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Someone Special Volunteers for 07/06/14

The Bemidji Pioneer, Paul Bunyan Broadcasting, Ken K. Thompson and the United Way of Bemidji Area recognize "Someone Special Volunteers" who have made significant contributions to the community. Helen Wang of Baker Park has nominated Carla Erickson and Shirley Worth as Someone Special volunteers.

Erickson's mother resides at Baker Park, where Erickson assists in entertaining residents by serving soups, croissants, sandwiches, waffles, and such, about every two weeks. Erickson organizes card games and bingo -- including root beer floats for everyone, and even coordinates marshmallow roasting in their outdoor space in the summer. Erickson visits with and helps out the residents with needed errands. She helps plant flowers in the flower pit and occasionally surprises the residents with coffee and donuts on Saturday mornings. Erickson is a dispatcher at the Bemidji Police Department, and also volunteers as a Girl Scout troop leader and community cookie coordinator.

Worth resides at Baker Park and is a retired nurse having worked at the Bemidji hospital.

Worth helps Baker Park residents with a variety of things ... pushing wheelchairs, filling in to call

bingo, driving residents to their appointments and running errands for them. She visits people in the hospital, in particular Baker Park residents, or will bring someone there to visit friends. Worth belongs to Bethel Church, volunteers regularly at the Bemidji Community Food Shelf, delivers meals for the Senior Activity Center one week each month and makes quilts. Every Sunday, she picks up four friends on her way to church.

For more information on the Someone Special Volunteer Program please contact the United

Way of Bemidji Area at 444-8929,, or visit their website at