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RSVP MLK Day of Service

On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Day of Service”, Monday, Jan. 20, Retired and Senior Volunteers (RSVP) set up at Fareway and Hy-Vee in Newton to collect much needed personal care items for the local Salvation Army. RSVP chose to collect personal care items because they are often overlooked and most carry a higher price tag than other food pantry items.

Thank you to all those who donated. The community response to this cause is always overwhelming and the generosity seems to grow each year. Thank you to Fareway and Hy-Vee for hosting our volunteers. Finally, thank you to the following volunteers who braved the frigid temperatures: Violet Bakalar, Sandy Bouck, Wauneta Davis, Butch Hedberg, Sue Huetter, Bud Langmaid, Larry Pauley, Mildred Rawlins, Linda Schafer, Jim Tracy and Meredith Tracy.

MLK Day of Service is one day, of many, RSVP volunteers are active in the community. You will find RSVP volunteers helping in other ways throughout the year. Whether it’s reading to a student with our HEART program (Help Engage a Reader Today), transporting eligible clients to medical appointments in or out of the county with our Jasper County RIDE program or offering free tax preparation services for low/middle-income families and elderly clients at DMACC (coming to you beginning Feb. 4), our volunteers are there filling a need. Our volunteers help the City of Newton insure that the warning sirens are in good working order, as well as assisting the Chamber of Commerce, Head Start Program, Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge, Mercy One-Newton Medical Center and Jasper County Elderly Nutrition. They also visit shut-ins and help with many other unsung programs in Jasper County.

Volunteers are always needed. You can make a difference starting right in here in Jasper County. Come see Donita or Denice at RSVP in the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach office located at DMACC or call us at 641-792-6433.

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