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Home Delivered Meals
Three times a year we are asked to assist a very worthwhile program, Home Delivered Meals. Our next week to deliver meals is September 28 - October 2. Meals need to be picked up at the Employee Entrance on the west end of RiverView Hospital at 11:30 a.m. The deliveries usually take about 30 minutes. You can expect to be back at UMC by 12:15 p.m. If you aren’t all that familiar with Crookston, don’t worry! You are provided with a map and very specific directions. Grab a friend to help navigate! The Home Delivered Meals program allows the elderly more independence by allowing them to stay in their homes longer. This program can’t run without volunteers like you! The recipients are extremely grateful for this service. If you are able to help out, just let me know what day(s) work best for you and I will sign you up! Thanks very much!

North Country Food Bank
424 N. Broadway, Crookston
Individuals or groups of any size are invited to assist packing boxes and backpacks.  Additionally, there also is a food shelf located at this downtown location;  they can use shopping assistants. Call the food shelf coordinator, at 218-281-7356, ext. 7.  UPCOMING PACKING DATES:  September 15 and 22 and October 1, 8, 20, and 29, 5 - 7 p.m.  Please call Russ Tate at 218-281-7356, ext 7 OR email him at AT LEAST ONE DAY IN ADVANCE if you can help one of these dates.  Please leave a message so that he knows how many people to plan for.  He WILL get back to everyone who calls.  Additionally, if you want to pack boxes during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), please contact to Russ to schedule a time.  

Carnegie Building
Ongoing assistance requested for cleaning basement rooms to repurpose into meeting spaces.  Also, organizing old photos, documents and antique books in the vault at the Carnegie on the corner of Ash Street and Robert Street (next to the current Crookston Library).  For more information or to volunteer, please contact Kristina Gray at or 281-2663.

Care and Share
220 East 3rd Street, Crookston.  This is a homeless shelter, soup kitchen, and thrift store. Volunteers are cheerfully accepted to assist with all aspects of the operation. Please call Sue Shirek at 218-281-2644 for more information.

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720 East Robert Street, Crookston.  This animal shelter is staffed entirely by volunteers. Help is needed especially from 9:30 – 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 10 a.m. on weekends. Please call 218-281-7225 for information and to volunteer.

Sun, Country, and You
This therapy farm is located just a few miles outside of Crookston. Volunteers are sought to assist with chores and with therapy programs. For more information, contact Eleisha Owens at 218-521-0056.

Villa St. Vincent/Summit Apartments
516 Walsh Street
Share your talent or interests with a senior. Volunteers play cards and board games, visit, and assist with computer skills. To volunteer, please contact Enrichment Coordinator Tammy Parkin at 218-281-9723 or

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