Northwoods Partners recognizes volunteers

Northwoods Partners recently held a picnic to celebrate their volunteers.
Lisa Porthan, Executive Director of Northwoods Partners recognized everyone in attendance for their service.
“Ely is a better place because of the hard work and time you dedicate to the older adults in our community. We are so grateful for everything that you do!” said Porthan.
“At the heart of Northwoods Partners is our team of 80 plus amazing volunteers. These volunteers support our seniors by providing transportation to appointments, making friendly visits, providing telephone assurance, celebrating birthdays, and helping with shopping...doing whatever it takes to brighten the lives of our area seniors,” said Porthan.
Each year two volunteers are chosen to receive special recognition as the Heart of Gold Award winners. This year’s recipients are Linda Fink and Sally Moose.
“Linda Fink has spent over 20 years creating beautiful items for our Festival of Trees boutique as well as items for silent auction. She helps recruit other boutique contributors and collects and organizes all the contributions.
“She also shares her talents and time with our theme dinner each year. She is a vital part of our fundraising event committee. She is a joy to work with. Linda supports Northwoods Partners in so many wonderful ways. She definitely deserves the Heart of Gold.
“Sally Moose has spent over 10 years volunteering for Northwoods Partners. She spends many hours each week at Carefree Living helping provide social events such as bingo and crafts. She is happy to be a part of the lives of our area’s seniors. She shares her warm smile and great hugs with all she meets,” said Porthan.
Northwoods Partners volunteers are students, working folks and retired folks, men and women, those who have unlimited time to volunteer and those that have just a few hours a month to give. The one thing they all have in common is that they care about our seniors.
Every one of us has some special gift to share. A friendly visit, a ride to the beauty shop, picking up groceries, a chat on the phone—it really doesn’t take much to add some cheer to a senior’s life. If you’d like to volunteer, Northwoods Partners knows several seniors who would be thrilled to meet you.
Northwoods Partners is always seeking friendly, caring volunteers to help with serving our community in these very important areas: Friendly Visits, Transportation, Exercise Buddies, and Caregiver Relief. For further information on Volunteering email or call 218-365-8019.