Project Joy raises money to fight hunger

Ask a Trooper Make a Difference Second Harvest Food Bank's second annual Project Joy event raising money for the BackPack Feeding Program will be from 7-10 p.m. Friday in the Duluth Curling Club, 327 Harbor Drive. Tickets: $20 for adult; $10 for ...

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Second Harvest Food Bank's second annual Project Joy event raising money for the BackPack Feeding Program will be from 7-10 p.m. Friday in the Duluth Curling Club, 327 Harbor Drive. Tickets: $20 for adult; $10 for children 6-12; free for children 5 and younger; includes appetizers, dessert, coffee, cash bar, silent and live auction, wine wall and entertainment. For more information call (218) 727-5653.


* Memorial Blood Centers offers the following blood drives across the Northland. Call (888) GIVE-BLD (448-3253) or go to for eligibility guidelines and to schedule an appointment.


Tuesday: 3-6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 230 E. Skyline Parkway, Duluth.

Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. to

3:30 p.m. Hibbing Community College, 1515 E. 25th St.

Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to

2 p.m. at University of

Wisconsin-Superior, Belknap Street and Catlin Avenue.

Friday: 9:30 a.m. to

3:30 p.m. at Hibbing Medical Campus, 750 E. 34th St.


Friday: 1-4 p.m. at Essentia Health-Ashland Clinic, 1625 Maple Lane.


* Here are a few volunteer opportunities supported by the United Way Greater Duluth Volunteer Center. Go to volunteer or call Liz Pawlik at (218) 726-4898 for more information.

Valley Youth Center seeks volunteers to help prepare meals for hungry youths. Each day VYC provides a meal for 80-100 participants. Contact Russ Salgy at (218) 464-5071 or rsalgy@valleyyouth

Center Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse seeks transportation volunteers to provide assistance to clients for goal-related appointments as well as entering and exiting shelter. Transportation volunteers are used on an as-needed basis. Volunteers must complete a volunteer screening and orientation and possess a valid driver's license and proof of insurance. Contact Jill Hinners at (715) 392-3136 or .

The Lake Superior Railroad Museum seeks volunteers to work in the museum gift shop to welcome guests, work the cash register and inform guests about the museum and other attractions in Duluth. Contact Shari Illig at (218) 733-7561 or shari@duluth


Community Action Duluth's Free Tax Site seeks volunteers to serve as tax preparers. Tax Site assistants greet participants, help with intake paperwork, or perform other tasks of running the tax site. Training for IRS certification is provided and 45-minute volunteer orientations are at Community Action Duluth, 2424 W. Fifth St., Suite 102, Duluth. Call (218) 726-1665, ext. 34 or e-mail tesha@

communityaction to register for orientation or training.

* Soar Career Solutions seeks volunteer mentors for men and women coming out of incarceration and participating in the Community Offender Re-entry program.

Volunteers are asked to meet with a participant one hour a week to provide a meaningful friendship and guidance to ex-offenders. Training is provided. Monthly support and educational groups and/or social events are held for both mentors and mentees.

Contact Emily Edison at (218) 722-3126 or email if interested.


* Learn about domestic violence and help women and children in domestic violence situations seeking support at Safe Haven. Volunteers are needed to provide child care and activities for children; complete intake paperwork with clients and schedule appointments with service providers; and to serve as receptionist and answer the telephone and provide support for staff and clients. A two-hour commitment between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday is required.

Safe Haven volunteers are required to complete an online application at safe, as well as a three-hour basic training/

orientation before starting volunteer work. Call Hilary Hintsala at (218) 728-6481 or email hhintsala@safehaven for information.

* RSVP Program of

Superior/Douglas County seeks six to eight volunteers who live in Douglas County to read to children in HeadStart classes twice a month beginning in October for the Bookworms program. The program was designed to provide free books to children in HeadStart, giving them the experience of being read to and having books of their own. This inter-generational project is part of the School Readiness Literacy program, a community and national effort to prepare 3- and 4-year-old children for the years that follow. RSVP provides orientation, training and placement. Call Jo at (715) 394-4425.

* Duluth Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired seeks volunteers to read newspapers on Radio Talking Book, a local radio broadcast for people who are visually impaired. Volunteers usually commit to three hours, one or two times per month. For details, call Michelle at (218) 721-4479.



* World Heritage seeks host families for high school boys and girls from Europe, Asia and North and South America coming to this area for the upcoming school year. Students are well screened and qualified by World Heritage. Qualified families may select the teen of their choice from student applications, photo collages and biographical essays.

World Heritage also seeks local high school students to become exchange students abroad. Students should be 15-18 years old and interested in living with a host family, attending school and learning about the lands and people of Europe, Asia, the Americas, Canada, New Zealand or South Africa. Students should be in good academic standing and have a desire to learn of another culture and language through living with a warm and giving volunteer family. Academic year, three-month reciprocal exchanges and shorter-term summer programs are available.

Contact World Heritage at (866) 939-4111, go online at or email Courtney@

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