I Can Almost See the Finish Line!

 - by FirstLink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leola’s participation in the Ironman Triathlon in Boulder, Colorado is this weekend, August 3rd! She is getting prepared by biking up to 80 miles a day, running as much as possible, and swimming laps.  Leola’s commitment and dedication is inspiring and she could not do it without the support from Scott’s family, her family, friends, and YOU! Let her know you are supporting and cheering her on:

  • by sharing this information with someone,
  • making a donation
  • calling the organizations she is partnering with if you have questions
  • keeping her in your prayers as she trains and competes!

You Are Needed – July 28th, 2014

 - 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 “Be the Change: Volunteer” blue circle.

 

*Indicates a youth activity (no guardian required)


Staining decks and steps volunteers

The Perry Center is in need of individuals, families, small and large groups (2-20) to help with staining the decks and steps in apartment complexes.  We are wanting to get this project started ASAP.  This project can be done at night or on weekends if needed. 

 

*Walk of Hope Volunteers

FirstLink is in need of individuals, families, small groups (2-6) and youth-minimum age of 16 to help set up for the event, register participants and help with activities.  The Walk of Hope will be held on September 7th.  Volunteers are needed from 1pm-3:30pm.

 

*Red River Youth for Christ Peach Season

Red River Youth for Christ is in need of individuals, families, older adults, small groups (2-6 on Wednesday through Friday) Large Groups(20 first Tuesday of each week) and youth-minimum age of 15 years old to help preparing peaches for distribution, inserting information in boxes, carrying peaches to vehicles and cashiers.

 

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.

 

Mentor in the Reach & Rise Program

YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties is in need of individuals for their mentor programs.  Volunteer mentors are matched with a young person, age 6-17 years old, for one year to provide one-to-one mentoring services and create safe, healthy and meaningful relationships with youth.  Mentors meet with their mentee once a week for 1-3 hours and participate in activities of their choice.

 

Heartwarmers

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley is in need of compassionate, caring and unique individuals to assist RMHC-RRV staff, volunteers, and families in a variety of ways on a regular basis.  Heartwarmers help to create a supportive and comfortable atmosphere for families by assisting with day/evening operations of the house. We ask Heartwarmers to come once a week with day, evening and weekend availabilities that fit your schedule.  Heartwarmers are the backbone of the RMHC-RRV and we are excited to welcome new volunteers.

 

Senior Companion

Lutheran Social Services Senior Companions is in need of Older Adults (55+ years) to provide companionship (coffee & conversation), social recreation and help with non-medical daily living activities (e.g. grocery shopping, sorting mail, light meal prep) to older adult men and women who are homebound, lonely, isolated, frail or disabled. Volunteer benefits include hourly stipend, paid holidays, paid time off, travel reimbursement and flexible scheduling.

 

Manicure Volunteer

Home Appeal Adult Foster Care is in need of older adults and small groups (2-6) to give manicures to residents in the afternoon between 1pm-3pm on any day.


Project English

RSVP+ Southern Valley is in need of individuals, families, older adults, small groups 2-6 and youth minimum age 18 to help new Americans learn English with Rosetta stone software, practice conversational and Basic English language skills with New American students (adults). Project English classes run at various locations and times. They are; Fargo Adult Learning center at Agassiz

Monday-Thursday 11:30am – 12:30pm and 2:30pm-3:30pm, Moorhead Adult Basic Education

Monday-Thursday anytime between 8:30am- 4:00pm and Fridays from 8:30am-12pm, Charism Family Center on Thursday evenings and Holiday Inn Fargo on Saturday mornings from 9:00am-10:00am.

 

M.O.M’s Program Volunteer

The Salvation Army is in need of individuals, large groups 6-10, older adults and small groups 2-6 to help serve lunch to children in 3 different low income areas, clean up after the meal and interact with the children from Monday-Friday during summer months.


Membership Coordinator and Docent

Spirit Room is in need of individuals and older adults to take an active interest in the FM Arts community maintain membership and donation records, generate membership correspondence as requested, update membership database and serve as docent to answer phones, greet visitors and provide assistance as needed with mailing, paperwork and office organization. Wednesday afternoons from 1pm to 5pm for about 4 hours of time each week located at 111 Broadway in Downtown Fargo.

 

Archivist and Docent

Spirit Room is in need of individuals and older adults to take an active interest in the FM Arts community, record Spirit room events, art shows and concerts in Archives Data Base, compile documents, posters and related materials into master files and notebooks, maintain a running account of events and serve as docent to answer phones, greet visitors and provide assistance as needed with mailing, paperwork and office organization. Friday afternoons from 1pm to 5pm for about 4 hours of time each week located at 111 Broadway in Downtown Fargo.

 

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.

 

*Coffee Shop

Bethany Retirement Living is in need of individuals, older adults, families, small groups of 2, and youth-minimum age of 16 years old or younger with an adult to volunteer in the coffee shop on the weekends.  Saturdays: 12:30-4pm, Sundays: 12:30pm-4:00pm at 201 South University Drive location.

 

Get set and go stylists

Bethany Retirement Living is in need of individuals or small groups (2-6) who are willing and able to fix hair, to set and or curl with curling iron residents who do not go to the beauty shop.  Do not need a Beautician license.  Could also paint nails.  Mornings 9am-12pm every/any day of the week.  At 201 South University Drive location.

 

Assistant to Beauty Shop

Bethany Retirement Living is in need of individuals to assistance taking residents to and from the Beauty Shop, gathering a schedule of appointments, organizing schedule, going to units to notify the residents of their appointment, transporting the resident by wheelchair to the beauty shop and back to their rooms.  Monday through Friday from 9am-12pm, could do one to one visits during down times. At the 201 South University Drive location.

 

Road to Recovery Driver

American Cancer Society is looking for individuals, 18 year old and older adults to provide rides to patients who have no way to get to their cancer treatment.  Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars to get patients to and from the treatment they need.  All drivers are trained by the American Cancer Society.  Drivers need a current valid driver’s license, a good driving record, a safe and reliable car and proof of car insurance.  This program requires a one-year commitment but has flexible hours and will work with your availability!

 

REACH Food Pantry Office Support

The REACH office in Hawley is in need of volunteers for Office support to assist clients with our Food Pantry on Mondays & Thursdays between 1pm-4pm.  Any help with one or both of these days for any amount of time would be greatly appreciated.

 

Support Group Facilitator

Alzheimer’s Association is looking for an individual to facilitate an existing support group for those caring for a person with younger-onset Alzheimer’s.  The person they care for is a loved one who is under 65 years of age and has dementia. The support group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:30-800pm at 2631 12th Ave S, Fargo.

 

Dress for Success Boutique Merchandiser

Dress for Success Red River Valley is in need of volunteers to assist with sorting clothing donations and organizing the Boutique. Flexible hours are available.


Roof Repair Volunteers

Rebuilding Together Fargo-Moorhead Area is in need of individuals, older adults, or small and large groups (2-12) to help with roof repairs to homes.  These are elderly people; many are veterans and/or widows who live on a fixed income. They want to stay in their homes, but don’t have the money to fix the roof.  We are looking for both a house captain who has expertise in this area and people willing to serve on a crew.  You are also needed if you don’t have this skill set as there are needs regarding site cleanup.

 

Cashier Volunteer

Jazzy & Mumbos a thrift store where the proceeds go to animal aid, is in need of individuals, families, or older adults to help open the store, run the cash register, and keep the store neat and clean. This would be a long term opportunity.  Hours needed are from 9am-12:30pm, Volunteers are also needed one or two days in the afternoon from 12:00pm-4:30pm.  Flexible times and days are available.

 

Patient Care Volunteer

Hospice Red River Valley is in need of individuals to provide companionship, light housekeeping, friendly visiting, to reminisce, play cards, and share coffee with patients who are receiving hospice care. Times are flexible depending on patient needs and volunteer availability.


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.

 

*Youth Court Volunteer

Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is looking for mature, responsible people between the ages of 12 and 18 years old to serve on the Youth Court jury. Youth Court is an alternative to formal court proceedings for youth who have been charged with an offense or are showing concerning behavior.  As a Youth Court volunteer you will participate as courtroom personnel and make decisions that help your community and your peers.  As a volunteer you will also have the opportunity to learn about the court system, gain valuable experience that can be used on college applications, serve as a positive role model, meet new friends and help your peers repair the harm that they have caused.  All volunteers must go through a 1 hour orientation prior to serving as a jury member on Youth Court and acquire 2 letters of recommendation from non-family members.  Youth Court hearings are held every Thursday (year-round) from 4:00pm-6:00pm at the Lutheran Social Services Program Center (4720 7th Ave S, Suite B). We ask that volunteers commit to attending 2 times a month but we are able to be flexible with your schedule on which dates you are able to participate.

 

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 “Be the Change: Volunteer” blue circle.

Monday is here!

 - by FirstLink

I know how you all are feeling this Monday morning…a little droggy, wanting to crawl back in to your bed, sure sign you have a case of the Mondays.  And I know after a long hard day of work you just want to have a relaxing night at home with your family (or at least try too)!  Here is an idea to mix up your routine. We have many volunteer opportunities posted every week! It is a great way to spend time with family and friends and help out in your community! Just look for the You Are Needed (YAN) post this week and get out there and volunteer :)

Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer!

 - by FirstLink

According to students at UC San Diego:

#10: It’s good for you.

Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. It:

  • Reduces stress: Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns.
  • Makes you healthier: Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one’s fate, strengthen the immune system.

#9: It saves resources.

Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on local improvements.

  • The estimated value of a volunteer’s time is $15.39 per hour.

#8: Volunteers gain professional experience.

You can test out a career.

#7: It brings people together.

As a volunteer you assist in:

  • Uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal
  • Building camaraderie and teamwork

#6: It promotes personal growth and self esteem.

Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy.

#5: Volunteering strengthens your community.

As a volunteer you help:

  • Support families (daycare and eldercare)
  • Improve schools (tutoring, literacy)
  • Support youth (mentoring and after-school programs)
  • Beautify the community (beach and park cleanups)

#4: You learn a lot.

Volunteers learn things like these:

  • Self: Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your view on your self worth.
  • Government: Through working with local non-profit agencies, volunteers learn about the functions and operation of our government.
  • Community: Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs.

#3: You get a chance to give back.

People like to support community resources that they use themselves or that benefit people they care about.

#2: Volunteering encourages civic responsibility.

Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.

#1: You make a difference.

Every person counts!

I encourage you to get out there and volunteer your time to making a difference in your community! And if you have and love to volunteer then bring a friend with you who hasn’t experienced a volunteer opportunity and watch how you are can inspire them! Have a safe and fantastic weekend and hope to see you out in the community:)

Community Volunteer Workshop!

 - by FirstLink

Time to put this date on your calendar, Oct. 21st, 2014, because The Community Volunteer Workshop is coming up!  If you are wanting to improve your volunteer base at your nonprofit center, enhance your business by learning how to effectively connect with volunteer opportunities and how volunteers can impact your business, learn how students can make a lasting impression, or want to find a way yourself to reach out to the community…then this is the workshop to attend! There will be breakout groups that include indulgent speakers who will guide you through different topics of how you can reach your goal with volunteers or volunteering.  You do not want to miss out on this opportunity!

Any questions email, David Vining at davidv@myfirstlink.org and he will help you get registered! Hope to see you there.

You Are Needed – July 21st, 2014

 - 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 “Be the Change: Volunteer” blue circle.

*Indicates a youth activity (no guardian required)

 

*Walk of Hope Volunteers

FirstLink is in need of individuals, families, small groups (2-6) and youth-minimum age of 16 to help set up for the event, register participants and help with activities.  The Walk of Hope will be held on September 7th.  Volunteers are needed from 1pm-3:30pm.

 

*Red River Youth for Christ Peach Season

Red River Youth for Christ is in need of individuals, families, older adults, small groups (2-6 on Wednesday through Friday) Large Groups(20 first Tuesday of each week) and youth-minimum age of 15 years old to help preparing peaches for distribution, inserting information in boxes, carrying peaches to vehicles and cashiers.

 

TEDxFargo

TEDxFargo and TEDxYouth@Fargo is looking for individuals, families, small and large groups to be attendee ushers, theater ushers; production assistance and runners; break set up, food service; attendee registration; and helping vendors set up. Additional volunteers are also needed for helping over lunch service.  TEDxFargo will be an all-day event on July 24th.  TEDxYouth@Fargo will need volunteers for half the day on July 25th for the event.  We are looking for volunteers for both events. Both events will take place at the Fargo Theater in downtown 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.

 

Mentor in the Reach & Rise Program

YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties is in need of individuals for their mentor programs.  Volunteer mentors are matched with a young person, age 6-17 years old, for one year to provide one-to-one mentoring services and create safe, healthy and meaningful relationships with youth.  Mentors meet with their mentee once a week for 1-3 hours and participate in activities of their choice.

 

Heartwarmers

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley is in need of compassionate, caring and unique individuals to assist RMHC-RRV staff, volunteers, and families in a variety of ways on a regular basis.  Heartwarmers help to create a supportive and comfortable atmosphere for families by assisting with day/evening operations of the house. We ask Heartwarmers to come once a week with day, evening and weekend availabilities that fit your schedule.  Heartwarmers are the backbone of the RMHC-RRV and we are excited to welcome new volunteers.

 

Senior companion

Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota: Lutheran Social Services Senior Companions is in need of Older Adults (55+ years) to provide companionship (coffee & conversation), social recreation and assistance with non-medical daily living activities. (e.g. grocery shopping, sorting mail, light meal prep to older adult men who are homebound, lonely, isolated, frail or disable. Flexible weekly schedule.  Volunteers receive hourly stipend, paid holidays, paid time off and mileage reimbursement.

 

Manicure Volunteer

Home Appeal Adult Foster Care is in need of older adults and small groups (2-6) to give manicures to residents in the afternoon between 1pm-3pm on any day.


Project English

RSVP+ Southern Valley is in need of individuals, families, older adults, small groups 2-6 and youth minimum age 18 to help new Americans learn English with Rosetta stone software, practice conversational and Basic English language skills with New American students (adults). Project English classes run at various locations and times. They are; Fargo Adult Learning center at Agassiz

Monday-Thursday 11:30am – 12:30pm and 2:30pm-3:30pm, Moorhead Adult Basic Education

Monday-Thursday anytime between 8:30am- 4:00pm and Fridays from 8:30am-12pm, Charism Family Center on Thursday evenings and Holiday Inn Fargo on Saturday mornings from 9:00am-10:00am.

 

M.O.M’s Program Volunteer

The Salvation Army is in need of individuals, large groups 6-10, older adults and small groups 2-6 to help serve lunch to children in 3 different low income areas, clean up after the meal and interact with the children from Monday-Friday during summer months.


Membership Coordinator and Docent

Spirit Room is in need of individuals and older adults to take an active interest in the FM Arts community maintain membership and donation records, generate membership correspondence as requested, update membership database and serve as docent to answer phones, greet visitors and provide assistance as needed with mailing, paperwork and office organization. Wednesday afternoons from 1pm to 5pm for about 4 hours of time each week located at 111 Broadway in Downtown Fargo.

 

Archivist and Docent

Spirit Room is in need of individuals and older adults to take an active interest in the FM Arts community, record Spirit room events, art shows and concerts in Archives Data Base, compile documents, posters and related materials into master files and notebooks, maintain a running account of events and serve as docent to answer phones, greet visitors and provide assistance as needed with mailing, paperwork and office organization. Friday afternoons from 1pm to 5pm for about 4 hours of time each week located at 111 Broadway in Downtown Fargo.

 

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.

 

*Coffee Shop

Bethany Retirement Living is in need of individuals, older adults, families, small groups of 2, and youth-minimum age of 16 years old or younger with an adult to volunteer in the coffee shop on the weekends.  Saturdays: 12:30-4pm, Sundays: 12:30pm-4:00pm at 201 South University Drive location.

 

Get set and go stylists

Bethany Retirement Living is in need of individuals or small groups (2-6) who are willing and able to fix hair, to set and or curl with curling iron residents who do not go to the beauty shop.  Do not need a Beautician license.  Could also paint nails.  Mornings 9am-12pm every/any day of the week.  At 201 South University Drive location.

 

Assistant to Beauty Shop

Bethany Retirement Living is in need of individuals to assistance taking residents to and from the Beauty Shop, gathering a schedule of appointments, organizing schedule, going to units to notify the residents of their appointment, transporting the resident by wheelchair to the beauty shop and back to their rooms.  Monday through Friday from 9am-12pm, could do one to one visits during down times. At the 201 South University Drive location.

 

Road to Recovery Driver

American Cancer Society is looking for individuals, 18 year old and older adults to provide rides to patients who have no way to get to their cancer treatment.  Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars to get patients to and from the treatment they need.  All drivers are trained by the American Cancer Society.  Drivers need a current valid driver’s license, a good driving record, a safe and reliable car and proof of car insurance.  This program requires a one-year commitment but has flexible hours and will work with your availability!

 

REACH Food Pantry Office Support

The REACH office in Hawley is in need of volunteers for Office support to assist clients with our Food Pantry on Mondays & Thursdays between 1pm-4pm.  Any help with one or both of these days for any amount of time would be greatly appreciated.

 

Support Group Facilitator

Alzheimer’s Association is looking for an individual to facilitate an existing support group for those caring for a person with younger-onset Alzheimer’s.  The person they care for is a loved one who is under 65 years of age and has dementia. The support group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:30-800pm at 2631 12th Ave S, Fargo.

 

Dress for Success Boutique Merchandiser

Dress for Success Red River Valley is in need of volunteers to assist with sorting clothing donations and organizing the Boutique. Flexible hours are available.


Roof Repair Volunteers

Rebuilding Together Fargo-Moorhead Area is in need of individuals, older adults, or small and large groups (2-12) to help with roof repairs to homes.  These are elderly people; many are veterans and/or widows who live on a fixed income. They want to stay in their homes, but don’t have the money to fix the roof.  We are looking for both a house captain who has expertise in this area and people willing to serve on a crew.  You are also needed if you don’t have this skill set as there are needs regarding site cleanup.

 

Cashier Volunteer

Jazzy & Mumbos a thrift store where the proceeds go to animal aid, is in need of individuals, families, or older adults to help open the store, run the cash register, and keep the store neat and clean. This would be a long term opportunity.  Hours needed are from 9am-12:30pm, Volunteers are also needed one or two days in the afternoon from 12:00pm-4:30pm.  Flexible times and days are available.

 

Patient Care Volunteer

Hospice Red River Valley is in need of individuals to provide companionship, light housekeeping, friendly visiting, to reminisce, play cards, and share coffee with patients who are receiving hospice care. Times are flexible depending on patient needs and volunteer availability.


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.

 

*Youth Court Volunteer

Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is looking for mature, responsible people between the ages of 12 and 18 years old to serve on the Youth Court jury. Youth Court is an alternative to formal court proceedings for youth who have been charged with an offense or are showing concerning behavior.  As a Youth Court volunteer you will participate as courtroom personnel and make decisions that help your community and your peers.  As a volunteer you will also have the opportunity to learn about the court system, gain valuable experience that can be used on college applications, serve as a positive role model, meet new friends and help your peers repair the harm that they have caused.  All volunteers must go through a 1 hour orientation prior to serving as a jury member on Youth Court and acquire 2 letters of recommendation from non-family members.  Youth Court hearings are held every Thursday (year-round) from 4:00pm-6:00pm at the Lutheran Social Services Program Center (4720 7th Ave S, Suite B). We ask that volunteers commit to attending 2 times a month but we are able to be flexible with your schedule on which dates you are able to participate.

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 “Be the Change: Volunteer” blue circle.

 

You Are Needed – July 14th, 2014

 - 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 “Be the Change: Volunteer” blue circle.

*Indicates a youth activity (no guardian required)

 

*Walk of Hope Volunteers

FirstLink is in need of individuals, families, small groups (2-6) and youth-minimum age of 16 to help set up for the event, register participants and help with activities.  The Walk of Hope will be held on September 7th.  Volunteers are needed from 1pm-3:30pm.

 

Downtown  Fargo Street Fair 2014

Downtown Community Partnership is in need of large groups (15-20) to help be on the clean team and large groups (20-25) to be crossing guards.  Crossing Guards will man the intersections on Broadway.  Clean Teams will keep the streets clean and garbage cans emptied up and down Broadway.

Event will be on Saturday, July 19th, from 9:30am-6pm.

 

*Red River Youth for Christ Peach Season

Red River Youth for Christ is in need of individuals, families, older adults, small groups (2-6 on Wednesday through Friday) Large Groups(20 first Tuesday of each week) and youth-minimum age of 15 years old to help preparing peaches for distribution, inserting information in boxes, carrying peaches to vehicles and cashiers.

 

TEDxFargo

TEDxFargo and TEDxYouth@Fargo is looking for individuals, families, small and large groups to be attendee ushers, theater ushers; production assistance and runners; break set up, food service; attendee registration; and helping vendors set up. Additional volunteers are also needed for helping over lunch service.  TEDxFargo will be an all-day event on July 24th.  TEDxYouth@Fargo will need volunteers for half the day on July 25th for the event.  We are looking for volunteers for both events. Both events will take place at the Fargo Theater in downtown 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.

 

Mentor in the Reach & Rise Program

YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties is in need of individuals for their mentor programs.  Volunteer mentors are matched with a young person, age 6-17 years old, for one year to provide one-to-one mentoring services and create safe, healthy and meaningful relationships with youth.  Mentors meet with their mentee once a week for 1-3 hours and participate in activities of their choice.

 

Heartwarmer

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley is in need of individuals and older adults.  Looking for compassionate, caring and unique individuals to assist RMHC-RRV staff, volunteers, and families in a variety of ways.  Heartwarmers help to create a supportive and comfortable atmosphere for families by assisting with day/evening operations of the house. We ask Heartwarmers to commit to 3 months of volunteer service by assisting 3-4 hours a week.  These 3-4 hours can be day, evening, or weekend shifts once a week.  Heartwarmers are the backbone of the RMHC-RRV and we are excited to welcome new volunteers.

 

Senior companion

Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota: Lutheran Social Services Senior Companions is in need of Older Adults (55+ years) to provide companionship (coffee & conversation), social recreation and assistance with non-medical daily living activities. (e.g. grocery shopping, sorting mail, light meal prep to older adult men who are homebound, lonely, isolated, frail or disable. Flexible weekly schedule.  Volunteers receive hourly stipend, paid holidays, paid time off and mileage reimbursement.

 

Manicure Volunteer

Home Appeal Adult Foster Care is in need of older adults and small groups (2-6) to give manicures to residents in the afternoon between 1pm-3pm on any day.


Project English

RSVP+ Southern Valley is in need of individuals, families, older adults, small groups 2-6 and youth minimum age 18 to help new Americans learn English with Rosetta stone software, practice conversational and Basic English language skills with New American students (adults). Project English classes run at various locations and times. They are; Fargo Adult Learning center at Agassiz

Monday-Thursday 11:30am – 12:30pm and 2:30pm-3:30pm, Moorhead Adult Basic Education

Monday-Thursday anytime between 8:30am- 4:00pm and Fridays from 8:30am-12pm, Charism Family Center on Thursday evenings and Holiday Inn Fargo on Saturday mornings from 9:00am-10:00am.

 

M.O.M’s Program Volunteer

The Salvation Army is in need of individuals, large groups 6-10, older adults and small groups 2-6 to help serve lunch to children in 3 different low income areas, clean up after the meal and interact with the children from Monday-Friday during summer months.

 

Membership Coordinator and Docent

Spirit Room is in need of individuals and older adults to take an active interest in the FM Arts community maintain membership and donation records, generate membership correspondence as requested, update membership database and serve as docent to answer phones, greet visitors and provide assistance as needed with mailing, paperwork and office organization. Wednesday afternoons from 1pm to 5pm for about 4 hours of time each week located at 111 Broadway in Downtown Fargo.

 

Archivist and Docent

Spirit Room is in need of individuals and older adults to take an active interest in the FM Arts community, record Spirit room events, art shows and concerts in Archives Data Base, compile documents, posters and related materials into master files and notebooks, maintain a running account of events and serve as docent to answer phones, greet visitors and provide assistance as needed with mailing, paperwork and office organization. Friday afternoons from 1pm to 5pm for about 4 hours of time each week located at 111 Broadway in Downtown Fargo.

 

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.

 

*Coffee Shop

Bethany Retirement Living is in need of individuals, older adults, families, small groups of 2, and youth-minimum age of 16 years old or younger with an adult to volunteer in the coffee shop on the weekends.  Saturdays: 12:30-4pm, Sundays: 12:30pm-4:00pm at 201 South University Drive location.

 

Get set and go stylists

Bethany Retirement Living is in need of individuals or small groups (2-6) who are willing and able to fix hair, to set and or curl with curling iron residents who do not go to the beauty shop.  Do not need a Beautician license.  Could also paint nails.  Mornings 9am-12pm every/any day of the week.  At 201 South University Drive location.

 

Assistant to Beauty Shop

Bethany Retirement Living is in need of individuals to assistance taking residents to and from the Beauty Shop, gathering a schedule of appointments, organizing schedule, going to units to notify the residents of their appointment, transporting the resident by wheelchair to the beauty shop and back to their rooms.  Monday through Friday from 9am-12pm, could do one to one visits during down times. At the 201 South University Drive location.

 

Road to Recovery Driver

American Cancer Society is looking for individuals, 18 year old and older adults to provide rides to patients who have no way to get to their cancer treatment.  Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars to get patients to and from the treatment they need.  All drivers are trained by the American Cancer Society.  Drivers need a current valid driver’s license, a good driving record, a safe and reliable car and proof of car insurance.  This program requires a one-year commitment but has flexible hours and will work with your availability!

 

REACH Food Pantry Office Support

The REACH office in Hawley is in need of volunteers for Office support to assist clients with our Food Pantry on Mondays & Thursdays between 1pm-4pm.  Any help with one or both of these days for any amount of time would be greatly appreciated.

 

Support Group Facilitator

Alzheimer’s Association is looking for an individual to facilitate an existing support group for those caring for a person with younger-onset Alzheimer’s.  The person they care for is a loved one who is under 65 years of age and has dementia. The support group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:30-800pm at 2631 12th Ave S, Fargo.

 

Dress for Success Boutique Merchandiser

Dress for Success Red River Valley is in need of volunteers to assist with sorting clothing donations and organizing the Boutique. Flexible hours are available.


Roof Repair Volunteers

Rebuilding Together Fargo-Moorhead Area is in need of individuals, older adults, or small and large groups (2-12) to help with roof repairs to homes.  These are elderly people; many are veterans and/or widows who live on a fixed income. They want to stay in their homes, but don’t have the money to fix the roof.  We are looking for both a house captain who has expertise in this area and people willing to serve on a crew.  You are also needed if you don’t have this skill set as there are needs regarding site cleanup.

 

Cashier Volunteer

Jazzy & Mumbos a thrift store where the proceeds go to animal aid, is in need of individuals, families, or older adults to help open the store, run the cash register, and keep the store neat and clean. This would be a long term opportunity.  Hours needed are from 9am-12:30pm, Volunteers are also needed one or two days in the afternoon from 12:00pm-4:30pm.  Flexible times and days are available.

 

Patient Care Volunteer

Hospice Red River Valley is in need of individuals to provide companionship, light housekeeping, friendly visiting, to reminisce, play cards, and share coffee with patients who are receiving hospice care. Times are flexible depending on patient needs and volunteer availability.


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.


*Youth Court Volunteer

Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is looking for mature, responsible people between the ages of 12 and 18 years old to serve on the Youth Court jury. Youth Court is an alternative to formal court proceedings for youth who have been charged with an offense or are showing concerning behavior.  As a Youth Court volunteer you will participate as courtroom personnel and make decisions that help your community and your peers.  As a volunteer you will also have the opportunity to learn about the court system, gain valuable experience that can be used on college applications, serve as a positive role model, meet new friends and help your peers repair the harm that they have caused.  All volunteers must go through a 1 hour orientation prior to serving as a jury member on Youth Court and acquire 2 letters of recommendation from non-family members.  Youth Court hearings are held every Thursday (year-round) from 4:00pm-6:00pm at the Lutheran Social Services Program Center (4720 7th Ave S, Suite B). We ask that volunteers commit to attending 2 times a month but we are able to be flexible with your schedule on which dates you are able to participate.

 

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 “Be the Change: Volunteer” blue circle.

Red River Valley Fair

 - by FirstLink
Looking for some fun this week…?!  Don’t forget the Red River Valley Fair is going on where there are a lot of great contests like paint your yorkie, photography contest, pasta cooking contest, and so much more!  Also there are some great live performances at the Grandstand! Tonight, #Friday, at 8pm Billy Currington will be performing!  It is a great time to enjoy a fun filled day with friends and family…
Another great idea to do with friends and family is volunteer your time for not only the smile it will put on your face, but the happiness it will bring to someone else!  One organization that is looking for enthusiastic volunteers is The Girl Scouts.  You could either volunteer as a troop leader for the summer camp or program or there are one time volunteers if you are looking for a shorter commitment where you come in and teach a program for a couple hours during the day!  If you have any questions or this sounds like a fun opportunity for you here is Jennifer Jamieson, in charge of the volunteer program, email JJamieson@gsdakotahorizons.org !  She would love to talk to you about what volunteer opportunity would be best for you! Also, there are upcoming volunteer information nights on July 21st & 31st @ 5:30-7pm if this sounds like something you would be interested in!!

Triumphant Triathlon

 - by FirstLink

 

 

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

 

October 2013, Leola experienced a tragic loss that I hope no one has to ever go through.  Leola’s brother-in-law Scott took his life leaving behind his wife and daughters.  Leola always enjoys remembering the quote at the heading of this piece, because it “Hung in Scott’s office and when he was feeling well, it was his motivation for life.”  Through the strength of her sister and nieces Leola has learned the ability to choose passion over grief, understanding over anger, and courage over discouragement. 

“I wish there was something I could have said to Scott to give him support since he did so much for me during his life.  I realize that his death was the result of mental illness that he didn’t want anybody to know he struggled with.”  Leola has so much strength and passion inside her that she is now going to participate in the Ironman Triathlon greatly in Scott’s memory, but to also raise awareness about mental health.

“The quote at the heading to this piece hung in Scott’s office and when he was feeling well, it was his motivation for life.”

This triathlon will express the memory of Scott and the love shown by his wife and daughters towards Leola.  “I am doing the Ironman Triathlon in Boulder, Colorado on August 3rd of this year.  I’ll be wearing purple on race day- Scott’s lucky color- and I’m positive it will help get me to the finish!  The race consists of swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles and running a marathon (26.2 miles!).  I plan to leave a trail!” 

“I’ll be wearing purple on race day- Scott’s lucky color- and I’m positive it will help get me to the finish!”

“Everyone thinks long endurance races are an individual sport, they are, but in so many ways it is a team sport, no race is ever completed alone. Faith family and friends get you through it!”  FirstLink in Fargo, ND and The Center for Grief, Loss and Transition in St. Paul, MN has agreed to be part of Leola’s partners in training.  Partnering with these two organizations Leola hopes to raise more awareness about mental health and express gratitude for the support Scott’s family has received as survivors.  Leola is putting her faith and hope in YOU to JOIN her team! 

About the Organzations

FIRSTLINK

“Hope Begins Here.”

FirstLink in Fargo is a nonprofit agency funded in part by the United Way.  FirstLink strives to be the first point of contact for information and referral, listening and support, and military/veteran support.  FirstLink offers a free helpline that is available 24/7 to the public.  Specialists offer supportive, non-judgmental listening ears and provide information about community resources.  They also provide unique suicide services including survivor support groups, education and outreach, intervention training, and they answer calls on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

CENTER for GRIEF LOSS and TRANSITION

“We grieved because we have loved. Through our journey we can be healed.”

The Center for Grief, Loss and Transition in St. Paul is a non-profit program that offers specialized therapy and education in the areas of complicated grief, trauma and life transitions.  The center staff provides caring support to individuals and families who are experiencing loss or trauma.  The team at the center has been a valuable resource for Scott’s family.

This is an invitation for YOU to join Leola’s Team!  She would greatly appreciate for you to make a donation to the Center for Grief Loss and Transition or FirstLink in Scott’s name.

You Are Needed – June 30th, 2014

 - 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 “Be the Change: Volunteer” blue circle.

* Indicates a youth activity (no guardian required)

 Downtown  Fargo Street Fair 2014

Downtown Community Partnership is in need of large groups (15-20) to help be on the clean team and large groups (20-25) to be crossing guards.  Crossing Guards will man the intersections on Broadway.  Clean Teams will keep the streets clean and garbage cans emptied up and down Broadway.

Event will be on Saturday, July 19th, from 9:30am-6pm.

 

*Red River Youth for Christ Peach Season

Red River Youth for Christ is in need of individuals, families, older adults, small groups (2-6 on Wednesday through Friday) Large Groups(20 first Tuesday of each week) and youth-minimum age of 15 years old to help preparing peaches for distribution, inserting information in boxes, carrying peaches to vehicles and cashiers.

 

TEDxFargo

TEDxFargo and TEDxYouth@Fargo is looking for individuals, families, small and large groups to be attendee ushers, theater ushers; production assistance and runners; break set up, food service; attendee registration; and helping vendors set up. Additional volunteers are also needed for helping over lunch service.  TEDxFargo will be an all-day event on July 24th.  TEDxYouth@Fargo will need volunteers for half the day on July 25th for the event.  We are looking for volunteers for both events. Both events will take place at the Fargo Theater in downtown Fargo.

 

4th of July Celebration

Bonanzaville is in need of individuals to help with supervising Games to Go, and help with supervising and explaining children’s games.  The event will be held on July 4th from 12pm-5pm.  Shifts available from 11:30pm-2:30pm and 2:15pm-5:15pm.

 

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.

 

Mentor in the Reach & Rise Program

YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties is in need of individuals for their mentor programs.  Volunteer mentors are matched with a young person, age 6-17 years old, for one year to provide one-to-one mentoring services and create safe, healthy and meaningful relationships with youth.  Mentors meet with their mentee once a week for 1-3 hours and participate in activities of their choice.

 

Heartwarmer

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley is in need of individuals and older adults.  Looking for compassionate, caring and unique individuals to assist RMHC-RRV staff, volunteers, and families in a variety of ways.  Heartwarmers help to create a supportive and comfortable atmosphere for families by assisting with day/evening operations of the house. We ask Heartwarmers to commit to 3 months of volunteer service by assisting 3-4 hours a week.  These 3-4 hours can be day, evening, or weekend shifts once a week.  Heartwarmers are the backbone of the RMHC-RRV and we are excited to welcome new volunteers.

 

Senior companion

Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota: Lutheran Social Services Senior Companions is in need of Older Adults (55+ years) to provide companionship (coffee & conversation), social recreation and assistance with non-medical daily living activities. (e.g. grocery shopping, sorting mail, light meal prep to older adult men who are homebound, lonely, isolated, frail or disable. Flexible weekly schedule.  Volunteers receive hourly stipend, paid holidays, paid time off and mileage reimbursement.

 

Manicure Volunteer

Home Appeal Adult Foster Care is in need of older adults and small groups (2-6) to give manicures to residents in the afternoon between 1pm-3pm on any day.


Project English

RSVP+ Southern Valley is in need of individuals, families, older adults, small groups 2-6 and youth minimum age 18 to help new Americans learn English with Rosetta stone software, practice conversational and Basic English language skills with New American students (adults). Project English classes run at various locations and times. They are; Fargo Adult Learning center at Agassiz

Monday-Thursday 11:30am – 12:30pm and 2:30pm-3:30pm, Moorhead Adult Basic Education

Monday-Thursday anytime between 8:30am- 4:00pm and Fridays from 8:30am-12pm, Charism Family Center on Thursday evenings and Holiday Inn Fargo on Saturday mornings from 9:00am-10:00am.

 

M.O.M’s Program Volunteer

The Salvation Army is in need of individuals, large groups 6-10, older adults and small groups 2-6 to help serve lunch to children in 3 different low income areas, clean up after the meal and interact with the children from Monday-Friday during summer months.

 

Membership Coordinator and Docent

Spirit Room is in need of individuals and older adults to take an active interest in the FM Arts community maintain membership and donation records, generate membership correspondence as requested, update membership database and serve as docent to answer phones, greet visitors and provide assistance as needed with mailing, paperwork and office organization. Wednesday afternoons from 1pm to 5pm for about 4 hours of time each week located at 111 Broadway in Downtown Fargo.

 

Archivist and Docent

Spirit Room is in need of individuals and older adults to take an active interest in the FM Arts community, record Spirit room events, art shows and concerts in Archives Data Base, compile documents, posters and related materials into master files and notebooks, maintain a running account of events and serve as docent to answer phones, greet visitors and provide assistance as needed with mailing, paperwork and office organization. Friday afternoons from 1pm to 5pm for about 4 hours of time each week located at 111 Broadway in Downtown Fargo.

 

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.

 

*Coffee Shop

Bethany Retirement Living is in need of individuals, older adults, families, small groups of 2, and youth-minimum age of 16 years old or younger with an adult to volunteer in the coffee shop on the weekends.  Saturdays: 12:30-4pm, Sundays: 12:30pm-4:00pm at 201 South University Drive location.

 

Get set and go stylists

Bethany Retirement Living is in need of individuals or small groups (2-6) who are willing and able to fix hair, to set and or curl with curling iron residents who do not go to the beauty shop.  Do not need a Beautician license.  Could also paint nails.  Mornings 9am-12pm every/any day of the week.  At 201 South University Drive location.

 

Assistant to Beauty Shop

Bethany Retirement Living is in need of individuals to assistance taking residents to and from the Beauty Shop, gathering a schedule of appointments, organizing schedule, going to units to notify the residents of their appointment, transporting the resident by wheelchair to the beauty shop and back to their rooms.  Monday through Friday from 9am-12pm, could do one to one visits during down times. At the 201 South University Drive location.

 

Road to Recovery Driver

American Cancer Society is looking for individuals, 18 year old and older adults to provide rides to patients who have no way to get to their cancer treatment.  Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars to get patients to and from the treatment they need.  All drivers are trained by the American Cancer Society.  Drivers need a current valid driver’s license, a good driving record, a safe and reliable car and proof of car insurance.  This program requires a one-year commitment but has flexible hours and will work with your availability!

 

REACH Food Pantry Office Support

The REACH office in Hawley is in need of volunteers for Office support to assist clients with our Food Pantry on Mondays & Thursdays between 1pm-4pm.  Any help with one or both of these days for any amount of time would be greatly appreciated.

 

Support Group Facilitator

Alzheimer’s Association is looking for an individual to facilitate an existing support group for those caring for a person with younger-onset Alzheimer’s.  The person they care for is a loved one who is under 65 years of age and has dementia. The support group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:30-800pm at 2631 12th Ave S, Fargo.

 

Dress for Success Boutique Merchandiser

Dress for Success Red River Valley is in need of volunteers to assist with sorting clothing donations and organizing the Boutique. Flexible hours are available.


Roof Repair Volunteers

Rebuilding Together Fargo-Moorhead Area is in need of individuals, older adults, or small and large groups (2-12) to help with roof repairs to homes.  These are elderly people; many are veterans and/or widows who live on a fixed income. They want to stay in their homes, but don’t have the money to fix the roof.  We are looking for both a house captain who has expertise in this area and people willing to serve on a crew.  You are also needed if you don’t have this skill set as there are needs regarding site cleanup.

 

Cashier Volunteer

Jazzy & Mumbos a thrift store where the proceeds go to animal aid, is in need of individuals, families, or older adults to help open the store, run the cash register, and keep the store neat and clean. This would be a long term opportunity.  Hours needed are from 9am-12:30pm, Volunteers are also needed one or two days in the afternoon from 12:00pm-4:30pm.  Flexible times and days are available.

 

Patient Care Volunteer

Hospice Red River Valley is in need of individuals to provide companionship, light housekeeping, friendly visiting, to reminisce, play cards, and share coffee with patients who are receiving hospice care. Times are flexible depending on patient needs and volunteer availability.  F


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.

 

*Youth Court Volunteer

Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is looking for mature, responsible people between the ages of 12 and 18 years old to serve on the Youth Court jury. Youth Court is an alternative to formal court proceedings for youth who have been charged with an offense or are showing concerning behavior.  As a Youth Court volunteer you will participate as courtroom personnel and make decisions that help your community and your peers.  As a volunteer you will also have the opportunity to learn about the court system, gain valuable experience that can be used on college applications, serve as a positive role model, meet new friends and help your peers repair the harm that they have caused.  All volunteers must go through a 1 hour orientation prior to serving as a jury member on Youth Court and acquire 2 letters of recommendation from non-family members.  Youth Court hearings are held every Thursday (year-round) from 4:00pm-6:00pm at the Lutheran Social Services Program Center (4720 7th Ave S, Suite B). We ask that volunteers commit to attending 2 times a month but we are able to be flexible with your schedule on which dates you are able to participate.

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 “Be the Change: Volunteer” blue circle.