Duluth Art Institute seeks docent volunteers for the weekends. 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. Call Liz at 218-723-1310 or email engagement@duluthartinstitute.org for more details. They also need volunteers for their Roaring 20s Masquerade Gala on Saturday. Volunteers arrive at 5:30 p.m. and the event ends at 9 p.m. for general admission.

Volunteer roles open:

  • Buskers: Help add to the swanky 20s ambiance. Perform music, sell candy cigarettes, do magic tricks, or bring any other fun ideas or talents you may have. (five spots; email info@duluthartinstitute.org to discuss your preferred busking activity ahead of time.)

  • Food Service: Pass out appetizers to guests throughout the evening. (eight spots) Will follow COVID-19 protocols for serving food.

  • Registration Table: Check guests in, tasks to be determined. (two people)

  • Clean UP crew: (two people) to help DAI staff cleanup after the party.

Volunteer benefits include one free general admission to the gala; 1920s swanky or role-appropriate dress and masquerade mask is encouraged. Email info@duluthartinstitute.org if interested and include the volunteer role you would like to do.

AEOA's Meals on Wheels program needs a volunteer driver on Mondays for the Morgan Park area. Meals are picked up at the Central Kitchen in Lincoln Park between 9:30-10 a.m. with an approximate delivery time of about 90 minutes. During the coronavirus pandemic, this service has become more important than ever. Consider volunteering for this very rewarding position. Call Kirsten at 218-409-5991.

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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. 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:

  • 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 14, Riverwood Healthcare Center, 200 Bunker Hill Drive, Aitkin.

  • 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 15, First Lutheran Church Aitkin, 107 Second St. SE, Aitkin.

  • Noon-6 p.m. Oct. 20, St. Raphael Catholic Church, 5779 Seville Road.

  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 11-12, Amsoil Arena, 350 Harbor Drive.
  • 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1, UMD Kirby Student Center, 1049 University Drive.
  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 2, Shriners Event Center, 5152 Miller Trunk Highway.

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.

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 888-448-3253.

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.