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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.”

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

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