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Ely, Minnesota 55731


Northwoods Partners Names 2020 Heart of Gold Recipients

Every year as part of their Volunteer Appreciation efforts, Northwoods Partners (NP) awards deserving individuals who have gone above and beyond their esteemed Heart of Gold Award.  They are pleased to announce this year's recipients are Chuck and Jacque Glass and Dave Reiland.

Chuck and Jacque Glass have been long distance drivers for Northwoods Partners for over 5 years. They have spent countless hours taking people to medical appointments in Duluth, Hibbing and Virginia. They go over and beyond providing a very pleasant experience for their riders. They have wonderful conversations with their riders. There have been many weeks when they have provided multiple long-distance rides. NP is so grateful to be able to so frequently rely on them to get their clients to appointments safely. Jacque summed up their experience perfectly; "Chuck and I have been volunteer drivers for Northwoods Partners for many years and highly recommend it.  Everybody has a story and we have met wonderful people that we wouldn't have met otherwise.  Senior citizens have great perspective and they all have wisdom to share along with the stories about their lives.  We have learned a lot from these folks about all kinds of interests, hobbies, places they've lived and where they've traveled.  It's nice to think we are helping others by volunteer driving, but the truth is that we benefit more than they do.  We are big fans of the volunteer driving program and encourage folks to try it.  Volunteering adds joy to your life!"

Dave Reiland would share with you that he was a client of NP years back. He participated in numerous NP programs and saw a significant improvement both physically and mentally. As his life was changed significantly, he came through our doors asking if he could now possibly give back the kind of support he was given. He decided to become a volunteer friendly visitor, exercise buddy, a driver and became a crucial support person for NP's Memories and Movement Program. Dave now sets up before each class, welcomes everyone, gives rides to participants and cleans up after the program. Dave even leads the program when NP Director, Lisa Porthan, is unable to be there. Dave even eagerly volunteers to do mailings and any kind of additional support the NP needs. It's so wonderful to see how NP's programs have come full circle.


Northwoods Partners wants to extend a huge Thank You to all their amazing volunteers, not only those mentioned above by name, but to all the wonderful men and women that proudly volunteer for Northwoods Partners.  Lisa Porthan, Executive Director said, "They are all a blessing to our community and our organization!"


If you are interested in volunteering for Northwoods Partners, please call Lisa @ 218-365-8019

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