Story Circle visits the Northfield Retirement Center twice a week for about an hour each. Volunteers are paired with a resident and make one-on-one visits throughout the year. It’s is essentially an adopt-a-grandparent organization; members visit with their ‘buddy’ and are free to talk, play games, or participate in group activities. Story Circle is a great opportunity for St. Olaf students to get off campus and make connections with people outside of their age group by fostering personal relationships with individuals in the community. In terms of time commitment, Story Circle is flexible. Volunteers are asked to visit their residents once a week, but are free to do so when their schedules allow. Through Story Circle, volunteers have been able to build relationships with their residents and enjoy activities like music and bingo while also having one-on-one time to better get to know their residents.