This week is all about volunteering, want to know why? Because April 23 to 29 is National Volunteer Week! What better way to get out, give back and get involved in your community than volunteering. There are a million ways to volunteer in our lovely city, but we, the Park District, have a few great ways you can donate your time.
Meals On Wheels
The first great way you can volunteer is by delivering meals through Valley Senior Services ‘ Meals On Wheels program.
Through the Meals On Wheels program, we are able to provide one hot, nutritious meal a day to those in Cass, Traill, Steele, Ransom, Richland and Sargent counties who are 60 years of age and older, and home-bound without the means to prepare their own meals. By volunteering with the program, you will be the smiling face the person receiving their meal sees.
“The meals provided are offered to seniors on a contributory basis to offset the cost of meal preparation. Food stamps are also accepted.” As of today, volunteers deliver about 400 meals a day to those right here in the valley.
If you are interested in volunteering with the Meals On Wheels program, please call the Valley Senior Services office in your county to get started. Or, feel free to visit the website for more information, ValleySeniors.org.
Get Your Recreation On With The Rec Department
Our Recreation Department is always looking for people to donate their time to the community by helping out at special events or coaching youth programs/leagues.
Throughout the summer, our flag football and youth baseball/t-ball programs are coached by volunteers. If your kiddo(s) is participating on one or all of them, feel free to sign-up as a coach. This is a great way to not only get involved in your child’s activities, but also the community.
If you are interested in being a coach or know someone who would be fantastic at it, please feel free to send us an email or call 701.499.7788. If your kidd0(s) is participating in a program that needs volunteers, you can also specify you would like to volunteer on your child’s registration form.
Garden Party 2017
Offered through our Cultural Activities Department, Garden Party, on April 29, is a great way to celebrate the start of Spring and get into gardening mode. With a day full of games, crafts, animals, plants, bugs and a lot more, who wouldn’t want to join in?
We need volunteers to assist in arts and crafts projects and welcome people to the event. This is a great excuse to get outside and interact with the community. If you are interested in helping out at Garden Party, please feel free to contact Jessica Korynta by email, email@example.com or by phone at 701.499.7782.
Arbor Day 2017
Ar·bor Day (noun): A day dedicated annually to public tree-planting in the US, Australia, and other countries. It is usually observed in late April or early May.
Join us this year at our Arbor Day Celebration on May 19!
“Development and cultural practices have prevented natural regeneration of trees along the banks of the river. Planting trees in key area along the Red will create a buffer to maintain river bank stability, encourage the growth of native plants, improve water quality and provide habitat for river wildlife.
“We can all help our plant by planting the right tree in the right place. Join our park and city foresters in a community planting project.
“Volunteers are needed to dig, mulch, water and plant approximately 1000 new trees along the Red River. Bring your friends, family members, gloves, long pants, shovel and boots. There will be short training sessions throughout the evening. Hot dogs and refreshments will be provided while supplies last. It is highly preferred that anyone wishing to volunteer, please contact Christine with River Keepers at 701.235.2895 or firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Midwest Kid Fest
Presented by Sanford Children’s, Midwest Kid Fest is a day for the kids. Located in Island Park on June 16, there will be music, games, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, inflatables and more.
As you can imagine, an event like this needs a lot of help and volunteers are always appreciated. Jobs include supervising the Parade Registration for Teddy Bear Parade, Belly Bumpers and Inflatables. There are different shifts available and all volunteers will receive an event t-shirt.
If you are interested in helping out at Midwest Kid Fest, please feel free to contact Jessica Korynta by email, email@example.com or by phone at 701.499.7782.
Adopt A Park
We recognize the need and desire for litter-free parks and riverfront property. So we started our Adopt A Park program, which provides an opportunity for volunteers to assist with maintaining litter-free parks and riverfront areas.
If you would like to learn more about our Adopt a Park program, please call 701-499-7778. You can also visit our website at FargoParks.com for more information.