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For those of you in the Rochester, Minnesota area, please give and volunteer your time. Below are opportunities published in the Post-Bulletin March 29th, 2013. More opportunities can be found by calling (507)529-4831 or by clicking on the United Way link to the lower left.

Be a Y mentor Y Mentors is a community based mentoring program serving youth grades K-12 in Olmsted County, with caring adult volunteers. Each adult volunteer is matched with one youth, based on similar interests. To enhance the mentoring experience, Y Mentors provides on-going support, free monthly activities, and community and YMCA resources to foster long-term quality relationships. Male volunteers are especially needed. Call 287-2401 for more information or to volunteer with Rochester Area Family Y.

Tractor driver for History Hay Ride We are looking for people to drive a tractor around our grounds. The tractor will pull a people mover as part of the History Hay Rides that allow people to explore the 46 acre historic campus including two historic farms, a pioneer log cabin, gardens and county school. Call 282-9447 for more information or to volunteer with History Center Of Olmsted County.

Enriching the Community senior program In an effort to keep senior citizens living comfortably in their homes, we take requests from people in Olmsted County who are 60 years and older, and in need of help inside or outside their home. We evaluate the situation and then contact two volunteers who show interest in this particular volunteer area. Volunteers are needed to help with the many daily and one time tasks that are required to maintain a home. Call 424-6405 for more information or to volunteer with Rochester Senior Center.

Fund-raising and marketing support We need volunteers to assist with organization and set-up of special fund-raising events and general fund-raising initiatives. Volunteers trained in marketing for non-profits are welcome to share ideas. Website development, graphic design and other skills relative to publications are needed. Call 535-5750 for more information or to volunteer with Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center.

Do you enjoy driving? Use your vehicle and time to help others get to needed appointments. Volunteer drivers are reimbursed following Federal Government guidelines for mileage expenses. Drive as much or as little as you want. Call 328-6371 for more information or to volunteer with Olmsted County Volunteer Driver Program.

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