Ecumen Detroit Lakes Volunteers
Volunteers are tremendous contributors to the Circle of Care provided at Ecumen Detroit lakes. Adult and youth volunteers number over 200 and serve the residents and families by bringing their talent and skills to our community. A variety of opportunities are available to anyone interested in serving those who make Ecumen Detroit Lakes their home or you are welcome to participate in any of the following volunteer organizations.
Emmanuel’ Auxiliary is a non-profit organization that promotes and advances Ecumen Detroit Lakes and the people we serve. This is accomplished by providing volunteer service and monetary contributions. Auxiliary members realize their goals through the Ecumen Detroit Lakes’ Gift Shop, The Pines, and a variety of fundraisers including, the annual "Tree of Greetings" mail appeal every December.
"Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers" is a dedicated network of religious congregations, individuals, and community agencies, all with the traditions of human concern for others, whose purpose is to serve seniors and the disabled, in an effort to maintain their independence, dignity, and quality of life. Ecumen Detroit Lakes’ coordinator connects people with volunteers willing to serve. “Doing what friends do for friends”, the Community Caregivers is funded in part by the Becker County United Way and donations to the Ecumen Detroit Lakes Foundation.
"Helping Hands Ministry" assists the elderly and disabled of the Detroit Lakes area community with minor home repairs and home maintenance in the spirit of Matthew 25:35; "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink: I was a stranger and you took me in. I was naked and you clothed me: I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me."
Serving with compassion, caring as friends, senior companions are volunteers who are over 60 years of age that are able to volunteer up to 20 hours a week, have a limited income, and love to help their neighbors. Senior companions become part of a team of caregivers that assist seniors and the disabled with daily living tasks and provide encouragement to remain active and involved in the community.
The Ecumen Detroit Lakes Senior Companion program is supported by the Becker County United Way, Ecumen Detroit Lakes Foundation, and Older American Act Funds in partnership with Lutheran Social Services. For more information call 1-800-563-8150 or 218-844-7155 or visit www.seniorcorps.org.