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Make a Difference Locally with these Volunteer Opportunities

Post Date:06/18/2020 6:15 PM

Marion's Community Recovery Task Force has identified the following community needs and volunteer opportunities related to the COVID-19 outbreak. If your summer schedule allows, consider making a difference locally by exploring the following volunteer opportunities.   

FEEDING LUNCHES TO YOUTH

Feeding Lunches to Youth (FLY) serves sack lunches Monday through Friday during the summer months. These lunches are donated through generous local churches and community organizations. Volunteers drive to the sites and hand out the lunches to the children. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meal distribution has increased by about 300% and volunteers are needed. To sign up, visit: https://signup.com/go/EFdCyhT

Anyone who needs a lunch can pick one up at any of the sites listed below weekdays between noon-12:45 p.m. Be on the lookout for the F.L.Y banner!

  • Squaw Creek Village
  • Marion Village
  • Valley View Apartments
  • Chapel Ridge
  • Eagle Ridge
  • Vernon Middle School
  • Westfield Elementary
  • Novak Elementary
  • Linn Grove Elementary 
  • Wilkins Elementary
  • Bowman Woods Elementary

ENCORE CAFÉ

Heritage Area Agency on Aging and partner organizations Horizons and HACAP are teaming up to fill the gap created by the mandatory closure of senior centers and congregate dining programs across the state. Encore Café meal pickups take place twice per week and provide each eligible senior (adults ages 60 and older) with five frozen meals produced at Horizons. Shelf-stable food boxes provided by HACAP will also be available at the meal pickups.

It will run until normal Encore Café operations can resume. The pickup details are:

  • Tuesdays at St Marks UMC, 4700 Johnson Ave NW. Participants should enter via Johnson Ave.
  • Thursdays at Marion Public Library’s vacant lot across 11th St. Participants should enter via 11th St.
  • Pickup times are assigned by the first letter of the participant’s last name and will be confirmed when the reservation is made

Reservations are required by 1 p.m. the day prior to pickup to ensure enough meals are available. Reservations can be made online here or by calling Becky Briggs at (319) 398-2585.

Volunteers are also needed, visit https://www.heritageaaa.org/volunteer and sign up today. 

GIVE BLOOD

The need for blood donors is driven by increasing levels of activity at both hospitals and a high number of blood drive cancellations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you’re able to give blood, make an appointment at a local blood center. In eastern Iowa, visit the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at www.bloodcenter.com/donate or the American Red Cross at www.redcrossblood.org/give.

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