East Side Neighborhood Services (ESNS) is now accepting volunteer applications for NE Day Spot Friends. Your compassion and sense of community has a new place to shine at the NE Day Spot. Safe and engaging respite is vital for caregivers and the people they care for. Working with East Side staff, volunteers help create a community of care by being a NE Day Spot Friend. Spend your day engaged in a wide variety of fun activities with participants. Training for this position is provided with a focus on working with people experiencing memory loss and their care partners. Shifts are from 9 am-3 pm on Fridays at ESNS, 1700 2nd St. NE. They ask that volunteers commit to two shifts a month so they become a familiar face to participants. Volunteers can expect to make a tremendous difference in the life of another and have fun while doing it.
Anoka County’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) seeks volunteers to help seniors, low-income people, and people with disabilities file rent credit and property tax returns. No tax experience is necessary, but volunteers must pass a background check and attend a free training session at the Northtown Library either 12:30 to 4 pm, Thursday, April 4 or 12:30 to 4 pm, Thursday, April 11. The Northtown Library is located at 711 County Rd. 10, NE, Blaine.
Tax-aid volunteers are needed at sites in Anoka, Blaine, Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids, Fridley, and Ham Lake, April 22 to July 25. Morning and afternoon shifts of three to four hours are available. An experienced tax volunteer will assist and support new volunteers at each site. All equipment and materials are provided, and mileage is reimbursed. To register for either the April 4 or April 11 training session, call Tricia at 763-324-1661.
Have you had family members stay with you while they work to pay unexpected medical expenses? Is your former neighbor living in a shelter after losing her home after a job loss? These are just a couple examples of what homelessness looks like in Anoka County today. To get an accurate assessment of the extent of homelessness, each January, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires an annual Point-In-Time (PIT) Count of people experiencing homelessness. The count includes men, women, and children who are living in shelters, on the street, or in places not meant for human habitation, as well as individuals and families living with family or friends.
Anoka County, the Heading Home Anoka Housing Collaborative, and the Suburban Metro Area Continuum of Care work collaboratively to end homelessness. The count will take place Wednesday, Jan. 23, at sundown, and end at sunrise Thursday, Jan. 24. Locations throughout the county, including homeless shelters, city streets, and other known homeless encampments will be canvassed in an attempt to interview people who are experiencing homelessness. Volunteers are needed; you can be a part of ending homelessness by volunteering with the 2019 count. Training and resources are provided for all who volunteer.
Info: anokacounty.us/homelessness, to sign up for a training, and to volunteer.
Are you 55+? Are you looking for meaningful ways to volunteer? Volunteers of America MN’s RSVP Program can help. RSVP staff are available to provide one-to-one assistance in your search for local volunteer opportunities that match your interests and skill sets. Their 50+ community partners allow them to offer choices, flexibility, and customized experiences for all. Contact Corie Custer at 612-704-6114 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
RSVP is a program of Senior Corps and one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55+. They assist people 55 and older in their search for local volunteer opportunities. They partner with a number of organizations in Northeast Minneapolis and would like to help Northeast community members get connected.
The Heading Home Anoka Housing Collaborative will host an event to help the homeless: Anoka Community Connect: Building Opportunities, Strengthening Communities. The event will be 10 am-6 pm, Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Church of St. Timothy, 707 89th Ave. NE, Blaine. The goal is to provide 100 guests who may be struggling with homelessness, or are precariously housed, the opportunity to be connected to resources and services they need to thrive. Haircuts, wellness checks, resume building, application assistance for benefits and childcare, and a job fair where employers will hire people on the spot are some of the services that will be offered.
The Salvation Army and other partners will provide transportation, stops will be made around the county at public buildings to ensure everyone who wants to attend has a way to get to the event. Visit anokacommunityconnect.weebly.com for more information on Anoka Community Connect or to sign up as a volunteer. Volunteers may help with setup or takedown, direct traffic, greet visitors, help attendees through the event, provide childcare, hand out box lunches and aid with general cleanup.
Friends of Webster is looking for volunteers for their Pancake Breakfast in October, and would like to extend an invite to the neighborhood. It will be a great opportunity to meet and greet with the school and students. Saturday, Oct. 6, 9-11 am, 425 5th St. NE. Info: friendsofwebster.wordpress.com. Sign up to volunteer here: signupgenius.com/go/508054fabad22abf85-annual. And save the date for Webster’s Fall Festival, Friday, Oct. 26, 5-7 pm.
The Northeast Minneapolis Chamber and Litter Be Gone seek volunteers for Weed It & Reap, Northeast’s bi-annual Community Clean-Up Days, on Oct. 4, 5 and 6. Volunteers are needed for a variety of self-determined shifts. For more than 20 years, hundreds of volunteers from businesses, local schools, athletic teams, faith groups and community service organizations have given a few hours of their time during the first full weekends of May and October to pick up litter on their blocks, boulevards, sidewalks, streets, alleys and community green spaces to make the streets clean. Volunteers receive a free t-shirt, and the thanks of the community. The chamber supplies vests, gloves and garbage bags. Supplies can be picked up at the Northeast Chamber office, 2329 Central Ave. NE, on Oct. 4 and 5 from 9 am-5 pm as well as Oct. 6 from 9 am-2 pm. Northeast Chamber staff will also be available to drop off and pick up supplies. Sign up to volunteer online at mplschamber.com/weedit.
Start your day off right and get some exercise while helping older adults meet their grocery needs. As a volunteer shopper you will work with a team of volunteers to fill orders at the grocery store for about three hours once a week or twice per month. They are especially seeking volunteers to assist on Tuesday mornings, 6-9 am, at the St. Anthony Cub Foods. Volunteers do not pay for groceries. Email email@example.com, call 651-642-1892 or visit helpatyourdoor.org to learn more.
Saturday, May 19, 8:30 am. We did an Earth Day Cleanup in April but due to the late winter snow, we weren’t able to get to the full sidewalk. We are doing our SECOND cleanup on Saturday, May 19 and invite you to join us. 8:30-10:30 am, Murzyn Hall Parking Lot, 530 Mill St. NE, Columbia Heights. Free coffee and donuts afterward. Wear gloves and weather appropriate clothing.