Volunteering With CARE

Food Distribution

CARE – Community Action Respecting Elders is volunteer-driven. Without our volunteers, CARE would not be able to provide services to seniors throughout Benton County and its surrounding areas. Volunteers are the heart of the CARE program and continue to impact the lives of the seniors they serve.

As a CARE volunteer, you have the freedom to choose your schedule, set your hours, and volunteer as much as you feel able to give. There is no minimum time commitment.

When filling out your application, you will have the opportunity to tell us where your time and talents are best suited, and when you will be available. When our scheduler calls you, it will be your decision whether to accept an assignment offered. Volunteering is on your time, and when you want to do it.

Volunteers also have the opportunity to serve close to home or to allow for traveling beyond their home area. You will be able to state your preference when filling out your application. You may also make changes to your preferences at any time during your volunteer experience with CARE.

As a nonprofit offering services to seniors, CARE is required to complete a screening process for their safety, which includes a standard background check. When volunteering as a driver, the process also includes a driver’s license check and a medical release from your physician.

Short training sessions are provided annually to keep you updated on new State or Federal requirements, answer questions you may have, and inform you of new programs or changes to current programs. You are also encouraged to contact the office staff or Board members with any questions or concerns you may have throughout your time as a volunteer.

  • Food Distribution
    Food Distribution
Contact our program staff to discuss current volunteer opportunities by calling 320-968-7848, or email You can also submit your application online.

Are you a member of an organization seeking a service project? Consider a senior service project! Please call our office to schedule an informational session for your members. 320-968-7848

Please consider volunteering your time to help us take care of those who once took care of you!

Volunteer Opportunities include include providing services to seniors, helping at fundraising events, or serving on a committee or with the Board of Directors.


  • Fundraising
  • Finance
  • Communications
  • Executive (members of the Board of Directors)

Board of Directors:
As a member of the CARE Board, you will be instrumental in choosing the direction and scope of our program. You will work with other members and partner with our executive director to ensure the continued success of our mission, supporting seniors to continue living independently in the home of their choice.

Dewey Place Fitness

I can’t do exercise any other place or at home, so I like it in the community room. It’s more fun in a group.

Dewey Place

I feel a lot different. I have more energy and I’m not so sore or stiff. It even did my head good, I think!

Arlene DeZeller

Why do I volunteer? It seems like such as easy question until you have to put it into words. Sometimes there are no words to describe the sense of fulfillment you get when you realize you have just helped someone or just given them the feeling they matter. It’s a great feeling to help put a smile on someone’s face, that maybe hasn’t had anything to smile about for a while. Also I’m not getting any younger; I hope there will be someone there to do the same for me. Volunteering is a great way to energize your spirit!

Butch & Carol Bukowski

Dear Members of CARE Program,

We were so impressed with everything you do for the seniors of the area. Also with all the volunteers. We enjoyed the luncheon for much delicious.

CARE Volunteer

More people need to get involved. If you can’t be a driver, get involved with other fundraisers or activities. It takes all kinds of people.

CARE Client

We wouldn’t have a CARE program if we didn’t have volunteers. We need funding, but we also need volunteers. There’s a whole bunch of caring people out there.

CARE Volunteer

A benefit of volunteering is the satisfaction that you’ve helped someone. It makes me feel good that I’m able to do that.

Jen Lamont, Outreach Specialist, Tri-CAP

My experience partnering with CARE has been a positive one. CARE was easy to work with and helpful while working together to reach the energy assistance needs of mutual clients. I look forward to continuing the partnership in reaching those who could use our assistance.

Violet Moeller

Thank you to everyone who helps to keep CARE going for us seniors.

Sharon Kipka

Thank you for your wonderful work at the Pork Chop Dinner. It was a marvelous way to bring our community together to support the continued dignity of the elderly. Good food, good company, and good cause. Thank you for making a positive difference.

Evelyn Scheper

Until you know you can’t do things for yourself you don’t appreciate all the thing you girls do. All you are super people.

CARE Volunteer

Dewey Place Fitness is fun! What better way to spend a half hour!

CARE Volunteer

It’s heartwarming to give back to the people who gave so much. We ought to give back for all that people have done. Volunteering is one way to do it without costing an arm and a leg.

CARE Client

I’m more social and active because if volunteers didn’t care about me I wouldn’t get anywhere.

Paige LaDueHenry

I’m thinking all you folks at CARE need to give yourselves a great big… ATTA-People!!! atta-girls, atta-boys… You’re all doing so much good in the world. Bright Blessings!

Dennis Clark

I just want to thank CARE and Catholic Charities for offering the living with chronic pain seminar. It really helped me in two days. First, it gave me an understanding of how to live with chronic pain, and secondly, it showed me that I am really lucky compared to others in the seminar. Thank you for working together to help our community.

CARE Client

I appreciate rides to appointments. If my kids can’t take me to the doctor or to St. Cloud, volunteer drivers are always available.

Carol Brunn

When I started volunteering for seniors my goals was to help seniors stay in their homes as long as they wanted to & were able to do so. I thought if we could help them with a few services they no longer could perform they could stay at home & be healthier & happier! I soon found out I was getting more than I was giving. When I visit & talk with seniors they are always thankful for the services I do for them & are appreciative of me just listening & talking to them. They teach me compassion, acceptance & love for others. Seeing Christ’s love in their eyes makes my life much fuller. I go away with a lighter heart & a love for them I can’t describe!

Carol Pou

Thank you so much for getting a driver for me. I would have been lost without your aid.

Dewey Place Fitness

I joined the exercise group because I was feeling sluggish and wasn’t getting anywhere. It has enlightened my life drastically. There are wonderful ladies, some I knew, some I befriended. We even take our instructor out to eat with us!