You Are Needed- May 25th, 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)

7th Annual Family Picnic
Good Samaritan Society is in need of individuals, families, older adults, small and large groups (2-10) to help setting up, serving food, and cleaning up. They are also in need of tables and chairs that they could use during the event. Need 20 volunteers. June 25, 2015 from 3pm-7pm. Setting is are from 3-4pm, serving food 5pm-6pm and cleaning up at 7pm

Community Garden Day
The Barry Foundation is looking for volunteers to help with the community garden. Gardens are open to the public, free, and sponsored by churches, schools or nonprofit organizations. On May 30th, nine community gardens will be open. From 9am until finished (no later than noon), each garden is inviting the community to come and help get the gardens ready for the growing season. Community gardens offer a free opportunity for anyone in the community to access fresh, healthy food, garden skills, and meet new friends.

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 (June 14th, 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.

You Are Needed-May 18th, 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 rectangle Volunteer button.

*Indicates a youth activity (no guardian required)

 

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 rectangle Volunteer button.

You Are Needed-May 11th, 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 rectangle Volunteer button.

*Indicates a youth activity (no guardian required)

 

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 rectangle Volunteer button.

You Are Needed- May 4th, 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” blue rectangle.

*Indicates a youth activity (no guardian required)

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.

*Fargo Marathon Charity Team
FirstLink is in need of individuals, families, older adults and small and large groups to make every step of your Fargo Marathon event count by joining Firstlink’s Run for Hope Charity Team. Anyone participating can be on the charity team regardless of age. Get donations and earn great gifts for yourself. To learn more and to register for FirstLink’s team go to http://bit.ly/1xV23th. The event will be held May 7th-9th at the Fargodome.

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” blue rectangle.

You Are Needed- April 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” blue rectangle.

*Indicates a youth activity (no guardian required)
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.

Reforest the Red
River Keepers is in need of individuals, older adults, small adult groups (2-6) and large adult groups of 25 to help dig holes, plant, mulch and water trees with local middle school children. May 22 from 9:30am-11am at Bridgeview Park, 1002 7th St. N, Moorhead.

*Community Center and/or Events Volunteer
Pride Collective & Community Center is in need of individuals, small groups (2-6) and
youth-minimum age of 15 years old to be Community Center volunteers. Volunteers will take one (or two) 4 hour shifts per month and learn how to refer community members to appropriate resources. Event staff will be notified 48 hours before an event to help with setup, cleanup, and assist event coordinator (e.g., Drag Bingo, in-house activities). Community Center shifts: 5:30pm to 9pm Wednesday through Friday; 10am to 2pm or 2pm to 6pm Saturday; 12pm to 4pm Sundays. Events as needed.

Art for the Arc Galla
The Arc of Cass County is in need of individuals and older adults to help with registration, raffle sales and take tickets. The Arc Galla will be held on April 23 at 11am at the Holiday Inn-Fargo.

Front Desk Coverage
PATH ND is in need of individuals and older adults for admitting authorized people into building for evening and weekend meetings or trainings; maintain a presence to monitor safety of children and families and the security of the building; directing people to the appropriate meeting or training rooms; light clerical duties. Variable dates and times depending on after hour meetings and training schedules. Interested parties would need to complete the FBI Fingerprint Background Check (PATH would pay for the BCI) and comply with PATH’s Non-Disclosure and Policy and Standards.

*Fargo Marathon Charity Team
FirstLink is in need of individuals, families, older adults and small and large groups to make every step of your Fargo Marathon event count by joining Firstlink’s Run for Hope Charity Team. Anyone participating can be on the charity team regardless of age. Get donations and earn great gifts for yourself. To learn more and to register for FirstLink’s team go to http://bit.ly/1xV23th. The event will be held May 7th-9th at the Fargodome.

Medical Escort and Hairdresser
Rosewood on Broadway is in need of individuals or older adults to be medical escorts for our residents for medical appointments- daily as needed. Also need volunteers to help with setting our lady residents hair on Friday mornings. The hours are from 7:30am-10:30am.

Receptionist for Front Desk
SENDCAAA Head Start is in need of individuals or older adults to help answer phones. Fargo Head Start is looking for people who like children or office environments. Duties would include answering telephone calls and “buzz” people into secure building, helping children and teachers in the classroom. Head Start locations for this opportunity are in south Fargo. Flexible times available between Monday through Friday during the times of 8:30am-3:30pm.

Donations Pick-up Volunteer
Dress for Success Red River Valley is in need of individuals, families, and small groups (2-6) to be responsible for picking up donations from one of our three locations (Blush Salon, Waxing the City Fargo, Jenny Craig). Volunteers will be responsible for contacting the store weekly to check on their level of donations. Volunteers will coordinate pick up of donations with the store and Dress for Success Boutique. This opportunity is flexible and can work around most schedules. If donations are checked on weekly, the level of clothing will fit in a car.
Meal Volunteer Opportunity
FM Dorothy Day House is in need of individuals, families, older adults, small groups (4 at most). This is a meal volunteer opportunity, the responsibilities are to bring food to prepare, and cooking food by 6pm on designated night of volunteer’s choice. Can stay and eat with us, food must be prepared here or in a commercial kitchen.

Share a Meal
The Ronald McDonald House of the Red River Valley is in need of individuals, families, older adults, and small groups (2-6) to volunteer to extend needed support to families by providing meals at the House. Volunteers make a tremendous difference in the lives of families by providing nutritious and delicious meals and baked goods. We are seeking volunteers to help us create a “home away from home” for families by coming to our House and preparing a meal or baked goods. Baked goods can be provided at any time.

*Special Events and Activities Volunteers
Eventide at Sheyenne Crossings is in need of individuals, families, older adults, small groups (2-6) and youth-minimum age of 16 years old to assist with special events, parties and activities which include crafts, bingo and games. Various times during the day/evenings and weekends are available at Eventide at Sheyenne Crossings in West Fargo.

Technology Support
A Place For Hope: Recovery and Wellness Center is in need of individuals to assist with maintaining members & staff computers and assist with social media posting. They are open Monday 9am-5pm, Tuesday 9am-6pm, Wednesday 9am-6pm, Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9a,-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm, *depending on volunteers. They are located at 2419 12th Ave S. Suite 1, Moorhead, MN.

Volunteer Manager
A Place For Hope: Recovery and Wellness Center is in need of individuals to assist with recruiting, training and tracking volunteer activities at the club. They are open Monday 9am-5pm, Tuesday
9am-6pm, Wednesday 9am-6pm, Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm, *depending on volunteers. They are located at 2419 12th Ave S. Suite 1, Moorhead, MN.

Activity Assistant
A Place For Hope: Recovery and Wellness Center is in need of individuals to assist with activities such as arts, crafts, games in our club or in the community. Help organize spaces for activities as well. They are open Monday 9am-5pm, Tuesday 9am-6pm, Wednesday 9am-6pm, Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9a,-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm, *depending on volunteers. They are located at 2419 12th Ave S. Suite 1, Moorhead, MN.

Fundraising Assistant
A Place For Hope: Recovery and Wellness Center is in need of individuals to assist with funding, writing and following up with potential funding sources. They are open Monday 9am-5pm, Tuesday 9am-6pm, Wednesday 9am-6pm, Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9a,-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm, *depending on volunteers. They are located at 2419 12th Ave S. Suite 1, Moorhead, MN.
Cook and Kitchen Helper Volunteer
A Place For Hope: Recovery and Wellness Center is in need of individuals to assist with preparation of noon meals as able, so far we only schedule it on Wednesdays but would like to expand this offering. They are open Monday 9am-5pm, Tuesday 9am-6pm, Wednesday 9am-6pm, Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am,-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm, *depending on volunteers. They are located at 2419 12th Ave S. Suite 1, Moorhead, MN.

Board Member
A Place For Hope: Recovery and Wellness Center is in need of individuals to serve on the board and help fulfill our mission and assist with development of the A Place for Hope: Recovery and Wellness Center. They are open Monday 9am-5pm, Tuesday 9am-6pm, Wednesday 9am-6pm, Thursday
9am-5pm, Friday 9am-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm, *depending on volunteers.
Board meetings monthy 3rd Wednesday . They are located at 2419 12th Ave S. Suite 1, Moorhead, MN.

General Maintenance and Upkeep Volunteer
Bonanzaville is looking for individuals, older adults small groups, Youth-Minimum age of 18 years old with specific talents to help our facilities team with the upkeep of our village. We are looking for people with skills in carpentry, electrical, plumbing, engines, roofing, painting buildings, etc. Please contact us during regular business hours for more information. Bonanzaville is located at 1351 West Main Ave, West Fargo, North Dakota.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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 the “Volunteer” blue rectangle.

April is National Stress Month

 - by FirstLink

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘stress’? How do you handle the stresses in your life?

According to the National Institute on Mental Health:

Stress can be defined as the brain’s response to any demand. Many things can trigger this response, including change. Changes can be positive or negative, as well as real or perceived. They may be recurring, short-term, or long-term and may include things like commuting to and from school or work every day, traveling for a yearly vacation, or moving to another home. Changes can be mild and relatively harmless, such as winning a race, watching a scary movie, or riding a rollercoaster. Some changes are major, such as marriage or divorce, serious illness, or a car accident. Other changes are extreme, such as exposure to violence, and can lead to traumatic stress reactions. (National Institute on Mental Health, 2012)

How can you reduce the negative impacts of stress in your life?

  • Keep in touch with family, friends and/or community supports
  • Recognize your body’s signs of stress
  • Exercise regularly
  • Make time for relaxation and/or stress coping exercises
  • Talk with a mental health provider
  • Regularly see doctor for health care

If you or someone you know is overwhelmed by stress, and is in need of someone to talk to, call our 24-hour Helpline by dialing either 2-1-1 or 1-701-235-7335 (SEEK). If you or someone close to you is in mental health crisis, call the toll-free, 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).

You Are Needed- April 20th, 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” blue rectangle.

*Indicates a youth activity (no guardian required)

 
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.

Reforest the Red
River Keepers is in need of individuals, older adults, small adult groups (2-6) and large adult groups of 25 to help dig holes, plant, mulch and water trees with local middle school children. May 22 from 9:30am-11am at Bridgeview Park, 1002 7th St. N, Moorhead.

*Community Center and/or Events Volunteer
Pride Collective & Community Center is in need of individuals, small groups (2-6) and
youth-minimum age of 15 years old to be Community Center volunteers. Volunteers will take one (or two) 4 hour shifts per month and learn how to refer community members to appropriate resources. Event staff will be notified 48 hours before an event to help with setup, cleanup, and assist event coordinator (e.g., Drag Bingo, in-house activities). Community Center shifts: 5:30pm to 9pm Wednesday through Friday; 10am to 2pm or 2pm to 6pm Saturday; 12pm to 4pm Sundays. Events as needed.

Art for the Arc Galla
The Arc of Cass County is in need of individuals and older adults to help with registration, raffle sales and take tickets. The Arc Galla will be held on April 23 at 11am at the Holiday Inn-Fargo.

Front Desk Coverage
PATH ND is in need of individuals and older adults for admitting authorized people into building for evening and weekend meetings or trainings; maintain a presence to monitor safety of children and families and the security of the building; directing people to the appropriate meeting or training rooms; light clerical duties. Variable dates and times depending on after hour meetings and training schedules. Interested parties would need to complete the FBI Fingerprint Background Check (PATH would pay for the BCI) and comply with PATH’s Non-Disclosure and Policy and Standards.

*Fargo Marathon Charity Team
FirstLink is in need of individuals, families, older adults and small and large groups to make every step of your Fargo Marathon event count by joining Firstlink’s Run for Hope Charity Team. Anyone participating can be on the charity team regardless of age. Get donations and earn great gifts for yourself. To learn more and to register for FirstLink’s team go to http://bit.ly/1xV23th. The event will be held May 7th-9th at the Fargodome.

Medical Escort and Hairdresser
Rosewood on Broadway is in need of individuals or older adults to be medical escorts for our residents for medical appointments- daily as needed. Also need volunteers to help with setting our lady residents hair on Friday mornings. The hours are from 7:30am-10:30am.

Receptionist for Front Desk
SENDCAAA Head Start is in need of individuals or older adults to help answer phones. Fargo Head Start is looking for people who like children or office environments. Duties would include answering telephone calls and “buzz” people into secure building, helping children and teachers in the classroom. Head Start locations for this opportunity are in south Fargo. Flexible times available between Monday through Friday during the times of 8:30am-3:30pm.

Donations Pick-up Volunteer
Dress for Success Red River Valley is in need of individuals, families, and small groups (2-6) to be responsible for picking up donations from one of our three locations (Blush Salon, Waxing the City Fargo, Jenny Craig). Volunteers will be responsible for contacting the store weekly to check on their level of donations. Volunteers will coordinate pick up of donations with the store and Dress for Success Boutique. This opportunity is flexible and can work around most schedules. If donations are checked on weekly, the level of clothing will fit in a car.

 
Meal Volunteer Opportunity
FM Dorothy Day House is in need of individuals, families, older adults, small groups (4 at most). This is a meal volunteer opportunity, the responsibilities are to bring food to prepare, and cooking food by 6pm on designated night of volunteer’s choice. Can stay and eat with us, food must be prepared here or in a commercial kitchen.

Share a Meal
The Ronald McDonald House of the Red River Valley is in need of individuals, families, older adults, and small groups (2-6) to volunteer to extend needed support to families by providing meals at the House. Volunteers make a tremendous difference in the lives of families by providing nutritious and delicious meals and baked goods. We are seeking volunteers to help us create a “home away from home” for families by coming to our House and preparing a meal or baked goods. Baked goods can be provided at any time.

*Special Events and Activities Volunteers
Eventide at Sheyenne Crossings is in need of individuals, families, older adults, small groups (2-6) and youth-minimum age of 16 years old to assist with special events, parties and activities which include crafts, bingo and games. Various times during the day/evenings and weekends are available at Eventide at Sheyenne Crossings in West Fargo.

Technology Support
A Place For Hope: Recovery and Wellness Center is in need of individuals to assist with maintaining members & staff computers and assist with social media posting. They are open Monday 9am-5pm, Tuesday 9am-6pm, Wednesday 9am-6pm, Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9a,-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm, *depending on volunteers. They are located at 2419 12th Ave S. Suite 1, Moorhead, MN.

Volunteer Manager
A Place For Hope: Recovery and Wellness Center is in need of individuals to assist with recruiting, training and tracking volunteer activities at the club. They are open Monday 9am-5pm, Tuesday
9am-6pm, Wednesday 9am-6pm, Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm, *depending on volunteers. They are located at 2419 12th Ave S. Suite 1, Moorhead, MN.

Activity Assistant
A Place For Hope: Recovery and Wellness Center is in need of individuals to assist with activities such as arts, crafts, games in our club or in the community. Help organize spaces for activities as well. They are open Monday 9am-5pm, Tuesday 9am-6pm, Wednesday 9am-6pm, Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9a,-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm, *depending on volunteers. They are located at 2419 12th Ave S. Suite 1, Moorhead, MN.

Fundraising Assistant
A Place For Hope: Recovery and Wellness Center is in need of individuals to assist with funding, writing and following up with potential funding sources. They are open Monday 9am-5pm, Tuesday 9am-6pm, Wednesday 9am-6pm, Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9a,-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm, *depending on volunteers. They are located at 2419 12th Ave S. Suite 1, Moorhead, MN.

 
Cook and Kitchen Helper Volunteer
A Place For Hope: Recovery and Wellness Center is in need of individuals to assist with preparation of noon meals as able, so far we only schedule it on Wednesdays but would like to expand this offering. They are open Monday 9am-5pm, Tuesday 9am-6pm, Wednesday 9am-6pm, Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am,-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm, *depending on volunteers. They are located at 2419 12th Ave S. Suite 1, Moorhead, MN.

Board Member
A Place For Hope: Recovery and Wellness Center is in need of individuals to serve on the board and help fulfill our mission and assist with development of the A Place for Hope: Recovery and Wellness Center. They are open Monday 9am-5pm, Tuesday 9am-6pm, Wednesday 9am-6pm, Thursday
9am-5pm, Friday 9am-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm, *depending on volunteers.
Board meetings monthy 3rd Wednesday . They are located at 2419 12th Ave S. Suite 1, Moorhead, MN.

General Maintenance and Upkeep Volunteer
Bonanzaville is looking for individuals, older adults small groups, Youth-Minimum age of 18 years old with specific talents to help our facilities team with the upkeep of our village. We are looking for people with skills in carpentry, electrical, plumbing, engines, roofing, painting buildings, etc. Please contact us during regular business hours for more information. Bonanzaville is located at 1351 West Main Ave, West Fargo, North Dakota.

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.

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.

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.

 
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.

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 the “Volunteer” blue rectangle.

The Fargo Marathon…Making Every Step Count Since 2002

 - by FirstLink

2015 marks the 11th year that the Fargo Marathon has been running, pun intended of course! In those 11 years, the event has grown to amazing proportions and even helped out local charities along the way.

The Beginning:

In 2002, Fargo hosted the Scheels All Sports Run for the Children Half Marathon and the Fargo Marathon legacy began. It began with  300 runners and was considered a huge race. The half marathon was such a success, that in 2005, per many enthusiastic runners requests, the first Fargo Marathon was launched, with 2,400 participants. That is a dramatic surge in only 3 short years! In 2011, the rocking event that Fargoans have come to love began and in 2012 over 50 live bands were on the marathon and half marathon routes. In 2014, the race had over 24,000 participants. The rocking marathon continues to encourage and draw people out and supports many good things in this community.

Making Each Step Count:

Run For Good is not just one of the slogans attached to the Fargo Marathon, it is also an endeavor started in recent years to support charities in our area. Local charities and nonprofits can now become Fargo Marathon Charity Teams! The Fargo Marathon encourages fitness and healthy lifestyles and provides an option for runners to make their miles count for causes they believe in. Fargo Marathon Charity Teams recruit and encourage runners to raise money and awareness for their charity through participation in all race events. Anyone who wants to participate in any marathon event can also make their miles go further by raising money for charity!  $700,000 has been raised by Fargo Marathon Charity Teams over the years. If that isn’t incentive enough to make you think about joining a team there are also some great perks.

This year charity team runners get a few extra incentives. Some perks include being able to use the Charity Village as a VIP bag drop, family meet-up area, and a place to cool down after your big race! You can also skip the long lines – there will be additional massage therapists from The Salon Professional Academy, Fargo to work out post-race kinks for 10K, ½ Marathon, Relay and Marathon runners! If that doesn’t sound great to you already, there is also the great loot you get from most charity teams when you join them.

FirstLink started participating as a charity team for the 2014 Marathon and we are looking forward to continued participation in the future! We had a great experience last year with our Run For Hope team and have more runners/walkers this year! That doesn’t mean we wouldn’t love to have even more participation. If you are interested in joining a charity team, please consider joining FirstLink’s team. That loot mentioned earlier is yours for the taking, just for joining our team. It includes a t-shirt, water bottle, pedometer, and even more prizes! Right now we have raised $295 out of our $1,000 goal! We could use your support to make it to our goal. If giving back to a nonprofit in your community isn’t enough for you to help us reach our goal, you might enjoy the new twist we have this year. If FirstLink’s Run For Hope Charity team reaches it’s $1,000 goal, our managers, Cindy, David, and Stacie will don FirstLink blue hair to commemorate the occasion. Who wouldn’t enjoy seeing that, right?

The Fargo Marathon is all about going far and being healthy, which is something we definitely believe in here at FirstLink. Please visit our fundraising page today to learn how to join our team or to make a donation! Thank you so much for your support!

Fundraising Page: https://fargomarathoncharities.givecorps.com/projects/2742-firstlink-firstlink-run-for-hope

 

You Are Needed-April 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 “Volunteer” blue rectangle.

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.

Reforest the Red
River Keepers is in need of individuals, older adults, small adult groups (2-6) and large adult groups of 25 to help dig holes, plant, mulch and water trees with local middle school children. May 22 from 9:30am-11am at Bridgeview Park, 1002 7th St. N, Moorhead.

*Community Center and/or Events Volunteer
Pride Collective & Community Center is in need of individuals, small groups (2-6) and
youth-minimum age of 15 years old to be Community Center volunteers. Volunteers will take one (or two) 4 hour shifts per month and learn how to refer community members to appropriate resources. Event staff will be notified 48 hours before an event to help with setup, cleanup, and assist event coordinator (e.g., Drag Bingo, in-house activities). Community Center shifts: 5:30pm to 9pm Wednesday through Friday; 10am to 2pm or 2pm to 6pm Saturday; 12pm to 4pm Sundays. Events as needed.

Art for the Arc Galla
The Arc of Cass County is in need of individuals and older adults to help with registration, raffle sales and take tickets. The Arc Galla will be held on April 23 at 11am at the Holiday Inn-Fargo.

Front Desk Coverage
PATH ND is in need of individuals and older adults for admitting authorized people into building for evening and weekend meetings or trainings; maintain a presence to monitor safety of children and families and the security of the building; directing people to the appropriate meeting or training rooms; light clerical duties. Variable dates and times depending on after hour meetings and training schedules. Interested parties would need to complete the FBI Fingerprint Background Check (PATH would pay for the BCI) and comply with PATH’s Non-Disclosure and Policy and Standards.

*Fargo Marathon Charity Team
FirstLink is in need of individuals, families, older adults and small and large groups to make every step of your Fargo Marathon event count by joining Firstlink’s Run for Hope Charity Team. Anyone participating can be on the charity team regardless of age. Get donations and earn great gifts for yourself. To learn more and to register for FirstLink’s team go to http://bit.ly/1xV23th. The event will be held May 7th-9th at the Fargodome.

Medical Escort and Hairdresser
Rosewood on Broadway is in need of individuals or older adults to be medical escorts for our residents for medical appointments- daily as needed. Also need volunteers to help with setting our lady residents hair on Friday mornings. The hours are from 7:30am-10:30am.

Receptionist for front desk
SENDCAAA Head Start is in need of individuals or older adults to help answer phones. Fargo Head Start is looking for people who like children or office environments. Duties would include answering telephone calls and “buzz” people into secure building, helping children and teachers in the classroom.
Head Start locations for this opportunity are in south Fargo. Flexible times available between Monday through Friday during the times of 8:30am-3:30pm.

Donations Pick-up Volunteer
Dress for Success Red River Valley is in need of individuals, families, and small groups (2-6) to be responsible for picking up donations from one of our three locations (Blush Salon, Waxing the City Fargo, Jenny Craig). Volunteers will be responsible for contacting the store weekly to check on their level of donations. Volunteers will coordinate pick up of donations with the store and Dress for Success Boutique. This opportunity is flexible and can work around most schedules. If donations are checked on weekly, the level of clothing will fit in a car.
Meal Volunteer Opportunity
FM Dorothy Day House is in need of individuals, families, older adults, small groups (4 at most). This is a meal volunteer opportunity, the responsibilities are to bring food to prepare, and cooking food by 6pm on designated night of volunteer’s choice. Can stay and eat with us, food must be prepared here or in a commercial kitchen.

Share a Meal
The Ronald McDonald House of the Red River Valley is in need of individuals, families, older adults, and small groups (2-6) to volunteer to extend needed support to families by providing meals at the House. Volunteers make a tremendous difference in the lives of families by providing nutritious and delicious meals and baked goods. We are seeking volunteers to help us create a “home away from home” for families by coming to our House and preparing a meal or baked goods. Baked goods can be provided at any time.

*Special Events and Activities Volunteers
Eventide at Sheyenne Crossings is in need of individuals, families, older adults, small groups (2-6) and youth-minimum age of 16 years old to assist with special events, parties and activities which include crafts, bingo and games. Various times during the day/evenings and weekends are available at Eventide at Sheyenne Crossings in West Fargo.

Technology Support
A Place For Hope: Recovery and Wellness Center is in need of individuals to assist with maintaining members & staff computers and assist with social media posting. They are open Monday 9am-5pm, Tuesday 9am-6pm, Wednesday 9am-6pm, Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9a,-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm, *depending on volunteers. They are located at 2419 12th Ave S. Suite 1, Moorhead, MN.

Volunteer Manager
A Place For Hope: Recovery and Wellness Center is in need of individuals to assist with recruiting, training and tracking volunteer activities at the club. They are open Monday 9am-5pm, Tuesday
9am-6pm, Wednesday 9am-6pm, Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm, *depending on volunteers. They are located at 2419 12th Ave S. Suite 1, Moorhead, MN.

Activity Assistant
A Place For Hope: Recovery and Wellness Center is in need of individuals to assist with activities such as arts, crafts, games in our club or in the community. Help organize spaces for activities as well. They are open Monday 9am-5pm, Tuesday 9am-6pm, Wednesday 9am-6pm, Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9a,-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm, *depending on volunteers. They are located at 2419 12th Ave S. Suite 1, Moorhead, MN.

Fundraising Assistant
A Place For Hope: Recovery and Wellness Center is in need of individuals to assist with funding, writing and following up with potential funding sources. They are open Monday 9am-5pm, Tuesday 9am-6pm, Wednesday 9am-6pm, Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9a,-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm, *depending on volunteers. They are located at 2419 12th Ave S. Suite 1, Moorhead, MN.
Cook and Kitchen Helper Volunteer
A Place For Hope: Recovery and Wellness Center is in need of individuals to assist with preparation of noon meals as able, so far we only schedule it on Wednesdays but would like to expand this offering. They are open Monday 9am-5pm, Tuesday 9am-6pm, Wednesday 9am-6pm, Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am,-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm, *depending on volunteers. They are located at 2419 12th Ave S. Suite 1, Moorhead, MN.

Board Member
A Place For Hope: Recovery and Wellness Center is in need of individuals to serve on the board and help fulfill our mission and assist with development of the A Place for Hope: Recovery and Wellness Center. They are open Monday 9am-5pm, Tuesday 9am-6pm, Wednesday 9am-6pm, Thursday
9am-5pm, Friday 9am-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm, *depending on volunteers.
Board meetings monthy 3rd Wednesday . They are located at 2419 12th Ave S. Suite 1, Moorhead, MN.

General Maintenance and Upkeep Volunteer
Bonanzaville is looking for individuals, older adults small groups, Youth-Minimum age of 18 years old with specific talents to help our facilities team with the upkeep of our village. We are looking for people with skills in carpentry, electrical, plumbing, engines, roofing, painting buildings, etc. Please contact us during regular business hours for more information. Bonanzaville is located at 1351 West Main Ave, West Fargo, North Dakota.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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 “Volunteer” blue rectangle.

Volunteer Management Training

 - by FirstLink

FirstLink went on the road two weeks ago, traveling to Grand Forks, North Dakota, to train the area’s best and brightest volunteer coordinators. This was an important training because FirstLink has never left Fargo to complete our Volunteer Management Training Series licensed through Energize Inc.

11088408_10152788771013652_9080428503590645891_oThe training was held in a beautiful nonprofit coffee shop downtown called, The Ember. Nine nonprofits registered to attend the Volunteer Management training. This full day session taught concepts that help build nonprofit capacity to engage and retain volunteers.

The event went so well that FirstLink is making this training an annual event in Grand Forks. Nonprofits need this chance to come together and talk collaboratively about how they can improve their volunteer efforts.

 

Highlights from the Volunteer Training:

Our Volunteer Network can train on a myriad of topics in volunteer management. In Grand Forks we discussed Volunteer Recruitment, Job Descriptions, Orientation and Training, Delegating to Volunteers, Supervising Volunteers and Volunteer Recognition. When the attendees left at the end of the day, they had physical worksheets and documents which they can use to create new best practices for their respective volunteer programs. They also left with new connections and partnerships that were formed during the day.

1378703_10152788770638652_5594815105373167400_nFirstLink’s Volunteer Network is the only agency in North Dakota that trains the community about volunteerism and volunteer management. We began this journey about five years ago with the creation of the Community Volunteer Workshop in Fargo. This workshop brings nonprofit professionals from all over the state together to discuss how to build up volunteer programs. We want to replicate this training in all communities around North Dakota. Volunteer management takes advantage of a community’s most valuable resource – its organizations and its residents.

Finding resources on managing paid employees and business management are endless. Finding similar resources pointed at nonprofits and supporting volunteer programs are much more difficult to come by. FirstLink offers the community a way to easily learn about a multitude of topics related to volunteerism. Communities thrive when they have a strong nonprofit sector. FirstLink is a statewide community organization working towards bettering all nonprofits in this area.

Volunteer coordinators are on the front lines working on recruiting, managing and retaining their organization’s volunteer workforce. To say that’s a big challenge would be an understatement…

North Dakota is a state that has seen considerable growth over the past 5 years with the oil boom. This influx of people has put a larger strain on basic need resources that are provided by nonprofits. Nonprofits are serving more people with fewer resources. There has never been a time of higher need for high quality trainings to help nonprofit professionals do their jobs to the best of their ability.

11126661_10152788771683652_5742253907473767724_o FirstLink is dedicated to getting across North Dakota in the next two years to create a movement in volunteerism by connecting, training, and promoting all volunteer efforts. It’s time for volunteers, businesses, nonprofits, faith communities, government agencies and educational institutions to come together and rally behind this cause.

FirstLink is dedicated to getting across North Dakota in the next two years to create a movement in volunteerism by connecting, training, and promoting all volunteer efforts. It’s time for volunteers, businesses, nonprofits, faith communities, government agencies and educational institutions to come together and rally behind this cause.

I encourage you to check out the latest volunteerism statistics for North Dakota to really visualize this problem. In 2013, North Dakota was ranked #20 in the nation for volunteerism compared to #12 just 4 years ago. Our population is going up and our volunteerism is going down. This is not the path that we want to be on.  http://www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/ND

Volunteer management training like the one our staff completed in Grand Forks will help. Every volunteer coordinator needs to have the skills to recruit, retain and recognize their volunteer workforce. Nonprofits can’t succeed unless they have enough people working towards their cause on a daily basis. FirstLink believes in all nonprofits and are willing to work with all nonprofit professionals who are passionate about bringing volunteer management to every community.11082365_10152788771418652_7421917718465547300_o

Just as nonprofit organizations need money to fulfil their mission, they also need volunteers and community support.

Continue to follow FirstLink’s Volunteer Network to stay up to date on future volunteer management trainings and volunteerism news! If you would like to bring volunteer management training to your organization or community contact our Volunteer Network Director at davidv@myfirstlink.org or by calling 701-293-6462.

Volunteering is scientifically proven to lead to: Longer life, Lower disability, Higher levels of well-being, Increased physical, social and mental activity, Sense of purpose, Stronger connection to community, Takes mind off of own problems, Increased brain activity, Reduced levels of depression, and Skills development.

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