• Fall 2022 Community Chore Days set!
    EVERYONE is welcome! You are invited to lend a hand for Care Partners Fall 2022 Chore Days – a special effort to help our older Cook County friends and neighbors with outdoor clean-up and winter prep projects. Volunteers may be asked to help with tasks like raking, exterior painting, garden cleanup, or firewood stacking. Workers
  • Volunteer Appreciation Dinner 2022
    Save the date – September 13, 4-6pm We’re excited to announce that Care Partner’s 2022 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner will be held at North House Folk School and feature custom-crafted wood-fired pizza! Participants will build their own pie (or we can build one for you) using your choice of toppings and a regular or gluten-free crust.
  • IN-PERSON Volunteer Meeting!!!!!
    We’re SO EXCITED to finally be able to hold a face-to-face Volunteer Meeting on Thursday, June 9 from 4:00-5:30pm at the Grand Marais Recreation Area Rec Hall! Come and meet our new Executive Director Julie Wilson, enjoy some light refreshments, get the latest Care Partners news and put your name in the hat for a
  • Greetings from Care Partners New Executive Director
    Volunteers are the heart of any organization. I am so honored to come alongside you in serving our neighbors who are aging or managing serious illness. Thank you for the important work you do in providing companionship, rides, deliveries, and so much more. As you know from the spring newsletter – we have put roots
  • Care Partners News – Spring 2022
    Journeying With Care Partners by outgoing Executive Director, Kay Grindland – I love that both Care Partners’ mission and vision— a community that is fully supported to navigate through our shared journeys of aging, chronic illness, and end-of-life—use the word journey. The road…
  • Quilt Raffle Tickets are Here!
    We’re happy to report that despite plenty of cold, white, piled-up evidence to the contrary, summer WILL eventually show up this year (so far as we know!) So…we went ahead and printed a BUNCH of quilt raffle tickets for the 2022 Ice Cream Social scheduled for August 28th! Raffle tickets are sold for $5 each
  • Updated Masking Policy for Volunteers
    March 13, 2022 – Going forward, keeping up with the latest COVID recommendations is going to be a bit like tracking Minnesota weather. Each week the CDC will be posting a rating of risk level, (low, medium or high) for each county. It’s based on the number of hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and
  • Spring 2022 Companion Volunteer Training
    Companions befriend older adults through visits, telephone calls or outings. Volunteers are reimbursed for mileage and can choose assignments and schedules that work for them! Companion training participants learn about safety, end-of-life, comfort measures, dementia, elder awareness, communication and more. Current volunteers are always welcome to attend training – perhaps as a “refresher” course if
  • Who Needs Perfect?
    We are so excited to share this news! HUGE thanks to Cook County potters!!!! Cook County potters will hold a Seconds Pottery Sale at The Hub to benefit Care Partners from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. Look for pottery from a number of local potters including Maggie Anderson, Adrea Beres, Kari Carter, Elaine
  • “I would be lost without a vehicle…”
    WCCO News recently aired a great segment highlighting the need for volunteer drivers, especially in rural parts of our state. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about becoming a Care Partners Senior Rides volunteer, please give us a call! We are…
  • The numbers are in!
    Kay has just finished pulling together statistical information about the services that Care Partners provided in 2021. If it seems like you were really busy volunteering at Care Partners last year, it may be…
  • February 9 Volunteer Meeting Notes
    We began with intros and the question, “What was your favorite thing to do in the snow when you were a kid? (or…if you didn’t have snow when you were younger, what do you like to do in the snow now?) Lots of wonderful…
  • Living Well With Chronic Pain
    ElderCircle and Fairview Health have teamed up to offer a FREE virtual six-week course entitled “Living Well With Chronic Pain.” This class is a combination of presentations, discussion, and activities with others who…
  • Light Up a Life Link
    Light Up a Life will be held by Zoom only on Thursday, December 9th at 5:30 pm. Care Partners staff and Pastor Enno Limvere from the Grand Marais First Congregational UCC will lead participants in a time of reflection and connection, with the opportunity to share brief stories and memories of loved ones who have
  • Help Wanted – Caregiver Consultant
    Care Partners of Cook County in Grand Marais Minnesota is seeking a part-time Caregiver Consultant to support family caregivers through caregiver coaching and dementia education. The Caregiver Consultant listens to each client—assessing needs and goals, providing education, and coaching. We will provide training in the process. They work closely with staff, volunteers and other providers
  • Help with Heating
    Are you aware of a senior who struggles to afford heating or who may need help repairing a broken furnace? The Minnesota Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps pay home energy costs for low-income households. Services include payment of energy bills, help with energy shutoffs or necessary fuel deliveries, education on efficient and safe use of
  • Drive-Thru Flu Shots available September 23rd
    The Minnesota Department of Health strongly encourages Minnesotans aged 6 months and older to receive the flu vaccine. According to the DHS, getting an influenza vaccination is especially important this year because: The decrease in following COVID-19 prevention measures such as masking indoors and maintaining a six-foot distance is likely to result in wider circulation
  • Free at-home COVID test is now available
    There are plenty of reasons for coughing, sneezing, and sniffling right about now, what with wildfire smoke, seasonal allergies and plenty of dust in the air. Then there’s the Delta variant of COVID and news of breakthrough infections, even among those who have been fully vaccinated – a particular worry for Care Partners volunteers who
  • Conversation Starters
    I was telling a dear friend who recently visited about our wonderful volunteers…and about our hope that more people will join them, especially in our Chore and Companion programs. She expressed some worry about whether or not she’d be up for the task. “I don’t know if I’d be comfortable visiting with an older adult,”
  • Volunteer Update from Christie
    Wasn’t it wonderful to awaken to the sound of rain this week? I am totally blaming the dry weather for my garden’s far-less-than-perfect state – although something tells me my less-than-perfect track record for watering and weeding might also be a contributing factor! Speaking of gardening, I did a little “digging” into our records recently
  • The Ice Cream’s on Us!
    The Annual Care Partners Ice Cream Social will return on Sunday, August 29th, from 2-4 pm at Sydney’s Custard in Grand Marais! No frills, just those wonderful sundaes and a chance to re-connect with our clients, volunteers, and community. We especially want to celebrate the wonderful work YOU have done to continue to assist our
  • Masks again mandatory for indoor visits and rides
    Due to recommendations by the CDC and Cook County Public Health, mask use by both clients and volunteers is now required for all indoor visits and rides through Care Partners. While the vaccines work really well, given how contagious this new variant is, and how prevalent it is throughout the state, we want to take
  • Legislative Changes May Help Volunteer Drivers
    Minnesota recently passed legislation to help address two major issues facing volunteer driver programs. First, some auto insurance carriers were increasing volunteer driver insurance rates, treating them like cab, Uber, or Lyft drivers. Secondly, some volunteers ended up paying income tax on mileage reimbursement received over the IRS-set rate of 14 cents per mile. The
  • New Incident/Accident Report Form
    Thanks to your diligence in following safety protocols and best practices, most Care Partners visits, rides, chores and deliveries “go off without a hitch.” However, if you or a client is injured or experiences an acute medical incident during a Care Partners service, or if you are involved in an incident with your vehicle while
  • Tech Support for You and Your Clients
    Do you or a client need a little help figuring out how to manage technology? Perhaps your client wants to scan, archive, and/or share family photos electronically, or maybe use a smart phone to record stories for their children and grandchildren. Maybe they would like to video chat with friends or family but don’t know
  • First Aid and Infection Control Supplies
    Care Partners has a variety of free supplies available for volunteer use, including: first aid kits absorbent pads to protect car upholstery disposable emesis (vomit) bags masks hand sanitizer face shields disposable gloves and more… Supplies can be picked up at the office or we can deliver them to you – please give us a
  • Care Partners is Hiring!
    Care Partners is seeking a Caregiver Consultant to support family caregivers through coaching, dementia education, support group, and classes. Hours are flexible depending on availability and interest. The Caregiver Consultant listens to each client—assessing needs and goals, providing education, and coaching. Training in this process will be provided. They also work closely with staff, volunteers and other