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Engage. Support. Volunteer.  
Because the spirit of North House holds fond memories and hopeful dreams for so many, this little school on the harbor has grown, and continues to grow as an ever widening community.

With this growth comes a need for more helping hands to keep it all moving along smoothly. Several yearly special events, and a variety of campus maintenance, improvements and repair projects are always in need. We invite you to join our group of volunteers. 

By lending a helping hand, we welcome you and provide an opportunity to meet a growing community of North House friends - instructors, students, neighbors, and supporters. Volunteer to distribute catalogs, host programs during special events, or assist with mailings.

To become a North House volunteer, please contact Matt Nesheim, Volunteer and Classroom Coordinator - Call 888 387-9762 or 218 387-9762.

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1. Special Event Weekends
Each of our special event weekend requires a willing troop of volunteers from both near and far. Coming North to be part of the event?  We'd love to find a place for you to plug in!  Please call for details
** Wooden Boat Show
** Unplugged Weekend
** Winterer's Gathering

2. Work Study Opportunities
Ready to journey North for a week-plus, investing your energy first by making the North House campus shine and then immersing in class? Our Work Study program features week-long opportunities to earn tuition credit by taking an active role in campus life in the busy summer months. Full details and application available mid-February. Click here.

3. Annual Spring Volunteer Weekend
Spring at North House means a time to freshen up campus and work on projects in preparation for the busy summer season, and you're invited to lend a hand!

4. Service Learning Courses
A number of service learning courses welcome students and volunteers to assist with projects ranging from building timber frame sheds to building trestle tables and forges for the new blacksmith shop, to maintaining our wooden boat fleet. Tuition for service learning courses is kept as low as possible; students in these courses participate in meaningful learning opportunities while also serving the community.

Currently Scheduled Service Learning Courses include:
- Service Learning Project: Adirondack Chair Building - April 17-19
- Hooks & Hangers for Campus: Service Learning in the Blacksmith Shop - April 17-19


Volunteering to host the Northern Harvest Fish Boil Dinner, annual campus event during Unplugged - the Northern Harvest.

Spring Volunteer Weekend welcomes volunteer involvement.

Volunteers answer event goers questions at the Wooden Boat Show & Summer Solstice Festival info booth.


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