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Volunteerism alive and well in Emmet County

August 20, 2012
Estherville Daily News

If you wanted to see volunteerism at its finest, all you had to do was hang around Emmet County Sunday and Monday.

On Sunday, it was the Power of Wallingford's Relay for Life tractor ride in which about 20 tractors made their way east out of Wallingford on a 50-mile loop that took them back to The Pub for some great grub and games - with proceeds going to Emmet County Relay for Life. The event relied heavily on The Pub owners Steve Derricksen and Kent Rouse who donated part of the proceeds from the day's business to the Power of Wallingford Relay for Life team.

Another big event for Emmet County volunteerism was Monday when the Emmet County Volunteer Center held its organizational meeting at Iowa Lakes Community College. Funded by a grant from the Emmet County Community Foundation, the center will serve as a clearing house for volunteer efforts for volunteers of all ages.

As Iowa Lakes RSVP Director Mary Steele said, that organization already directs volunteer efforts of those 55 and over. The grant will help the agency direct volunteer efforts of people under that age.

This is a great idea. By having a clearinghouse for volunteer efforts, those efforts can be better directed where they're needed. Sure, if an organization wants to help out a family or group, it can do that. But what a clearinghouse will do is manage efforts so as many people are helped as possible.

Start-up committee volunteers are needed in the areas of volunteer recruitment, identifying community needs, fundraising/financial, marketing/public relations and Web site design/maintenance.

Anyone with questions about the program may contact Mary Steele at (712) 262-8633.

Anyone who would like to serve on the start-up committee may contact Linda Anderson, RSVP coordinator for Emmet County, at 362-7929.



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