Welcome to "Lake County Volunteer Corner!" Each month, we will be showcasing the wonderful work that volunteers do for our Lake County communities, as well as listing some upcoming needs and opportunities for volunteers.

Arrowhead RSVP-AEOA works with over 30 nonprofit organizations in Lake County to make sure community needs are met. Volunteers play a vital role in providing affordable food to our neighbors, taking care of senior, veteran and disabled needs; teaching children to read; providing free tax-aide and exercise classes; making beautiful quilts; organizing community festivals; sharing heritage; keeping our hiking trails and nature areas available; as well as many more programs.

During the last 12 months alone, over 400 Lake County volunteers who are registered with RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) and Northland Volunteer Center put in over 24,400 hours of volunteer time. If our communities would have had to pay for these services, the estimated cost to organizations would have been $594,513.

An example of this can be found when visiting the Two Harbors Area Food Shelf. The food shelf employs only 1.5 employees, and yet, in 2018, provided food to 897 individuals, and distributed over 102,000 pounds of food. This service would not be available, without the help of 120 volunteers putting in 3,800 hours of volunteer time.

When you walk in the door on food shelf days, volunteers greet people with smiles, assistance and wonderful organization. And yet, even with this many volunteers involved, the need continues to grow and additional help is needed.

Please consider joining our wonderful community in helping others. Some needs that exist currently include:

  • The Two Harbors Area Food Shelf is looking for help with their front desk on Tuesdays. This shift is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 12:30-4 p.m., but is flexible. These duties include setting up the front desk, snack table, check clients in and filling out paperwork. Our check-in process is done through a computer system, and training is provided, but it's a pretty easy system. Also, assistance is needed for the monthly truck day. Please contact Jamie with any questions: 218-226-8147 or jlharthan6@gmail.com.
  • Community Partners is looking for drivers, grocery shoppers and people who want to shovel. If you are interested in helping with this event, please call our office and we will get you more information. Thanks! Call or contact Dana at 218-834-8024 ext. 204 or email her at commpart.vc@gmail.com.

If you are interested in learning more ways to volunteer in Lake County for the holiday season, please contact Nancy Frischmann at 218-226-8809 or nancy.frischann@aeoa.org.