05-13-2020 Story County SUN

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STORYCOUNTYSUN.COM • INSIDE: REAL ESTATE WEEKLY • VOL. 13, IS. 6 • WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2020

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A grant from the Ames Home Builders Association provided funds for Martha’s House of Hope to purchase one set of CPR manikins for volunteer and resident CPR training. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Martha’s House of Hope receives grant funds from Ames Home Builders Association In January 2020, Martha’s House of Hope was the recipient of a $650 grant from the Ames Home Builders Association to purchase CPR training manikins. This provided funds for Martha’s House of Hope to purchase one set of CPR manikins for volunteers and residents to use to complete CPR training. This purchase al-

lows Martha’s House of Hope (MHOH) to do all volunteer training

in-house so that volunteers can begin serving the needs of our

residents, as MHOH’s executive director is certified by the American Red Cross to facilitate First Aid, CPR, and AED training. It also allows MHOH to train its residents on CPR so they have this skill as new parents. Martha’s House of Hope is a maternity home in Ames. The organization’s goal is to provide shelter, life skills and hope

to pregnant mothers and their babies while helping to impart selfreliance, a sense of service and the realization of their God-given dignity. To learn more about the organization, visit www.marthashouseofhope.org. Martha’s House of Hope is grateful to the Ames Home Builders Association for its financial support.

Story County candidate virtual forums and VOTE411 The League of Women Voters of Ames and Story County, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to encouraging informed and active participation in government, invites you to check out its online voter guide at www.VOTE411.org. The guide has important information

for both those new to voting as well as veteran voters. The website provides information on how to become a registered voter; the location of your correct polling place; information on early voting and absentee ballots; provides information on invited candidates and their positions on important

issues; and even allows the user to build a “ballot” of candidate preferences that can be taken to the polls on election day. This year, League of Women Voters of Ames and Story County has invited all of the candidates from two contested primary races in Story County to provide input to the

VOTE411 voter guide. Those races include the Story County Board of Supervisors and the Iowa Senate District 24. The League of Ames and Story County is also sponsoring two online forums for the candidates in the two contested primary races. The fi rst forum will

include candidates for the Story County Board of Supervisors and will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14. The second forum will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, and will feature primary candidates for State Senator District 24. For information and to register to

participate in either or both forum, send an email message to the League President Linda Hagedorn at Prez.LWV@gmail.com. Please check out our amazing voting tool — www.VOTE411. org. attend our forums, and vote (absentee or in-person) in the primary election on Tuesday, June 2.

Editor’s Note: With how rapidly everything is changing related to COVID-19, please visit the Ames Tribune website, www.amestrib.com, for more information as it becomes available. Follow the Ames Tribune on Facebook as well. Community calendar suspended: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that no gatherings with 50 people or more take place for the next eight weeks to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Due to this, and the constantly-changing environment surrounding COVID-19 throughout the county and state, the Ames Tribune will suspend its community calendar until further notice. Thank you for your understanding.


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Barnes talks mental health with Town and Country Kiwanis Lisa Barnes, licensed clinical care worker in Ames, recently visited the Town and Country Kiwanis Club by the virtual computer program ZOOM. She led a discussion of the current status of mental health care in Iowa and locally with the members of the club. She compared Iowa’s mental health care with other states, including Colorado, Washington, Minnesota and Maine. She discussed our care needs relating to parenting and family health needs; our caretakers of brain injury and memory loss patients; amid isolation

Lisa Barnes, licensed clinical care worker in Ames, recently visited the Town and Country Kiwanis Club by the virtual computer program ZOOM and led a discussion of the current status of mental health care in Iowa and locally with the members of the club. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

of older adults. She described four pillers of good mental

health — the need to get adequate sleep; engaging in adequate exercise; living experiences of joy; and good and proper nutrition. She proposed yard signs to remind and encourage good mental health for all to see. Her sign for April was “April’s distance brings May existence.” She requested the members suggest the mental health yard sign for May. Barnes’ discussion was enlightening and informative for the club members. They requested she visit the club when we are physically able to meet as a group.

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Mennecke selected for Rosenfeld undergraduate research internship Jonathan Mennecke, an Iowa State University kinesiology and health major from Ames, was selected as a spring 2020 Louise Rosenfeld Undergraduate Research intern in the College of Human Sciences. Mennecke is working with James Lang, assistant professor in

kinesiology, to study the positive effects of a cardiovascular disease treatment involving brief periods of reduced limb blood flow. The Louise Rosenfeld Undergraduate Research Internship Program is designed to equip Iowa State University College of Hu-

man Sciences undergraduate students with first-hand research experience while they contemplate studying toward an advanced degree. The program offers interns excellent opportunities to work with faculty and learn how to conduct research in their academic fields.

McGarry receives CALS Council Senior Award Madeline McGarry, of Ames and graduating with a degree in agricultural and life sciences education from Iowa State University, received the award for Outstanding Ambassador of Agriculture and Life Sciences from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Student Council. This award is given to a student showing exceptional effort in building a connection between the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the community. Madeline was very involved in the Department of Agriculture

Education and Studies during her career as a student. She served in multiple leadership roles, including president, in Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow and represented the club on the department banquet committee. She was co-editor of CALS Connections, a CALS student publication, and as a reporter for the Iowa State Daily. Additionally, Madeline participated in the CALS Dean’s Global Agriculture and Food Leadership Program in Rome. “Maddy used her experiences at Iowa

State to propel her into opportunities throughout the country and the world. She capitalized on the advantage that comes with being a student in CALS, going out of her comfort zone, and making the most of those opportunities that provided her personal growth. She exemplifies pride in her involvement with the college and connections to the Iowa State family,” said Cole Eden, 2020 president of CALS Council. Award recipients were recognized during the virtual college convocation event on Friday, May 8.


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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES VOLUNTEER CENTER OF STORY COUNTY

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” — John Holmes The Volunteer Center of Story County connects people of all ag es with volunteer opportunities, promotes volunteering and recogn izes volunteers. For additional information, to volunteer, or to list volunteer needs, visit www.vcstory.org, call (515) 268-5323, email director@vcstory.org or visit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday t hrough Friday.

COVID-19 OPPORTUNITIES

Multiple agencies Volunteers are still needed at many local agencies and organizations. There are multiple opportunities for you to volunteer from home for your favorite causes. Needs are clustered together on the VCSC online referral website. Volunteers who are healthy, not at-risk and are able to volunteer are encouraged to get involved. Organizations seeking volunteers are taking available safety precautions for volunteers, staff and clients. Volunteers are encouraged to do the same. Positions include Pen Pals with Central Iowa RSVP, making homemade face masts for Mary Greeley Medical Center and packing food boxes for the Food Bank of Iowa. VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING

Multiple agencies Want to serve from home? Reiman Gardens has several projects you can work on for their upcoming fall events, the American Red Cross is looking for support for its programs and services, including supporting communication between active military members and their families, and maintaining an events calendar with VCSC. BLOOD DONOR

LIfeServe Blood Center

Donating blood is one of the

easiest ways to give back to your community. Call 1-800-2874903 to schedule your donation appointment at the donor center or a blood drive near you. VOLUNTEER CONSERVATOR OR GUARDIAN

Iowa Department of Human Services

Volunteers are needed to serve as conservators or guardians for wards of the state, typically individuals with mental illness, mental disabilities, or dementia. Volunteers use skills with accounting, real estate, taxes, etc. to work with professionals from DHS and other service agencies to handle matters such as paying bills, settling outstanding debts, selling, leasing, mortgaging property, investing funds or fi ling taxes for some one unable to make sound decisions on their own. VEGETABLE HARVESTERS

Mustard Seed Community Farm

Every week on Tuesday and Friday for 20 weeks (May to October) harversters are needed for three hours to learn how to safely harvest, handle, wash, pack and store more than 50 kinds of vegetables. Volunteers receive a box of vegetables each time. SENIOR HEALTH INSURANCE

INFORMATION PROGRAM ASSISTANT

Mary Greeley Medical Center

Provide one-on-one assistance to help Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers, or representatives with questions and problems related to Medicare and health insurances. Assist the sponsor site (MGMC) to create awareness or SHIP/SMP services in the county, including informal discussions and group presentations. The position is needed for four hours every other week December through October, and a minimum of four hours every week October through December each year. LITTLEST PARTICIPANT CHILD CARE

YSS

The Baby Bump and Beyond program is looking for two volunteers with a genuine interest in caring for our littlest participants (0 to 5 years), while their parents attend class every first and third Thursday of the month in Ames from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. OVERNIGHT VOLUNTEERS

Martha’s House of Hope

Volunteers stay at the house from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Duties include ensuring curfew is met and helping in emergencies or when babies arrive. A comfortable bed is provided for volunteers to sleep.

WOODWORKER

Ames History Museum

Volunteers skilled with using a jigsaw are needed to create a specifi c wood shape for activities at the one-room schoolhouse museum this summer, Hoggatt School. Pattern and wood will be provided by the museum.

ISU Extension and Outreach Story County

Spanish-speaking translators are needed to partner with the Family Nutrition Program Assistant for nutrition lessons for Spanish speaking residents in Story County. Programs run for eight weeks, with meetings once a week for approximately an hour and a half. CLIENT INTAKE AND INTERVIEWING

Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance, Inc.

Intake and Interview Volunteers meet one-on-one at Good Neighbor with persons who are seeking rent or utility assistance. Involves listening and taking brief notes. Orientation, training and shadowing opportunities are provided. Interviews are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday or Thursday each week.

For volunteer opportunities with Central Iowa RSVP and Volunteer Center of Story County, visit www.amestrib.com.


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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES CENTRAL IOWA RSVP

Connecting people to purpose Adopt-a-Flower-Garden RSVP is looking for two to three volunteers who would like to plant and maintain a flower garden as part of the Adopt-aFlower-Garden program through the city of Ames. Mulching and planting will take place in mid to late May and volunteers are encouraged to weed and maintain the garden throughout the summer. To learn more contact RSVP at (515) 292-8890. Fraud Fighters One in three Americans ages 65 and older are scammed, losing $36.5 billion annually to fi nancial exploitation, criminal fraud and caregiver abuse. The Iowa Insurance Division (IID) is requesting help from RSVP in implementing their Fraud Fighters Program. Volunteers will conduct presentations to educate community members (primarily targeting seniors and retirees) on types of fraud, provide prevention tips to avoid fraud, and provide resources to assist you if you are a victim of fraud. Training and all presentation materials for volunteer presenters will be provided by IID staff. To learn more, contact RSVP at (515) 292-8890. Salvation Army Representative Payee VolunteerLooking for volunteers to distribute weekly checks and review receipts and visit with payees to monitor any changes to their status or any other impending issues. Volunteers should be able to communicate well, write legibly and keep accurate records. Training and supervision will be provided as well as the opportu-

Orientation Contact Central Iowa RSVP at (515) 292-8890 to arrange for an orientation for volunteers.

Information

For more information about RSVP, please visit the website, www. rsvpvolunteer.org, like the Facebook page, Central Iowa RSVP, or call (515) 292-8890.

nity to attend meetings as scheduled. Needing two volunteers for one to three hours from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays. Call RSVP at (515) 292-8890 for more information. Food Pantry/Doing the Most Good Market Attendants Looking for volunteers to help with food pantry and market pantry from 12:45 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday . Volunteers will meet and greet families, direct them through the pantry and market and assist with sorting, shelving or restocking needs. This job requires standing, lifting (20lbs) and kneeling. A cheerful attitude and ability to respect the confidentiality of all those who visit the Salvation Army is a must. The Salvation Army encourages volunteers who can work on a consistent basis. To learn more contact RSVP at (515) 292-8890. Volunteer Ombudsman/Advocate The Offi ce of the State LongTerm Care Ombudsman is searching for dedicated volunteers for its Volunteer Ombudsman Program (VOP). Volunteer Ombudsmen will receive free

RSVP offers adult volunteers aged 55+ quality opportunities to share their skills, interests and life experiences in response to a wide variety of community needs. Serving Story County since 1973 and Marshall County since 2003, RSVP recruits volunteers from all economic, educational and social backgrounds.

training to become certified volunteers who visit local long-term care facilities and advocate for residents’ rights. This includes visiting with residents about their quality of care and quality of life in the facility and seeking to resolve any of their concerns in cooperation with the facility. This unique and rewarding opportunity requires a minimum commitment of three hours per month. To learn more contact RSVP at (515) 292-8890 RSVP Volunteer Driver Transportation Program You can make a difference in the lives of Story County residents by becoming part of a pool of volunteers who provide occasional rides to those in need of transportation. Priority is given to seniors needing rides to medical appointments. This service is provided entirely by volunteers who use their own vehicles. One to two more Nevada drivers are needed to help riders in that area. Please call RSVP at (515) 292-8890 for more information. Reiman Gardens Butterfl y Wing Docents - Volunteer among the butterflies! Volunteers are needed to help with monitoring the space to ensure that USDA regulations are followed and the butterflies are contained within the exhibit. These volunteers, also known as Butterfl y Wing Docents, interact directly with the public answering questions about the butterfl ies and plants in the exhibit. All new Butterfl y Wing Docents are required to attend one training session. Prefer two-hour commitments with both weekday and

weekend opportunities available between 9:00-4:30. Perfect for individuals and couples. To learn more contact RSVP at 515-2928890 Conservatory Docents - Do you enjoy interacting with people and teaching others? Are you into tropical plants? Reiman Gardens’ new Conservatory Docent volunteer position might be the perfect opportunity for you! Conservatory Docents greet visitors to the Hughes Conservatory, share information about the plants and current center display, and are available for questions. No plant knowledge is necessary to get started. Weekday and weekend opportunities are available. Perfect for individuals and couples. Mary Greeley Medical Center Caring Hands Volunteer The Caring Hands Program uses trained volunteers to provide non-therapeutic hand massage to patients and/or family members at the William R. Bliss Cancer Center. The volunteer will provide an opportunity for patients/family members to receive a voluntary, complimentary, hand massage using gloved hands, with gentle massage. Volunteers will introduce themselves and the service to the patient/family member. A minimum six-month commitment is required. 9 to 11 a.m. on Mondays. Call RSVP at (515) 2928890 for more information.

For volunteer opportunities with Central Iowa RSVP and Volunteer Center of Story County, visit www.amestrib.com.

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Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society initiates 84 Iowa State students

Arcadia Lodge has chosen Dan Flannery as its 2020 Teacher of the Year. Dan is an Ames High School history teacher and swimming coach. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Arcadia Lodge names Ames High’s Flannery as 2020 Teacher of the Year ciation for the last four years. He monitors not only his athletes’ progress in the pool, but also in the classroom, expecting success in both areas at all times. Dan has provided a huge impact to the reputation and success of Ames High School, the students he has touched and

the community as a whole. This is Dan’s 22nd year as a teacher and coach at Ames High School. He is married to his wife Jodi, and they have three children – Joe 16, Tommy 14, Leah 11. Congratulations Dan Flannery, teacher, coach and an inspiration to us all.

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Nevada FFA Greenhouse ‘Grab & Go’ curbside activity With all school activities cancelled due to COVID-19 biosecurity measures, Nevada High School agriculture education & FFA had to determine a plan for the spring greenhouse crop of geranium baskets, owering annuals, and some vegetables. Superintendent Steve Gray suggested a “Grab & Goâ€? curbside plant activity. Instead of sales, community members could make a donation on-line utilizing RevTrak, or mail in a donation. On Thursday, April 23, the plants were set out on the FFA hayrack & trailer for curbside pickup start-

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ing at 4 pm. By 5:30 pm, over 200 ten-inch geranium baskets had been picked up, and hundreds of four-inch potted owers and vegetables. By end of day Monday, April 27th over $1,245 had been donated through RevTrak and mailed in checks. “It is great that we have been able to get these plants out to the community, but I look forward to when students can be back at school greeting customers, pricing plant products, and managing retail business!â€? mentioned Kevin Cooper, Nevada High School agriculture education instructor and FFA advisor.

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