You Are Needed- August 24th, 2105

 - by FirstLink

If you are interested in volunteering for one of these volunteer positions, call FirstLink’s Helpline at 235-7335 (SEEK) or 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For additional opportunities not listed, visit www.myfirstlink.org and click on the Volunteer rectangle button.

*Indicates a youth activity (no guardian required)

*Fall Festival
Fargo Park District is in need of individuals, families, youth-minimum age of 12, small and large groups (2-20) to help with craft projects, carnival games and other positions. Check-in for volunteers will be at the blue tent in the pumpkin patch. September 19th & 20th. Shifts: Saturday; 9:30am-1:30pm and 1pm-5:30pm and Sunday 11:30am-2:30pm and 2pm-6pm at Rheault Farm: 2902 25th St. South Fargo, ND.

Community Table Volunteers
Cultural Diversity Resources and Growing Together Community Gardens are in need of volunteers to help with food preparations on September 12 from 12pm-4pm and 4pm-8pm, Event set up on September 13th, from 8am-12pm, Table host from 9am-2pm, Parking aide from 10am-3pm, Welcome hosts from 10am-2pm and Take down crew from 12pm-4pm. Community Table will be held on Sunday, September 13th at 11:30am at Rabanus Park in South Fargo. Volunteers can sign up at www.communitytable.weebly.com.

*Reforest the Red
River Keepers is in need of individuals, families, older adults, youths, small and large groups (2-20+) to help with digging holes, planting trees/shrubs, mulching and watering. Short training session held throughout event. Wednesday, September 9 from 3-7pm, along the river off of Rivershore Drive S, between I-94 and 24th Avenue South in Moorhead.

Administrative Volunteer
Cass-Clay VOAD is in need of individuals and older adults to manage correspondence, outreach to membership, event management, and maintain database. Up to 10 hours a week.

Thrift Store Summer Volunteers
Home Place Thrift Store is in need of individuals, older adults, small groups (2-3) and youth-minimum age 16+ to help with hanging and sorting clothes, organizing and stocking shelves, dusting, sweeping and possible vacuuming, assisting customers, bringing donations in to store. Store hours: Monday through Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday Noon-5pm, Location: 1811 S. Washington Street, Grand Forks, ND (Town & Country Mall). Flexible times, hours and days. Every other weekend help needed.

Intersection Superhero!
Streets Alive is looking for volunteers. Help make the day fun (and safe) by becoming an Intersection Superhero! Volunteers superheroes are needed on August 30th. There won’t be any red capes but we all know orange vests are the next best thing. Bring your friends, family or co-workers- it’s even more fun as a group! Intersection superheroes will reinforce the “road closed” signs, cones and barricades along the route to keep cars and people from having any unplanned meetings.

Caregiver Support Group Facilitator
Alzheimer’s Association is in need of individuals and older adults to help with setting up room, greeting attendees, encouraging conversations, etc. No experience necessary- will provide training. The 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7pm-8pm at Touchmark, 1200 Harwood Drive Fargo, ND 58104.

Patient Care Volunteer
Hospice of the Red River Valley is in need of individuals and older adults to provide companionship for hospice patients which can include wheelchair rides, having coffee, reminisce, sit at the bedside
and/ or play board games. Volunteer schedule will be determined by patient request and volunteer availability. Volunteers are needed for daytime, evening, and weekend hours.

Senior Companion
Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is looking for older adults to provide one-on-one companionship and social recreation to seniors who are lonely, isolated, or homebound. Receive an hourly stipend and mileage for your time and travel, plus other benefits. Hours: 15 hours/week. Schedule varies based on Volunteer’s availability. Will be serving clients in their homes.

Mentors
Big Brothers Big Sisters is in need of men who are willing to be a friend and mentor to a young person in need of a positive influence in their life. Involves spending time hanging out at least a couple of times a month.

Warehouse Team
HERO is in need of individuals to sort medical supplies, box up medical supplies for shipping, and to take inventory of medical supplies. Monday through Friday- 9am-5pm Hero Store Warehouse- 5012 53rd St. So, Suite C, Fargo.

HERO Mobile Driver
HERO is in need of individuals to drive HERO mobile unit to do pickup and deliveries of medical supplies and equipment, local and regional. Must be able to some lifting. Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. Hero warehouse 5012 53rd St. So, Suite C, Fargo.
Booth Volunteer
FirstLink is in need of individuals, families and older adults to represent FirstLink at various booths in the community. Time commitment is typically 2-4 hours per booth. Booths are typically in the evenings and on weekends; some weekday booths maybe available.

Meal Delivery Volunteers
Valley Senior Services is in need of volunteers to assist with Meals on Wheels Delivery in West Fargo. Volunteers deliver the meals to homebound elderly in our community. Meals are delivered for the noon meal Monday through Friday out of the West Fargo high-rise. It is about a one-hour time commitment each week.

If you are interested in volunteering for one of these volunteer positions, call FirstLink’s Helpline at 235-7335 (SEEK) or 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For additional opportunities not listed, visit www.myfirstlink.org and click on the Volunteer rectangle button.

You Are Needed-August 17th, 2015

 - by FirstLink

If you are interested in volunteering for one of these volunteer positions, call FirstLink’s Helpline at 235-7335 (SEEK) or 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For additional opportunities not listed, visit www.myfirstlink.org and click on the Volunteer rectangle button.

*Indicates a youth activity (no guardian required)

Community Table Volunteers
Cultural Diversity Resources and Growing Together Community Gardens are in need of volunteers to help with food preparations on September 12 from 12pm-4pm and 4pm-8pm, Event set up on September 13th, from 8am-12pm, Table host from 9am-2pm, Parking aide from 10am-3pm, Welcome hosts from 10am-2pm and Take down crew from 12pm-4pm. Community Table will be held on Sunday, September 13th at 11:30am at Rabanus Park in South Fargo.

 
*Reforest the Red
River Keepers is in need of individuals, families, older adults, youths, small and large groups (2-20+) to help with digging holes, planting trees/shrubs, mulching and watering. Short training session held throughout event. Fargo-specific location TBD. Monday August 24, 9-11:30am. Afternoon hours could be available- please call to coordinate.

 
*Reforest the Red
River Keepers is in need of individuals, families, older adults, youths, small and large groups (2-20+) to help with digging holes, planting trees/shrubs, mulching and watering. Short training session held throughout event. Wednesday, September 9 from 3-7pm, along the river off of Rivershore Drive S, between I-94 and 24th Avenue South in Moorhead.

“We’ve got you covered clothing giveaway”
YouthWorks is in need of individuals, families, older adults, small and large groups to help with sorting, setting up and organizing clothes. Volunteers will be needed on August 19, 2015 from 9am-3pm at the Agassiz School- 1305 9th Ave S, Fargo. (Food provided).

Administrative Volunteer
Cass-Clay VOAD is in need of individuals and older adults to manage correspondence, outreach to membership, event management, and maintain database. Up to 10 hours a week.

Thrift Store Summer Volunteers
Home Place Thrift Store is in need of individuals, older adults, small groups (2-3) and youth-minimum age 16+ to help with hanging and sorting clothes, organizing and stocking shelves, dusting, sweeping and possible vacuuming, assisting customers, bringing donations in to store. Store hours: Monday through Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday Noon-5pm, Location: 1811 S. Washington Street, Grand Forks, ND (Town & Country Mall). Flexible times, hours and days. Every other weekend help needed.

Intersection Superhero!
Streets Alive is looking for volunteers. Help make the day fun (and safe) by becoming an Intersection Superhero! Volunteers superheroes are needed on August 30th. There won’t be any red capes but we all know orange vests are the next best thing. Bring your friends, family or co-workers- it’s even more fun as a group! Intersection superheroes will reinforce the “road closed” signs, cones and barricades along the route to keep cars and people from having any unplanned meetings.

Caregiver Support Group Facilitator
Alzheimer’s Association is in need of individuals and older adults to help with setting up room, greeting attendees, encouraging conversations, etc. No experience necessary- will provide training. The 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7pm-8pm at Touchmark, 1200 Harwood Drive Fargo, ND 58104

Patient Care Volunteer
Hospice of the Red River Valley is in need of individuals and older adults to provide companionship for hospice patients which can include wheelchair rides, having coffee, reminisce, sit at the bedside
and/ or play board games. Volunteer schedule will be determined by patient request and volunteer availability. Volunteers are needed for daytime, evening, and weekend hours

Senior Companion
Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is looking for older adults to provide one-on-one companionship and social recreation to seniors who are lonely, isolated, or homebound. Receive an hourly stipend and mileage for your time and travel, plus other benefits. Hours: 15 hours/week. Schedule varies based on Volunteer’s availability. Will be serving clients in their homes

Mentors
Big Brothers Big Sisters is in need of men who are willing to be a friend and mentor to a young person in need of a positive influence in their life. Involves spending time hanging out at least a couple of times a month.

 
Warehouse Team
HERO is in need of individuals to sort medical supplies, box up medical supplies for shipping, and to take inventory of medical supplies. Monday through Friday- 9am-5pm Hero Store Warehouse- 5012 53rd St. So, Suite C, Fargo.

HERO Mobile Driver
HERO is in need of individuals to drive HERO mobile unit to do pickup and deliveries of medical supplies and equipment, local and regional. Must be able to some lifting. Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. Hero warehouse 5012 53rd St. So, Suite C, Fargo

Booth Volunteer
FirstLink is in need of individuals, families and older adults to represent FirstLink at various booths in the community. Time commitment is typically 2-4 hours per booth. Booths are typically in the evenings and on weekends; some weekday booths maybe available.

Meal Delivery Volunteers
Valley Senior Services is in need of volunteers to assist with Meals on Wheels Delivery in West Fargo. Volunteers deliver the meals to homebound elderly in our community. Meals are delivered for the noon meal Monday through Friday out of the West Fargo high-rise. It is about a one-hour time commitment each week.

If you are interested in volunteering for one of these volunteer positions, call FirstLink’s Helpline at 235-7335 (SEEK) or 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For additional opportunities not listed, visit www.myfirstlink.org and click on the Volunteer rectangle button.

Employee Health Fair at The Forum

 - by FirstLink

FirstLink was invited to The Forum’s Employee Health Fair this week.  I enjoyed visiting with their staff about volunteering, the flood (and how FirstLink assisted the cities and counties during these disasters), and about suicide and how it has affected them. Thank you for allowing us the ability to connect with your staff and tell them more about getting and giving help and hope with FirstLink 24 hours a day.

Cindy, Executive Director

 

You Are Needed-August 10th, 2015

 - by FirstLink

If you are interested in volunteering for one of these volunteer positions, call FirstLink’s Helpline at 235-7335 (SEEK) or 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For additional opportunities not listed, visit www.myfirstlink.org and click on the Volunteer rectangle button.

*Indicates a youth activity (no guardian required)

*Reforest the Red
River Keepers is in need of individuals, families, older adults, youths, small and large groups (2-20+) to help with digging holes, planting trees/shrubs, mulching and watering. Short training session held throughout event. Fargo-specific location TBD. Monday August 24, 9-11:30am. Afternoon hours could be available- please call to coordinate.

*Reforest the Red
River Keepers is in need of individuals, families, older adults, youths, small and large groups (2-20+) to help with digging holes, planting trees/shrubs, mulching and watering. Short training session held throughout event. Wednesday, September 9 from 3-7pm, along the river off of Rivershore Drive S, between I-94 and 24th Avenue South in Moorhead.

“We’ve got you covered clothing giveaway”
YouthWorks is in need of individuals, families, older adults, small and large groups to help with sorting, setting up and organizing clothes. Volunteers will be needed on August 19, 2015 from 9am-3pm at the Agassiz School- 1305 9th Ave S, Fargo. (Food provided).

Administrative Volunteer
Cass-Clay VOAD is in need of individuals and older adults to manage correspondence, outreach to membership, event management, and maintain database. Up to 10 hours a week.

Thrift Store Summer Volunteers
Home Place Thrift Store is in need of individuals, older adults, small groups (2-3) and youth-minimum age 16+ to help with hanging and sorting clothes, organizing and stocking shelves, dusting, sweeping and possible vacuuming, assisting customers, bringing donations in to store. Store hours: Monday through Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday Noon-5pm, Location: 1811 S. Washington Street, Grand Forks, ND (Town & Country Mall). Flexible times, hours and days. Every other weekend help needed.
Intersection Superhero!
Streets Alive is looking for volunteers. Help make the day fun (and safe) by becoming an Intersection Superhero! Volunteers superheroes are needed on August 30th. There won’t be any red capes but we all know orange vests are the next best thing. Bring your friends, family or co-workers- it’s even more fun as a group! Intersection superheroes will reinforce the “road closed” signs, cones and barricades along the route to keep cars and people from having any unplanned meetings.

Caregiver Support Group Facilitator
Alzheimer’s Association is in need of individuals and older adults to help with setting up room, greeting attendees, encouraging conversations, etc. No experience necessary- will provide training. The 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7pm-8pm at Touchmark, 1200 Harwood Drive Fargo, ND 58104.

Patient Care Volunteer
Hospice of the Red River Valley is in need of individuals and older adults to provide companionship for hospice patients which can include wheelchair rides, having coffee, reminisce, sit at the bedside
and/ or play board games. Volunteer schedule will be determined by patient request and volunteer availability. Volunteers are needed for daytime, evening, and weekend hours.

Senior Companion
Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is looking for older adults to provide one-on-one companionship and social recreation to seniors who are lonely, isolated, or homebound. Receive an hourly stipend and mileage for your time and travel, plus other benefits. Hours: 15 hours/week. Schedule varies based on Volunteer’s availability. Will be serving clients in their homes.

Mentors
Big Brothers Big Sisters is in need of men who are willing to be a friend and mentor to a young person in need of a positive influence in their life. Involves spending time hanging out at least a couple of times a month.

Warehouse Team
HERO is in need of individuals to sort medical supplies, box up medical supplies for shipping, and to take inventory of medical supplies. Monday through Friday- 9am-5pm Hero Store Warehouse- 5012 53rd St. So, Suite C, Fargo.

HERO Mobile Driver
HERO is in need of individuals to drive HERO mobile unit to do pickup and deliveries of medical supplies and equipment, local and regional. Must be able to some lifting. Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. Hero warehouse 5012 53rd St. So, Suite C, Fargo.
Booth Volunteer
FirstLink is in need of individuals, families and older adults to represent FirstLink at various booths in the community. Time commitment is typically 2-4 hours per booth. Booths are typically in the evenings and on weekends; some weekday booths maybe available.
Meal Delivery Volunteers
Valley Senior Services is in need of volunteers to assist with Meals on Wheels Delivery in West Fargo. Volunteers deliver the meals to homebound elderly in our community. Meals are delivered for the noon meal Monday through Friday out of the West Fargo high-rise. It is about a one-hour time commitment each week.

If you are interested in volunteering for one of these volunteer positions, call FirstLink’s Helpline at 235-7335 (SEEK) or 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For additional opportunities not listed, visit www.myfirstlink.org and click on the Volunteer rectangle button.

You Are Needed-August 3rd, 2015

 - by FirstLink

If you are interested in volunteering for one of these volunteer positions, call FirstLink’s Helpline at 235-7335 (SEEK) or 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For additional opportunities not listed, visit www.myfirstlink.org and click on the Volunteer rectangle button.

*Indicates a youth activity (no guardian required)

 

“We’ve got you covered clothing giveaway”

YouthWorks is in need of individuals, families, older adults, small and large groups to help with sorting, setting up and organizing clothes. Volunteers will be needed on August 19, 2015 from 9am-3pm at the Agassiz School- 1305 9th Ave S, Fargo.  (Food provided).

 

Administrative Volunteer

Cass-Clay VOAD is in need of individuals and older adults to manage correspondence, outreach to membership, event management, and maintain database. Up to 10 hours a week.

 

Thrift Store Summer Volunteers

Home Place Thrift Store is in need of individuals, older adults, small groups (2-3) and youth-minimum age 16+ to help with hanging and sorting clothes, organizing and stocking shelves, dusting, sweeping and possible vacuuming, assisting customers, bringing donations in to store. Store hours: Monday through Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday Noon-5pm, Location: 1811 S. Washington Street, Grand Forks, ND (Town & Country Mall). Flexible times, hours and days.  Every other weekend help needed.

 

Intersection Superhero!

Streets Alive is looking for volunteers.  Help make the day fun (and safe) by becoming an Intersection Superhero! Volunteers superheroes are needed on August 30th. There won’t be any red capes but we all know orange vests are the next best thing. Bring your friends, family or co-workers- it’s even more fun as a group!  Intersection superheroes will reinforce the “road closed” signs, cones and barricades along the route to keep cars and people from having any unplanned meetings.

 

Caregiver Support Group Facilitator

Alzheimer’s Association is in need of individuals and older adults to help with setting up room, greeting attendees, encouraging conversations, etc.  No experience necessary- will provide training.  The 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7pm-8pm at Touchmark, 1200 Harwood Drive Fargo, ND 58104.

 

Patient Care Volunteer

Hospice of the Red River Valley is in need of individuals and older adults to provide companionship for hospice patients which can include wheelchair rides, having coffee, reminisce, sit at the bedside and/ or play board games. Volunteer schedule will be determined by patient request and volunteer availability. Volunteers are needed for daytime, evening, and weekend hours.

 

Senior Companion

Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is looking for older adults to provide one-on-one companionship and social recreation to seniors who are lonely, isolated, or homebound.  Receive an hourly stipend and mileage for your time and travel, plus other benefits. Hours: 15 hours/week.  Schedule varies based on Volunteer’s availability.  Will be serving clients in their homes.

 

Mentors

Big Brothers Big Sisters is in need of men who are willing to be a friend and mentor to a young person in need of a positive influence in their life. Involves spending time hanging out at least a couple of times a month.

 

Warehouse Team

HERO is in need of individuals to sort medical supplies, box up medical supplies for shipping, and to take inventory of medical supplies. Monday through Friday- 9am-5pm Hero Store Warehouse- 5012 53rd St. So, Suite C, Fargo.

 

HERO Mobile Driver

HERO is in need of individuals to drive HERO mobile unit to do pickup and deliveries of medical supplies and equipment, local and regional. Must be able to some lifting. Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm.  Hero warehouse 5012 53rd St. So, Suite C, Fargo.

Booth Volunteer

FirstLink is in need of individuals, families and older adults to represent FirstLink at various booths in the community.  Time commitment is typically 2-4 hours per booth.  Booths are typically in the evenings and on weekends; some weekday booths maybe available.

 

Meal Delivery Volunteers

Valley Senior Services is in need of volunteers to assist with Meals on Wheels Delivery in West Fargo. Volunteers deliver the meals to homebound elderly in our community. Meals are delivered for the noon meal Monday through Friday out of the West Fargo high-rise. It is about a one-hour time commitment each week.

If you are interested in volunteering for one of these volunteer positions, call FirstLink’s Helpline at 235-7335 (SEEK) or 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For additional opportunities not listed, visit www.myfirstlink.org and click on the Volunteer rectangle button.

You Are Needed-July 27th, 2015

 - by FirstLink

If you are interested in volunteering for one of these volunteer positions, call FirstLink’s Helpline at 235-7335 (SEEK) or 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For additional opportunities not listed, visit www.myfirstlink.org and click on the Volunteer rectangle button.

*Indicates a youth activity (no guardian required)

“We’ve got you covered clothing giveaway”
YouthWorks is in need of individuals, families, older adults, small and large groups to help with sorting, setting up and organizing clothes. Volunteers will be needed on August 19, 2015 from 9am-3pm at the Agassiz School- 1305 9th Ave S, Fargo. (Food provided).

Administrative Volunteer
Cass-Clay VOAD is in need of individuals and older adults to manage correspondence, outreach to membership, event management, and maintain database. Up to 10 hours a week.

Thrift Store Summer Volunteers
Home Place Thrift Store is in need of individuals, older adults, small groups (2-3) and youth-minimum age 16+ to help with hanging and sorting clothes, organizing and stocking shelves, dusting, sweeping and possible vacuuming, assisting customers, bringing donations in to store. Store hours: Monday through Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday Noon-5pm, Location: 1811 S. Washington Street, Grand Forks, ND (Town & Country Mall). Flexible times, hours and days. Every other weekend help needed.

Intersection Superhero!
Streets Alive is looking for volunteers. Help make the day fun (and safe) by becoming an Intersection Superhero! Volunteers superheroes are needed on August 30th. There won’t be any red capes but we all know orange vests are the next best thing. Bring your friends, family or co-workers- it’s even more fun as a group! Intersection superheroes will reinforce the “road closed” signs, cones and barricades along the route to keep cars and people from having any unplanned meetings.

Caregiver Support Group Facilitator
Alzheimer’s Association is in need of individuals and older adults to help with setting up room, greeting attendees, encouraging conversations, etc. No experience necessary- will provide training. The 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7pm-8pm at Touchmark, 1200 Harwood Drive Fargo, ND 58104.
Patient Care Volunteer
Hospice of the Red River Valley is in need of individuals and older adults to provide companionship for hospice patients which can include wheelchair rides, having coffee, reminisce, sit at the bedside
and/ or play board games. Volunteer schedule will be determined by patient request and volunteer availability. Volunteers are needed for daytime, evening, and weekend hours.

Senior Companion
Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is looking for older adults to provide one-on-one companionship and social recreation to seniors who are lonely, isolated, or homebound. Receive an hourly stipend and mileage for your time and travel, plus other benefits. Hours: 15 hours/week. Schedule varies based on Volunteer’s availability. Will be serving clients in their homes.

Mentors
Big Brothers Big Sisters is in need of men who are willing to be a friend and mentor to a young person in need of a positive influence in their life. Involves spending time hanging out at least a couple of times a month.

Warehouse Team
HERO is in need of individuals to sort medical supplies, box up medical supplies for shipping, and to take inventory of medical supplies. Monday through Friday- 9am-5pm Hero Store Warehouse- 5012 53rd St. So, Suite C, Fargo.

HERO Mobile Driver
HERO is in need of individuals to drive HERO mobile unit to do pickup and deliveries of medical supplies and equipment, local and regional. Must be able to some lifting. Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. Hero warehouse 5012 53rd St. So, Suite C, Fargo.
Booth Volunteer
FirstLink is in need of individuals, families and older adults to represent FirstLink at various booths in the community. Time commitment is typically 2-4 hours per booth. Booths are typically in the evenings and on weekends; some weekday booths maybe available.

Meal Delivery Volunteers
Valley Senior Services is in need of volunteers to assist with Meals on Wheels Delivery in West Fargo. Volunteers deliver the meals to homebound elderly in our community. Meals are delivered for the noon meal Monday through Friday out of the West Fargo high-rise. It is about a one-hour time commitment each week.

If you are interested in volunteering for one of these volunteer positions, call FirstLink’s Helpline at 235-7335 (SEEK) or 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For additional opportunities not listed, visit www.myfirstlink.org and click on the Volunteer rectangle button.

You Are Needed-July 20th, 2015

 - by FirstLink

*Indicates a youth activity (no guardian required)
Administrative Volunteer
Cass-Clay VOAD is in need of individuals and older adults to manage correspondence, outreach to membership, event management, and maintain database. Up to 10 hours a week.

Thrift Store Summer Volunteers
Home Place Thrift Store is in need of individuals, older adults, small groups (2-3) and youth-minimum age 16+ to help with hanging and sorting clothes, organizing and stocking shelves, dusting, sweeping and possible vacuuming, assisting customers, bringing donations in to store. Store hours: Monday through Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday Noon-5pm, Location: 1811 S. Washington Street, Grand Forks, ND (Town & Country Mall). Flexible times, hours and days. Every other weekend help needed.

Intersection Superhero!
Streets Alive is looking for volunteers. Help make the day fun (and safe) by becoming an Intersection Superhero! Volunteers superheroes are needed on August 30th. There won’t be any red capes but we all know orange vests are the next best thing. Bring your friends, family or co-workers- it’s even more fun as a group! Intersection superheroes will reinforce the “road closed” signs, cones and barricades along the route to keep cars and people from having any unplanned meetings.

Caregiver Support Group Facilitator
Alzheimer’s Association is in need of individuals and older adults to help with setting up room, greeting attendees, encouraging conversations, etc. No experience necessary- will provide training. The 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7pm-8pm at Touchmark, 1200 Harwood Drive Fargo, ND 58104.
Patient Care Volunteer
Hospice of the Red River Valley is in need of individuals and older adults to provide companionship for hospice patients which can include wheelchair rides, having coffee, reminisce, sit at the bedside
and/ or play board games. Volunteer schedule will be determined by patient request and volunteer availability. Volunteers are needed for daytime, evening, and weekend hours.

Senior Companion
Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is looking for older adults to provide one-on-one companionship and social recreation to seniors who are lonely, isolated, or homebound. Receive an hourly stipend and mileage for your time and travel, plus other benefits. Hours: 15 hours/week. Schedule varies based on Volunteer’s availability. Will be serving clients in their homes.

Mentors
Big Brothers Big Sisters is in need of men who are willing to be a friend and mentor to a young person in need of a positive influence in their life. Involves spending time hanging out at least a couple of times a month.

Warehouse Team
HERO is in need of individuals to sort medical supplies, box up medical supplies for shipping, and to take inventory of medical supplies. Monday through Friday- 9am-5pm Hero Store Warehouse- 5012 53rd St. So, Suite C, Fargo.

HERO Mobile Driver
HERO is in need of individuals to drive HERO mobile unit to do pickup and deliveries of medical supplies and equipment, local and regional. Must be able to some lifting. Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. Hero warehouse 5012 53rd St. So, Suite C, Fargo.
Booth Volunteer
FirstLink is in need of individuals, families and older adults to represent FirstLink at various booths in the community. Time commitment is typically 2-4 hours per booth. Booths are typically in the evenings and on weekends; some weekday booths maybe available.

Meal Delivery Volunteers
Valley Senior Services is in need of volunteers to assist with Meals on Wheels Delivery in West Fargo. Volunteers deliver the meals to homebound elderly in our community. Meals are delivered for the noon meal Monday through Friday out of the West Fargo high-rise. It is about a one-hour time commitment each week.

Build Your Volunteer Capacity in Six Easy Steps

 - by FirstLink

Build Your Volunteer Capacity in Six Easy Steps

Want to improve your nonprofit’s volunteer program but you don’t know where to start or how much time it will take? FirstLink is a local community volunteer organization that specializes in Volunteer Management Training. Below are six great ways that FirstLink’s Volunteer Network suggests to increase your volunteer capacity!

1. Have ALL staff members come up with new ideas or job descriptions for volunteers.

When was the last time that your entire staff sat down and wrote brand new, creative job descriptions for how volunteers can get involved with your mission? Every person on staff in your organization should have ownership in how volunteers are being used. At your next staff meeting, ask every employee to brainstorm one new way to use a volunteer within your organization. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish with one new volunteer!

2. Brainstorm what skills you would like to utilize in your organization.

The vast majority of nonprofits don’t have the capacity to hire entire departments of people to help grow their organization. This means that things like marketing, fundraising, human resources, and even building maintenance are left up to employees to handle. Learning how to recruit volunteers to build up the areas your organization is struggling in is a fantastic way to grow your mission. In the same way that you can recruit professionals to serve on your Board of Directors, you can recruit professionals to help you with day to day tasks and activities!

3. Are you in a volunteer recruitment rut? Recruit volunteers in new ways!

If you only recruit volunteers one way you will only recruit the same types of people. If you want new volunteers to build capacity for your mission, you need to learn where to find them. Has your organization ever directly reached out to a company that has access to the professionals your looking for? For instance, if you would like a volunteer who’s an accountant or a public relations specialist then you need to specifically reach out to companies who employ those types of people. Building up your organization and mission requires building up your volunteer base!

4. Get out. Get active.

Being a small organization with only a few full time staff can make it extremely difficult to get out into the community and connect with potential volunteers. There are certain things that your organization should make time for however. Whenever you see a local nonprofit fair happening in your community you should take the time to attend. Gaining name recognition with community members is huge when recruiting volunteers and raising dollars. These types of events are also great places to build relationships and partnerships with other organizations. As hard as it is to leave the office to staff a community booth, these events can truly be transformative for your organization and should be given priority. The best way to ensure that you can attend as many as possible is to get them on the calendar early and schedule staff to be there ahead of time!

5. Get buy in from the top down.

If your organization’s management team isn’t excited about bringing in more volunteers then nobody will be. Nonprofit professionals have enough to do without having to think about how a volunteer could help them. Even though it would be better for the organization in the long run, staff wont recruit volunteers without support from management. Talking about your organizations volunteer program at every staff meeting will reinforce that staff need to incorporate more volunteers into their work. Volunteers are a vital asset to any organization and management needs to realize and support that!

6. Take advantage of FirstLink’s Volunteer Management training!

FirstLink trains on topics such as volunteer recruitment, volunteer job descriptions, orientation and training, delegating to volunteers, supervising volunteers, volunteer recognition, risk management, interviewing volunteers, volunteer motivation, volunteer performance problems, program evaluation, mutual performance reviews, and MANY more! FirstLink can train one of your staff members for one hour on one topic, or we can train all of your staff all day on all topics! We can review your needs and design training specifically to meet your needs!

Contact David Vining at FirstLink if you would like to review your volunteer program’s needs. David can be reached by phone at 701-293-6462 or by email at davidv@myfirstlink.org.

 

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You Are Needed-July 13th, 2015

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If you are interested in volunteering for one of these volunteer positions, call FirstLink’s Helpline at 235-7335 (SEEK) or 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For additional opportunities not listed, visit www.myfirstlink.org and click on the Volunteer rectangle button.

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Administrative Volunteer
Cass-Clay VOAD is in need of individuals and older adults to manage correspondence, outreach to membership, event management, and maintain database. Up to 10 hours a week.

*iCan Bike Camp
Anne Carlsen Center is in need of individuals, families, older adults, youth-minimum age of 16, small and large groups to walk/jog/run (up to 3 miles per session) alongside a rider as they are learning to ride a bike during a 75-minute session (with short breaks) for 5 days Monday through Friday. You will provide encouragement and physical support, as needed. Monday July 13- Friday July 17,
8:30am-9:45am, 10:05am-11:20am, 11:40am-12:55pm, 2:00pm-3:15pm, Moorhead Sport Center. Must fill out an application to be a volunteer.

Thrift Store Summer Volunteers
Home Place Thrift Store is in need of individuals, older adults, small groups (2-3) and youth-minimum age 16+ to help with hanging and sorting clothes, organizing and stocking shelves, dusting, sweeping and possible vacuuming, assisting customers, bringing donations in to store. Store hours: Monday through Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday Noon-5pm, Location: 1811 S. Washington Street, Grand Forks, ND (Town & Country Mall). Flexible times, hours and days. Every other weekend help needed.

Intersection Superhero!
Streets Alive is looking for volunteers. Help make the day fun (and safe) by becoming an Intersection Superhero! Volunteers superheroes are needed on August 30th. There won’t be any red capes but we all know orange vests are the next best thing. Bring your friends, family or co-workers- it’s even more fun as a group! Intersection superheroes will reinforce the “road closed” signs, cones and barricades along the route to keep cars and people from having any unplanned meetings.

Caregiver Support Group Facilitator
Alzheimer’s Association is in need of individuals and older adults to help with setting up room, greeting attendees, encouraging conversations, etc. No experience necessary- will provide training. The 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7pm-8pm at Touchmark, 1200 Harwood Drive Fargo, ND 58104.

Patient Care Volunteer
Hospice of the Red River Valley is in need of individuals and older adults to provide companionship for hospice patients which can include wheelchair rides, having coffee, reminisce, sit at the bedside
and/ or play board games. Volunteer schedule will be determined by patient request and volunteer availability. Volunteers are needed for daytime, evening, and weekend hours.

Senior Companion
Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is looking for older adults to provide one-on-one companionship and social recreation to seniors who are lonely, isolated, or homebound. Receive an hourly stipend and mileage for your time and travel, plus other benefits. Hours: 15 hours/week. Schedule varies based on Volunteer’s availability. Will be serving clients in their homes.

Mentors
Big Brothers Big Sisters is in need of men who are willing to be a friend and mentor to a young person in need of a positive influence in their life. Involves spending time hanging out at least a couple of times a month.

Warehouse Team
HERO is in need of individuals to sort medical supplies, box up medical supplies for shipping, and to take inventory of medical supplies. Monday through Friday- 9am-5pm Hero Store Warehouse- 5012 53rd St. So, Suite C, Fargo.

HERO Mobile Driver
HERO is in need of individuals to drive HERO mobile unit to do pickup and deliveries of medical supplies and equipment, local and regional. Must be able to some lifting. Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. Hero warehouse 5012 53rd St. So, Suite C, Fargo.
Booth Volunteer
FirstLink is in need of individuals, families and older adults to represent FirstLink at various booths in the community. Time commitment is typically 2-4 hours per booth. Booths are typically in the evenings and on weekends; some weekday booths maybe available.

Meal Delivery Volunteers
Valley Senior Services is in need of volunteers to assist with Meals on Wheels Delivery in West Fargo. Volunteers deliver the meals to homebound elderly in our community. Meals are delivered for the noon meal Monday through Friday out of the West Fargo high-rise. It is about a one-hour time commitment each week.

If you are interested in volunteering for one of these volunteer positions, call FirstLink’s Helpline at 235-7335 (SEEK) or 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For additional opportunities not listed, visit www.myfirstlink.org and click on the Volunteer rectangle button.

FirstLink’s 1st Annual Suicide Awareness Silent Auction

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FirstLink believes greatly that suicide is 100% preventable. We are working every day to help prevent suicide. We are very grateful to be a part of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and to be the only call center in North Dakota to answer the Lifeline. We receive calls from the entire state and parts of Minnesota. Our call specialists are trained in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and are equipped with the tools needed to help someone who is having thoughts of suicide.

North Dakota has one of the highest suicide rates in the country especially in those people age 15-24 years old. FirstLink works to prevent and decrease these suicides, but we cannot do that without also raising awareness about this issue.  One in twenty people has thoughts about suicide at any given time. It’s time we start talking about this issue.

Speak Up Start Talking and Stop Whispering about Suicide….this is the name of our 1st annual benefit and silent auction coming up on September 17th. It is a fundraiser to support our suicide services, but it is also a chance for us to bring the community together to begin the conversation no one ever wants to have. The conversation about the fact that our community is not immune to suicide, it is time we come together and do what we can to bring awareness to this issue.

By attending this event, you will help support multiple programs FirstLink provides, including answering the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, our Suicide Follow Up Program, and our Suicide Education Outreach in local schools. Our Suicide Follow Up Program is a program offered to people who have attempted suicide and have been discharged from the hospital or have called our phone lines and possibly need a little more support. Our follow up team makes regular calls to those in the program to periodically check in with them and offer community resources if the caller needs additional support.

The Suicide Education Outreach program consists of staff going into local school’s health classes to talk about the warning signs of suicide with students in grades 7 through 12. They discuss suicide and warning signs of suicide and at the end of the presentation they can write down if they have concerns about themselves or others. School counselors will then get in touch with those students to offer them support.

FirstLink is on the front lines of suicide prevention and to keep our services as strong as possible, we need your support! You might be wondering how you can help us. The number one way you can help is to attend our event on September 17th! We also could use silent auction items. Consider donating a basket or other item to this year’s silent auction. Contact Wendy if you want to donate, 701-293-6462 or wendyj@myfirstlink.org. At the end of this blog, there are some great ideas for baskets.Please also help us spread the word about this event by inviting your friends to attend.

Suicide is everyone’s business and it is time to start talking about it. We hope to see you in September!

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