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

 - 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)

 
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

 - by FirstLink

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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You Are Needed – July 6, 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, youth, small and large groups (2-100+) to help plant, mulch, and water trees along the Red River. Thursday, July 9th, 2-7pm., Oak Grove Park, Fargo.

 

*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 for all three events (July 12th, and 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.

 

Ronald McDonald Golf Tournament

RMHC is in need of individuals to assist with golf tournament games: Shifts are from 12pm-3pm and 3pm-6pm on Tuesday July 14 at Rose Creek.

 

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.

 

Help a Family Affected by ALS- Become a Family Assistance Volunteer

The ALS Association, MN/ND/SD Chapter is in need of individuals and older adults to help a family affected by ALS. Duties would include help cleaning and organizing house. Shifts would be two hours a week.

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.

 

5 Reasons to Read FirstLink’s You Are Needed (YAN)

 - by FirstLink

5 Reasons to Read FirstLink’s You Are Needed (YAN)

Have you ever wanted to make a big difference in your community but just don’t know where to start? Would you like to help a nonprofit fulfill their mission but don’t know where your volunteer efforts are most needed? FirstLink has a resource that can help you out!

You Are Needed (YAN) is a listing of available volunteer opportunities happening right now in our community. Nonprofits submit their opportunities to FirstLink every week and FirstLink publishes them every Tuesday! Below you will find 5 reasons why you should check this list out every week!

  1. Discover a variety of volunteer opportunities. The great part about the YAN is that any nonprofit can submit an opportunity. Most people can only name a handful of nonprofits in their community. The Cass/Clay community has over 1,100 registered nonprofit organizations that all need help from volunteers. By reading the YAN every week you can learn about new nonprofits that would love to utilize your time and talents!
  2. Find out where the need for your time is the greatest in the community. When looking for a volunteer opportunity it’s important that your time is going to be respected and used for a productive purpose. Nonprofits only put specific opportunities in the YAN so that you know exactly what you will be doing before you show up. FirstLink cares about connecting community members to opportunities that they will be passionate about.
  3. Find youth volunteer opportunities. Finding opportunities for youth to become involved with volunteerism and giving back to the community can be hard. When nonprofits list opportunities in the YAN they have to list if youth can volunteer with them. Youth opportunities are specially marked with an age range so that there’s no questions whether your child can volunteer or not.
  4. Learn more about community resources. Nonprofit organizations handle many of the basic need resources in our community. Nonprofits serve our communities most vulnerable residents. When you check the YAN for a volunteer opportunity you also get to learn about what needs exist in the community and how nonprofits are addressing them.
  5. Create connections and friendships in the community. When you find a volunteer opportunity in the YAN you will get connected to new organizations and people that you otherwise would not have met. Volunteering is a fantastic way to make new connections and friendships. Volunteering supports nonprofits, builds community, and makes you feel like a valued member of the community!

Now that you know why you should check the YAN, you can look for it on our website every Tuesday. Use this link to find the latest volunteer opportunities in our community!

http://myfirstlink.areavoices.com/

If you’re a nonprofit and would like to post a volunteer opportunity in the YAN, email davidv@myfirstlink.org to get started!

 

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You Are Needed-June 29th, 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, youth, small and large groups (2-100+) to help plant, mulch, and water trees along the Red River. Thursday, July 9th, 2-7pm., Oak Grove Park, Fargo.

*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 for all three events (July 12th, and 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.

Ronald McDonald Golf Tournament
RMHC is in need of individuals to assist with golf tournament games: Shifts are from 12pm-3pm and 3pm-6pm on Tuesday July 14 at Rose Creek.

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.

Help a Family Affected by ALS- Become a Family Assistance Volunteer
The ALS Association, MN/ND/SD Chapter is in need of individuals and older adults to help a family affected by ALS. Duties would include help cleaning and organizing house. Shifts would be two hours a week.

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.

Ten Simple Ways to Serve Your Local Community

 - by FirstLink

Ten Simple Ways to Serve Your Local Community

Many people find themselves wanting to serve the community but have no idea where to begin. Most working professionals have had some experience with volunteering or community involvement in the past whether it is with a service club or a school organization. Once you enter the workforce full time it seems harder to become engaged in your community because of all the factors pulling for our time. Whether it’s family, friends, children, or any other personal involvement or commitment we have, it just seems like being an active citizen is harder than we thought it would be.

Luckily there are REALLY SIMPLE ways to get involved in your community right now that will allow you to start making a difference. Every one of us has a skill or past experience that can benefit a nonprofit organization or the community as a whole. Below you can find ten simple ways to take your skills and serve your local community!

  1. Volunteer at a local event. Summer is the season for outdoor philanthropy events supporting a variety of causes. Helping out for 2 hours at an event will make you feel like you’ve made a difference and it will help a nonprofit spread their message and raise funds.
  2. Find a recurring volunteer opportunity. If you’re like me, you hate having to set up a new volunteer opportunity every single time you want to give back to your community. There are numerous organizations with volunteer opportunities that allow you to set your own schedule and give back when you can. Volunteering for one organization or cause allows you to build your skills and resume over time.
  3. Serve on a Board of Directors. If you’re interested in using your skills to help grow an organization then serving on a nonprofit Board of Directors might be for you. Every nonprofit is overseen by a Board of Directors made up of individuals from the community. Most nonprofits are continually seeking people to serve on their board because boards are always turning over due to term limits. If you’re passionate about an organization in your community and you think you could be a beneficial board member, reach out to their Executive Director and ask them how you can get involved.
  4. Become a Donor! Making a financial contribution to a nonprofit is an extremely rewarding experience. There are thousands of nonprofits in every community and they all rely solely on grants and donations in order to succeed. You can make a profound impact in your community by finding an organization you believe in and donating to them in whatever way you deem appropriate. Successful societies are developed from successful nonprofits that serve the communities most valuable citizens. Donating can go beyond money to things like donating food to a local pantry or clothing and hygiene items to a local shelter. Find the way you like to give back and make it a habit!
  5. Become a Skills Based Volunteer. Do you want to get involved in the community and use the special skills and knowledge that you have? Becoming a skills based volunteer can be a great way to volunteer on your own schedule but also give back in a big way to a nonprofit. Becoming a skills based volunteer will require more work when trying to find an organization to volunteer for because most nonprofits don’t specifically list that they are looking for X skill in a volunteer. This allows you to find an organization that you’re passionate about and connect with them personally to let them know how you can help them grow.
  6. Get Involved! Join a volunteer group like Kiwanis or Rotary, a Young Professional Network; attend a Happy Hour sponsored by your local Chamber of Commerce. If you want to give back and serve your community but don’t know where to begin, getting involved will introduce you to new people who can help you get started.
  7. Informal Volunteering is Volunteering! 68.9% of North Dakota residents said they informally volunteered in 2013. The Corporation for National and Community Service says that informal volunteering is all the little things we do for others like doing a favor for a neighbor. Whenever you help someone else in the community out of the kindness of your heart you are volunteering your time. If you don’t want to commit to a long term volunteer opportunity, informal volunteering is a great way to give back and help others.
  8. Introduce a child to volunteerism. We all know that volunteering builds safer and stronger communities. By finding a volunteer opportunity that you can bring a young person to, you are introducing them to the concept of giving back. No matter what industry someone plans to work in they should always be thinking about how they can give back and improve their community. Many nonprofits love working with children. It’s up to you to find the right opportunity to match the child’s personality!
  9. Promote giving back at work. Getting your company and fellow employees excited about volunteering or donating is a great way to improve team work and increase job satisfaction. Volunteering as a group of employees also makes your company look great in the community. I’m sure your marketing department would love to document your involvement and volunteer activity!
  10. Become a mentor. There are many ways that you can become a mentor in your community. You can mentor youth through your local Big Brother Big Sister organization. You can mentor those with disabilities in your community. You could adopt a grandma or grandpa so that they have a caring person in their life. You could also mentor a local nonprofit Executive Director if you have extensive business knowledge that would be valuable information to pass on.

These are ten simple things that you can do to give back to the community. If you’re struggling to find volunteer opportunities you can check out the website links below to help you get started. You can also contact your local volunteer center to find out how to give back. If you’re in North Dakota you can contact FirstLink to find out more information about volunteering!

Get involved. Get engaged. Make a difference!

Volunteer Websites

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