5 Volunteer Opportunities in the February

Put your love for your community to work by volunteering! From helping at community events to working with local non-profits, there’s many opportunities for community members to give back in February! Here are just a few examples of ways you can give your time and talent through Bonfire, the volunteer portal serving the greater Itasca area:

Enhance Positive Growth
Are you interested in education and social justice? Are you an experienced teacher or citizen who wants to give back to your community? The Itasca County Jail needs you! The Itasca County Sheriff’s Department is looking for skilled individuals or groups to give their time to teach inmates important skills to support positive development in their lives. Learn more

One-of-a-Kind Fun on the Ice
Frozen Fairways Golf Classic returns to Forest Lake on February 24th and needs helping hands! Volunteers looking to join the frozen fun might assist with event registration, sell raffle tickets for the Golf Ball Drop, and support event crew on the course to ensure the competition runs smoothly. Relieve your cabin fever, have fun with your community, and join golfers in dressing up in goofy garb! Sign up

Foster a Pet with Great Tails
Are you able to open your home to an animal in need? Great Tails Animal Rescue is looking for animal lovers to care for domestic animals waiting to find their forever homes! Foster volunteers provide caring homes, basic training, and occasional transportation, while Great Tails covers veterinary care, food, and supplies. Express interest

Provide Support and Comfort
Volunteers play an important role in supporting patients and their loved ones through the final steps of life’s journey. From visiting patients and going for walks, to playing cards and sharing interests like music and crafts, Essentia Health needs caring community members to support their hospice team. Volunteers can also take on basic tasks like cooking and running errands, bringing relief and respite to caregivers. Learn more

Aid on the Slopes
Embrace winter and get out on the slopes! From ski patrols to Learn to Ride instructors to chair lift operators, Mt. Itasca needs you! The Winter Sports Center is looking for community members who love the outdoors and want to support daily operations on the hill. Members of Ski Patrol volunteer households get free lift passes while volunteers are on duty and Ski Patrol members ski or board for free. Read more

To view these opportunities and sign up for our volunteer newsletter visit volunteer.uwlakes.org.

Bonfire is an online platform, powered by United Way, that matches community members looking to make a difference to volunteer opportunities with local organizations serving the greater Itasca area. If your organization is interested in posting opportunities, please call Molly Hiipakka, United Way Community Impact Coordinator, at 218-999-7570 to get started. Membership is free and includes one-on-one technical support.