4 Volunteer Opportunities in May and the Coming Weeks

4 Volunteer Opportunities in May and the coming weeks 

On any given day, volunteers are making a difference in the Itasca area. From building homes to serving meals to selling tickets at community events, volunteers play a vital role in keeping our community connected and thriving.   

Make the most of your summer by giving back and helping meet our community’s needs! Here are a few examples of the ways those who live, work, and play in the Itasca area can give back.  

Celebrate Summer Solstice by Taking Action 

United Way’s Day of Action takes place June 21 in downtown Marble. Volunteers of all ages are needed to help plant trees, install a slide at the park, various painting projects around town, and more. Get involved. 

Field Day Fun
Special Olympics will host Minnesota’s Regional North Track & Field competition in Grand Rapids on May 18th. Volunteers play a vital role in its success! Various positions are available, from general event support, clerk, staging, timers, field assistants, and more. Learn more. 

Become a PlayStation Ambassador
5-2-1-0 PlayStations containing an assortment of play gear are located in various community parks. Ambassadors are needed to care for and monitor PlayStations throughout the summer season. Activities include cleaning, tracking inventory, and reporting. This is a great opportunity for a family or group to take on! Sign up. 

Support Youth Development
Volunteering at a Boys and Girls Club of the Northland is a great way to help teach young people valuable life lessons and learn something about yourself in return. The Grand Rapids and Greenway chapters host a variety of volunteer opportunities, including support classroom activities, assistance with homework, arts and crafts, reading, learning, and much more. Express interest. 

Sign up for these roles and more on Bonfire, the Itasca area’s online volunteer portal, at volunteer.uwlakes.org. Bonfire is free to use and serves to facilitate connections between the Itasca area’s volunteer base and local nonprofit and community organizations.  

Community and nonprofit organizations serving the greater Itasca area can post volunteer opportunities and manage volunteers on Bonfire. If your organization is interested in posting opportunities, contact Molly Hiipakka, United Way Community Impact Coordinator, at 218-999-7570 to get started. Membership is free and includes one-on-one technical support.