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Volunteer Programs Highlighted For Iowa Lakes Trustees

August 1, 2017
Emmetsburg News

ALGONA?- The value of volunteer programs, such as the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, were shared with the members of the Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College during the July 26 board meeting in Algona.

Dawn Bernhard, Program Director and Kossuth County Coordinator for RSVP, explained how RSVP continues to grow in the five-county region of Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth and Palo Alto counties.

"In the past fiscal year which wrapped up June 30 volunteers logged more than 19,300 hours of service," said Bernhard. "That equates to over $466,000 in 'value' of some 588 volunteers."

She hopes those numbers continue to increase this year.

RSVP is a national volunteer program, a division of Senior Corps, which provides opportunities to volunteer with public service, non-profit and proprietary health organization for anyone 55 years of age and older. RSVP coordinates community needs with the experience, skills and interests of its volunteers. Each volunteer chooses only the 'jobs' in which he/she is interested as well as the time spent for volunteering. Though there are over 100 different volunteer areas, Northwest Iowa RSVP signature programs include: pen pals and literacy projects with area elementary students, providing necessary medical transportation, support of food pantries in each county, disaster response and outreach to area veterans.

Also during the meeting, Thomas Brotherton, Executive Dean of the Emmetsburg campus, received approval from the Trustees for a renewal on the facility lease agreement with Upper Des Moines Opportunity (UDMO) in Palo Alto County on the Emmetsburg campus.

In other business, Delaine Hiney, Executive Director of Facilities Management, updated information on several projects at the college.

First, the Trustees approved a change order for construction on the roof as well as the exterior at the exterior at Gateway North in Spencer. The roofing project remains on schedule and the next step for contractors is to work on upgrades to the exterior entrances.

In Emmetsburg, the terrazzo floor is to be installed soon throughout the new building as well as the renovated dining services area. In addition, installation of the flooring is occurring in the Nursing Simulation Lab followed by the countertops. Upon completion of that, the simulation equipment can be installed.

And, at the College Farm Lab, construction to replace the damaged beef facility has started.

In Estherville, the dirt work has started and the orchestra pit has been dug. Waterlines are being installed this week and then a new, south sidewalk can be poured in time for classes to start.

333 In Spirit Lake, the northern section of the building is being gutted and upgraded for industrial classes. A contractor is expected to polish the concrete floor in mid-August.

The next meeting of the Iowa Lakes Trustees will be Tuesday, Aug. 15.



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