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Volunteers

The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'" -Matthew 25:40


Volunteer Opportunities

Most of our communities are welcoming existing volunteers, and accepting new volunteers. However, volunteering will look different, as some of our needs have changed. Volunteers are expected to follow all of our infection control precautions, including properly wearing masks and possibly other PPE, depending on the tasks you are completing. Each community needs are unique. If you are already a registered volunteer with a community, please reach out to the Volunteer Director at that community. 
 
If you do not have a connection to a particular community, please preview some of our needs below and respond by emailing [email protected] or sign up using the provided links.

You can also visit our Find A Community page to view needs at a community near you.
 
 

Opportunities in the spotlight

Take a look at the most popular ways to engage. If interested, email [email protected] or use the sign up link.

Smile Makers needed at several locations –  SIGN UP HERE
These fabulously faithful volunteers can be found in different areas of each community supporting staff in building a good resident experience. Volunteers could be helping in any of the following areas. Needs may change slightly depending on shift.  
  • Sorting and delivering mail, packages and other deliveries within the building
  • Light housekeeping and sanitizing as needed 
  • Support in laundry as needed 
  • Assisting in culinary department and dining rooms 
  • Supporting site with special projects and light maintenance 
  • Assisting in resident transportation in the building 
  • Engaging in meaningful activities and social support with residents as directed by Life Enrichment 
  • Other tasks as needed
 
 
Super Organizer needed at our Little Canada community - INQUIRE HERE
This volunteer will help a resident organize their apartment and belongings. Flexible scheduling. 

 
Handy Man or Woman needed at our Spring Lake Park location - INQUIRE HERE
Assist lead engineer with minor projects and routine tasks. 4-8 hours per week preferred. 

 
Cyclists needed at three of our communities in the Twin Cities area - Email [email protected] for more details
We have partnered with Cycling Without Age to purchase trishaws. Trishaw pilots are needed to propel these motorized trishaws around our communities, while engaging resident riders in conversation. We will ride during colder months when weather and trail conditions are agreeable, but will kick off frequent and regular ride schedules in the early spring. Flexible scheduling.

 
Movie theater operators needed at several locations 
Volunteers neeeded to enable neighbors to have a shared experience of enjoying an old classic or finding a new favorite. Volunteers start the movie and remain available throughout the film, should technology assistance be needed. Days and times needed vary by community. Sign up for any of the following communities:
          Timber Hills in Inver Grove Heights
          Founders Ridge in Bloomington
          Norris Square in Cottage Grove
          The Farmstead in Andover
          Waverly Gardens in North Oaks
          Stonecrest in Woodbury
          SummerWood of Chanhassen

 

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers serving at all of our communities are required to adhere to all of our policies and procedures, including infection control protocols. Currently permitting groups of 5 volunteers or less. Volunteer opportunities vary by location and some opportunities may only be available to individuals at this point in time. Opportunities may include:
 
  • STEP Force: (small group opportunity)
    Help residents get from Point A to Point B by propelling their wheelchair. Specific needs include escorts to and from beauty salon appointments and chapel services.
 
  • Companionship:
    Become a visitor and friend to a resident seeking social connection. Pet visits welcome too!
 
  • Supporting Services:
    Help with garden and building maintenance. Assist in dining room. Answer call-lights for non-care tasks. Deliver newspapers. 
 
  • Purposeful Living:
    Assist in leading activities; help residents participate in activities that may be difficult for them to do independently, perform basic manicures, and more.

 

Ways to Volunteer Virtually

While we have chosen to focus the majority of our volunteer efforts on volunteering in-person, within one of our communities, you can also choose to volunteer virtually in one of the following ways:

  • Send flowers
  • Chalk our walks / Paint our snow
  • Send Christmas cards to our residents.
  • NEW ------ Coming Soon ---- Wacky and Random Holiday Club

 
There are many opportunities for individuals, families, or congregations to get involved in our ministry. For additional ideas and ways to volunteer, click here or email [email protected]
 

Volunteer Testimonials

Sarah, volunteer

“Volunteering with residents in nursing homes provides meaning and purpose in my life.  I feel like I'm making a difference in the lives of others. Many of the most meaningful interactions I’ve had in recent years are with the seniors I serve while volunteering!”
– Sarah, Arbor Memory Care Volunteer 




“When I'm volunteering it's hard to tell who is having more fun, the people there to help out or the people receiving the help. It is so much fun for everyone when we go to Highland Ridge that everyone, as soon as we leave, starts planning the next time we can go and what we can do.”
– Josephine, Highland Ridge Volunteer



Paul, Volunteer

"Volunteering with hospice is an opportunity to give back after all the care and support my mother received as a resident.. It is also a gift to me, many have led rich lives and simply enjoy a listening ear."

– Paul, Optage Hospice Volunteer





“Even the simple things like a smile and a look of recognition that I am a familiar face. That always touches my heart and makes me feel good.”
– Ann, Optage Companion Volunteer
 
Bailey the therapy dog

“Woof! Woof! Woof!” ("I love making the residents smile!")
– Bailey, Therapy Pet Volunteer

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