Volunteer Stories

Alice Thomas waited patiently for a meeting of the Northfield in Bloom Committee to commence. The City Administrator arrived late saying he had just met with the Fire Department regarding a plan by the railroad to burn the 1888 Northfield Depot.  In a place that...

Northfield Affordable Housing Task Force What happens when you sit down at a table and ask leaders from non-profits, the faith community and the corporate sector of Northfield to talk about affordable housing? They happily come together and share resources, ideas and expand to a...

Dan Bergeson Every summer folks gather in downtown Northfield’s Bridge Square, at the local churches, parks, retirement centers and local restaurants; they may be toting lawn chairs and coolers as they listen to everything from traditional alphorns to brass bands in Civil War era attire.  The...

Sina Henry Having worked in customer service for 50 years at Sheldahl Flexible Technology it’s no secret that Sina Henry is good with people.  Starting her job after graduation from High School in Lakeville, she went to make her life in Northfield one filled with service. Now...

As an octogenarian you would think that Carol Cole has earned a relaxing retirement; she has raised a family and volunteered her knowledge, skills and abilities for the last 63 years in her community and overseas.  Instead, this inspirational woman sees no end to opportunities...

Retiring two years ago, Karl Bouvin asked himself, ‘”Where are the needs?” He identified food as the first thing he wanted to help with and families in need as the next.  Volunteering with Community Action Center he rescued produce from grocery stores that was taken...

In a community like ours it’s no surprise that a Book Fair is popular, made even better when the funds raised are donated to the Northfield Hospital. In 2022 the Northfield Hospital Auxiliary Board Book Fair should have been celebrating year #61 but Covid took...

Moving from Lakeville in 2015, Tammy Nodland wanted to use her professional skills in volunteer training and administration to get involved in her new community.  Being an extrovert in a small town was a bonus, meeting people wasn’t a challenge in a friendly place like...

Northfielder Bonnie Humke was looking for something constructive and helpful to do during the pandemic months and wanted a way to reach out to those who were not able to see in person.   As a young teen, Bonnie experienced firsthand what it was like to be...

The conversation began with “How can we help the Community Action Center?”  Now, more than 15 months later, this one question has led to numerous ideas, opportunities, and connections.The Community Action Center of Northfield works with countless volunteers who assist the Food Shelf with food...