IMG_6618How Can I Help?

MnCAN is always seeking community volunteers to:

• serve as trained conversation partners during conversation groups

• participate in fundraising events

• share talents in the arts, exercise and book studies

• help with administrative tasks

We are especially seeking participants with aphasia to serve as Peer Mentors, story contributors, speakers, to help organize social and fundraising events, and to provide administrative tasks.  If you have a particular talent you would like to share and teach others in a class environment, we would like to hear about it!

 What our Volunteers Have to Say…

Becky and others

“Having been a volunteer with the aphasia conversation group for three years, it has been a rewarding delight to witness the successes of our participants over time.  Actually, group is the highlight of my week. I do several other volunteer jobs and this is the one I look forward to the most. We laugh a lot!”

Caroline“My name is Caroline, and I’m thrilled to be a volunteer with MnCAN’s conversation group in St.Paul.  I’m a recent transplant from Philadelphia, where I was lucky enough to take part in conversation groups at the MossRehab Aphasia Center…  You can imagine, then, how ecstatic I was to learn about MnCAN upon moving to Minnesota. It’s been great getting to know the members, volunteers, and our awesome facilitators! It seems like our group grows a little each week – in attendance, and yes, in communication. Last week, the members set goals for the fall session – some fun, some quite ambitious. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone support each other in working towards them.  All in all, I’m grateful to be a part of MnCAN!”

Volunteer-in-red“I love the role that I play for MnCAN as a volunteer Administrative Assistant.   I believe so strongly in what MnCAN is about and the passion that each of these SLP’s have for their participants.   It gives me great joy to be able to carry this part of their process and provide them with information that they need to help them be successful in their facilitation of these Aphasia Groups.   Knowing that the end result of all of this is to make life better and fuller for the recipients of these services is very motivating.”

“Being a volunteer for MNCAN has been very rewarding for me.  I am so glad that I can be there at group to offer assistance in the conversation, be a good listener, prompt questions to keep the conversation going.  The group has been like a second family for me and they also help me in many ways.”

If these opportunities and stories peak your interest in joining the MnCAN team of volunteers, please fill out the volunteer application form below and mail to: MnCAN, P.O.Box 2796, Minneapolis, MN 55427, scan and email to: julia@mncan.org or contact us at  612-524-8802 for more information.