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Make a Difference: Walk for a cause

Volunteer and donation opportunities.

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The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Sept. 11 in Duluth and 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. For Duluth: Opening ceremony at 2 p.m. outside the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center with the walk to follow along the Lakewalk. Check-in and registration inside the convention center starting at 1 p.m. For Iron Range area residents: Check in at 9 a.m. Minnesota Discovery Center, opening ceremony at 10 a.m. and walk follows. Participants are encouraged to register early and fundraise to help the Alzheimer’s Association reach their goals: $165,000 goal for Duluth and $50,000 goal for Iron Range. Registration is free.

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. Hospice is a team approach of care which embraces the dying process as a natural life experience and identifies the total needs of a person, in their home, wherever they call home. Trained hospice volunteers are an important part of the care team. Some ways volunteers support hospice include companionship, housework, yardwork, caregiver respite, office skills, any talents or skills like singing or playing musical instruments, or an 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.

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:

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  • Sept. 15: Annual member show.
  • 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. Docents:

  • Welcome visitors with a smile and warm greeting.

  • Remind guests to not touch the artwork and supervise children at all times.

  • Remind guests that food and beverage are not allowed in the galleries.

  • Maintain a clean and tidy space within the galleries.

  • Respond to questions.

Northwest Wisconsin CEP seeks tutors to meet with adults who want to improve their literacy skills. Individuals interested in tutoring will receive training to deliver student-centered education, which is provided free of charge. Tutors are matched with learners and meet regularly in mutually agreed upon public locations. In addition to reading, writing, math and computer skills, tutors can also help navigate online job applications, set up a budget, attain the GED or HSED, prepare to enter college, etc. They may also help English language learners with reading, writing and conversation skills. Tutors are needed in Ashland, Douglas, Sawyer and Washburn counties. Contact Laura Sullivan, regional manager at Northwest Wisconsin CEP, at 715-392-6127 or email lsullivan@nwcep.org .

Local nonprofit Memorial Blood Center is facing a shortage 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. Appointments can be made online at mbc.org or call 888-GIVE-BLD (888-448-3253).

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.

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 .

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