Volunteer work seems like second nature to Carol Hansen.
Hansen grew up watching her parents donate their time and talents at the local food shelf, the American Legion, and their church.
“They enjoyed giving back to their community – to others – and instilled that value in me,” Hansen said.
Hansen’s volunteer work really gained momentum after she retired as an administrative secretary from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in 2010.
Hansen volunteers for the City of Roseville including assisting with Rosefest, candlelight snowshoeing, and other city events throughout the year. She helps out in the city offices, and during the warm weather months, she is planting, pruning, and weeding at the Muriel Sahlin Arboretum in Central Park.
She also volunteers at several nonprofits. She assists clients selecting furnishings at the nonprofit Bridging and helps feed families as a volunteer with Keystone Services’ food mobile.
What is your favorite place to help out?
Working at the Roseville Arboretum is the best. We are outside and we have a very good and consistent group of people who show up every week. We are all outside and having fun and making the Arboretum pretty.
I also enjoy the teaching garden. In the spring we plant herbs, pumpkins, and beans. The city has programs to teach children where food comes from.
Why do you choose the city of Roseville as one of your causes?
I have lived in Roseville for 22 years. I am always proud to tell people that I'm from Roseville and what a beautiful and welcoming city it is. There are activities and venues in our city available to people of all ages, interests, and capabilities. Engaging in volunteer activities supports our community, helps unite people from diverse backgrounds, and gives me great personal satisfaction.
Are you interested in volunteering? Please call or email Rachel Boggs at 651-792-7028 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.