Volunteers Drive MINN’s Success

  • Posted on: 8 April 2018
  • By: Sarah Vast

Kaying Vang, Board President

On a regular basis, I am in awe of MINN volunteers. Since its inception in 2005, MINN has been a volunteer-led organization blessed with incredibly talented and passionate individuals. As we look forward to celebrating National Volunteer Week (April 15-21, 2018), I’d like to share some MINN volunteer highlights:

  • In 2017, they collectively put in thousands of hours to plan and implement 12 Talk & Tours as well as the annual MINN IDEA Summit.

  • Our volunteers give from near and far. Our most distant volunteer, Alexandra Baker, is the 2018 Summit Vice-Chair and contributes her time from Bergen, Norway.

  • MINN volunteers have moved on to impressive roles, such as Jill Lalonde, Executive Director of OneVillage Partners.

  • We are lucky to have volunteers who bring in expertise from their day jobs in event planning, international program management, fundraising, communications, and more.

Photo features the 2017 Summit Team from left to right: Kaying Vang, Jessica Moes, Alyce Eaton, Natasha Brownlee, Jeff Seltz, Alicia Stromberg, Alexandra Baker, Binta Kanteh, Frieda von Qualen, Kaitlan Berg

Are you inspired to join this amazing group of individuals? Click here to learn more and sign up!

I will leave you with a message from a dedicated volunteer who continues to support the MINN Summit, despite living outside of MInnesota for the last two years:

I chose to stay involved with MINN Summit planning after I left Minnesota primarily because I understand that MINN is filling a crucial gap in the international development community. By making space for local NGOs and forward-thinking individuals to collaborate and exchange their ideas and resources, MINN really does make the greater global community thrive. Though I'm not "on the ground" in international development work, I’ll continue my work with MINN by using skills I do have to make the Summit successful and in turn, help facilitate the success of those organizations.

-- Liz Harder, 2017-18 Summit Volunteer currently residing in Seattle, WA.