4 Volunteer Opportunities in July

4 Volunteer Opportunities in July

Volunteering is not merely an act of giving, it’s an experience that enriches and strengthens communities and organizations as well.  Volunteers help nonprofits expand their outreach, increase their capacity to support the individuals and families that engage with them, provide fresh viewpoints and ideas, and share community connections to lift the organization and its mission in the community.

Here are ways you can volunteer in July!

Lend a Hand in the Burger Stand

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) needs your support in the Lion’s Burger Stand at the 75th annual Wild Rice Festival in Deer River. Volunteer responsibilities include assembling food baskets, taking orders, and more. Sign up.

Swim, Bike, Run!

Enjoy the turquoise waters of Sugar Lake Lodge while helping with the Timberman Triathlon on July 13th. Volunteers are needed throughout the day to support the USA Triathlon-sanctioned race. Select from a variety of roles, including water stops, kayak stations, timer support, and more. Learn more.

Weekend of Wheels
The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s Northern MN Swap Meet & Car Show relies on volunteers each year. With over 20,000 spectators, antiques, food vendors, and cars, there are multiple shifts to choose from and a job for everyone.  From parking lot attendants and building support to booth assistance and vendor check-ins, help make the event a success. Lend a hand.

Promote Outdoor Play
Each summer, 5-2-1-0 PlayStations are freshly filled with play gear in area parks. United Way is seeking an ambassador for the Ryan Flood Memorial Park in Grand Rapids to help ensure it is cared for and ready to encourage outdoor play. Volunteer(s) work with United Way to help monitor boxes throughout the summer season. Express interest.

Bonfire is an online platform powered by United Way that matches community members to volunteer opportunities with local organizations. Connect with these and other Bonfire partners at volunteer.uwlakes.org and explore ways you can make a difference.

United Way also leads the Volunteer Coordinator Network (VCN), which brings volunteer professionals together quarterly to share ideas, discuss challenges, and work together to ignite regional volunteer action. The network will meet on July 11, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Boys & Girls Club of the Northland (1000 NE 8th Ave, Grand Rapids). Membership is free. To learn more and to register, visit uwlakes.org/volunteer-network or call 218-999-7570.