Local News

March 15, 2013

ACTS connects volunteers to those in need

OSKALOOSA — Do you know someone who needs a hand with projects around the house? A Call To Serve Ministries of Iowa can lend a helping hand.

ACTS is a non-profit organization based in Pella that connects volunteers to people who need help with short-term projects. ACTS does an annual one-day Service Surge in a community. This will be ACTS’ seventh Service Surge in the last five years. ACTS has worked in cities such as Knoxville, Chariton and Ottumwa, this year they want to expand into Oskaloosa.

“Our goal this year is to have a model for multiple cities,” ACTS Service Coordinator Breanne Patel said.

This year, ACTS will do its Service Surge in Oskaloosa and other cities on May 11 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The rain date is scheduled for June 1.

“It does take a large pool of volunteers,” she said.

ACTS is working with Robin Pfalzgraf at Love INC to organize projects for volunteers to do.

The projects would be ones that could be done by a work crew in a few hours such as helping a person to move, painting someone’s home, doing some landscaping or roofing, Patel said.

Patel said anyone can help with the service projects. Youth under 16 need to be accompanied by an adult, she added.

Patel said ACTS of Iowa has a Web site at http://www.actsofiowa.org and by mid-April, there should be a volunteer sign-up page on the site. To nominate individuals in need of assistance, email info@actsofiowa.org.

“We’re excited by this opportunity as well,” Oskaloosa Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt said. It’s a chance to improve property and improve communication between Oskaloosa and Pella, he added.

Krtuzfeldt said the projects could “start early and end early … high energy for a short time.”


Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at oskynews@oskyherald.com

Text Only
Local News
  • DOT photo Public learns latest about Northwest Bypass at DOT meeting OSKALOOSA -- Many area residents learned the latest about the U.S. 63 Northwest Bypass of Oskaloosa at a public information meeting held Wednesday evening at Oskaloosa Middle School. The two-hour meeting featured tables with maps of the three propose

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Windmill photo Windmill undergoes restoration OSKALOOSA -- The Mahaska County Historical Society is pleased to announce that the Mahaska County Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is funding the restoration of the Baker/Gilchrist Windmill. The Baker windmill at Oskaloosa's Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museu

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Women's Club photo Oskaloosa Women's ClubSpring Luncheon set for April 25 OSKALOOSA -- The annual Oskaloosa Women's Club Spring Luncheon will be held on Friday, April 25, at noon at the First Presbyterian Church. All local talent is appearing for the program. Performing will be the men's quartet from the Central United Met

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Alcohol, prom, graduation don't mix DES MOINES -- April is Alcohol Awareness Month and marks the beginning of the prom and graduation season, a time when the spotlight turns to celebrations that can lead to underage drinking. The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division is encouraging retail

    April 17, 2014

  • Artifact 4-17 Do you know what this is?

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Blue Zones photo 2 Blue Zones kicks off OSKALOOSA -- Blue Zones Project held its Oskaloosa Kickoff Monday evening at the Oskaloosa High School gym to help improve the community's health. Blue Zones originated with Dan Buettner of National Geographic. He was asked to find areas of the world

    April 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • Motorist dies in one-vehicle accident Sunday

    April 14, 2014

  • Special Olympics photo 1 Oskaloosa hosts Special Olympics spring games OSKALOOSA -- About 250 athletes from around southeast Iowa gathered at the William Penn University Penn Activities Center Saturday to compete in the Special Olympics. Athletes tested their mettle in a variety of track and field events at the Special

    April 13, 2014 2 Photos

  • Statesmen announce cross country/track signees OSKALOOSA -- William Penn track and field coach Allen Friesen has announced the signings of numerous individuals to National Letters of Intent to compete for the cross country and/or track and field programs. Malik Brown, the son of Carrie Jones-Brow

    April 13, 2014

  • MHP donation MHP donates AEDs to Lacey Recreation Complex

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

Oskaloosa Shopper
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Photo reprints