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Become a Red Cross Volunteer in your Community
From helping people impacted by disasters, like home fires and floods, to supporting lifesaving blood donations, you can make a difference. The need for volunteers remains critical and constant.

Disaster Action Team

Every 8 minutes the Red Cross responds to a disaster and it’s the compassionate volunteers, who make our mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering possible.  When you become a volunteer, you’re helping to turn tragedy into hope.

Blood Donor Ambassador

Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.  The need for blood is constant and so is the need for volunteers at our Blood Drives to help save lives.

If interested Click Here to apply or visit www.redcross.org/givetime

For questions or more information email [email protected] or call 612-463-6587

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Bigs on Campus
Bigs on Campus is a twice-monthly mentoring program that takes place at St. Cloud State University, the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, and St. Cloud Technical & Community College. Matches spend their time together (on-campus only) exploring, attending events, participating in recreational activities, touring academic departments, and more! Mentors for Bigs on Campus can be faculty or staff at the colleges, alumni, or local business professionals.

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Blog Writer Position Description
Summary: Content Writer volunteers help the Ruff Start Rescue communications team create written content for our blog. We have a long list of topic ideas ready to be worked on, but we are also open to any new content/topic ideas that relate to Ruff Start Rescue, rescues, or animal care in general. 

Time Commitment: Varies. We would ideally like volunteers to work on at least one story per month, but there is an opportunity for more if desired.

Location: Remote

Responsibilities:
  • Writing blog ideas  in an inclusive and welcoming voice in line with Ruff Start Rescue’s brand guidelines. Volunteers can choose from our list of topics or brainstorm their own ideas.
  • You may use Chat GBT to help write content. Then, we ask that you proof read to sound more like Ruff Start’s voice. 
  • If necessary, research a topic to get more information prior to writing.
  • Communicate with various Ruff Start staff to get further insight in regards to the content (e.g. if it’s an animal health topic, confirm details with our vet team)
  • Optional: if volunteer is comfortable doing so, adding their written content to our website and/or email once complete. If uncomfortable, another team member can execute this end of the process.

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Blood Drive greeters needed
Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. And only about 3% of the US population donates blood. So successful blood drives are critical to ensuring that blood is available when people need it. You can help save lives by becoming a Red Cross Donor Ambassador!

As a Donor Ambassador, you will help guests have a positive experience at the blood drive by greeting them, making them feel comfortable during their visit, and thanking them as they leave. All that’s needed is a warm smile and the desire to serve.

Donor Ambassadors are the first point of contact with our Blood Donors and provide an essential service to our community!

If interested please Email us at [email protected] or call 612-463-6587

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Board Members
The main objective of a Board Member is to provide guidance and advice for the organization utilizing each board member’s unique background, but we don’t stop there. Our volunteer Board of Directors are doers, thinkers, planners, and fun-havers committed to bettering our community. We are a working board, seeking individuals who want to be involved beyond the meeting room. We are a diverse group with varying skillsets that help us to see things from different points of view. No prior board experience necessary, just a passion for the community.

Basic Board Member requirements are to:

  • attend monthly meetings, held in-person on the 3rd Tuesday of every month
  • join one of our committees that best suit you interest or expertise 
  • attend events, typically held quarterly
  • be an ambassador promoting the organization


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Client Assisting

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Committee Members
Our committees are full of passionate volunteers who use their skills and knowledge to make a difference in specific areas.
Some committees meet on a regular cadence, some are ad hoc for certain events.
 
Community Impact Committee: Oversees the Community Investment process for our grant applicants as well as investigates and prioritizes community needs.

Marketing Committee: Assists the Marketing Coordinator in developing a marketing strategy and provides support in its execution as needed.

Finance Committee: Responsible for the annual review of financial policies, assists in budget creation, and oversees annual audit review and recommendations.

Board Development Committee: Responsible for the review of all organizational policies and procedures, develops annual board training and education, and act as a resource for acquiring and assisting new board members.

United We Shiver This planning committee is responsible for organizing and executing the event while navigating the unpredictable Minnesota winter weather. It’s a big responsibility, but with the right team in place and more hands on deck, this event is sure to be an even bigger success!

Community Connect This planning committee is responsible for organizing and executing the event to ensure it is a welcoming and fun environment where community members are made aware of local resources and services available to them.

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Community Meal Servers
The Community Table meal is usually the 4th Sunday of the month, for around 3 hours. There is a wide range of serving opportunities per event from greeters, serving food, running it out to cars or the dining room to helping with the parking lot, there is something for everyone.

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Community Members - Experience Sharing
The Wave Youth Center in Big Lake is looking for community members who want to share their experience in the trades industries, or to share a skill such as knitting, etc with the students. 

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Community Outreach
Present information on programs and services available to the community

Responsibilities:
  • Prepare and present information about Senior LinkAge Line®, Medicare and Medicare Part D to community groups
  • Attend community events such as health fairs, conferences and other senior community events
  • Promote the Senior LinkAge Line® in the community

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Community-Based Mentoring
Community-based mentors are paired with a kid from their community with similar interests. The mentor (Big) and mentee (Little) meet up two to four times a month to build their relationship. They can take part in agency sponsored activities like craft nights, educational activities, or a bus to the Twins game, or they can do whatever activities both the Big and Little enjoy on their own time! Matches are expected to commit to one year of mentoring. 

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Delivery Drivers
We have families in need that often do not have any transportation or not big enough transportation for the items requested (i.e. beds, couch, baby swing, etc.).  They may be requesting clothing, car seats, diapers, etc. or bigger items which would require a truck.  The delivery may be to Elk River, St Cloud, Big Lake, Becker, Princeton, Zimmerman, etc.  Training will be provided at your first volunteer opportunity. 

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Disaster Relief Volunteer Opportunity
Responsibilities:
  • Works as part of an assigned team to respond to local disasters within two hours.
  • Has access to RC Care and can directly enter case data.
  • Works with on-scene lead to assess whether additional resources/support are required and communicates those needs to DAT Leadership.
  • Attends regularly scheduled team/DAT meetings as required by Chapter/Region.
  • Commits to being available during assigned shifts and communicates scheduling conflicts with DAT Leadership.

Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated commitment to mission of the American Red Cross
  • Remains current with all required training.
  • Able to respond reliably to local disasters when on call.
  • Able to follow Red Cross DAT and other related standards and procedures.
  • Reliable access to technology (including smartphone and laptop or computer)
  • Ability to learn and use Red Cross systems, including RC Care and RC Respond and online interfaces.
  • Ability to work in challenging and stressful conditions such as poor air quality, uneven ground, adverse weather, etc.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and/or a timely, reliable way to get to the scene.
Ability to:
  • Stand for two-hour periods
  • Sit for two-hour periods
  • Walk on uneven terrain
  • Walk for two miles during a shift
  • Work outdoors
  • Spend hours writing
  • Speak clearly on the phone and in person
  • Climb two or more flights of stairs
  • Drive in daytime and at night

Other responsibilities as assigned by DAT Leadership.

If you have questions, please contact the volunteer team at [email protected] or call 612-463-6587.

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Donation Sorting and Organizing at our Resource Closet
Whether you have 1 hour or 4 hours to volunteer, we need volunteers to join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am-2pm to help out at our Resource Closet. If you have't attended one of our Volunteer Training Meetings, we can easily train you on the spot. Donations need to be sorted and put away and organizing of donations in our Resource Closet. 

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Donations Administrative Assistant
Summary: The Volunteer Donation Admin Assistant plays a crucial role in supporting the efficient functioning of the donation management process within Ruff Start Rescue. Responsible for assisting the development team, the role involves tasks such as data entry, donor correspondence, and record keeping. There is also opportunity to help solicit donations for RSR Signature Events, needs within RSR and our annual auction. Training and support is provided.

Time Commitment: This position will likely take 1 volunteer 4-5 hours per week or 2 volunteers 2-3 hours per week. 

Location: Remote or in the Princeton Office

Responsibilities:
  • Access a list of donor names via a spreadsheet and compare those names with lists found in several different softwares/locations - keep information up to date in RSR systems.
  • Document possible duplicates in spreadsheet for the Development Assistant to confirm.
  • Review donation reports and send thank you cards to new donors, recurring donors, and donations over a set amount.
  • General data entry from spreadsheets into our donor management system - Network for Good
  • General donor correspondence with donors, anniversary cards, responding to email inquiries, etc. 


Qualifications: 
  • Must be 18+
  • Reliable access to the internet
  • Must have competency with basic spreadsheet usage 
  • Comfort with searching for information in web-based softwares/databases
  • Proficiency with cross-referencing information
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to keep sensitive information safe

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Event Volunteer Position Description
Summary: Event volunteers are an important part of our events team! RSR has events nearly every week that rely on volunteers to make them successful. Responsibilities may include: talking to the public about RSR and answering questions about volunteer opportunities and fostering, setting up an information table with marketing materials, selling merchandise, and running our fundraising ‘prize wheel’ where guests make a donation to spin the wheel and win a prize.

Time Commitment: Events usually occur on weeknights or weekends and are generally 2-3 hours long plus set up/tear down of the event table. You must be able to arrive 15 minutes before the event’s published start time to ensure you have time to set up the table and welcome fosters. 

Location: Varies at various partner vendors like pet supply stores, breweries, restaurants and other community businesses.

Responsibilities:
  • Event set up/tear down
  • Greet and assist fosters
  • Greet and assist the public, answer questions
  • Sell merchandise
  • Other duties as needed based on type of event

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Food Order Packaging

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Foster Coordinator
Summary: Foster Coordinators are responsible for approving and setting up new foster and foster to adopt homes throughout MN. They will process incoming foster applications in a timely manner and connect them with the applicable Foster Manager, if applicable, once training is complete. This will include daily emails and follow-up phone calls.   

The Foster Coordinator will ensure that the new foster has completed all steps of the training and acknowledged all forms needed. The Foster Coordinator will also make sure the new foster has all the information on fostering and knows who to go to with questions.

Time Commitment: About 5 hours per week is expected to be average. The expectation is to work a minimum of two new foster applications per week, or as needed.

Location: Remote

Responsibilities:
  • Process new foster applications
  • Connect with the foster to go over any questions they may have
  • Send welcome email and connect new foster with their Foster Manager, if applicable
  • Make sure all steps are completed during the approval process


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Foster Grandparent
AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparents tutor and mentor youth in schools & non-profit settings.
Foster Grandparents are over age 55 and volunteer 9+ hours per week, tutoring and mentoring youth. 
• Help children to follow directions, focus, and stay on task to complete work
• Encourage and praise children
• Assist with reading, math, and other academic subjects
• Read to, play games with and tell children stories
• Teach appropriate behaviors and social skills. 

REWARDS: Use your life skills to make an impact in a child’s life. Be needed and feel useful while gaining a sense of accomplishment and joy. Increase self-esteem and socialization with others. 

Opportunities available in: Princeton, Zimmerman, Elk River, Big Lake, Otsego
Volunteers are age 55+, all volunteers receive mileage to and from their site and if income qualifying a small tax-free stipend.

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Graphic Designer
Summary: Graphic Design volunteers help the RSR communications team create graphics for a wide variety of projects, including but not limited to: digital advertising, social media posts, newsletters, e-newsletters, event marketing, event promotion (both print and digital), website, blog, and other marketing projects

Time Commitment: Varies, this is a project-based position

Location: Remote

Responsibilities:
  • Create requested graphics, posters, social media posts, brochures, or other designs as requested
  • Quick turnaround time is ideal

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Health Insurance Counselor (SHIP Counselor)
Health Insurance Counselor (SHIP Counselor)
Help individuals make informed decisions about their health insurance and connect individuals with available resources

Responsibilities:
Assist Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers to:
  • Understand Medicare basics
  • Compare Medicare Advantage and Supplement Plan options
  • Understand and compare Medicare Part D choices
  • Explore eligibility for Medical Assistance, Medicare Savings Programs and Extra Help
  • Identify, report, and prevent Medicare Fraud and Abuse
  • Complete forms/applications for assistance

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Light Cleaning Volunteer
Help clean for an elderly or disabled person in our community that can't keep up anymore.  Usually you are matched with one person and assist them 1-2 times a month.  Includes vacuuming, dusting and other basic cleaning using their supplies.  You choose when you serve!
Sherburne or Wright Counties

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Meals on Wheels

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Media Coordinator
 The Media Coordinator will assist  RSR in scheduling foster animals to attend news appearances and opportunities. They would also find volunteers that we comfortable appearing on the news to assist with animal handling during segments. (Remote)

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Medicare Fraud and Abuse Presenter
Educate older adults on how to avoid Medicare scams and fraud

Responsibilities:
  • Knowledgeable of basic Internet tools and functions and able to follow a structured lesson plan
  • Comfortable with teaching older students
  • Flexible with the variable skill level of participants
  • Communicate with the staff of the host facility and be respectful of the space and equipment of the host site
  • Present resources available at www.medicare.gov, www.aoa.gov, www.smpresource.gov,  and www.MinnesotaHelp.info websites
  • Advise seniors how to protect, detect and report healthcare fraud, abuse and waste and how to track their health care services more carefully 

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Mobile Food Delivery Driver

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Office Assistant
Assist and support Senior LinkAge Line® staff with administrative tasks

Responsibilities:
  • Assist with copying handouts
  • Assemble manuals and mail packets
  • Answer phone and retrieve messages
  • Organize and maintain publications

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES
These are required of all volunteers:
  • Submit documentation of client work as required by CMCOA 
  • Maintain regular contact with Volunteer Coordinator 
  • Abide by agency’s non-conflict of interest, confidentiality, and other policies

TRAINING
  • Onboarding at the CMCOA office
  • Ongoing trainings and supervision with the possibility of shadow support visits
  • Attend initial eighteen hour training to become certified as a State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Counselor (Only required if performing Medicare Health Insurance Counseling)
  • Quarterly SHIP Update training required for SHIP Counselors, all volunteers are encouraged to participate
  • Participate in additional training provided by the MN DHS

TIME COMMITMENT/WORK SETTING
Volunteer opportunities vary and are available on weekdays, weekends and some evenings across the 14 county region served by the CMCOA.  Settings include partner sites, community agencies and occasionally consumers’ homes.

QUALIFICATIONS
  • Interest in and commitment to helping beneficiaries and their caregivers learn more about Medicare and health insurance matters
  • Sensitivity to the needs of older adults, person with disabilities, and other diverse populations
  • Ability to provide own transportation to/from client homes, counseling sites, and training locations (need to provide proof of insurance and copy of drivers license)
  • Successful completion of personal reference and criminal background checks
  • Ability to work independently and make appropriate decisions as required
  • Effective communication skills

BENEFITS
  • An opportunity to share your knowledge with individuals who truly appreciate it
  • Ongoing support and education
  • Develop new skills through ongoing training
  • Volunteer liability insurance
  • Mileage and expense reimbursement

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Office Clerical Work

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Office Help (Becker)
Volunteer in our small Becker office to answer phones, file or clean.  

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Owner Surrender Coordinator
Summary: The Owner Surrender Coordinator is responsible for working with local families who need to surrender their animal to Ruff Start Rescue. The OS Coordinator works through the entire process of bringing an animal into the rescue. Beginning with collecting information from the surrenderer (images, vet records), networking the animal in the private RSR Animals Needing Fosters Page, and getting foster commitment. You also may be  asked for help coordinating the transfer of the animal into the rescue as well. Once the animal is with their foster, add them to the website and notify vetting and intake of the new addition.  

Time Commitment: You are required to take at least 2 new owner surrender applications weekly 

Location: Remote

Responsibilities:
  • Logging into email, facebook and RescueGroups daily
  • Review owner surrender applications and look for red flags
  • Lining up fosters for the animals that are chosen to come into rescue
  • Sending owner surrender agreements
  • Once the animal is with the foster, perform an intake on the animal by adding to the website and sending out an announcement email to intake, vetting and the FM involved

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School/Site-Based Mentoring
In the Big Brothers Big Sisters' school and site-based mentoring program, mentors (Bigs) are paired with mentees (Littles) in kindergarten through eighth grade at a local school. BBBS currently has school-based programs in the St. Cloud, Sartell, Sauk Rapids-Rice, Pierz, Foley, and Holdingford school districts. The Big and Little meet at the child's school two to four times per month for 30 to 60 minutes at a time. While together, they can do a variety of activities including arts and crafts, board games, sports, reading, and more. These matches can only meet on school property or at an agency sponsored activity.

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Senior Dining Site Assistants
Volunteer serving meals at our senior dining sites. 

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Snacks & Treats for Foster Mom Support Group
Each month, we host foster moms on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7:30PM for support group.  We are looking for volunteers willing to sponsor the night for each month to bring treats to bless the moms coming as a time for them to retreat, relax, enjoy and fellowship with other moms on the foster care journey. Training provided at the time of the volunteer opportunity. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E49ADA829AAFCCE9-snacks

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Snow Removal for Senior in Big Lake
It is bound to snow some time and we are in need of someone to help in Big Lake with clearing of snow from driveway, steps and front porch. Person is located in town and is not on a large lot. Person needs to bring own shovel, plow or snow blower.

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Sports Buddies
Sports Buddies is a fun way to mentor through participating in and watching sports - and build community with other matches that love sports! In this initiative, one-to-one mentoring friendships between an adult and youth are formed while engaging in athletic activities. Matches attend 1-2 events per month - all organized by BBBS staff. Bigs and Littles only spend time together at BBBS Sports Buddies events or at BBBS agency-sponsored activities. 

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Summer Program Volunteers
Our Summer Program (age group middle and high school students) meets every Wednesday and we are seeking volunteers who are able to volunteer from 10:30am-2:15pm beginning June 14th through 30th. 

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Tech Support - helping Older Adults navigate technology (Elk River)
Tech Support needed in Elk River at the Elk River Senior Center and Guardian Angels.

This position is about helping Older Adults navigate the basics of their phones, laptop computers or tablets.  Many questions revolve around basic functions like apps, shopping, telehealth, texting family, social media and emails. 
We hold monthly Tech Clinics at both the Elk River Senior Center as well as around the Elk River area in Senior Living apartment complexes.
These clinics are run as scheduled appointments and if you cannot figure out the problem or concern, we have back up support for the client to call.

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Teen Mentors
Elk River Timber Bay is seeking volunteer Teen Mentors for their faith based mentorship program for at-risk youth. They run various after school clubs and camps throughout the year. 

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Teen Mentors - Breakfast Club
Volunteer Teen Mentors are needed to serve breakfast to students and facilitate a faith based lesson, every other Wednesday morning at 7:00am. The Breakfast Club program is held at Elk River High School. 

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Triniti Home Health and Hospice
We are a faith-based, non-profit home health and hospice agency.
Our Mission: Connecting compassion, care, and community in the Spirit of Christ's Love
Our Vision: Christ-centered agency recognized for our spiritual support, exceptional caregivers, and use of cutting-edge technology.
Our Values: Holistic care that is compassionate, accountable, respectful, and exceptional. 

We are in need of volunteers to support our hospice patients and families in Elk River, Big Lake, Becker, Zimmerman, Princeton, Clear Lake, and Otsego. 

Direct Patient and Family Support
  • Spending time talking and actively listening to a patient of caregiver
  • Reading and playing games
  • Visiting with patients; offering companionship, emotional support and friendship
  • Visiting with a therapeutic animal
Respite Care
  • Keeping patient company to allow the family time to run errands or have an outing
  • Light housekeeping 
  • Light meal prep and baking
  • Run errands
Administrative Duties
  • Bereavement mailing and related activities
  • Administrative support with office tasks
Time Commitment
  • Volunteer for as little as 1 hour per month
Highlights/Requirements

  • Hospice Volunteer
  • Volunteers are required to: complete a background check, attend an orientation, complete an application, and complete special training

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Vetting Transport Helper

Summary:
As a vetting transport helper, you will be responsible for attending animal transports (typically dogs) located at the office in Princeton or other locations as necessary (determined based on where animals originate from).  At the transport, you will be responsible for ensuring that the animals coming into the rescue are examined, perform any needed services, and the proper documentation is recorded.  This may include vaccines, microchipping, heartworm tests, nail trims, deworming, flea/tick preventative application, administering heartworm medication, or other treatments as indicated. The role of the vetting transport helper will provide support for the Vetting Transport Lead in all the indicated tasks. 

Time Commitment:
3-4 hours during transport and an additional 3-4 hours in preparation and review/uploading animal records. You must attend at least 2 transports per month, typically on a Saturday or Friday

Location:
Onsite and remote

Responsibilities: 

●Assessing sending shelter records for what is needed on day of transport
  • Completing the RSR intake records
  • Performing a PE on the intake animals
  • Providing any vaccines (non rabies) that are needed that day
  • Collecting blood for a heartworm test if needed
  • Applying flea/tick preventatives if needed
  • Administering heartworm medication if needed
  • Making recommendations for a vet visit when needed
  • Cleaning ears, performing skin scrapes, nail trimming
  • Scanning in and uploading animal records when transport is completed.


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Virtual Volunteer Opportunity - Dispatcher
This position supports the Regional Disaster Cycle Services department. Ensures timely activation and monitoring of local and regional Disaster Action Team (DAT) responses. The Duty Officer supports the DAT program either at the chapter/territory or region level.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Dispatch DAT members and monitor the response to ensure appropriate resources are made available.
  2. Activate Disaster Health Services, Disaster Mental Health, and Disaster Spiritual Care, Public Affairs when requested.
  3. Documents incoming disaster notification and creates & verifies events in RC Respond.
  4. May be required to monitor activity across multiple DAT responses.
  5. Notify Chapter and Regional staff of significant events, and contribute to an Initial Incident Report, when appropriate.
  6. Attends regularly scheduled team/DAT meetings as required by Chapter/Region.
Qualifications

  • Willingness to comply with Red Cross COVID-19 policies for in-person volunteer activities. G/A/P of RES/DAT/SA or above
  • Demonstrated leadership and communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to mission of the American Red Cross
  • Ability to remotely monitor and track details of DAT responses
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks in complex and stressful situations
  • Proficient with Red Cross systems and online interfaces
  • Sit and/or stand for minimum two-hour periods
  • Work for long periods on computer
  • Speak clearly on the phone and in person
Any questions or to learn more please email [email protected] or call 612-463-6587

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Volunteer Drivers
Drive folks to a medical appointment in our community.  These people no longer drive and cannot afford a taxi, Uber or their insurance doesn't cover the cost.  You choose when & where you serve.  All our services are at no charge.  

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Youth Mentors
The Wave Youth Center in Big Lake is looking for youth mentors most days, especially Tuesday and Friday. Volunteers will play games and interact with students, help them with homework, etc.

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