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National Volunteer Week

April 10-16, 2016

DARTS would like to thank all the volunteers who contributed over 19,000 hours of service to older adults, tutoring elementary students and to the volunteers who have contributed their time and talents to the organization.


Save the Date - Thursday April 28th

Join DARTS on Thursday, April 28th from 7:30 am to 9:00 am, for the second annual Fundraising Breakfast with guest speaker, Bob Lurtsema former Minnesota Viking. Enjoy a free breakfast, listen to Bob's insights on retirement and the aging journey, and show your support for DARTS' programs and services for seniors in Dakota County.  Mendakota Country Club, 2075 Mendakota Dr, Mendota Heights. RSVP by April 21 to or call 651-234-2289.


Get your FREE 2016 DARTS Eldercare Resources Guide

Dakota County Eldercare Resources has the most commonly requested services for older adults. This guide contains a wealth of information with the most current names and numbers of services for seniors and people with health issues or who are caring for a loved one.

Call 651-455-1560 to receive your free copy through the mail or, better yet, simply provide your email address for a downloadable version.  


 DARTS Wellness Van


DARTS offers a new transportation service designed to provide an alternative to public transit that's focused on getting seniors to their medical appointments. This new transportation service, sponsored by the Park Nicollet Foundation and called the "DARTS Wellness Van", follows a published route connecting Burnsville residents to a number of medical buildings including Park Nicollet Clinic and Fairview Clinic. Mary Ann Scheffler. a resident at Carefree Living in Burnsville and the Wellness Van's first rider described it as,  "It's just what I needed!".

The DARTS Wellness Van operates one day per week for five hours completing a loop every thirty-minutes.  Passengers can simply hop on at one of the designated stops. Passenger fare is $5.00 per one-way ride.  Vans are wheelchair lift-equipped and deliver passengers to the front door of each building. To receive more information, including a route map, CLICK HERE.


Past and Present Come Full Circle

Trying to describe Joan Maze can be a difficult task. She’s a DARTS volunteer, but also a writer, a retiree, a senior citizen, a student, a book reviewer, a painter, a grandma, a great grandma – and much, much more.

“As I’ve gotten older, people will ask me, ‘Why don’t you sit back and relax?’ Joan says with a laugh. “But I have to stay active. My memory is still good, and I continue to take online classes, where I’m always learning. I’m not one who could just sit around and gossip.” Read more »