Volunteer Recognition Award Announced

i Oct 30th Comments Off by

Drum roll please! Congratulations to John S. for your exceptional contributions to Neighbors, Inc. We want to thank you for everything that you do! Here are some things people had to say about you:

“John’s faithfulness, commitment and versatility amaze me. He is constantly searching for things he can do that will improve our ability to provide food to others. He comes in every Saturday morning to vacuum and mope the food shelf floors. He’s a carpenter, a janitor, a driver, a stock clerk; you name it, he does it; usually out of sight of most people.”

“Today John single-handedly unloaded our entire milk delivery as well as a lot of the grocery delivery.”

Also we had such a great turn out for the first month of volunteer recognition. I want to thank everyone that participated and I would also like to acknowledge these great individuals too.

Shirley W. & Theresa M.
“They always do great work but today they went above and beyond the call of duty!”

Linda F.
“She never stops moving, always helpful and upbeat! She is our go-to person when we have questions.”

Andres F.
“He was able to come in during the summer time to cut the grass. (: I was with him on the 4th of July and I was very impressed with his job!”

Carol M.
“She is a very dynamic person who shows compassion and care for everybody.”

Ramy M.
“[He] never stops moving and works like a one man band. His most spoken words are: I’ll do it; I got it. He is always friendly, too.”

Ruth B.
“[She has] many years of service; [She is] loyal; pleasant to be around; [and is a] lovely woman.”

Carole N.
“[She is] friendly, cooperative with other volunteers, [and] dedicated to volunteering.”

Neighbors is Hiring – Food Shelf Assistant

i Oct 28th Comments Off by

Neighbors, Inc. is looking for a Food Shelf Assistant at our facility in South St. Paul. We are a non-profit social service agency that serves northern Dakota County. Job requires managing volunteers, sorting and stocking food, placing food on shelves according to date and type, packing and assisting with grocery orders for clients, keeping food shelf clean and neat, placing food orders with Second Harvest Heartland and maintaining daily records. Ability to regularly lift up to 50 pounds is a requirement of this position. Fluency in Spanish is highly preferred. Drug and background check is required. Hours are 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is a full time (37.5 hours a week), benefits eligible position but hours may be adjusted from time to time to accommodate need.

Wages:  $12-$14/hr

To apply e-mail your resume to:
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Deadline to apply:   November 10, 2014.

November Cross Training – MAC and NAPS

i Oct 28th Comments Off by

In November, cross training is focusing on the Mothers and Children (MAC) and Nutritional Assistance for Seniors (NAPS) food distribution program. Work with our friendly Program Coordinator and other volunteers to help deliver boxed essential food goods to the high rise apartments next door to Neighbors. Deliveries will take place on Monday, November 17 from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm and Tuesday, November 18 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Learn about this valuable service provided to people that require extra food support. Sign up for one or both of these opportunities.


To sign up, please contact Kazoua Yang at 651-272-1133 or

Thank You to our Volunteer Drivers!

i Oct 22nd Comments Off by

A special thank you to all of the volunteers who help with the Dial-a-Ride program at Neighbors. Without these volunteers, countless people in our community would not be able to make it to their medical, dental and other essential appointments.



Drivers were treated to a special night of food, fun and appreciation for their hours (and miles) of service.


If you have spare time, a reliable vehicle, are over the age of 21, and want to make a difference in your community, sign up to be a volunteer driver! The need for rides continues to grow and so does the need for drivers.



Come As You Are Fall Spectacular

i Oct 10th Comments Off by

Come As You Are celebrated the start of fall last night. Music and entertainment was provided by local band the “Salt Tree People”, formerly known as the “Salt Tree Boys” with the addition of their first female member.

Come As You Are Participants and Volunteers had a great time at the Fall Spectacular.

Come As You Are Participants and Volunteers had a great time at the Fall Spectacular.

Golden oldies got participants out of their chairs and dancing. We were also fortunate to have Emergency Care Consultants send 10 of their volunteers to help us with a fall art project—engaging the participants in coloring leaves. This art project will decorate the Neighbors’ reception area, compliments of the more than 60 aspiring artists at Come As You Are. ECC and CAYA volunteers standing in front of their leaf project is attached.

Next event: Halloween Party (& Wandersee Family Polka Dance), Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

Contact Neighbors if you would like to attend, at 651-455-5000.

Be ready to bring your Halloween costume!

History – Neighbors Moved 3 Years Ago Today

i Oct 7th Comments Off by

Neighbors finished moving into 222 Grand Ave W on this day just three years ago.

Thank you so much to all of those who helped make the move a success.

Neighbors now has a larger home and is able to deliver considerably more services to our community.


This photo was taken after the staff finished up the week of moving.



2014 Duck Race Winners

i Oct 4th Comments Off by

Please click here to see the 2014 Duck Race Winners!


Be sure to contact us within 30 days to claim your prize (we have tried to contact everyone already).


Duck Race Winners 10-4-2014

Delbert the Duck Visits Story Time

i Oct 2nd Comments Off by

Delbert the Duck had a great time at Story Time at the South St. Paul Library.


In preparation for the big Duck Races event, Delbert helped read stories and sing songs all about ducks!

Come check out Delbert this Saturday, October 4th during On The Road Again at the Great Neighbors’ Duck Races. Races will run from 11am – 3pm. There is still time to adopt a rubber duck to compete in the races and have a chance at winning prizes. Grand prize is a pair of airline tickets.

Download an adoption certificate today or adopt your ducks at the race!



Ode to Neighbors’ Mighty Ducks

i Oct 1st Comments Off by

185Some say it’s weather for a duck
For Neighbors it’s a sign of luck
Our ducks are ready for the show
The swimming champs are good to go
The ducks love racing – rain or shine
They dream about the finish line
They also care about the reason
They venture out this chilly season
To thrill their fans and strut their stuff
So friends who may not have enough
Will know how much their neighbors care
How ducks know life’s not always fair
How racing ducks can play their part
To show that they too have a heart.


Please join us Saturday, October 4th 11-3 during On the Road Again in South St Paul for our 7th Annual Duck Races. Adopt a duck for just $5 or Adopt 5 for $25. We have wonderful prizes and the funds raised will be used in northern Dakota County to support Neighbors’ programs. It is a win-win!

October Workshop – Stress Management

i Sep 30th Comments Off by

stress management workshopAre you feeling stressed out now or do you anticipate holiday stress? Look no further for relief. We are hosting a “Stress Management” workshop on October 9th. Please join other staff and volunteers in learning how to better manage stress.

When: October 9th, 2014
Time: 12 noon – 1 pm
Where: Conference Room (lower level)
Presenter: Jennifer Niedzielski
Professor at Augsburg College

Neighbors Coffee Hour for Volunteers

i Sep 30th Comments Off by

coffee hourWorking hard as a volunteer? Need a break? Want to get to know your fellow volunteers better? Join us for coffee hour at the Black Sheep Coffee Cafe. Coffee and a light snacks will be provided by Neighbors, Inc. Please come and enjoy a cup of coffee – any kind – on Neighbors. Your coffee will be made to order and so it will be fresh and ready for you to drink. Space is limited to the first 50 respondents. Please RSVP to This is a way for Neighbors to show our appreciation to our awesome volunteers. The Black Sheep is located at 705 Southview Blvd, South St Paul, MN 55075.


What:     Coffee Hour for Volunteers
Where:   Black Sheep Coffee Cafe
Date:       Oct. 28, 2014
Time:      5pm – 6:30 pm

Neighbors Open House

i Sep 30th Comments Off by

open houseThink you know everything about Neighbors? Think again! Neighbors, Inc. is hosting an open house on Thursday, October 16 from 4:00-6:00 pm. The open house will offer tours of the building from knowledgeable volunteers and staff, information booths about each program, and fun videos you can watch while enjoying a light snack. Come and experience how Neighbors fulfills its mission.

Volunteer Recognition – Facebook-Eblast- Social Media Outlets

i Sep 30th Comments Off by

volunteer recognitionDo you know someone who has dedicated their volunteer time at Neighbors and that should be recognized? The Volunteer Programs team has come up with new ways to recognize our volunteers. Please participate and nominate your fellow volunteers! We’d like to offer you the chance to express the same gratitude we feel every day when for our volunteers. Help us appreciate those that serve at Neighbors!


How can you participate: Located at Neighbors, Inc. there are 3 ballot boxes with nomination forms. One is in the Clothes Closet by the window, one is in the food shelf by the Vologistic IPad, and the last one is at the front desk by Yudi. Please fill out a form found next to the ballot boxes. It is very simple and easy to do. Not at Neighbors anytime soon? You can also complete the nomination form over the phone or through e-mail by contacting Kazoua Yang at 651-272-1133 or

Cross Training for Volunteers at Neighbors

i Sep 30th Comments Off by

cross trainingCross Training:


Always wanted to learn about other Neighbors’ programs but were afraid to ask? Neighbors is offering a new optional Cross Training program for current and new volunteers. This is a way for volunteers to experience all of the other volunteer opportunities that Neighbors has to offer without making an ongoing commitment. Every month a different program will be featured. All are welcome to sign up to try out different volunteer opportunity!


In October, cross training is focusing on the Dial-A-Ride program. You will have a chance to ride along with an experienced volunteer driver. Learn about this valuable ride service provided to people that do not have reliable transportation to medical and dental appointments. Sign up for any weekday morning or afternoon throughout the entire month. To sign up please contact Kazoua Yang at 651-272-1133 or

AFSCME Collects over $9,500 for Neighbors

i Sep 28th Comments Off by

Neighbors’ Executive Director, John Kemp, accepted over $9,500 and additional food shelf donations from AFSCME at the recent Me2We convention held in Minnesota on September 11th.

Special thanks to local AFSCME Council 5 for organizing!

Prize List for the Duck Races

i Sep 26th Comments Off by

Here are just some of the FABULOUS prizes for the upcoming Great Neighbors’ Duck Races on October 4th:

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Movie passes to AMC Showplace

Theatre tickets to Brave New Workshop & Ordway

Sports & Activities:

Bowling for 4 at Treasure Island Casino

St. Paul Saints baseball tickets

MN Pro Paintball admission tickets

Wine and Canvas experience

Restaurant Gift Certificates:

Angelo’s Pizza

Carbone’s Pizzeria

Culver’s – Frozen Custard for a Year!

Peterson’s Popcorn

The Bierstube

The Coop

Family Fun:

Mall of America gift basket – including passes to Nickelodeon Universe, Sea Life Aquarium admissions, Moose Mountain mini golf, a MOA coupon book & much more!

And the GRAND PRIZE….. 2 airline tickets!!!!!

Don’t forget the Lazy Duck in the final race receives $100.

Adopt your ducks today!

Neighbors Awarded Blue Ribbon Certification for Volunteer Program Excellence

i Sep 25th Comments Off by



15 September 2014



Neighbors, Inc., a nonprofit social service agency based in South St Paul and serving northern Dakota County, has been awarded a Blue Ribbon Service Enterprise certification by Points of Light Foundation. A Service Enterprise fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills to successfully deliver on the social mission of their organizations.


With this certification, Neighbors, Inc. becomes one of the first organizations in the United States to be recognized as a Service Enterprise by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. Research conducted by the TCC Group, a national program and evaluation firm, found that organizations operating as Service Enterprises outperform peer organizations on all aspects of organizational effectiveness, and are more adaptable, sustainable and capable of scaling their work through effective volunteer engagement. Furthermore, Neighbors, Inc. is the first Blue Ribbon certified Service Enterprise in the State of Minnesota, meaning that it scored in the 85th percentile among the 330 nonprofits nationwide that completed the Service Enterprise assessment.


With support from the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration and Hands On Twin Cities, Neighbors, Inc. completed an extensive assessment, training/consulting, and certification process that led to this recognition. By achieving this level of excellence and certification, Neighbors, Inc. is now better equipped to leverage the time and talent of volunteers in building its organizational capacity.



Since 1972, Neighbors, Inc. has worked to ensure that all people in the northern Dakota County have the opportunity to live hopeful, independent and self-sufficient lives. More than 1400 volunteers serve their neighbors in need through programs such as a food shelf, Clothes Closet thrift store, transportation and daily check in service for seniors and people with disabilities, holiday assistance, and much more. All donations remain in the neighborhood.


For more information regarding volunteer opportunities with Neighbors, Inc., please visit For further information regarding the Service Enterprise Initiative, please visit



David Miller, Director of Volunteer Programs

Neighbors, Inc.



Monthly Food Shelf Needs – September

i Sep 17th Comments Off by

The Incomparable and Amazing Scott Andrews manages Neighbors’ Food Shelf

Scott writes a monthly piece about the needs in the Food Shelf.  This month he told us about Eunice and clients and volunteers who are gluten intolerent.

This week’s Neighbor Spotlight is Eunice.  Eunice has some unique dietary needs.  She has Celiac disease, which means she cannot eat gluten—anything with wheat, barley, etc.  If you know anybody with this condition, you know that gluten seems to be in everything, so gluten free shopping can be expensive and difficult.  Eunice has come in several times before, so we remember her.  When we sort through food donations, we set aside the gluten free items to save them for people like Eunice (it’s not only her) who cannot use many of our other items.  Today when Eunice came in, I paired her with Bonnie, one of our volunteers who helps clients shop.  Bonnie also has Celiac disease, and it was neat to hear both of them going through the boxes of gluten free items and discussing which items they had tried before and liked, trading meal ideas, etc.

Thanks you all very much for your support, and for passing along this email to others who may be interested!

Thank you to those of you that have been kind enough to carefully donate foods to support those in need with special dietary restrictions.


Gluten Free Items and Cooking Supplies

Pancake Mix and Syrup 


Choose Your Favorite Decorated Duck!

i Sep 2nd Comments Off by

In honor of the upcoming Great Neighbors’ Duck Race, the staff and program supervisors have put their creative talents on display by each decorating a rubber ducky. It’s your turn to tell us which one you like best! Visit our Facebook page and “like” your favorite duck.

All Decorated Ducks







Don’t forget to check out the Duck Races during On The Road Again on October 4th!

Duck adoption certificates are now available.

Kids Coloring Contest for Duck Races

i Aug 28th Comments Off by

Do you know a coloring enthusiast? As part of the upcoming family-fun Great Neighbors’ Duck Races, we are having a coloring contest! The winning entries will receive tickets to the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Children in kindergarten – 6th grades can participate. Just print off and color the attached coloring contest picture and return it to one of the following locations: Antonsen Construction, Bremer Bank in South St. Paul, Central Bank in South St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights Volkswagen, Heartland Credit Union or the South St. Paul Library. One entry per person, please. Entries must be received before noon on October 2nd, 2014.

Prizes for age categories will be awarded at the Duck Races during On The Road Again on Saturday, October 4th, 2014. Good luck!

Coloring Contest 2014