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October Buddy Backpack

October Buddy Backpack packing sessions will be on Tuesday, October 4th & Thursday October 20th. The Buddy Backpack program is designed to help children in the area who are in need or at risk of going hungry.

UWNEMN hopes to provide a safe and fun Buddy Backpacks experience for everyone, and we appreciate your cooperation in the following for the 2022-2023 school year:

  • We are looking for up to 50 people per packing session. Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before the session.
  • Upon arrival to the UWNEMN building, volunteers will drive through the gate and park in the parking lot. Volunteers will enter through DOOR #4
  • Volunteers will be asked complete a volunteer release form, unless completed online before arriving. This form will be completed once per school year, as in the past.  They will also receive their name tag with table number and job duty.
  • Volunteers are asked to not touch any items on their tables before the staff kicks off the session.  This means there will be no opening of boxes, stock piling additional items, or starting to pack any bags.
  • Job duties will be pre-assigned. If you have any concerns, please contact michelle@unitedwaynemn.org.  
  • Volunteers are asked to wear closed-toe, comfortable shoes or boots.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness on the day of your packing session, please contact us to reschedule.

Thank you for volunteering to pack this critical food for local children and your understanding of the guidelines put in place. UWNEMN will continue to do our very best to keep our volunteers, staff, and local children safe!

Volunteers for Buddy Backpacks must be 12 or older.

Join the October Buddy Backpack session(s) and make a difference in the community!

To apply or to read more on the program visit United Way of Northeast Minnesota on their website!

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United Way Lunch Buddies Mentor

Applications are currently being taken to become a United Way Lunch Buddies Mentor! The United Way of Northeastern Minnesota’s Lunch Buddies Mentoring Program currently serves grade school students at Cherry School, Keewatin Elementary, Merritt Elementary, Northeast Range School, and Vaughn-Steffensrud Elementary who would benefit from additional support, encouragement and a positive & caring adult mentor. 

Mentor Role

  • Serve as a positive role model and guide
  • Focus on building a positive relationship with the young person
  • Supporting the young person through an ongoing, one-to-one relationship
  • Participate in school-based activities together
  • Help identify and encourage mentee strengths

Time Commitment

  • Make a school-year-long commitment (October-May)
    • One lunch break/week
  • Must be able to attend the majority of meetings. In the event that you are unable to attend a meeting you may notify UWNEMN to pair your mentor with a temporary replacement.
  • Communicate monthly with the program specialist
  • Attend an initial 1.5 hour training session
  • Attend optional mentor/mentee group events and program recognition events

Participation Requirements

  • Is interested in being a positive role model for a young person
  • 18+ years of age
  • Have transportation to the school where you are mentoring
  • Complete the screening procedure
  • Agree to attend mentor trainings as required
  • Pass the criminal background check
  • Be willing to disclose and/or discuss any mental, chemical, or physical health condition which may impact your role as a mentor
  • Access to internet with an email account 

Become a United Way Lunch Buddies Mentor and be a positive influence on the youth of our community! If you would like to know more about UWNEMN, the program and other programs that they run visit their website. And if this is something you are interested in you may apply now! Applications are due on October 10th.

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Precious Paws WoofTrax

Precious Paws WoofTrax is a great new way to help Precious Paws raise money. How does it work? You download the WoofTrax app onto your phone, select Precious Paws as your shelter of choice, and then take your pet for a walk (which you should already be doing anyways)! The app will take count of how much you walk and the more mileage for Precious Paws the more donations Precious Paws receives in donations!

It’s an easy and simple way to help the animals in our local community, and it would mean a ton in getting what the shelter needs! And if you have more questions on what Precious Paws does or how else you might be able to help you should definitely take a look at their website! They are always looking for more help and for loving families that want to adopt a furry new friend into their family, which by the way, is the best way of all that you are able to help. And always feel free to contact them for inquiries or to visit their very wonderful sheltered animals who would love some affection!

The app is available in your smartphone app store and is easy to set up. Take a look at the WoofTrax FAQ for any questions you may have!

 

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Precious Paws Volunteers Needed

Precious Paws volunteers needed to assist in taking care of their sheltered animals! You can pick one day a week, or more, to stop in and make a difference for animals in need. Precious Paws does a lot to make sure that their animals are loved and cared for so that they can go to loving homes and you can be part of their team. Who doesn’t love the idea of spending time with animals? Be the reason that someone’s future pet is taken care of and shown affection. 

There are plenty of other ways to help as well if you are crunched for time and their website offers quite a bit of information on what you can do, or follow them on their socials for up to date info! 

Morning help is needed with:

  • Cleaning kennels
  • Laundry, sweeping, and dishes
  • Feeding animals

Precious Paws provides:

  • Training
  • A volunteer to work with you
  • New friendships that last forever!
  • A chance to be a caring face for animals that need some love

If you would like to know more about Precious Paws, what they do, and more ways that you can help visit their website! Precious Paws volunteers needed and you could be just the help that they’re looking for!

For a personal volunteer tour or more info call (218) 254-3300. 

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White Bridge Stables Now Hiring

White Bridge Stables Now Hiring for the position of Horse Care Assistant! If you are a horse fan this is most likely the job for you! Work closely with horses under the supervision of professionals and start your equine career today. Submit your application to Indeed if you’re interested or contact White Bridge Stables and inquire.

White Bridge Stables is a full service equine barn serving NE Minnesota. We offer boarding, lessons, training, and sale horses.

White Bridge Stables Now Hiring talented individual to assist in our daily barn/horse chores. This position needs a dedicated, professional, animal loving individual to feed, turn out/in, blanket, clean stalls, and provide hay and water for 10-15 horses.

Shifts run from 2-7:30pm or 4-7:30 and occasionally 7am-10am

Horses don’t know what weekends or holidays are so we all work 7 days a week, 365 days a year to ensure their health and safety. We do try to rotate staff for weekend and holiday duties. Expect 1-2 weekends per month.

There are endless advancement opportunities for the right person.

Horse experience and knowledge is ideal but we are able to train a person with the right qualities.

Compensation is based upon experience.

Applicants must be at minimum 16 years old with their own reliable transportation.

Job Type: Part-time

Pay: $11.00 – $12.00 per hour

Benefits:

  • Flexible schedule

If you would like to know more about White Bridge Stables visit them at their website!

 

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J&M Retrievers Now Hiring

J&M Retrievers Now Hiring for the position of Boarding Kennel Assistant!

The position is full-time and pays $12-$13 per hour. To read more or to apply for the J&M Retrievers Now Hiring call apply on Indeed. If you love working with animals and you would like to pursue a career in caring for them, this may be the job for you! J&M Retrievers is the place to go for dog care needs, here is your chance to learn and work with the best in the biz!

Qualifications:

– Experience with dogs preferred
– Must love dogs
– Customer service experience preferred
​- Knowledge of animal health a plus
– Must be able to work weekends and evenings
– Must be able to work indoors and outdoors
– May have to lift as much as 50 lbs
– Reliable transportation required
– Must be able to work independently as well as with a team
– Must be responsible and reliable

 

Duties include but are not limited to:

– Handling/controlling small to medium sized groups of dogs
– Feeding and administering medication to dogs
– Cleaning – indoors and outdoors
– Grounds maintenance
– Lifting – weights up to 50 lbs

– Customer service

 

Position Details:

– Full time
– Rotating weekends
– We are willing to train the right candidate
– Must have availability to work scheduled shifts typically from 7 am – 12noon and 3:3:30 pm – 9 pm

 

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Valentini’s Turning Pink

HELP US CELEBRATE 9 YEARS OF VALENTINI’S TURNING PINK

FRIDAY OCT 28

 

October 2013 we started our event in honor of our sister in law

Carol Marturano who is a breast cancer survivor.

Every year since we have donated our proceeds to the Angel Fund to help provide financial assistance to other families with any type of cancer on the Iron Range. To date we have raised over $94,000!

 

Stop in and purchase your raffle tickets for a variety of prizes! All proceeds will go toward the Angel Fund and the assistance of families in Northern Minnesota! You have the chance to help and even win something cool while you’re at it! Valentini’s Turning Pink annual event is a great way to show support to not only the community but to everyone suffering from cancer. Raffle items will be announced on the Valentini’s FB page. Raffle ticket holders do not have to be present to win, but coming out for the drawing is a fun time and you can get some great food while you’re there!

 

We are requesting donations to help raise money for this amazing cause.  Ex: Monetary, gift cards, baskets and/or raffle items

Contact Cindy Marturano @ 218-254-2607 or vsc2607@hotmail.com

 

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Howl-o-Ween Pet Parade

The Howl-o-Ween Pet Parade will be taking place in downtown Chisholm on October 28th from 6PM-7PM! Everyone should be able to enjoy the spirit of Halloween, including our furry friends! Participants will be meeting in Kiwanis Park by the bridge entrance of Chisholm, all pets must be leashed. All pets are welcomed too of course!

The Howl-o-Ween Pet Parade will be taking place shortly after Lake Street Trick-or-Treat so if you already have the kids out make sure to stick around for the show! We had some great pet costumes last year, but not nearly enough cats!

All participating pets in the parade will get some new toys (both cat & dog toys are provided) and all of the attention your furry family members deserve!

We will also be providing a drop off tub for Precious Paws at the Kiwanis Park meeting area for donations to our sheltered animals who are also in need of and deserving of our love! If you would like to learn more about Precious Paws and what they do or if you would like to volunteer please visit them at their website! There are so many wonderful animals there that would benefit greatly from a little extra love!

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Rural Voice Town Hall

The Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm is excited to welcome MPR’s talk show host Kerri Miller for a Rural Voice Town Hall on Wednesday, September 21st starting at 6:30pm in the pavilion.

The Rural Voice series, developed by three Minnesota Initiative Foundations that serve Greater Minnesota along with Compeer Financial, will launch in late September with three town halls moderated by MPR’s Kerri Miller. The conversations will focus on entrepreneurism, workforce readiness, and health care in rural Minnesota.

“We are so grateful to have been selected as a location to host this important discussion. Operating as a rural nonprofit posses many challenges as well as unique opportunities and we look forward to sharing those experiences to help shape a stronger rural Minnesota.”

MDC Executive Director Donna Johnson

The events, which will be held in unique venues in rural Minnesota, will require registration but are free to attend. The events will also be live-streamed and recorded for broader distribution.

THE EVENT DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Growing Good Gigs:

Educating & Training a Creative Rural Workforce

Minnesota Discovery Center

1005 Discovery Drive, Chisholm, MN

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Discussion 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. followed by a reception

“The focus of these town halls is really to lend voice to our rural areas and to explore the benefits, the challenges, and the opportunities that exist when living in rural communities…We’re excited to hear from people who can educate and enlighten through their ideas, and experiences.”

Tim Penny, president and CEO of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

The Rural Voice health care discussion. For more information on the Rural Voice series or to register for the in-person events or live-streaming of the event go to ruralvoice.org/events

Mayo Clinic Health System is a sponsor of the Rural Voice health care discussion. For more information on the Rural Voice series or to register for the in-person events or live-streaming of the event go to ruralvoice.org/events

Register to join Rural Voice Town Hall and take this great opportunity!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE EVENT

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Flashlight Clueseum

The Flashlight Clueseum is back at Minnesota Discovery Center for the Halloween season on October 21st & 28th at 8PM!

Sometimes, the things you see in the shadows are more than just shadows. Flashlight Clueseum is back and we need you to solve the mystery but this time, in the dark.  The clues are harder than ever and the dark will definitely make things more difficult! 

The game starts at 8pm.  Fastest to finish will win a prize!  

Never played?  It’s like the game Clue to an extent.  You must solve the riddles provided to rule out who did it, with what weapon, and in what room.  As you read the riddles, you’ll be directed to a specific part of the museum or exhibit.  There you will try to pin point what the riddle exactly means and you will find a picture of a person or weapon (not obvious mind you – this is going to be HARD!).  Once you find that picture, you will cross that picture off of your clue board and that means that the picture you found is not the answer to the mystery (aka the murderer or the weapon used).  If you like solving riddles – this game is for you!

To play the game, it only costs $10 per Non-Member, $9 per Member

 

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