FiftyNorth needs 200 plus volunteers per week to run all of our programming. Volunteers donate their time and talents in a variety of ways and commit as much time as they want. If you would like to volunteer, contact Volunteer Coordinator , Katie Felland or any of the program coordinators listed for the activity. Cheers to our volunteers!
Here’s a description of our current volunteer opportunities. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Katie Felland, at 507-664-3708 or any of the program coordinators listed for the activity you are interested in.
Our Sunshine Café opened in April of 2015, serving two types of menus, full-plate dinners, and an ala carte choice of soups, sandwiches and salads. Weekdays, 11a – 1p. Each day we have volunteer hosts, cashiers, kitchen helpers, servers and clean-up crew members. To volunteer contact Dining Center Coordinator Roxy Berndt, 507-664-3735 or Katie Felland 507-664-3708
The Used a Bit Shoppe needs volunteers who can work 2 to 4 hours per week in all aspects of the Shoppe operation – as cashiers, as fix-it folk, as people checking new donations in, and more. Volunteers say, “This is a great place to be! It’s fun to help unloading the goodies that come in, and we’ve been having good sales, which is also fun.” All proceeds from the Shoppe go to support the operations of FiftyNorth. To volunteer contact Shoppe Manager Dolores Kornkven, 507-645-1399, or Katie Felland 507-664-3708
FiftyNorth provides a community gathering spot in downtown Northfield with its vintage popcorn wagon located at Bridge Square. Operated during the summer and early fall months by volunteers, the bright red wagon with yellow wheels welcomes visitors and community residents alike. Boasting the tastiest popcorn and cheapest soft drinks in town, the volunteers at the 1918 wagon provide information about Northfield, directions for newcomers, and a welcome to all who stop by for a snack and a cool drink.
The Popcorn Wagon is operated on Bridge Square mid-May through mid-September with this schedule:
Mondays – Fridays: 12 noon – 5pm
Saturdays: 10am – 5pm
Sundays: 1 – 4pm
Volunteers work 2-1/2 hour shifts during the week and slightly longer shifts on the weekend. To volunteer, contact Lesley at 507-400-4331.
Reading with 4th Graders
Reading with 4th Graders (Bridgewater 4th grade students come to FiftyNorth once a month to read to this group of volunteers). Contact Chris Eillison for more information 507-664-3707.
Pool and Fitness Room Monitors
Pool monitors serve as an extra set of eyes in our warm water pool area and are trained to know how call for assistance in an emergency situation. They volunteer in two hour shifts during all open swim times. A pool or fitness pass is given for each hour of monitoring.
Fitness room volunteers open the workout room at 6 am Mon-Sat, other opportunities include cleaning machines, repair work and pitching in on annual cleaning day.
If you are interested in volunteering as a monitor, contact Craig Swenson, 507-664-3702
Receptionists greet all who enter our building, answer questions about FiftyNorth, and check people in for their activities. work requiring the ability to multi-task and use computers comfortably is scheduled in 4-hour shifts morning and afternoon. Early morning 7-9 am shifts also available. Training provided. Contact Elaine Meyers, 507-664-3703
The Work Crew is an active group of volunteers who fix things and do odd jobs around FiftyNorth and at the Used a Bit Shoppe. Last fall they installed new patio stones, hauled furniture for our Art Studio and the Used a Bit Shoppe, and installed new lighting for the stage. This group gathers regularly on Fridays.
Many of the teachers of our educational programs are volunteers. The Computer Center classes are all taught by dedicated volunteer experts. If you have an area of expertise that you would like to share by teaching a class or giving a talk, contact Chris Ellison, 507-664-3707
Each of our group activities has one leader who oversees the activities of the group. These groups include several card playing groups, woodcarving, needlework, quilting, and paper crafting groups, a retired teachers group, a book club, bike club and table tennis group, plus our 3 music groups -FiftyNorth Band, Seasoned Singers, and Chime Choir.
We have a team of gardeners who plan and tend our on-site gardens and indoor plants. Schedules vary. FiftyNorth has flower gardens gracing our entrance and enlivening an inner courtyard. The courtyard also is home to a raised vegetable garden, which is tended by volunteers. If you’d like to help with our courtyard gardens, contact Chris Ellison, 507-664-3707
Out in the Community
In collaboration with other organizations, our volunteers help with these programs: Meals on Wheels (delivering meals prepared at the Hospital to people who need them), Thursday’s Table (a CAC program that offers a free meal to anyone in the community on Thursdays), Accelerate Northfield (tutoring local students), AARP’s Tax-Aide Counseling Program, AARP Driving Safety Program Instructors, and Medicare Counselors (for open enrollment period).
To volunteer, contact Katie Felland 507-664-3708