Update: May 13, 2013
Summer CVM Volunteer event
Join us at Maplewood Nature Center on Saturday, June 8, starting at 1 p.m. We will be planting a new rain garden as part of the Living Streets program, which promotes narrower streets with sidewalks that address runoff management needs. Everyone is welcome—students, grad students, faculty, staff, VDL, VMC, CVM. Bring your family and friends to help and plan to explore the trails while you are there! We would love a headcount (even if it is tentative) and ages of any kids. Please send maybes, yeses, and questions to Erin Malone at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Maplewood Nature Center, visit www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/index.aspx?nid=342.
Update: April 18, 2013
Earth Day 2013--rescheduled
Bring your family and friends and work/play from 9:00-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, at Battle Creek Park. We will be cleaning the parking lot at the north end of Point Douglas Road. For more information, e-mail Scott at email@example.com or stop by the pharmacy.
Update: February 7, 2013
Cooks for Kids
The CVM Volunteer Committee would like to send out a special thank you to the 12 volunteers who helped set up, prepare, serve, and clean up for 50 people at the Ronald McDonald House on Sunday, January 27. We prepared a delicious meal of beef stroganoff, chicken nuggets, salad, corn, garlic bread, and assorted desserts. The families were so appreciative and enjoyed the evening dining with one another. We donated a total of 30 hours for the event and wanted to say a special thank-you to Meggan Craft, Becky and Peter Davies, Catherine Hageman, Marcia Kocourek, Casey Madill, Matthew Madill, Bridget and Tyler Monson, Erin Malone, Davis Seelig, and Scott Wood.
Update: January 22, 2013
Mark your calendar for a spring volunteer project:
Ramsey County Parks and Recreation
19th Annual Park Cleanup
Saturday, April 20
More information to come.
Update: January 2, 2013
2,300 volunteer hours in 2012
A total of 2,300 volunteer hours were reported by CVM volunteers in 2012. That's over 44 hours per week—or a full-time job! And we know we didn't capture it all. If you volunteer and want to be counted, please send your hours and what you did to Erin Malone at firstname.lastname@example.org. Need more volunteers for your organization? We are happy to spotlight your group. Just send the information to Erin Malone at email@example.com or Sue Kirchoff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update: December 4, 2012
Judges and general volunteers are being sought for the Minnesota State Science and Engineering Fair on April 7-9, 2013, and the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium on April 6, 2013. For details, go to —
Update: November 2, 2012
CVM volunteers have now recorded a total of 1,767 hours for 2012, well surpassing the original goal of 1,000 hours. Have you sent in your hours? Let CVM Volunteers know what you do and how to join in by contacting Erin Malone at email@example.com.
Update: September 25, 2012
Our second volunteer event went off well. We helped with the Light the Night event for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Foundation on September 23, with five individuals and families assisting as greeters and in the kidzone. We had representatives from both the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and Veterinary Medical Center and were assisted by five teens and an adult.
Update: September 7, 2012
Current volunteer hours have already surpassed the 1,000-hour goal, in large part due to Joan Johnson's scout leader work. CVM Volunteers hours are at 1,678 and counting. Send your volunteer hours to Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org. CVM Volunteers organizers are also trying to match prospective volunteers with volunteer groups, so let them know if they can highlight your group! Contact Erin at email@example.com.
Update: August 9, 2012
Volunteer spotlight: Bridget Monson
Bridget Monson, director of customer service, has volunteered her time with Basic Animal Rescue Training (BART) for the last four years. She sits on the board of directors and is the treasurer. Former cardiology resident Dr. Janet Olson founded the BART organization after Bart, a 13-year-old German shorthaired pointer, died in a house fire. BART trains firefighters and other emergency personnel to address needs of animals in emergencies.
"Volunteering provides me an opportunity to make a difference within the community while giving my time and talents to an organization in need of my skill set," says Bridget.
If you are interested in learning more about BART or volunteering, please contact Dr. Janet Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.basicanimalrescuetraining.org.
Update: July 30, 2012
The July 28 cleaning event at Hammer went very well. We had enough hard-working volunteers to get everything cleaned in a couple of hours. Hats off to the teens who made it out of bed very early on Saturday!
Volunteer hours for June/July
Total: 373 toward our goal of 1,000 for 2012. Don't forget to add yours in or send to email@example.com.
- Polo Classic. Watch polo, enjoy a glass of champagne, and help our very own Equine Center: Volunteer for the Polo classic on August 12. Volunteers will work in three three-hour shifts setting up tables and chairs, placing marketing materials on tables, carrying ice, driving golf carts, taking tickets, cleaning up, and taking down tables and chairs. Volunteers will get into the event free and receive a free lunch. Sign up to volunteer online at https://secure.ahc.umn.edu/vetmed/vce/ustar/index.cfm?event_id=5734.
- Miracle of Birth Center. Veterinary students and D.V.M.s are needed to assist at the Miracle of Birth Center at the Minnesota State Fair. Volunteers are needed for four-hour shifts August 23-September 3. For more information, visit www.mvma.org/MOBC.asp.
- Next VMC-sponsored event: Help with Light the Night on Sunday, September 23: CVM volunteers will be helping with the walk at Target Field to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Start time: 2:30 p.m. (or earlier). Volunteers will be blowing up balloons, distributing balloons, acting as ushers, and serving as cheer teams. For more about the event, see www.lightthenight.org/mn/what/. Cheer teams can be last-minute volunteers, but organizers would like to know who is coming if you would like to be more involved. RSVP to Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does your group want to sponsor an event? Just see a committee member: Bridget Monson, Scott Wood, Erin Malone, or Margaret Duxbury. Events can also be listed on the CVM volunteer Web page. Send items to Sue Kirchoff at email@example.com.
Update: July 25, 2012
New volunteer opportunities
- Volunteers are needed for the Polo Classic, a Sunday, August 12, event in Maple Plain that will benefit the University of Minnesota Equine Center. Volunteers will work in three three-hour shifts setting up tables and chairs, placing marketing materials on the tables, carrying ice, driving golf carts, taking tickets, cleaning up, and taking down tables and chairs. Volunteers will get into the event free and receive a free lunch. Sign up to volunteer online at https://secure.ahc.umn.edu/vetmed/vce/ustar/index.cfm?event_id=5734.
- Volunteers are needed for the Miracle of Birth Center at the Minnesota State Fair August 23-September 3. For more information, visit www.mvma.org/MOBC.asp.
- Light the Night on Sunday, September 23: CVM volunteers will be helping with the walk at Target Field to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. Start time 2:30 p.m. (or earlier). Volunteers will be blowing up balloons, distributing balloons, acting as ushers, and serving as cheer teams. For more about the event, see www.lightthenight.org/mn/what/. Cheer teams can be last-minute volunteers, but organizers would like to know who is coming if you would like to be more involved. RSVP to Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update: July 3, 2012
Hammer volunteer event : July 28, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
We will be cleaning the administration building and as much of the residential area as we can get to in those four hours. They recently had a big party for the bowling league they run, and there is juice everywhere! Feel free to come and go if you can't spend the entire morning with us. Hammer will supply the cleaning supplies; we just show up. The VMC will sponsor a cold snack afterwards. To learn more about Hammer, visit www.hammer.org/.
Address : 1909 Wayzata Boulevard East, Wayzata, Minnesota
Cars will also be leaving from the U, and we will try to carpool. Meeting time at the U: 8 a.m.
Spouses, significant others, and family members are welcome.
RSVP to Erin if yes or maybe: email@example.com
Update: July 2, 2012
Erin Malone reports that 341 volunteer hours were recorded for June, a great start to meeting the 2012 goal of 2,000 hours. The VMC staff now has access to the volunteer log (a spreadsheet) in the VMC shared drive under CVM_Volunteers. If you can't find the log or don't have access, you can still send your hours to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pat Norgren, medical technologist (retired), takes her dog to the North Memorial Trauma Center and the Pediatric ER as a therapy for patients.
"This is the most fun and rewarding thing I have done with a dog," she says. "To see patients' eyes light up when you walk into the room is instant gratification." Dogs must have some obedience training and pass a test. For more information, talk to Pat or e-mail her at email@example.com.
Calling all volunteers!
A group of Veterinary Medical Center faculty and staff is reaching out to provide opportunities for you and your family to make a difference in the community through volunteer service.
- Are you interested in making a difference?
- Do you want to meet new people?
- Do want to get new life experiences?
- Are you interested in finding new interests and hobbies?
If you say yes to any of these questions, CVM Volunteers may be for you! There are two ways to get involved:
- Send in your volunteer hours and tell CVM Volunteers about the organization you volunteer for. The VMC would like to count 2,000 hours this year, which they think is an attainable goal with all the volunteering that is happening! Until a more formal method of reporting hours is established, e-mail a note about your hours to Erin Malone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Join CVM Volunteers for organized events. CVM volunteers are planning to be involved with four events this year, one per season and in different parts of the cities. CVM faculty and staff are welcome to take part in the ones that fit their interests and schedule.
Volunteer opportunities start summer 2012
The first CVM volunteer event will be with Hammer, a nonprofit organization in Wayzata. Since opening its doors in 1923, Hammer’s passion has been to provide quality services for adults and children with developmental disabilities. It has helped thousands experience life to its fullest. More details coming soon!
The fall 2012 sponsored event will be on Sept. 23, assisting with Light the Night Walk at Target Field, an event that supports the Minnesota Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. While the CVM may have some teams walking, the volunteer group's goal will be to help manage the event (sometime between 1-9 p.m.)
The winter volunteer event will likely be “Cooks for Kids,” assisting with dinner preparation at Ronald McDonald house.
In spring 2013, volunteers will spend a day cleaning up a park as part of Arbor Day celebrations.
If you would like to be involved in the planning, are interested in doing more, or have questions, see Scott Wood, Erin Malone, Bridget Monson, or Margaret Duxbury.