Make a Difference for March 17, 2021

Volunteer and donation opportunities.

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American Red Cross blood drives: To make an appointment or for more information, download the Red Cross blood donor app, visit , call 800-733-2767 or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, March 17, University of Minnesota Duluth, Kirby Student Center, 1049 University Drive.

Do you like to read aloud? T he 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. (COVID safe). To learn more, email Michelle at .

March, Minnesota FoodShare month, is the largest food drive in the state that helps restock The Salvation Army’s food shelves, including here in Duluth. Duluth Salvation Army March Foodshare goal is $9,000 and 8,000 pounds of food. Any money and food given to The Duluth Salvation Army’s food shelf now through April 11 will be proportionally matched thanks to Minnesota Foodshare’s March Campaign. In 2020, The Duluth Salvation Army food shelf and hot lunch programs provided 74,110 nutritious meals to those in need thanks to your donations. Donations can be made by mail or in person at 215 S. 27th Ave. W., Duluth, MN 55806. Credit card donations can be made by phone at 218-722-7934 or online at .

Become a Licensed Therapeutic Foster Care Family online information sessions, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 23. Presented by Kris Hanson, Duluth Area LSS Foster Care Coordinator. Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) is looking for caring people interested in becoming Therapeutic Foster Parents. We are seeking individuals who are committed to supporting teens, keeping siblings together, and embracing cultural and spiritual diversity. We will cover the basics for becoming a foster parent in Minnesota. Topics include who is eligible to become a foster care provider, how to become licensed, the children in foster care, foster parenting options and resources available to foster parents. This session will focus specifically on Therapeutic Foster care in Duluth and the surrounding region. To register, visit or . Email or call 218-600-6996 with questions.

Take part in or donate to the Polar Plunge in Duluth, March 27, Park Point. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Minnesota. For more information, go to .


Nearly Naked Ruck March, a fundraising event where participants walk up to 10 miles with weight in their packs, is being held March 27, on the Skyline Loop at Enger Tower. The weight represents the emotional and psychological burden veterans still carry after returning home. All the money raised from this event supports 23 rd Veteran’s 14-week program (23V Recon) aimed at helping Duluth area veterans living with trauma to have happier and healthier lives. Learn more about this program at . This year all event revenue and donations will be matched up to $75,000. Enjoy a day full of live music, patriotism, food and drinks throughout the course. Mic Drop Entertainment will bring the beats at Ruck Village, Luke Heikkila will be performing at the Water Stop, and The Other Place will be serving food and beer to enjoy before, during and after the ruck. All in-person ruckers will receive a piece of NNRM branded swag, a finisher's coin, and those that ruck the full 10-miles receive an ALL THE WAY patch. This event is family, stroller, and dog-friendly. This event has been planned with the pandemic in mind to keep the Nearly Naked Ruck March safe and fun for everyone. All ruckers will have their temps checked upon arrival and we will maintain social distancing with staggered start times and one-way rucking. Go to to register, volunteer or donate.

The month of March is the annual donation campaign and food drive for local food shelves. The pandemic has shown how important it is to have resources like these available on the Iron Range. Please consider making a financial contribution for your local food shelf. Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) is the fiscal agent for many in the region. You can direct donations to the following sites: Quad City Food Shelf (serves Eveleth, Gilbert, Virginia, and Mt. Iron), Chisholm Food Shelf, Aurora Food Shelf, Proctor Food Shelf, Babbitt Food Shelf, Tower Food Shelf and the Cook County Food Shelf. Please write in the memo of your check which food shelf you want to support. Mail them to AEOA, 702 Third Ave. S., Virginia, MN 55792. Call 218-410-0005 or email to with questions.

Ayusa is a nonprofit organization that promotes global learning and leadership through cultural exchange for high school students. Ayusa seeks families in Duluth, the Iron Range and surrounding areas to host students for the 2021-22 school year. Ayusa foreign exchange students come from more than 60 countries, are fully insured, bring their own spending money, and are proficient in English. A professionally trained community representative from Ayusa works with the host family and student for the entire program, supporting student and family needs.

Host families are in a great position to show international exchange students an especially authentic slice of American life, which is one reason we are actively looking for area host families. There is no “typical” American host family. Ayusa welcomes all interested families, with or without children, from both urban and rural communities. Host families provide three meals a day and a bedroom (either private or shared). All host families must pass a criminal background check and a home visit by an Ayusa representative.

Families interested in learning more about hosting an exchange student can visit or contact Daniel Miesle, Ayusa Community Representative, at or (218) 256–8020.

Union Gospel Mission uses cash donations to provide hot meals, warm clothing and hygiene kits to people in need. Meal hours:

  • Breakfast: Wednesday, 8:30-9 a.m.
  • Lunch: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, noon-12:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 4:15-5 p.m.
  • Mail donations to: 219 E. First St., Duluth, MN 55802. Call 218-722-1196 for more information or go to .

    St. Luke’s Foundation is asking for donations of children’s toys (no small pieces), crayons, coloring books, puzzles, books, games that can be played solo, small radios and phone chargers. All donated goods can be dropped off at St. Luke’s Foundation, 1000 E. First St., Suite 102, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call Meagan Avery, Development Associate, at 218-249-2543.


    AEOA's Meals on Wheels program is in need of volunteer drivers on Tuesdays and every other Friday. Delivery times begin between 9:30-10 a.m. with an approximate delivery time of 1 to 1 ½ hours. During the pandemic, this service has become more important than ever. Call Kirsten at 218-409-5991 to help.

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