Volunteer Overview



Volunteering is an amazing experience!
Arrowhead Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Northland Volunteer Center (NVC) can connect you with a rewarding volunteer opportunity that will fit your schedule and interests and makes the best use your many talents.  We strive to improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering in St. Louis, Lake and Cook Counties.

Anyone who has a desire to serve the community as a volunteer is eligible to register with Arrowhead RSVP or Northland Volunteer Center. There are no restrictions based on education, income, or experience. Service hours are scheduled to meet the individual wishes and interests of the volunteer as well as the volunteer location.  Each volunteer is asked to give 48 or more service hours during the year.

Arrowhead Retired and Senior Volunteer Program- RSVP
The mission of Arrowhead RSVP is to engage persons 55 and better in volunteer services to meet critical community needs and to provide a high-quality experience that will enrich their lives. Seniors come equipped with a lifetime of experience, skills and interests to share and often have more available time to serve.

Arrowhead RSVP is part of AmeriCorps Seniors and sponsored by AEOA. Funding is provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service: the Minnesota Board on Aging; St. Louis, Lake and Cook Counties.


Northland Volunteer Center
Northland Volunteer Center (NVC) promotes volunteerism by assisting people of all ages- including families- to find meaningful volunteer opportunities in their communities, providing education and information, networking meetings, and sponsoring special volunteer events such as the annual Volunteer Fair, Purple Ribbon Recognition and Hall of Fame Volunteer Awards.

Diverse Volunteer Opportunities
RSVP and NVC volunteers serve in nonprofit organizations, health care facilities, schools, libraries, tourist attractions, hospitals, nursing homes, animal shelters, food shelves, delivering Meals on Wheels, preserving the natural environment, providing tourist information, preparing taxes, friendly visiting and a wide variety of other community programs. In 2019, a total of 147, 355 volunteer hours were donated to community programs! Our volunteers provide the equivalent of 4.9 million dollars in volunteer service annually.

Once your application is received, someone will be in contact with you soon to assist you in volunteer placement.

Why Volunteer with RSVP and Northland Volunteer Center?

  • Personal assistance finding an opportunity that is interesting and rewarding
  • A chance to share life experiences and help others
  • Satisfaction in knowing you are helping to meet critical community needs
  • Opportunities to meet new people and face new challenges
  • Studies show that volunteering is good for your health!
  • Access to accident and liability insurance while volunteering
  • Help with travel exenses if needed (RSVP volunteers only)
  • Recognition for service

We look forward to hearing from you! If you would like to learn more or would like personal assistance in finding a rewarding volunteer opportunity call or email the coordinator in your area:






Kirsten Ryden

Arrowhead RSVP Coordinator Duluth, Lake, and Cook Counties

Phone 218-409-5991

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Nicole Mellesmoen

Arrowhead RSVP Coordinator, North St. Louis County

Groceries to Go Coordinator


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