Welcome to January… and 2018!
“Every man should be born again on the first of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle, if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances.”
— Henry Ward Beecher, “A Completed Year,” 1882
Holiday Hours: VLR offices will be closed on Monday, January 1st. Happy New Year’s!
Severe Weather Days: Please call the VLR Weather Hotline at 612-284-8107 to see if VLR offices and activities are open for that day. The hotline will be updated by 6:00 AM if VLR is closing for severe weather. Participants and volunteers who have signed up for an activity will also be notified.
Thursday Meditation at VLR Minneapolis: Join us for a brief, free meditation session every Thursday at VLR from 12:10-about 12:30. Our practice features a brief guided meditation, followed by a short discussion. No experience required, no commitment expected! Just stop in if you are available. Please arrive early to avoid disrupting. Questions? Contact James (email@example.com)or Mary Ellen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Snow Shoveling for Seniors: The Senior Linkage Line (1-800-333-2433) can connect Seniors to snow shoveling assistance. For more resources for Seniors who also have disabilities, you can call the Disability Linkage line at 1-866-333-2466.
— Important: Report Your Monthly Hours! —
Every month please go to http://visionlossresources.org/programs/volunteer/volunteer-hours-reporting and follow the link to print your own timesheet. You may also email email@example.com or call Jen at 612-843-2583 and leave a message with your hours. Our United Way grant and other funding depend on volunteer hours we receive. Thank you for your consistent reporting! It is greatly appreciated.
Share VLR with a Friend!
We are always looking for new Volunteers! If a friend, neighbor, family member, coworker, or corporate group is looking for a place to volunteer, send them our way! We’d love to get them connected to our Volunteer Program. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jen at 612-843-2583 to get started.
VOLUNTEER IN VLR’S COMMUNITY CENTER IN JANUARY!
We have a full calendar of outings and activities. Can you help? Please call or email email@example.com. Many activities fill up rapidly!
1/8 Game Day 10:00-12:00 VLR in Minneapolis 2 volunteers
(Moved to 2nd Monday due to New Year’s.) Lively fun with board and trivia games. Laughter, conversation, and snacks included!
1/10 BINGO! 5:00-7:00 VLR in Minneapolis 2 volunteers
Everybody loves BINGO! Help by guiding participants, handing out cards, and distributing prizes!
1/16 Lunch Bunch 11:00-1:00 The Egg & I Restaurant, St. Paul 3 volunteers
(Note: slight time change.) Read the menu aloud to participants, help with seating, and enjoy some tasty food. Please save your receipt and send it in when you report your hours. VLR will reimburse you $10 towards your meal when you turn in your hours and receipt!
1/18 Craft: Heart Paintings 1:00-3:00 VLR in Saint Paul 2 volunteers
Help with this fun, hands-on activity. We will be making festive holiday ornaments with a variety of materials. Treats served! No crafting experience is necessary.
1/26 Pottery 10:00-12:00 VLR in Saint Paul 2 volunteers
Help participants create hand-built pottery items. No experience is necessary.
CURRENT ONGOING VOLUNTEER NEEDS
We have a list of people waiting for volunteers for the following Reader and Shopper roles in the Twin Cities. Volunteers assist clients with household reading and paperwork and with grocery shopping or errands. This is a personal way to make a big impact on someone’s independence. Volunteers set their own schedule and work on an on-going basis with the same person. This is an important way to make a connection with your community. Can you help?
|Participant Location:||Volunteer Role Needed:|
|Apple Valley||Shopper & Reader|
|Apple Valley||Shopper & Reader|
|Bloomington||Shopper & Reader|
|Burnsville||Shopper & Reader|
|Eagan||Shopper & Reader|
|Eden Prairie||Shopper & Reader|
|Inver Grove Heights||Shopper|
|Maplewood||Shopper & Reader|
|Minneapolis/Northeast Minneapolis Arts District||Shopper|
|North St. Paul||Reader|
|Richfield||Shopper & Reader|
|Richfield||Shopper & Reader|
|Shoreview||Reader & Walking|
|St. Louis Park||Shopper|
|St. Paul/Summit-University Area||Shopper|
|St. Paul/West Seventh Area||Shopper|
|St. Paul/Macalaster-Groveland Area||Reader|
|St. Paul/Hamline University Area||Reader|
|St. Paul/Riverview Area||Shopper|
|St. Paul/Summit-University Area||Reader|
SERVICES AT VISION LOSS RESOURCES
Vision Loss Resources is here to help!
Call us at 612-871-2222 to learn more about affordable services, including: a free Initial Visit with comprehensive, professional evaluation and resources, recommendations on lighting and adaptive equipment, continued instruction on adaptive techniques for living independently, and digital literacy classes for older adults. We also have a vibrant Community Center, Support Groups, Independent Living Skills Course, and Peer Mentoring services. We do not require a doctor’s referral, health insurance, or a specific diagnosis. We serve anyone in the 9-county metro area whose vision loss impacts their ability to perform the activities they need or want to do. Call us for more info!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I have a friend, family member, or colleague who may be interested in volunteering. How do I get them started?
Ask them to contact us! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-871-2222. We’ll get them started with the application process and get them matched with a participant or activity!
What is Volunteer Reimbursement for Mileage & Transportation Expenses all about?
Who is eligible?
Vision Loss Resources Volunteers are eligible for mileage reimbursement. Volunteers who use Metro Mobility or other mass transit to travel to and from their volunteer assignment are also eligible to request reimbursement.
What is eligible?
Your mileage reimbursement request must be part of an active volunteer assignment. When you report your volunteer hours, indicate your round-trip miles or mass transit costs to and from your volunteer assignment. Other expenses may be eligible for reimbursement. For example, if you join your client for an occasional coffee or snack, you can request reimbursement. Please ask if you are unsure. You will be requested to submit receipts.
Policy for Meal Reimbursement
In an effort to create a more sustainable Community Center and Volunteer Program, volunteers will be responsible for paying for their own meal at an activity (i.e. at Lunch Bunch, Supper Club, etc.). Please save your receipt and send it in when you report your hours. VLR will reimburse you $10 towards your meal!
When will I receive reimbursement?
Reimbursement checks are requested each month, the second week of the month. (Volunteer hours are requested by the 5th day of the month.) Checks are usually prepared and mailed the 3rd week of each month. Please note: VLR’s Business Office prepares checks in rotation with payroll and other expenses. This schedule is subject to change. Additionally, reimbursement requests for less than $10.00 will be held until either the total request is greater than $10.00. This policy reduces administrative costs.
If I’m coming to VLR, where do I park?
Minneapolis office: we have two parking lots available. The larger “lower lot” nearest to Lyndale is the closest to our front door. Due to the nature of the intersection on Franklin & Lyndale, if you are coming from south on Lyndale, take a left on Franklin (westbound) and take the first right on Aldrich Ave S. Follow to the end of the street and continue to the right down the hill to our lower lot.
Saint Paul office: For those parking, being dropped off, or needing an accessible ramp at our Saint Paul office, please use the back entrance (215 Starkey Ave).
How do I turn in my Volunteer Hours every month?
You may turn in your hours by sending a quick email to email@example.com, calling, or by going online to print off and mail a timesheet (available online at www.visionlossresources.org/programs/volunteer/volunteer-hours-reporting). We appreciate receiving hours for reporting to our grants and annual reporting! Please turn them in by the 5th of the month!