Clair Nelson Vocational Scholarship Accepting Applications Until April 1st, 2022!

January 19, 2022

The Clair Nelson Vocational Scholarship is accepting applications now through April 1st. Clair Nelson Vocational Scholarships offer financial assistance to high school seniors and adult residents of School District 381. Applicants must be interested in pursuing a career in a vocational or technical field. Vocational career fields are usually considered to be those that require two years or less of postsecondary education or training. Three scholarships of $500 each are awarded annually. Applications are accepted January 1st to April 1st of each year. Applications can be obtained through the guidance offices at the high schools in Two Harbors and Silver Bay, Two Harbors and Silver Bay Service Centers, and are also available here. When Friends of Finland took over managing the Clair Nelson Vocational Scholarship in 2011, the Fund was just over $14,000 and had only a few regular donors. We gave out 4 scholarships of $250 each annually to students…

Job Posting: Spanish Camp Coordinator

January 12, 2022

After a long hiatus due to organizational and COVID-related difficulties, Friends of Finland is hoping to once again host Spanish Camp at the Clair Nelson Center in the summer of 2022. With that in mind, we are looking for someone to coordinate Spanish Camp. Spanish Camp is a 3-day long day camp for children ages 5-13, with an emphasis on language, cultures and food in the many Spanish-speaking countries around the world. We focus on giving area youth opportunities for friendship and discovery by providing them with activities and skills that will open their hearts and minds to the vast world around them. The Camp Coordinator(s) works to organize Spanish Camp and develops the teaching curriculum to ensure that attendees come away with basic knowledge of the Spanish language and the various cultures in which it is spoken.   This includes recruiting, and hiring of all staff and volunteers. The Coordinator…

Job Posting: Business and Finance Lead

January 2, 2022

Join the Leadership Team of the Friends of the Finland Community! Business & Financial Lead Position Friends of Finland is a vibrant nonprofit organization supporting a wide variety of community programs, and we have grown to where we are looking for a person with the business and financial expertise to strengthen and expand the work we do. The Friends of the Finland Community Business and Finance Lead position handles budgeting, nonprofit reporting, grant management, fiscal agency, donation management, insurance, billing and invoices, payroll, and maintaining personnel records. Must have the interest and ability to communicate and educate others on business and financial topics.  Position requires working collaboratively with other core staff to uphold the organizational mission and vision, cocreate staff culture, participate on hiring committees for new core staff and organizational support staff, hold each other accountable and deal with staff issues as they arise. Position requires regular participation in…

The Finland Community Youth Program is looking for Youth Night Workers!

January 1, 2022

Position will work with other Youth Night Staff to collaborate in creating and running high-quality youth activities for area children ages 5 to 18. Position will provide supervision and guidance as needed at weekly Youth Night which offers open gym, arts and crafts, and a teen room, as well as occasional special events & outings. Must also be able to participate in occasional staff planning meetings and trainings. Applications are available for download, and paper copies are available at the Clair Nelson Center – inquire with Honor, Nancy, Kelly or Youth Night Staff. Download the application here. (Please return to Honor, Nancy, Kelly or Youth Night Staff at the Clair Nelson Center).

Art of Hosting: World Class Collaborative Leadership Training in Finland, Minnesota

November 18, 2021

Finland has always accomplished community goals by working together. It’s part of how we have survived as a community. It’s why the Finland Co-op is still here after 108 years. It’s how the old Finn Hall was built. It’s how the old Rec Hall was moved to Finland from the Forest Center logging camp and set up to serve the needs of the community at that time. It’s how we built the Clair Nelson Center. There are many other examples through the years. It’s easy to be influenced by the big world out there though. The overarching culture we also live within tells us to be rugged individuals, overcoming adversity alone. I would argue that even though many of us are indeed seriously rugged individuals, none of us can overcome our personal or community issues alone. We need other people. We need community. We can accomplish so much together that…