Volunteer Opportunities

Here’s a description of our current volunteer opportunities.  If you would like to volunteer, submit the Volunteer Sign Up form on this website, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Patsy Dew, 507-664-3708,  patsydew@nscmn.org or any of the program coordinators listed for the activity you are interested in.


Dining Café

Our Sunshine Café opened in April of 2015, serving two types of menus, full-plate dinners, and an ala carte choice of soups, sandwiches and salads.  Weekdays, 11a – 1p or 11:30a – 1:30p    Each day we have volunteer hosts, cashiers, kitchen helpers, servers and clean-up crew members.   To volunteer contact Dining Center Coordinator Roxann Berndt, 507-664-3735, roxannberndt@gmail.com, or Patsy Dew, patsydew@nscmn.org


Used-a-Bit Shoppe

The Used a Bit Shoppe needs volunteers who can work 2 to 4 hours per week in all aspects of the Shoppe operation – as cashiers, as fix-it folk, as people checking new donations in, and more.  Shop manager Kristi Casson says, “This is a great place to be!  It’s fun to help unloading the goodies that come in, and we’ve been having good sales, which is also fun.”  All proceeds from the Shoppe go to support the operations of the Northfield Senior Center .  To volunteer contact Kristi Casson, 507-645-1399, or Patsy Dew, 507-664-3708 or patsydew@nscmn.org


Popcorn Wagon

Northfield Senior Citizens provides a community gathering spot in downtown Northfield with its vintage popcorn wagon located at Bridge Square.  Operated during the summer and early fall months by volunteers, the bright red wagon with yellow wheels welcomes visitors and community residents alike.  Boasting the tastiest popcorn and cheapest soft drinks in town, the volunteers at the 1918 wagon provide information about Northfield, directions for newcomers, and a welcome to all who stop by for a snack and a cool drink.

The Popcorn Wagon is operated on Bridge Square mid-May through mid-September with this schedule:

Mondays: Fridays: 12 noon – 5pm

Saturdays: 10am – 5pm

Sundays: 1 – 4pm

Volunteers work 2-1/2 hour shifts during the week, and slightly longer shifts on the weekend.  To volunteer, contact Lesley at Lesleyweirich1122@gmail.com or phone 507-400-4331.

Around the Center

Pool and Fitness Room Monitors

Pool monitors serve as an extra set of eyes in our warm water pool area and are trained to know how call for assistance in an emergency situation. They volunteer in two hour shifts during all open swim times.  A pool or fitness pass is given for each hour of monitoring.
Fitness room volunteers open the workout room at 6 am Mon-Sat, other opportunities include cleaning machines, repair work and pitching in on annual cleaning day.

If you are interested in volunteering as a monitor, contact Craig Swenson, 664-3702, craigswenson@nscmn.org



Receptionists greet all who enter our building, answer questions about the Center, and check people in for their activities.  work requiring the ability to multi-task and use computers comfortably is scheduled in 4-hour shifts morning and afternoon. Early morning 7-9 am shifts also available. Training provided.  Contact Elaine Grisim, 507-664-3703, elainegrisim@nscmn.org

Work Crew

The Work Crew is an active group of volunteers who fix things and do odd jobs around the Center and at the Used a Bit Shoppe. Last fall they installed new patio stones, hauled furniture for our Art Studio and the Used a Bit Shoppe, and installed new lighting for the stage. This group gathers regularly on Fridays.


Many of the teachers of our educational programs are volunteers.  The Computer Center classes are all taught by dedicated volunteer experts.  If you have an area of expertise that you would like to share by teaching a class or giving a talk, contact Chris Ellison, 664-3707, chrisellison@nscmn.org

Group Coordinators

Each of our group activities has one leader who oversees the activities of the group. These groups include several card playing groups, woodcarving, needlework, quilting and paper crafting groups, a retired teachers group, a book club, bike club and table tennis group, plus musical groups currently the Senior Center Chime Choir and the Seasoned Singers women’s choir.


We have a team of gardeners who plan and tend our on-site gardens and indoor plants. Schedules vary.   The Center has flower gardens gracing our entrance, and enlivening an inner courtyard.  The courtyard also is home to a raised vegetable garden, which is tended by volunteers.  If you’d like to help with our courtyard gardens, contact Chris Ellison, 664-3707, chrisellison@nscmn.org

Community Service

In collaboration with other organizations, our volunteers help with these programs: Meals on Wheels (delivering meals prepared at the Hospital to people who need them), Thursday’s Table (a CAC program that offers a free meal to anyone in the community on Thursdays), Reading with 4th Graders (Bridgewater 4th grade students come to the Center once a month to read to this group of volunteers), Accelerate Northfield (tutoring local students), AARP’s Tax Aide Counseling Program, AARP Driving Safety Program Instructors, and Medicare Counselors (for open enrollment period).

To volunteer, contact Patsy Dew, 507-664-3708, patsydew@nscmn.org


Committee Work

As a non-profit the Northfield Senior Center is governed by a Board of Directors.  Our board is composed of 15 members chosen from the membership of the Center and elected at an Annual Meeting to serve 3-year terms.  In addition, the Board has five standing committees: Finance, Membership, Facilities, Nominating and Advancement.

If you would be interested in serving on one of these Board committees, or serving on the Board of Directors, contact Lynne Pederson, 507-664-3701, lynnepederson@nscmn.org

The Center had three Program Committees, which plan and execute these programs: Computer Learning Center, Travel and Art Gallery.

If you are interested in serving on one of these committees, contact Patsy Dew, 507-664-3708, patsydew@nscmn.org, and she can put you in touch with the appropriate committee chair.