Volunteer Services of Carlton County:
Wellness and care for older adults
With a small but mighty staff team, Volunteer Services of Carlton County, Inc. (VSCCI) coordinates more than 400 volunteers monthly and serves over 3,500 older adults and people with disabilities each year.
Grants from the Northland Foundation’s Rural Aging Initiative have helped VSCCI to set a strategic course for a Wellness Center, which opened in late 2016, introduce new technology, and plan a multi-use expansion, including a community space.
“The grant funding from Northland has helped us innovate and plan for new services in health, wellness, and caregiver support,” said Jill Hatfield, VSCCI’s executive director.
“At our Wellness Center, families, student-athletes, and older adults mix together, which is great to see,” she added.
Ron Peterson, 87 years young, may be most dedicated of all 450 members. He works out “like clockwork” which benefits him in more ways than one. Ron has not only maintained a healthy routine but also built friendships at the Center.
VSCCI promotes wellness in many forms.