Why volunteer? It feels good, and it's good for you! All sorts of studies have confirmed it, but you don't need a study to tell you - any volunteers you know will tell you that. If you'd like to know more or are ready to volunteer, contact the ADRC through our form or at 888-538-3031 to learn about these local opportunities:

Daybreak Adult Day Respite: Barron County

Volunteers help those with early memory loss and their caregivers to improve quality of life and personal connections. Help with daily programming such as exercise, music, meal time and socializing. Help with fundraising events and help bring awareness of the program to the community.

Food Commodity Distribution: Barron County

This program helps older adults from having to choose between food and other basic needs. Monthly opportunity to help with curbside pickup of food orders. Volunteers help load food boxes in personal vehicles.

Healthy Living Classes: Barron and Rusk Counties

If you enjoy leading groups of adults as they share and learn together, consider leading one of our evidence-based classes: Healthy Living with Diabetes, Living Well with Chronic Conditions, Stepping On, Boost Your Brain & Memory, or Powerful Tools for Caregivers. How often? After you participate in the training, we ask you to facilitate a class at least once a year. Classes are 2-3 hours once a week for 6-7 weeks.

Lunch Bunch: Barron County

The Lunch Bunch is a meeting place for family caregivers, along with their loved one(s), who can enjoy a change of pace, meet other caregivers, exchange ideas and information, and experience a renewal in their relationship with the loved one they are caring for. Individuals with cognitive impairment are accompanied by their caregiver for a fun social lunch where they have an opportunity to relax and meet others. The volunteer in this position will greet the attendees of the Lunch Bunch, help them find a name tag, and make sure they feel comfortable and welcome. After the check-in process is complete, the volunteer will mingle among the participants to help keep the conversation flowing. 2nd Tuesday of each month at Turtleback Restaurant in Rice Lake, 10:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

Meals on Wheels: Barron and Rusk Counties

Deliver hot meals and a friendly hello to home-bound older adults. How often? Routes vary but typically take an hour to an hour and a half to deliver during lunchtime. Volunteers can deliver once a month, once a week, or a variety of days in the community of their choosing. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday from many different locations throughout the county.

Senior Dining: Barron and Rusk Counties

Help make an active and welcoming senior dining program in your community! Do you want to help package meals, serve lunch, or are you willing to help with clean-up and dishes? How often? The meal is a midday meal and volunteers come in prior to the meal or perhaps come in to help serve and clean up. Packaging up the Meals on Wheels for the volunteer drivers starts earlier and ensures that meals are ready to go when the routes start. Many communities host Dining at Five which provides more opportunities to volunteer.

WITS Works: Barron and Rusk Counties

Learning something new is good for brain health. Keep your brain active while helping others support their brain health! Volunteer facilitators will lead participants through different intellectual stimulation activities once a month for an hour. All material provided with a guided script.