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Your time and your unique gifts are so valuable to Guardian Angels and those we serve. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups. It is important that potential volunteers take time to consider all aspects of working with the senior population. We want to make sure that your placement is rewarding for both you and our residents.

We match our volunteers with the opportunity best suited to them and current needs in our communities. Every volunteer must complete an application, stating their desired areas of service and their availability. We will then interview applicants for open positions that meet the needs of the volunteer and Guardian Angels.

If accepted as a volunteer, a background study and New Volunteer Orientation are required prior to volunteering. Orientation will include information about residents’ rights, safety procedures, privacy practices, and volunteer conduct and commitment. We provide training to make each volunteer feel comfortable and excited about volunteering. Your commitment is important, and we are counting on you! Download a volunteer application and begin the process today.

We welcome students to volunteer with us. All junior volunteers must be at least 14 years old or volunteer with an adult. Download a student application.

Please contact us with questions or to sign up for a volunteer opportunity. View volunteer needs for specific Guardian Angels communities below.

Guardian Angels Care Center – Elk River

 

Baking Assistant

Thursdays at 9:15 a.m. (weekly)
Volunteers will assist recreation staff and residents to prepare a baked item in a group setting. Tasks include assisting with measuring, mixing, and preparing cookie sheets as well as general preparation and clean-up duties.

 

Bingo Assistant

Mondays at 3:15 p.m. and Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. (weekly)
Volunteers will assist recreation staff and residents during bingo. Some residents may need help reading their cards or placing the bingo chips on the numbers as they are called. Some residents may have difficulty with sight, vision, or mobility.

 

Coffee Time

Saturdays at 2:15 p.m. (weekly)
Volunteers will help recreation staff serve beverages and treats as well as provide social interaction with residents.

 

Wheelchair Transportation

Tuesday evenings and Sunday afternoons (weekly)
Volunteers will assist residents with wheelchairs to and from the Tuesday evening musical performance or Sunday afternoon chapel service.

 

Exercise Assistant

Mondays at 1:15 p.m. or Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m. (weekly)
Volunteers will assist our recreation staff with group stretching exercises and join in as the group plays volleyball, bowling, or balloon toss.

 

Coffee & Gift Shop Volunteer

Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Volunteers will fulfill the staffing needs of our Coffee & Gift Shop and provide a warm, welcoming environment for all who visit. Our Coffee & Gift Shop is staffed solely by volunteers.

 

Hospitality Assistant, Transitional Care Unit

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (one or two times a week)
Volunteers will offer reading material, word or jigsaw puzzles, and decks of cards to residents recovering in our rehabilitation unit as well as socialize with or transport the resident to our Coffee & Gift Shop.

 

Musical Entertainers

Times and days vary.
Volunteers will share their talents with residents playing music in the dayrooms (morning or late afternoons), during the lunch hours, or at coffee time at 2:30 p.m. Preferred days are Wednesdays and Thursdays, rotating between the 100 and 300 wings. Musicians are also needed for visits on Saturdays or Sundays during coffee time at 2:15 p.m.

 

One-to-One Visits

Times and days vary.
Volunteers are invited to share their time with residents who need a visitor. Times vary by resident throughout the week.

 

Outdoor Visits

Daily from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (seasonally)
When weather permits, volunteers will sit outside in the courtyard to visit with residents who enjoy the fresh air but cannot be left alone outdoors.

 

Reader

Times and days vary.
Volunteers will read short stories to residents in either a group or individual setting, two times per month.

 

Nail Polisher

Times and days vary (weekly).
Volunteers may remove nail polish, file nails, and apply fresh polish. No clipping or trimming is allowed.

 

Craft Assistant

First and third Mondays from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. or second and fourth Wednesdays from 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Volunteers will assist recreation staff with a variety of craft projects. This may include helping the residents paint, glue, and assemble projects as well as assisting with set-up and clean-up.

 

Eleventh Hour Vigil Assistant

Times vary (on-call basis).
Volunteers will provide a compassionate presence and sense of comfort to residents who are imminently dying and prefer not to be alone. Volunteers also offer relief to families who are with their loved ones but may need a break.

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities at Guardian Angels Care Center, please contact Lynn Owens, Volunteer Coordinator, at 763-241-4460 or lowens@ga-er.org.

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Guardian Angels Engel Haus – Albertville

 

Visitor

Times and days vary. Volunteers will visit with Memory Care residents, go for a walk, engage in an activity, and reminisce. We especially need male volunteers to visit with male residents.

 

Musical Entertainers

Times and days vary.
Volunteers will share their time and musical talents with residents. Uplifting music performances can be fulfilling for both the residents and the musicians. Volunteers are welcome any time during the day, especially during Kaffee & Kuchen, daily at 2:30 p.m.

 

Bingo/Pokeno Callers

Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. or Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. (occasional)
Volunteers will call Bingo or Pokeno for residents.

 

Reader

Times and days vary.
Volunteers will read short stories to residents in either a group or individual setting, preferably two times per month.

 

Outdoor Visits

Daily from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (seasonally)
When weather permits, volunteers will sit outside in the courtyard to visit with residents who enjoy the fresh air but cannot be left alone outdoors.

 

Kaffee & Kuchen (Coffee Time)

Daily at 2:30 p.m.
Volunteers will help recreation staff serve beverages and treats as well as provide social interaction with residents.

 

One-to-One Visits

Times and days vary.
Volunteers are invited to share their time with residents who need a visitor. Times vary by resident throughout the week.

 

Pet Visits

Times and days vary.
Volunteers may bring a well-behaved pet to visit residents. All shots must be up to date. Please call for more details and to arrange a time.

 

Craft Assistant

Volunteers can bring a craft to do with our residents or assist recreation staff with a variety of craft projects. This may include helping the residents paint, glue, and assemble projects as well as assisting with set-up and clean-up.

 

Game Night Volunteers

Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday evenings at 6:00 p.m.
Volunteers will play games and cards with residents.

 

Walking Companions

Times and days vary.
Volunteers will walk with residents around the grounds and along the walking paths outdoors.

 

Devotion Leaders

Times and days vary.
Volunteers will lead prayer groups, devotions, or Bible studies.

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities at Guardian Angels Engel Haus, please contact our Activity Director, at 763-498-4594.

Guardian Angels By The Lake – Elk River

 

Coffee Time Volunteer

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays from 2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Volunteers will help serve coffee and visit with residents.

 

Bingo

Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Volunteers will assist with Bingo.

 

Exercise Assistant

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Volunteers will help transport residents to exercise classes as well as distribute and collect equipment.

 

500 Card Player

Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Visitors

Times and days vary.
Volunteers will visit or play games with residents as well as spend time outdoors during summer months.

 

Nail Polisher

Fridays from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Brighten a resident’s day by polishing their nails. Volunteers may remove nail polish, file nails, and apply fresh polish. No clipping or trimming is allowed.

 

Library Organizer

Times and days vary.
Volunteers will help keep our library organized and maintain an inviting space for all who visit.

 

Piano Player

Times and days vary.
Volunteers will play piano during sing-alongs. Our residents enjoy music and appreciate the musicians who play along.

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities at Guardian Angels By The Lake, please contact Lori Herrboldt, Activity Director, at 763-241-4472 or lherrboldt@ga-er.org.

Guardian Angels Riverview Landing – Otsego

 

Musical Entertainers

Times and days vary.
Volunteers will share their musical talents with tenants and/or memory care residents, including singing or playing the piano or other musical instrument. We are open to times that fit your schedule.

 

One-on-One Visits

Times and days vary.
Volunteers will spend time with residents or tenants during times that work with your schedule.

Behind the Scenes Volunteers

 

Craft Prep

As needed.
Volunteers will help prepare materials for craft projects on an as-needed basis.

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities at Guardian Angels Riverview Landing, please contact the Activity Coordinator at 763-746-3400.

Angels On Main – Otsego (located within Riverview Landing)

 

Trip Volunteer

Times and days vary.
Volunteers will share the fun during various day trips including garden tours, lunch outings, the library, shopping, and much more. These trips are always more fun with volunteers along to assist clients by walking with them, pushing a wheelchair, or simply visiting while staff tends to the needs of other clients. Help with one or more trips per month as your schedule allows.

 

Guy Trippin’

Adult male volunteers with experience in caregiving are needed for group outings to lunch, shopping, the library, and other locations. Volunteers will serve as a companion to our male clients and lend special assistance as needed.

 

Outdoor Friend

Times and days vary, weather permitting.
Volunteers will spend time on our patio with individuals who love to be outside to enjoy the birds and flowers but need someone to share it with. Come as often as you can.

 

Visit Adults with Memory Loss

Times and days vary.
Volunteers will make a difference in the lives of residents with memory loss by spending time together and giving individual attention in our unique, homey atmosphere one or more days per month.

 

Card/Games Player

Times and days vary.
Volunteers will share their time for a game of cards or a board game with individuals or small groups one or more times per month. Games may include cribbage, checkers, Crazy Eights, Scrabble, or other mutual interests.

 

Musician

Times and days vary.
Volunteers will share their musical talents for the enjoyment of our clients.

 

Manicurist

Times and days vary.
Volunteers will share the joy of pampering with a manicure once or more per month.

 

Craft/Bead Group Coordinator

Times and days vary.
Volunteers will plan craft projects for individuals or small groups, gathering supplies, leading the activity, and assisting as needed on an occasional or monthly basis.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Angels On Main, please contact Brandy Parrish, Adult Day Services Coordinator, at 763-241-6845 or bparrish@ga-er.org.

Club GA Wellness Center – Elk River and Otsego

Volunteer at Guardian Angels Wellness Center and earn free membership!
Please contact us to learn about volunteer opportunities at Club GA. Call Kayla Miller, Director of Wellness, at 763-241-4434 or email kmiller@ga-er.org.