2017 SCAVC Spring Training

Posted on: 6/1/2017 by Editor

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017
St. Cloud State University—Welcome Center
355 5th Ave S. St. Cloud, MN 56301
Training Schedule:
8:30-8:55……… Registration
8:55-9:00……....Welcome & Instructions
9:00-9:50……… Key Note Speaker (“Bounce Back Project”)
10:00-10:50….....Breakout Session 1 & 2 (“Using Excel in your Volunteer Program” or “Critical Conversations”)
11:00-11:50….....Breakout Session 3 & 4 (“Proper Client Documentation...” or “If I were a Grant, What Kind...”)
11:50-1:00…..….Lunch & Networking
1:00-1:50…….....Breakout Session 5 & 6 (“Engaging High School Volunteers...” or “All Together, Not All the Same”)
2:00-2:50……… Breakout Session 7 & 8 (“Engaging Job Seekers as Volunteers” or “Mental Health First Aid”)
2:50-3:15……… Wrap Up

There is parking in each of the SCSU Welcome Center’s two parking garages. This is first come, first serve at $1/hour. You can pay this fee at the Welcome Center’s front desk. Maps are attached to this document.

Training Cost:
SCAVC Member…... FREE!
MAVA Member……. $25.00
General Public…….. $30.00 for individual $40.00 for group up to 3 people

To sign up, download our registration form here!  


Anna Marie's Alliance

Posted on: 8/9/2016 by Editor

Anna Marie’s Alliance Agency Spotlight
We hold the dream of non-violence for women & children
until they can hold it for themselves.

The Central Minnesota Task Force on Battered Women, doing business as Anna Marie's Alliance, is a private non-profit corporation dedicated to providing safe shelter, support, and referral services for battered women and their children. The Alliance also works with the community on systems change and violence prevention.
Anna Marie's has sheltered over 14,300 battered women and their children since 1979—more than 8,220 of these were children.

Our Mission
To provide a safe place for victims of domestic abuse and to achieve systems change that reduces violence.
Our Goal

The goal of Anna Marie's Alliance is to provide women and their children experiencing domestic abuse with a safe place to stay and resources to eliminate/escape domestic abuse. An additional goal of the organization is to create a community where violence is not tolerated and every home and community institution is a safe environment. This is done by encouraging all sectors of the community to commit to, adopt, and implement a healthy relationship model and norms of behavior so that a culture of healthy relationships can be created.

Training: Engaging Skills Based Volunteers

Posted on: 8/17/2015 by Editor

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
9:00-11:00 AM
(Registration begins at 8:30)
United Way of Central MN
3001 Clearwater Road
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Who Should Attend the Training?
· Managers of Volunteers
· Executive Directors
· Organizational Leadership, staff and board members
· Program Staff
· Volunteer Leaders

Training Fees
· SCAVC Member = FREE!
· MAVA Member = $10.00
· General Public = $15.00 for individual
                                       $25.00 for group (up to 3 people)                                                                         *Payment must be received with Registration Form in order to register for this training. General Public fees apply towards 2015-16 Membership Fees. 

About the Speakers
Katie Walsh and Zeeda Magnuson have worked with hundreds of nonprofit organizations seeking skilled volunteers and dozens of companies wanting to engage their employees’ and retirees’ skills to make a positive impact within the Twin Cities community.  Join them for a workshop to discuss how your organization can tap into this skills-based resource.
This training is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) and HandsOn Twin Cities and made available due to a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Please click here to register online (via SurveyMonkey) or download a paper registration form here

SCAVC is now accepting payments through PayPal. You may complete your registration using PayPal below, or mail a check to SCAVC, PO Box 95, St. Cloud, MN 56301. Registration form and payment must both be recieved before your spot is reserved. 

Training Fee

Volunteer Spotlight: Dixie M

Posted on: 3/9/2015 by Editor

As the Volunteer Coordinator at Country Manor Campus I have had the good fortune to work among many talented and dedicated volunteers.  Among those volunteers is an individual whose service is extraordinary.  Dixie Morse exemplifies the true sense of volunteerism, as she is selfless, kind, and generous.  Furthermore, she is enthusiastic, versatile, dependable and is always working to fulfill our mission of enriching the lives of the residents that we serve.
The residents at Country Manor Campus appreciate her and our staff relies on her for many areas of expertise.  Anne Frank stated, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”  I appreciate this opportunity to share how Dixie improves our world… a world that, at times, includes individuals experiencing their final days.
Dixie participates in several volunteer areas which include visiting our residents, assisting for special events, delivering mail to our residents, keeping our care center looking pristine and comfortable and much more.  Dixie stops at no length to be of service to our facility.  Dixie also is one of our few “Angel Arms Volunteers” that support a resident as they are approaching their final hours.  Whether Dixie is there to hold their hand, pray with their family, or be a listening ear, she never hesitates to be by their bedside no matter what time of day. 
Dixie moves with an unconditional devotion to those she serves and she has a zest for life!  Dixie never fails to shares her spirit, energy and positivity with our residents.  In a nutshell, Dixie makes life better for all of us at Country Manor. 
If you are interested in getting involved and enriching lives as a volunteer at Country Manor Campus please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Jacquie Willis, at (320) 258-8936 or at jacquelynwillis@countrymanorcampus.org.

Organization Spotlight: Country Manor Campus

Posted on: 3/9/2015 by Editor

What began and a 64 bed nursing facility serving Central Minnesota has transformed into a 25 acre campus; boasting a lifestyle enhanced with unsurpassed amenities.  Volunteers play an integral role in assisting our facility to accomplish our mission of enriching the quality of life for the individuals and families that we serve.  There is no area of campus that remains untouched by volunteers.  
Join our volunteer team and discover how rewarding it is to share your time and talents with the residents and tenants of Country Manor Campus.  Gain practical experience and strengthen your connection with your community as you meet new friends and develop lasting relationships. 
We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available and will work with you to construct a schedule that will accommodate your lifestyle.  Volunteer opportunities are available within the Country Manor Health Care Center, Champion Rehab, Rapid Recovery & Aquatic Center or one of our Independent Senior Living options.
Available positions include:

Activities Assistant

Activities assistants will assist Therapeutic Recreation staff in the implementation of scheduled activities from our daily calendar. Assisting with activities can involve a variety of tasks for the volunteer including transporting residents from their rooms to the scheduled activity, assisting with activity set up, getting needed supplies for the TR staff, helping staff to implement the activity, assisting with clean up, and transporting residents after the activity is over. 

Beauty Shop Escort

Beauty shop escorts assist our beauty shop staff in escorting residents from their rooms to their beauty shop appointments and return them to their rooms or other areas of the Care Center when they are finished. There is a good amount of walking that takes place with this opportunity so it would be a great position for someone who is looking to get som exercise while volunteering!

Cards/Game Player

This volunteer position's purpose is to provide social and mental stimulation for a resident or small group of residents through game playing. Volunteer's primary responsibility is to initiate cards, cribbage, or board games with an assigned resident or group of residents. Therapeutic Recreation staff will assist with introductions and set up until comforable. Volunteers may play games with residents in their rooms or in neighborhood dayrooms and other public areas.

Chapel escort/assistant

Assit residents in our Care Center to our chapel for weekly masses or other spiritual gatherings (bible study, rosary, etc). You may choose to attend the services or you may do visiting with other residents while the service is taking place and return to escort residents back to their rooms once the service is over. Volunteers may get more involved with masses if they so choose by becoming Eucharistic ministers, readers, or ushers for our church services. Appropriate training would be provided.

Cobblestone Corner Eatery

The Cobblestone Corner Eatery serves our customers everything from soda, coffee or soup, to premade salads, sandwiches, and entrees. Volunteers are responsible to staff the Eatery and be available to get customers their food or beverages. Volunteers are also responsible for basic cash register operation, pouring hot beverages, making coffee as needed, and some gentle cleaning (i.e. wiping down counters, tables, etc.). Volunteers in the Cobblestone Corner Eatery need to be able to commit to one shift per week for a 3-4 hour period of time, call the Volunteer Coordinator for shift availability.

Fish Tank Assistant

Assist in monthly cleaning of our Care Center fish tank. This often involves removing the water and fish from the tank, cleaning the glass, plants, gravel, and props/decor. Filters, lights, and other fish tank accessories will aslo need to be checked on a regular basis. All materials that are needed will be provided.

Friendly visitor

Develop a special friendship with a resident or multiple residents in our Care Center. Visit with them on a regular basis, preferably once a week. Establish a friendship with residents and let them know you're interested in participation in activities, take them outside, to see the bird aviary, or duck pond. The possibilities are endless! Take some time to listen to a piece of their history and life experiences.


Assist in maintaining campus flower beds and gardens throughout the summer season! Enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise while you volunteer! Help is needed  weeding, watering, tilling, etc.


Volunteer menders and sewers are responsible for repairing resident clothing, sewing seams, sewing on buttons, repairing hems, and darning socks. New resident clothing often needs nametags sewn into them as well. There are often special projects for our menders to work on including wheelchair, catheter, and walker bags. All materials that are needed will be provided.


Share your talents with our residents! We have a variety of opporunities for volunteers to play music for our residents including during mealtimes, parties, happy hours, special events, and on Sunday afternoons. You could also choose to play individually in resident's rooms. We have several pianos for your use as well as microphones and opportunities to connect to a sound system if need be. All other instruments and equipment must be brought by volunteer.

Outing and Excursion assistant

Assist our staff in taking small groups of residents out into the community for various activities. Volunteer's primary responsibility while on the outings is to pair up with a resident and help push their wheelchair. A Therapeutic Recreation staff member will always be along on the outings to assist you. Residents and staff are transported using Country Manor vans. Volunteers can choose to ride along in the van if there is room or they may choose to meet the staff and residents at the outing location.
Below are some examples of our outing types:
o   Going out to lunch
o   Shopping
o   Fishing
o   Special holiday events
o   Bowling

Pet therapy

A lot of our residents on campus are pet lovers! Pet therapy volunteers visit our residents with the accompaniment of our Resident Pet Therapy Pug, Chloe! It is a great way for animal lovers to get involved and to make a big difference in the quality of life for our residents.

Therapy escort

Internships also available in numerous departments-
How to get started:
  1. Call or email Country Manor Campus’ Volunteer Coordinator, Jacquie Willis, to discuss your volunteer needs, interests and talents.
  2. Fill out a Volunteer Application.
  3. Schedule a volunteer orientation.  Orientations typically takes about an hour and a half and can be done individually or as part of a group.  Orientations consist of a tour of our facility, review of our policies and regulations and completion of some paperwork including a background study form for volunteers 13 years or older.  Once the background check clearance form is received (approximately 2 weeks) you may begin your volunteer hours!
Contact Information:
Jacquie Willis
(320) 258-8936
Country Manor Campus
520 1st Street NE
Sartell, MN 56377
(320) 253-1920
(320) 230-3828 fax