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Global Youth Service Day (fomerly National Youth Service Day)
Saturday, April 12
9 a.m. to 12 noon (NOTICE NEW TIME)
Parking lot of City Hall
124 N. Broadway
Spring is just around the corner, and the melting snow is uncovering a lot of litter!  Join the Crookston Beautification Committee for Global Youth Service Day!  Meet in the City Hall parking lot for a light breakfast before getting supplies and assignments.


Pi Run
Saturday, April 26
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (or until last runner finishes)
Highland School
801 N. Central Avenue
ALD is sponsoring a 5K and 10K run.  They are needing lots of volunteers to reassure runners, cheer them on, help direct them at turns, and make sure that they are safe.  For more information, see  To register to volunteer, email Alex Skeeter at


United Way Spring Fling
Tuesday, April 29
3:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Crookston Sports Center
Assistance is needed to set up, take down, and assist with serving food.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact


Special Olympics Track Meet
East Grand Forks Senior School
1420 4th Ave NW
East Grand Forks
Saturday, May 3 (tentative date) 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Special Olympics Teams from across the region participate in this annual track meet. Several volunteers are needed to help run this tournament including timers, athlete escorts, and field event coordinators.  To sign up to volunteer or find out more information you can visit or visit with Josh Parrill in the AAC (Owen Hall 270).


Special Olympics Basketball Coaches (ongoing)
Special Olympics Grand Forks is looking for coaches for its upcoming basketball season. The program has two practice groups. One group will have practices on Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at South Middle School in Grand Forks. The other group will have practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Valley Middle School in Grand Forks from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.. Both groups also have tournaments on Saturday, January 25; Saturday February 8; and Friday and Saturday, March 7 & 8. To find out more information, visit Josh Parrill in the AAC (Owen Hall 270).

Starting in late March, we also will be looking for track coaches, swimming coaches, power lifting coaches and volleyball coaches and unified partners.  To find out more information, visit Josh Parrill in the AAC (Owen Hall 270).


Interested in working with youth? Here is a great opportunity: PATCH is an after-school homework help program for 7-12th grade students. Volunteers would assist students with homework in a variety of subjects from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Currently seeking a volunteer on Tuesdays starting in November and continuing until May; volunteers will have the opportunity to win gift cards if they sign up for 3 or more sessions. For more information, please contact Maria at 281-5313 or


Carnegie Library
Assistance requested cataloging books in storage and inputting the information into Past Perfect software at the Carnegie Library 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 Carol Gregg at 218-281-2644 for more information.


North Country Food Bank
315 3rd Avenue, S.W., Crookston
Individuals or groups of any size are invited to assist. Please call Russ Tate at 218-280-2926 to set up a time. Additionally, there also is a food shelf located in the downtown NCFB location at 424 North Broadway, and they can use shopping assistants. Call the food shelf coordinator, at 218-281-7356, ext. 7.


Polk County Humane Society Facebook Icon - Small
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


Thrift Shop Help
A local non-profit thrift shop is seeking individuals to volunteer as a store clerk. The thrift shop is open spring, summer, and fall. Right now individuals are needed daily from noon to 2 p.m., 2-4 p.m., and 4-6 p.m. shifts. Training is held on Saturdays. If you would like more information, please contact Kay at (218) 289-1246.



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This could be the most important community service you ever do. The Office of C...
This could be the most important community service you ever do. The Office of Community Engagement and Student Health are co-sponsoring a bone marrow registry drive April 29 & 30. Looking for students and community members 18-44 years old. Getting on the registry takes just a simple cheek swab. If you are over the magic number or hesitant to donate marrow, please consider a financial donation to Be the Match. Below is a link to our fundraising page in honor of Nash. Please check out his story and consider a donation.

Team Be The Match: Lisa Loegering - Be The Match Foundation
During Nash's regular six-week checkup, his parents learned that something was very wrong. Nash's hemoglobin was at a mere 2, far from the more typical reading of around 14. Immediately, he was transported by ambulance to Sanford Children's Hospital in Fargo, where he spent 3 or 4 days in intensiv...

Let's do some good! Packing boxes at North Country Food Bank tonight. Meet at...
Let's do some good! Packing boxes at North Country Food Bank tonight. Meet at the SSC at 5:15 p.m. to carpool, or at NCFB at 5:30 p.m.


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IRS Certified Free Tax Service Available at U of M Crookston
Students in the University of Minnesota Crookston Accounting and Finance Society are ready to help with tax preparation. The VITA/TCE site will operate from Monday, February 24 through Monday, April 14, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from noon to 4...

Spring 2013 Student Awards Ceremony Recognizes Achievement in Academics, Athletics, Service, and Leadership
The annual Student Awards Program, a celebration of student service, leadership, and academic and athletic achievement, was held recently at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Assistant Professor Denis Maier, who teaches in the Business Department, was the 2012 Outstanding Educator...

U of M Crookston Named to 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
The University of Minnesota Crookston was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. The Crookston campus...

Alumna Katie Schnieder '12 Joins Office of Community Engagement through AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Appointment
Katie Schneider, a 2012 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Crookston from Delano, Minnesota, and former community adviser, has begun a one-year AmeriCorps VISTA appointment in the Office of Community Engagement, following training in Albuquerque, N.M., February 26 - 28, 2013....