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Students donate time to Red Wing (You can, too)

A group of student volunteers pose by their creative masterpiece: life-size Candyland set up at Red Wing Public Library. Submitted photo 1 / 2
Matea Simonson plays with one of the dogs at the Humane Society of Goodhue County. Submitted photo2 / 2

High school students all over Red Wing can find ways to get involved by volunteering within their community. Whether they have one night a month or three hours a week to offer, they find an opportunity to participate.

Through their personal interests, they can strive to enhance the Red Wing community.

Red Wing Public Library

For those who love books or being with children, Red Wing Public Library is the perfect place to volunteer.

Every Tuesday there is a new activity/ So far this summer, about 20 student volunteers have been actively participating in programs for young children. These include the American Girl tea party and life-size CandyLand that was put together and executed with the help of student volunteers.

"I know some of the kids from (YMCA) camp." says rising senior Hunter Whitmore about the young kids that come to the weekly events. He and Kassidy Sutherland, another rising senior, volunteer once a week at the library, fulfilling volunteer hours for the National Honor Society.

Red Wing Arts

Whether you are an artist or an art-lover, Red Wing Arts has a way to surround you with beauty. Through show set-up, fundraising events or exhibit receptions, you can show your support for local craft.

Eva Engberg, a high school student, has worked with Red Wing Arts for over a year. Engberg, an artist herself, would visit the gallery down at the Depot, sometimes on a weekly basis. After many trips, she finally began as an official volunteer and Engberg's personal artwork has seen the walls of the Depot.

"As a volunteer you get to connect with the artists." Engberg said. With the upcoming fall art show, Red Wing Arts is eager to hear from community members interested in donating their time.

Lacy Schumann, who runs artistic operations with Red Wing Arts, described how there is so much to learn through relationships with other volunteers and through the art. There are no requirements to how much you have to volunteer, it's all about what you have time to give.

Humane Society of Goodhue County

Calling all animal lovers! Walking dogs and playing with kittens are just a few of the volunteer opportunities at the local humane society. There are opportunities for everyone to get involved whether it be playing with kittens or weeding the yards.

"All the dogs there are unique and have different personalities. It's just such a special place." said Matea Simonson, a rising senior at Red Wing High School. Simonson frequents the Humane Society, volunteering there up to four days a week.

Goodhue County Historical Society

Right here in Red Wing, the Goodhue County History Center is preserving the legacy of the county. Volunteers range from age 14 to 75 years old.

Students offer a closer connection with the children involved in outreach activities, so the museum is always eager to enlist young volunteers. Children's activity helpers, library assistants and newsletter writers are a few of the things students can take part in.

Students already writing school papers, for example, can submit them to the museum. They may, in turn, print them in a newsletter. Right on the front of the volunteer brochure they quote Elizabeth Andrew, who says "Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; They have the heart."

C.A.R.E Clinic

"It adds great value to the community" says Julie Malyon, clinical director at the Red Wing C.A.R.E Clinic.

The clinic offers free clinic services to uninsured and low-income families. Over the years, the clinic has had many high school and college students come volunteer. Many of them have gone on to medical school, partly due to their work at the clinic.

Opportunities such as playing with children in the waiting room, putting together hygiene kits, as well as working the greeters desk are all opportunities for students.

The C.A.R.E Clinic of Red Wing will be moving shortly, offering another volunteer opportunity; transporting all the furniture to the new location.

The types of volunteer opportunities in Red Wing are vast. There are numerous nonprofit organizations and community-run programs looking for people who can dedicate a little time.

To see a list of volunteer opportunities or find the perfect place for you to donate your time, visit the Red Wing Chamber of Commerce or United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties.