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Northwest Iowa RSVP Volunteers filling need with Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities

Wed 6-10-2020 Spirit Lake, IA

(Spirit Lake)-RSVP Volunteers are finding creative ways to help others, KUOO's Becky Thoreson has details:

Northwest Iowa RSVP Volunteers filling need at Long-Term Care Facilities 

The Northwest Iowa Retired Senior Volunteer Program, or RSVP, Volunteers are finding creative ways to meet community needs during the COVID-19 crisis.

Director Dawn Bernhard says, they are filling a need at long-term care facilities.  "They still are doing some home-delivered meals and helping with Meals on Wheels.  They also are involved in the American Red Cross Blood Drives, but the other thing, and one of our signature programs in Northwest Iowa RSVP, is the Pen Pal Program, and that's really a literacy partnership that we do with area schools, and volunteers are matched one on one to write letters to students.  But, with the schools closing down, they found a way to really meet a need due to the social isolation, especially of nursing home and long-term care facilities.  So, we have volunteers that are writing letters to those residents, but one of the really creative volunteers, chose to write a letter that came from her dog, Lulu.  Lulu wrote a letter to whomever needed to have their day brightened."

RSVP invites anyone 55 and better to join the program, which is based on all 5 Iowa Lakes Community College Campuses in Northwest Iowa.

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