Connecting Communities and Our Schools

A Brief History of Volunteers In Education

In 2005, the founder of Volunteers in Education (Vine), H. Arthur Dale, placed a new vision before leaders in three communities in Independent School District ( ISD) 2142. In 2007 endorsements were received from the ISD 2142 school board, school administration, and the teachers union. Endorsement from the Laurentian Conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America was received, along with initial funding from the Cook PTO, Babbitt Lions Club, Babbitt Credit Union and Evangelical Lutheran Church of Babbitt to form a nonprofit organization.

In 2007 Vine registered under the laws of the State of Minnesota and in March of 2008 Vine received 501c3 status. It began its first program, the Classroom Volunteer Program, in September of 2009 in three (ISD) 2142 schools: Babbitt/Embarrass, Cook, and Tower/Soudan.  The program was well received and, in the 2009-2010 school year, academic performance improved in those schools, in part because of the engagement of the community through VinE.

The Northland Foundation enabled a successful startup with a $20,000 grant for tutoring work in the 2009-2010 school year. Local organizations and individuals also contributed funding and tutors.  Since that time, VinE volunteers have continued to partner with our local schools and are now present in the Cherry, Tower/Soudan, North Woods, South Ridge, Northeast Range, and Eveleth/Gilbert schools.  In 2015, we have more than 60 volunteers working with individuals and small groups of elementary school students.  VinE continues to grow with the support of the local community and continued financial support from The Northland Foundation and The United Way.