Volunteers at Knute Nelson

Volunteers at Knute Nelson play an instrumental role in growing the impact of our organization. These individuals have generously dedicated their time and talents to over 83,000 volunteers hours which directly contribute to our mission of 'enriching lives.' 

We continue to welcome and encourage new volunteers. No experienceAdobeStock_19891154.jpeg is needed. We will happily provide any necessary training. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, please contact our volunteer office. Our staff is eager to help find an opportunity that suits your interests and availability.

Friends of Knute

Friends of Knute volunteers lend their helping hands in many capacities throughout our organization and we welcome you to join them. The mission of Friends of Knute is to enhance, through volunteer efforts, the quality of life of individuals served by Knute Nelson. These individuals are volunteers committed to helping those that are residents of a Knute Nelson community.

Volunteer opportunities

Interested in volunteering? There are numerous ways that you can get involved. With flexible scheduling, we can work with you to find opportunities that suit your interests and availability.

  • Beauty shop
  • Bingo
  • Bookmobile
  • Coffee and gift shop
  • Gardening
  • One-to-one visiting
  • Mail delivery
  • Reading and writing
  • Resident transporting
  • Special events
  • and much more


Friends of Knute COmmittee

The Friends of Knute are overseen by the Friends of Knute committee, who help establish the direction and goals of Knute Nelson volunteers. 

Friends Of Knute Committee

Kay Dalthorp, Treasurer
Judy Grafenstein, Secretary
Sally Baumann
CJ Jensen
Meg Jones
Katie Perry

Hospice Volunteers

Volunteers have a critical role in providing exceptional care in hospice. It’s been said a thousand times that “Volunteers are the heart of hospice” and it's entirely true. Hospice volunteers are an integral part of our team and are invaluable assets to our patients and families as well as our staff. Knute Nelson offers extensive training and support to all volunteers regardless of how they may help.

Volunteer Opportunities


Visiting, writing letters, playing cards or board games, going on walks or other outings, and providing emotional support. 

Complimentary Care

For volunteers with experience and interest in music or singing; massage, aromatherapy or other complementary therapies.

Eleventh Hour

Upon request from the patient and family, provide quiet companionship during the last anticipated 24-48 hours of a patient’s life.

Bereavement Care

Assist with mailings, make follow up phone calls, help set up refreshments and materials for support groups, and help with bereavement related events.


Household chores, shopping assistance, meal preparation, light housekeeping, child care, pet care, and yard work.

Office and Administrative

Assist with mailings, assembling admission packets, and doing other projects as needed in the hospice office.

Event Volunteers

Help with events hosted by or benefiting the hospice program and/or the Knute Nelson Foundation.

Contact Us

Hospice Volunteer Office

(320) 759-1270

Friends of Knute Office

(320) 763-1162