Restless Souls Cemetery and Walk-through Haunt
All ages are welcome to this local haunted house from dusk-9 p.m. on Halloween, Friday, Oct. 31 at 905 Dale St. E., St. Joseph. 320-271-0035. The haunt does get a bit scarier after nightfall, so be sure to bring the little ones closer to dusk.
Senior Connection to host superintendent
The Sartell Senior Connection welcomes Jeff Schwiebert, Sartell public school superintendent, from 9-10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at the Country Manor Apartments Garden Cove Dining Room, East door 2.
Joe Town Table serves meals for everyone
Community organizations band together to host Joe Town Table from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 at the American Legion, 101 W. Minnesota St., St. Joseph. This free meal serves as an opportunity for socialization among neighbors and friends. Volunteers serve up a warm meal for area residents to enjoy.
St. Cloud State presents Choral Connections
St. Cloud State University Concert Choir and St. Cloud area high school choral ensembles present Choral Connections at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 in Ritsche Auditorium at SCSU. The annual concert will include performances from the area high schools of Sartell, Apollo, Cathedral, St. John’s Prep, Sauk Rapids-Rice, St. Cloud Tech, by the St. Cloud State Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, and the Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota’s Women’s Chorale. Tickets will be available at the door. A portion of the ticket proceeds go toward scholarships for music students at SCSU.
Central Minnesota Catholic Worker hosts open house
An open house will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 at the Church of St. Joseph’s Heritage Hall. All are invited to learn more about being a Catholic Worker. A Catholic Worker is a community dedicated to living out the gospel’s call to serve and love our brothers and sisters. The three pillars that comprise the Catholic Worker are prayer, clarification of thought (social action) and hospitality. It seeks to create a community where people feel welcome and yet challenges all of us to live our lives ‘worthy of the call’ of Christ. It’s ecumenical in focus; other faith traditions are invited to join. For more information, contact Molly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or head to centralmncw.org.
United Way Volunteer Opportunities
Grow our communities in a meaningful way: Become a tutor.
St. Cloud district schools need tutors to help children succeed in school. Minnesota Reading Corps and Math Corps will train two dozen literacy and math tutors to begin one year of service immediately, and provide extra support that students need to believe in themselves and catch up to their peers. Tutors receive a living allowance, an education award of up to $5,645, and the reward of making a lasting impact in the community. Tutors who are 55 or older may transfer the education award to a child or grandchild. Apply today to serve as a tutor this year. Go to www.MinnesotaReadingCorps.org or www.MinnesotaMathCorps.org. Send questions to email@example.com.
Client assistants sought
Volunteers will assist clients at Catholic Charities Emergency Services who request clothing and household items during clothing program hours. Responsibilities include greeting and helping clients to locate clothing in proper sizes, styles and more; keep shopping area neat; and hangers put in boxes and clothing hung. Occasionally sort and hang clothing as directed by staff. Record date of client visit on their file, as well as listing secured items received. Volunteers should have good organizational skills and must have an understanding, non-judgmental attitude toward low-income persons and people in crisis. Must maintain client confidentiality and be willing to sign volunteer agreements required by this agency. The time commitment is variable, usually two- to four-hour shifts during program hours. Contact Chad Kaushagen, Catholic Charities program coordinator, at 320-229-4560.
Help serve lunch
The Salvation Army needs volunteers to assist with their community lunch program. Volunteers will assist with meal preparation, serving and cleaning the dining area. Contact Barbara Nelson, Salvation Army volunteer coordinator, at 320-252-4552.
Change a child’s life in the community
Big Brothers Big Sisters are looking for mentors. Mentors in the community-based program provide friendship, emotional support and hope to young people with whom they are matched. This is a one-on-one volunteer opportunity to provide friendship and guidance to a child in central Minnesota. The volunteer will meet with their Little four times a month for 12 months. Contact Rachel Bogenrief, Big Brothers Big Sisters, at 320-258-4535.
Help in the food shelf
The Salvation Army helps individuals and families in St. Cloud who find themselves in need of assistance. They are looking for volunteers to help in their food shelf. Their biggest need is Friday afternoon from 1-3 p.m. Contact Barb Nelson, Salvation Army, at 320-257-7435.
Are you a veteran who would like to visit veterans?
Veterans on hospice enjoy having a volunteer who is also a veteran to listen and share their memories of military service. As a hospice volunteer, you would provide socialization, companionship and the unique opportunity for a veteran to receive end-of-life support from another veteran. Heartland Hospice serves clients in their own homes or in facilities within a 60-mile radius of St. Cloud. You decide how much time you want to volunteer and how far you are willing to travel. Contact Keshia Kettler-Herrmann, Heartland Hospice, at 320-654-113.
Meals on Wheels
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud serves people across the heart of Minnesota. Volunteers are vital to helping meet the needs of the more than 71,000 people they serve annually. Volunteers are needed to help with their Mobile Food Self delivering food to low-income people without transportation. Volunteers also are needed for their Meals on Wheels program, a program serving meals to seniors unable to leave their home. Contact Kathleen Milligan, Catholic Charities volunteer coordinator, at 320-229-4590.
For more information, contact Mary Krippner, United Way Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at (320) 223-7991 or firstname.lastname@example.org.