers support and encourage people on hospice in a variety of unique and individual ways to live, until end of life.

Essentia Health Duluth Hospice serves people at Solvay Hospice House, and within a 75-mile radius area including the communities of Silver Bay, Superior, Solon Springs, Sandstone and Saginaw. For more information on volunteer training, call Katie Neff Dawson 218-786-4020 or email hospiceduluthvs@essentiahealth.org. To volunteer in the Grand Rapids area, call Robbie Radaich at 218-327-8780 or the Virginia area, call Katie Bird at 218-749-7976.

Minnesota Reading Corps and Math Corps is looking for 10 tutors for Duluth schools. Stipend offered is equivalent to $15 per hour. For more information go to join.readingandmath.org or servetogrow.org.