3 Ways to Give Back to Duluth

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 at 10:53am.

April is National Volunteer Month and we’ve come up with three Duluth organizations that can really use your help.

Grant Wishes for Kids

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is best known for granting wishes to children who are battling life-threatening medical conditions and they need your help right here in Duluth.

This volunteer position involves meeting children and their families and helping the children determine their wish.  Wish granting volunteers work in teams to plan and grant each wish – what could be more satisfying?

Volunteers must be age 18 or older, pass a background check and attend orientation or training. Find out how you can help Duluth children by visiting Make-A-Wish Minnesota’s website.

Assist the Elderly

The Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) Senior Nutrition Program needs volunteers throughout Duluth to help prepare and deliver meals to local seniors. Menus are developed and approved by a registered dietician and may just be the main daily meal for many low-income seniors in Duluth.

Dining services are offered at numerous locations throughout the City of Duluth and, for those who can’t attend, AEOA volunteers take grocery orders, shop, and deliver.

Find out more by calling (218) 727-4321 or by emailing Jill.Johnson@aeoa.org.

Help the Critters

Duluth’s Animal Allies Humane Society needs your help to save lives. Shelter volunteers perform a number of important tasks, including assisting with the care and socialization of the animals and fostering.

Specific volunteer positions they are looking to fill include the following:

  • Dog Buddies: You’ll walk the pooches and help socialize them.
  • Cat Buddies: Prefer working with kitties? Help socialize the shelter’s cats, groom them and provide “housekeeping activities.”
  • Adoption Assistants: Meet and greet shelter visitors and help those that want to adopt find their ideal ‘furever” friend.
  • Foster Buddies: Take a pet into your home and care for it until a new home can be found.
  • Salon Buddies: Bathe and groom the shelter’s animals.
  • Photography Buddies: Capture them in their best light to appeal to new owners.
  • Office volunteer positions: data entry, filing, maintenance, cleaning and help with special events.

To learn more, visit Animal Allies online.


Image: “Wish” by Jessica Tam via CC by 2.0

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