Volunteer

#HockeyChangesLives

Interested in volunteering for the Hendrickson Foundation? Here’s how:

First of all…Welcome! We couldn’t do this work without you and we thank you in advance!

Secondly, getting set up to volunteer is simple! Click Here to register as a HF volunteer! Once your application is submitted and reviewed, you will be added to our volunteer email list and also our private HF volunteer Facebook Page. This is where you will get all the needed notifications and sign up links for any upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Group/Team Service Projects

Whether you are a youth sports team, church group, high school pep band, etc…there is a place for everyone to serve at HF! Please fill out our quick information link below and let us know what you are looking to do. You will hear back shortly thereafter from HF. If your group or team is a good fit to support an upcoming event, individuals may need to complete the online “volunteer application” as well. Thanks for your interest if helping make HF even better!

Support Blind Hockey Today!

MN Blind Hockey is looking for volunteers to support players on the ice during practices and games. If interested, please click on the link below to see their season’s schedule.

Contact Lonny Evans at
lonnyaevans@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Spotlight Volunteer

Jeff Anderson

My Impact

Meet Jeff Anderson! You can usually spot Jeff at our events from the neck down as his face is often behind a camera capturing the foundations work. We have been so fortunate to have him supporting us for the last couple years with his talented and beautiful photographs. Jeff lives in Lakeland, MN his wife, Bobbie and two sons, Andrew (6) and Thomas (3). He also is the owner/photographer at AJ Photography that he started when he became a stay at home dad. Thanks for sharing your gifts with us, Jeff!

Q: Tell us how you got involved with the Hendrickson Foundation

A: I got involved with the Hendrickson foundation when I met Mark Parrish and I bugged him enough to come out to Wiffle Wars. I met Danny there and then volunteered the next festival in 2019.

Q: What do you do when you are not volunteering?

A: I take care of our kids and take photos of nature (animals and landscapes) and people.

Q: What do you wish others knew about the Hendrickson Foundation?

A: How much fun it is to be a part of the foundation. And how much it means to the players to have the support of the foundation.

Q: What is it like to be a volunteer with the Hendrickson Foundation?

A: It’s like being family. Everyone treats you with love and care. It’s rewarding to see the smiles on the everyone’s face when you see them.

Q: What might someone be surprised to know about you?

A: That I am a huge Star Wars fan

Q: How would someone describe you?

A: Happy, fun, outgoing

Past Spotlight Volunteers

Katie Monson (Thomas)

My Impact
Katie Monson (Thomas) has been volunteering with HF from the start! She cares deeply about others and radiates that positive energy in all that she does! Katie is a proud Richfield Spartan Alum and also a Richfield homeowner! She lives with her husband Gunnar, her dog Vinny and cat Jonathan. She works for Optum as a Project Manager. Thanks, Katie, for all you do and also for the fun you bring! We are better because of you!

Q: Tell us how you got involved with the Hendrickson Foundation
A: I got involved with this organization because I’m passionate about giving back and helping support those who have had a harder path. I worked for many years as a PCA for a paraplegic woman. She opened my eyes to the amazing ABILITIES of people with disabilities. When I learned about the Hendrickson Foundation, I was so interested because of the cause, and creating equal opportunity for all athletes to play sports.

Q: What do you do when you are not volunteering?
A: I love going to dog parks with Vinny. I play softball, kickball and bowl in the winter. I love jumping on my bike and riding around the lakes. I enjoy traveling and planning trips, but COVID-19 has put a damper on that….so lately I’ve been cooking a lot, and binge watching Netflix!

Q: What do you wish others knew about the Hendrickson Foundation?
A: I want people to know how many players this organization helps support play hockey and how wide spread the impact is. Come to the HF Festival in Blaine next year and see it!!

Q: What is it like to be a volunteer with the Hendrickson Foundation?
A: So gratifying! It’s such an uplifting experience to see the smiles of players, parents, and friends when these athletes get on the ice. This organization brings so much joy to so many deserving families.

Q: What might someone be surprised to know about you?
A: I don’t know how to ski.

Q: How would someone describe you?
A: Helpful, friendly, genuine

Claire Juliber

My Impact
Claire has been a constant, strong volunteer for HF. She is always on time, ready to work, and will seriously do any job thrown at her. Claire lives in South Minneapolis with her two fur children. She works as an education coordinator at a childcare center. Fun fact, she has known the Hendrickson family for 17 years and first started as a nanny for Christine (Hendrickson) and Renato’s Krsnik’s two beautiful daughters. Thanks for all your time and passion, Claire! We are better because of you!

Q: Tell us how you got involved with the Hendrickson Foundation
A: I got involved having been a family friend of the Hendrickson’s and seeing the passion they brought to the foundation. It made me want to help in any way I could. Bringing smiles to people’s faces is something I pride myself on doing.

Q: What is it like to be a volunteer with the Hendrickson Foundation?
A: Rewarding and inspiring all in one. Watching kids and adults live their passions to the fullest is so remarkable to watch.

Q: What do you do when you are not volunteering?
A: I spend time with family and friends. I enjoy a good book and puzzle once in a while as well.

Q: What might someone be surprised to know about you?
A: I was born in Arizona.

Q: What do you wish others knew about the Hendrickson Foundation?
A: The care and commitment that goes in behind the scenes from the top to the bottom.

Q: How would someone describe you?
A: Great listener, kind, respectful and overall fun to be with. Someone that would give their shirt off their back for someone else.

Krystel Reierson

My Impact
Krystel was a volunteer rockstar for HF’s most recent Hockey Festival in February this year. Not only did she get the award for most shifts signed up for during that weekend, but she also helped us procure many silent auction items as well! Krystel lives in Chanhassen, MN with her husband, three cute kids and their English Bulldog named, Monty. She works passionately Life Time Fitness supporting both the Kids and Aquatics departments on a national level. Thank you, Krystel for sharing your gifts with us!

Q: Tell us how you got involved with the Hendrickson Foundation
A: I first heard about HF through my husband’s company, Milk Specialties. After hearing more about what HF stood for I knew it was something I wanted to get behind.

Q: What is it like to be a volunteer with the Hendrickson Foundation?
A: It’s an honor to be able to spend time with some of the strongest people I know. Stories of resiliency, perseverance and strength from the players themselves or their families are powerful. Seeing each hockey player on ice playing the game of hockey, despite their challenges is extremely fulfilling. As a collegiate athlete myself, I know and understand the importance of being a part of something bigger. It gives each of these players something to look forward to, to be a part of and to shine on the ice.

Q: What do you do when you are not volunteering?
A: I definitely have a strong passion for working out from yoga, to running, to lifting weights. I love spending time with my family and friends. I Enjoy our summer weekends on the lake or skiing during the colder months. I’m a total music junkie and have a strong love for traveling. And I find a lot of joy in decorating homes, I even stage homes occasionally as a side hobby.

Q: What might someone be surprised to know about you?
A: I was born in the Netherlands. I speak fluent French and didn’t move to the USA until I was 5.

Q: What do you wish others knew about the Hendrickson Foundation?
A: How strong and welcoming the community is and the positive impact it is making on thousands of lives. Despite whatever challenges a player might experience, HF is there to ensure there is a way for that player to play hockey.

Q: How would someone describe you?
A: That I smile, a lot (that’s what my kids said when i asked them!). I’d say caring, social, somewhat of a perfectionist, slightly competitive and hardworking.

Nick Wyers

My Impact
When it comes to volunteering and taking initiative, Nick is a star. He is quick to jump in anywhere and quietly takes care of business for the benefit of HF. We are so lucky to have him at our events! Nick lives in Chanhassen with his wife Sofi and has worked at Wenck Associates as a Civil Engineer since 2015. Thanks Nick!

Q: Tell us how you got involved with the Hendrickson Foundation
A: I volunteered at the SotaStick Classic where the proceeds were benefiting the Hendrickson Foundation. After learning about the all the different programs the foundation supports, I was hooked and volunteered the next opportunity I could at the festival.

Q: What is it like to be a volunteer with the Hendrickson Foundation?
A: It is a honor to volunteer with the Hendrickson Foundation. It is very fulfilling seeing all the smiles on the faces of the players and families.

Q: What do you do when you are not volunteering?
A: In the winter I love working on my outdoor rink and playing broomball. In the summertime you can usually find me outdoors.

Q: What might someone be surprised to know about you?
A: Winter is my favorite season. I love all the outdoor activities that unite Minnesotans in the cold.

Q: What do you wish others knew about the Hendrickson Foundation?
A: How impactful the Hendrickson Foundation and the programs they sponsor are on the athletes and their families and how easy it is to see that impact when attending the festival. When they say “Hockey changes Lives” the festival is where a person can see that in action.

Q: How would someone describe you?
A: Helpful and reliable.

Breanne Larson

My Impact
Breanne first joined our volunteer community last year at our 3rd Annual Hockey Festival and quickly became a volunteer favorite! Her easy going, flexible, and fun attitude fit right in. She now often signs up for ongoing HF needs throughout the year! We are so glad to have her as part of our HF volunteer family.

Breanne lives in Champlin and works as a manufacturing engineer.

Q: Tell us how you got involved with the Hendrickson Foundation
A: I was looking to get involved in volunteering last year and had heard of HF through different hockey events I attended. Learning about all the foundation and supporting hockey for all ages and abilities solidified my eagerness to jump in and volunteer as much as possible.

Q: What is it like to be a volunteer with the Hendrickson Foundation?
A: It is absolutely amazing and truly and honor! From the teams we sponsor and support to the other volunteers, it’s like a massive and continually growing family. Everyone is so welcoming, happy and inclusive. AND on top of all of that, the volunteering is always a fun time.

Q: What do you do when you are not volunteering?
A: I am in a curling league, I enjoy hiking through the many state parks in MN, trying new restaurants around town and I’m currently on a travel mission to see a hockey game in all 31 (soon to be 32) NHL arenas

Q: What might someone be surprised to know about you?
A: I’ve never actually played on a hockey team (Crazy, I know!)

Q: What do you wish others knew about the Hendrickson Foundation?
A: How many teams and players HF touches! It’s amazing how many players from Warrior hockey to blind, special and sled hockey there are. HF is truly helping teams grow the game and get kids through adults on skates and sleds and trying the game that Minnesota loves so much. HF is absolutely right, #HockeyChangesLives

Q: How would someone describe you?
A: According to my friends that I asked this question to, they say I’m adventurous, passionate, hardworking, and sometimes funny. I’ll believe them!

Chris Poshek

My Impact
Meet Chris Poshek! Chris lives with his wife, Sheila (who also volunteers with HF), daughter Hannah (Wild Special Player!!) and golden retriever, Max in Lowry Minnesota. He is currently training to be a front-end manager at Menards in Alexandria. Chris and his family are always one of the first to offer help HF when opportunities arise. Our favorite volunteer memory of Chris is when he emceed at the bean bag tournament led by HF at the North American Pond Hockey tournament last year. Just a natural! Thanks Chris! We appreciate you!

Q: Tell us how you got involved with the Hendrickson Foundation
A: My daughter Hannah who plays for Minnesota Wild special hockey was asked to speak at a Hendrickson Foundation event a few years back. And we have volunteered ever since. Coach Larry was a great influence on my daughter. And every chance we get we volunteer with the Hendrickson Foundation.

Q: What is it like to be a volunteer with the Hendrickson Foundation?
A: I can’t tell you how awesome it is. Each member of the Hendrickson Foundation makes you feel like a part of their extended family. And the smiles on the faces you’re able to give as a volunteer makes volunteering worth while.

Q: What do you do when you are not volunteering?
A: I spend time with my family. They make me smile every day and we try to make each day an adventure. I also volunteer with the Minnesota Epilepsy Foundation as I am part of the regional advisory committee in the West Central Area. I also am the official voice of the Minnesota Wild special hockey Alexandria team as I do all the public address announcing. I also serve on the board of Minnesota Wild special hockey as I am the ice schedule coordinator for all 15 teams.

Q: What might someone be surprised to know about you?
A: That’s six months into my marriage I had my first seizure. Here we are 18 years later and I’ve been thankfully seizure-free for 3 years.

Q: What do you wish others knew about the Hendrickson Foundation?
A: I envision Hendrickson Foundation as reaching players not only in the state of hockey but nationally and globally as well. Hockey has truly made a difference in my daughter’s life. I never envisioned her being able to play hockey because of her disabilities. it is through the Hendrickson foundations support of special hockey that my daughter has grown socially and become quite the hockey player. I can truly attest that hockey is for everyone and hockey does change lives

Q: How would someone describe you?
A: That I’m giving to my community, I support my family and friends. I’m a die-hard Minnesota sports fan through to the end.

Lana Jendro

My Impact
Lana Jendro is a very familiar face for all those that attend Hendrickson Foundation events. If you don’t already know her, you will want to. Her energy and kind hearted smile is just the warmest. Along with giving of her time to HF, she is the wife of Warrior player, Mark, mom to two awesome kids (who also volunteer consistently), and does part time daycare and substituting teaching. Lana takes ‘giving back’ to another level, such as signing up for a handful or more shifts at our annual Hockey Festival. We are thrilled that she is a part of our team! Please make sure to thank Lana when you see her next!

Q: Tell us how you got involved with the Hendrickson Foundation
A: I got involved with the Foundation because my husband plays for the Warriors, a team of injured and disabled Vets, who are sponsored by the HF. We had moved to MN a few months prior to the the first Festival and at that Festival I instantly fell in love with the mission and the athletes. The Foundation is a big family that welcomed my entire family in with open arms. Everyone’s positivity is so contagious!

Q: What is it like to be a volunteer with the Hendrickson Foundation?
A: Volunteering with the Hendrickson Foundation is an absolute honor. I would challenge anybody to go to a Special Hockey game or event and not want to be a part of something so uplifting. Seeing all of the athletes with different abilities out on the ice having the best time is amazing.

Q: What do you do when you are not volunteering?
A: When I am not volunteering, I am working, shuttling my kids around to their activities, attending my kids school events, cheering for our bonus kid (we house a junior hockey player each year), running, volunteering with my family at other events and just hanging out with my favorite crew, my family. Oh, and laundry, I am probably at some phase in the laundry process.

Q: What might someone be surprised to know about you?
A: That I wasn’t a Sailor, I was in the Air Force. Seriously, I’m a pretty open book, I don’t know that there are too many surprises out there.

Q: What do you wish others knew about the Hendrickson Foundation?
A: I wish people knew the impact that the HF has not only on the athletes that they sponsor, but also the impact they have on the families of these athletes. When they say, “Hockey Changes Lives”, it absolutely does.

Q: How would someone describe you?
A: Well, the other week my boss told me that I’m pretty cool. That may be a first so I have to share that one. I did ask a few of my friends this question and they said, “Kindhearted, thoughtful, always willing to volunteer and help others. Passionate about family, faith, and community.” Another said, “Caring with a fun personality and quirky sense of style.” I hope at the end of the day, I would be remembered as the girl who loved life, was kind and always smiling (with a touch of not too serious).

Butch Hathaway

My Impact
Meet Butch Hathaway! He lives in Champlin, MN with his wife, Mary Ann and black lab, Trooper. He is dad to two wonderful children, Nick and Katie. Butch spends his days as an Elementary Physical Education Teacher in Anoka Hennepin District and has done so for 24 years!! He also served in the United States Navy and Navy Reserves and retired from the Reserves in 2008.

Butch is always jumping at the chance to give back to the Hendrickson Foundation. He finds time to volunteer at both our hockey and golf festivals. Butch works hard in these roles with no desire to be in the ‘spotlight’, but we see you, Butch! And sincerely thank you!

Q: Tell us how you got involved with the Hendrickson Foundation
A: I became involved with the Hendrickson Foundation as a way to say Thank You for sponsoring our Minnesota Warrior Hockey Teams. This is my 2nd year with the Warriors and the more I hear how much the Hendrickson Foundation assists the Warriors and Minnesota Blind Hockey, the more I want to help the Hendrickson Foundation whenever I can.

Q: What is it like to be a volunteer with the Hendrickson Foundation?
A: It is a Privilege! I never had the pleasure to meet Mr. Larry Hendrickson but everything that I have heard involved service to others! He certainly passed that message down to his family and in return are passing that message forward. Thank You for all that you did!

Q: What do you do when you are not volunteering?
A: My family enjoys traveling, camping and playing sports.

Q: What might someone be surprised to know about you?
A: When I was 22, I fell out of a boat and was knocked unconscious while being run over by the propeller. I almost lost my right foot but I was Blessed with a wonderful medical staff at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. As a result of that experience, I am constantly reminded with every step I take to be humble and grateful for every moment I have because I wasn’t guaranteed any of them.

Q: What do you wish others knew about the Hendrickson Foundation?
A: In the short time that I have been volunteering with the Hendrickson Foundation, I really appreciate how much they support Minnesota Hockey not only for able bodied players but more importantly supporting special needs hockey as well.

Q: How would someone describe you?
A: I asked my daughter to answer this question. “My Father is caring, a good listener, willing to accept other’s opinions and a positive role model”.

Amy Gallagher

My Impact
The Hendrickson Foundation was so incredibly happy to have Amy Gallagher take on the Silent Auction for the Golf Tournament this past August. She gave countless hours of her time to make this happen and did it out of the kindness of her heart. She was extremely organized and executed a wonderful auction. We could not have been more pleased and grateful for all her hard work! Amy, we appreciate your partnership and look forward to more great things to come! Thanks for sharing your gifts with the Hendrickson Foundation!

Q: Tell us how you got involved with the Hendrickson Foundation
A: I started by helping with the Silent Auction at the Festival, through my friends Frankie and Barb whom I know from my own kids hockey. 

Q: What is it like to be a volunteer with the Hendrickson Foundation?
A: The energy for the cause and the passion for the Foundation are unparalleled. Everyone is so willing to help out where needed to make each event successful and memorable for all involved.

Q: What do you do when you are not volunteering?
A: I love volunteering so that takes up a lot of my time! I am also very involved with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Basser Center for BRCA. Outside of volunteering, I enjoy spending time with husband and 2 kids, going to the cabin with my family and shopping.

Q: What might someone be surprised to know about you?
A: I have read the Harry Potter series 98 times…and counting!

Q: What do you wish others knew about the Hendrickson Foundation?
A: How many lives this organization touches! Not only the players, but the parents, fans, and volunteers and anyone else involved. It’s remarkable and the slogan “Hockey Changes Lives” is absolutely true.

Q: How would someone describe you?
A: Outgoing, motivated, empathetic

Ann Anders

My Impact: Just this past winter, Ann signed up with us to volunteer at the Hendrickson Foundation Hockey Festival. This was her first time with HF and you could tell that she is going to be a lifer. She’s the type of volunteer that any foundation would want…flexible, self directive, delightful disposition and just happy to help! She came out for our golf tournament this summer and again just rocked what HF embodies all around. Thank you, Ann! We are so grateful to have you!

Q: Tell us how you got involved with the Hendrickson Foundation
A: As a Crew 52 volunteer, I was notified of the opportunity to get involved with the Hendrickson Foundation. Knowing how hockey impacted my 3 kids lives growing up, I jumped at the opportunity to get involved with a foundation who’s focus is to make hockey accessible to ALL who want to play the game.

Q: What is it like to a volunteer with the Hendrickson Foundation?
A: Volunteering with the Hendrickson Foundation has been an amazing experience. Smiles on players faces, meeting new people, always feeling welcomed and appreciated by the HF, all while supporting a cause I truly believe in, for a sport I love!

Q: What do you do when you are not volunteering?
A: When not working as a Supplier Quality Engineer at Bosch, I enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Q: What might someone be surprised to know about you?
A: I was previously the Mayor of the small town I live in, Dennison, Mn. with a population of approximately 170 people.

Q: What do you wish others knew about the Hendrickson Foundation?
A: Hendrickson Foundation is focused on making hockey accessible to all and how that opportunity can change lives. #HockeyChangesLives is HF hashtag. Why? Having the access to play hockey will have positive life-long effects on players and supporters. The friends you make playing and supporting hockey are the friends you will have for life.

Q: How would someone describe you?
A: Friendly, outgoing and dependable.

Tracy Nicholls

My Impact: Tracy is as committed as they come. She has put in countless hours volunteering with the Hendrickson Foundation in a variety of roles. She jumps in where ever there is a need and excels at any task thrown her way. People are drawn to Tracy. She exudes boundless amounts of positive energy and her smile is contagious. Her love for the work she does on behalf of the athletes and programs is extremely obvious…just the way we like it here at Hendrickson Foundation! Thanks Tracy for being such a great role model for all of our volunteers.

Q: Tell us how you got involved with the Hendrickson Foundation
A: I have always had a love of sports and children. I have know the Hendrickson family most of my life and believed in the foundation. I believe you can learn so much from children and people with disabilities. I started volunteering years ago and became hooked right away.The amount of joy that the Foundation brings to the parents and athletes is amazing! I will always have a special place in my heart for the Hendricksons and the Hendrickson Foundation.

Q: What is it like to a volunteer with the Hendrickson Foundation?
A: It is rewarding, fun, and inspiring time! I love to connect with all the families, athletes, and volunteer team. You become part of a family that is all striving for the same cause.

Q: What do you do when you are not volunteering?
A: Teach in early childhood, work with children with cognitive or physical disabilities, spend time with my family and friends biking or around water enjoying life’s special moments.

Q: What might someone be surprised to know about you?
A: Even though I have a strong physical exterior, I am a big softy when it comes to children and animals.

Q: What do you wish others knew about the Hendrickson Foundation?
A: That you can make such a profound effect on a child’s life by giving him or her an amazing experience that he or she may have never had before. It is a life changing event that you will always be proud of.

Q: How would someone describe you?
A: Very energetic, loud and outgoing.

Teresa Joens-Kostick

My Impact: You can find Teresa at all of the Hendrickson Foundation events, volunteering through multiple facets, always with a positive attitude and smile on her face. Teresa is also our “Thank You Card” writer. This role is BIG at HF because we value the importance of expressing our gratitude to ALL supporters. Teresa spends her free time writing hand written notes of appreciation to all of our sponsors and donors. Her support and time as a volunteer is irreplaceable and we are so grateful to her for her kindness and commitment to the HF movement. Thank You Teresa!

Q: Tell us how you got involved with the Hendrickson Foundation
A: I became involved with the Hendrickson Foundation when the reached out to another volunteer organization Forever 52 for assistance. I checked out their website and saw what great work they were doing and thought it would be a great fit!

Q: What is it like to a volunteer with the Hendrickson Foundation?
A: Being a volunteer is for the Hendrickson Foundation is very fulfilling. The HF Hockey Festival was amazing. It made my heart happy to see so many excited participants and their families.

Q: What do you do when you are not volunteering?
A: I do more volunteering with Forever 52 as well as Relay For Life. I also enjoying crocheting, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Q: What might someone be surprised to know about you?
A: I am an Air Force Brat. My dad served 20 years in the Air Force so we moved a lot when I was growing up.

Q: What do you wish others knew about the Hendrickson Foundation?
A: I want others to know about the amazing work that the Hendrickson Foundation does. It truly makes your heart happy to see all of these children and adults participating in activities that they may never have dreamed of participating in. To see the joy that the Hendrickson Foundation has brought to so many people is crazy. I am very proud to be a volunteer and to help in the smallest way.

Q: How would someone describe you?
A: I hope that others would describe me as a giving and kind person.

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