Do you know an individual or group who gives of themselves through volunteer work and makes Door County a better place? Nominate them today for a 2017 Golden Heart Award! All nominees will be recognized, and winners will be announced at the “feel-good event of the year,” the Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration on April 20th. In keeping with the spirit of connecting people and changing lives, award recipients will receive $500 to donate to a Door County charity of their choice. Deadline for nominations is Friday, February 10th. For an online nomination form and tips for writing a successful nomination, visit www.volunteerdoorcounty.com Local non-profit organizations—don’t forget to contact the Volunteer Center with your volunteer needs, we are here to help you get the word out!

Volunteer Center Connection

Superkids Fun Night

The Door County YMCA is looking for volunteers for the next Super Kids Fun Night which will be held on Friday, January 20th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Sturgeon Bay program center. Spend a few hours helping kids enjoy swimming, dancing, gym games like soccer and dodgeball, craft activities, concessions and hanging out with all of their friends. There is typically a small amount of set-up and clean-up assistance needed before and after the event, as well. Super Kids Fun Nights are held on the third Friday of the month so this can be an ongoing opportunity for you to work with kids.

Write On

Write On Door County believes everyone has a story to tell. Connecting people and connecting communities through writing, reading, and sharing stories is the core of our mission. Programs take place from Southern Door to Washington Island - in schools, libraries, senior centers, coffee shops, town halls, restaurants, and more. Volunteers help make their different programs possible. Do you love to read and what to share that passion with others? Write On has two on-going monthly book clubs and would like to start more but they need book club leaders. Perhaps you have always wanted to get a poetry reading group going, or would like to get involved in a group that discusses novels. Writ On is happy to explore book group possibilities that match your interests. Most book groups meet monthly for two hours. Those interested should have an equal interest in reading, sharing ideas with others, and being a people person. Would you like to help Write On fulfill its mission, but don’t particularly care to have a public role in doing so? There are many ways you can help behind the scenes! Help them keep their website current and recruit content for our creative sections! Work can be done from your own home or at Write On. They also welcome help with researching and writing grants and other development tasks. A BA in English (or similar) is preferred and passion for working with all ages and writing levels is required at Write On Door County.

Door Tran

Door-Tran is a creative community network dedicated to connecting people to transportation services that are affordable, available and accessible. Do you like to meet new people and drive? Door Tran has just the volunteer opportunity for you! As the needs for their Veteran and County-Wide Volunteer Programs increase, they have more opportunities for Volunteers to take action. Drivers receive mileage and meal reimbursements, a monthly cell phone subsidy, and umbrella auto insurance coverage. This opportunity provides a chance to meet new people and build friendships, help people stay independent, and the great feelings that volunteers have from helping others. Travel needs are within Door County and some trips to Brown or Kewaunee counties. Volunteers set-up their preferred driving areas and schedules. Please consider helping one day a week, one day a month or any schedule that fits you best. Volunteers do need to be age 21 or older and pass driving and background record checks to volunteer with Door Tran.

Ridges Sanctuary

Nature Center Staff members: If you like to work face-to-face with people, this is the job for you! Volunteers greet and orient visitors to the Sanctuary, collect trail fees, and staff the Nature Store. You’ll learn about the Sanctuary and meet lots of interesting people. Surveying and Recording assistants: Are you interested in searching for and recording various species found in the Sanctuary? You can help gather information for long-term studies on butterflies, dragonflies, birds, and plant species as well as water quality changes by surveying and recording data. Special Events volunteers are always needed. If you have a flair for planning and conducting events, there is a place to apply your skills! Much volunteer help is needed for some of The Ridges most exciting events, including the Festival of Nature, Lighthouse Walk, their Annual Gathering, their Volunteer Recognition and others. These are just a few of the ways you can get involved at The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor.

Loaves and Fishes

Loaves and Fishes is an organization that provides a family style sit down dinner on the first, third and fourth Fridays of every month in Sturgeon Bay. They need cooks, kitchen helpers, and servers to volunteer for these dinners where over 100 people are served. The goal of Loaves and Fishes is to provide a healthy filling meal to anyone in the community who needs it. The original purpose was to share abundance with the less fortunate; although that still happens, the program has grown to be a place for the community to gather, serve and share a free meal and volunteers help to make this happen! This is a great opportunity for volunteers ages 15-80 and make an impact on your community.
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