Category Archives: Volunteer Spotlight

Food for the family, friendship for the soul

Client Charlene and her volunteer meal delivery driver Hugh

From the 2016 Annual Report Charlene has a lot on her plate: She has HIV, and she is the primary caregiver for several of her young grandchildren. But thanks to weekly meal deliveries from Open Arms, she doesn’t need to … Continue reading

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A heart for helping others leads to Open Arms

Volunteer Jane at the reception desk

By Amy Bowman, Open Arms volunteer For Jane Borochoff of Plymouth, MN, volunteering is a way of life. Jane has a heart for helping others and began doing so as a young girl by visiting a lonely neighbor and befriending … Continue reading

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18 years of steadfast service: Lisa’s volunteer story

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By Ashley Hackett, Photojournalism Intern Volunteer Lisa Genis has found a strong sense of community in her more than 18 years of involvement at Open Arms.  She has seen the organization grow exponentially in size and influence and move to a larger and … Continue reading

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A passion for AIDS care leads to 10 years of volunteering

By Ashley Hackett, Open Arms Photojournalism Intern It’s Wednesday morning, and above the Open Arms kitchen Tom Becker sits quietly typing at a computer. As a passionate volunteer and advocate for the HIV/AIDS community since the late 1980s, Tom wanted … Continue reading

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Fulfilling graduation hours with fulfilling volunteer work

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By Amy Bowman, Open Arms volunteer Sanjay Ragoonanan is looking to the future. As a junior at Cristo Rey High School, he has high hopes for college, where he wants to study medicine or computer science. Of course, his college … Continue reading

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A Chance to Pay It Forward

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Last week Open Arms celebrated our 5 millionth meal delivery, and we were lucky to have volunteer Sarah Nybo deliver it to Erica’s family. Sarah, a 16-year C.H. Robinson employee, has volunteered with Open Arms for years. She helps coordinate … Continue reading

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Nurse puts her time to good use during strike

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When the Allina nursing strike began on Labor Day, Abbott Northwestern nurse Tois Smith decided to keep busy. A week after the strike began, she walked through the doors of Open Arms to attend a volunteer orientation. “Prior to the strike, I’ve … Continue reading

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Past intern continues to serve at Open Arms

By Stephanie Mork, Photojournalism Intern Student Taya Banjac fell in so love with Open Arms during her photojournalism internship last summer that she decided to become a regular volunteer. She studied Journalism at the University of Minnesota and graduated this … Continue reading

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Couple Gives Back Every Thursday Through Open Arms

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By Ashley Hackett, Open Arms Photojournalism Intern It’s 11:30 a.m. on a Thursday, and Doug and Twylla are driving amidst the Minneapolis traffic. They have several bags filled with fresh food and frozen entrees from Open Arms of Minnesota, ready to … Continue reading

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Macalester Fellow brings new ideas to Open Farms

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By Stephanie Mork, Photojournalism Intern As Open Farms expands to two brand new plots this year, there’s a greater need to introduce the organic farming project to neighbors near the new sites in Phillips and North Minneapolis. That’s where Laura … Continue reading

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