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Hope Week Proclamation Issued By Supervisors

By Staff | Jul 1, 2015

HOPE WEEK PROCLAMATION – The Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors approved a proclamation designating the week of July 5-11 as Hope Week in Palo Alto County. Seated from left to right are Board of Supervisors Chair Craig Merrill, Supervisors Linus Solberg, Ron Graettinger, Keith Wirtz and Ed Noonan. Standing from left to right are Palo Alto County Auditor Carmen Moser, KPAEDC Interns Cullen Buford, Nicole Mergen, Chyan Metzger, Tiffany Wagner, Amelia Golwitzer, Emily Bonnstetter, Kyle Klepper, Madison Bollig, and Hunter Theesfeld. – Dan Voigt photo

Imagine having to leave your home on a moment’s notice due to a domestic problem to stay in a shelter location, and finding yourself confused, scared and totally unprepared.

A group of interns from Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation are working to help make such situations less traumatic through their community service program, “Project Hope.”

The project was explained to the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning, June 30, as part of a visit by the PACEDC?Intern program to the Supervisor’s weekly meeting.

“We started Project Hope to collect personal hygiene items for children and adults who may have been removed from their homes and taken to shelters,” explained Tiffany Wagner, one of the interns in the program. “We have placed these collection boxes at several locations in the county and will officially start our Project Hope Week on Monday, July 6, and then collect the donation boxes at the end of the week and place the items in little bags to be distributed to these people.”

According to Wagner, the bags of personal care items, such as toothpaste, shampoo, soap and other toiletries will be distributed to the Department of Human Services and Sheriff’s Offices, who most often have contact with people in crisis situations.

“This is the interns’ Community Service Project for the summer,”?noted PACEDC?Executive Director Maureen Elbert. “They identified this need in our area and developed this program to meet that need in the spirit of caring and giving.”

As part of Project Hope, the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors issued a Proclamation that sets the week of July 5-11 as “Project Hope Week in Palo Alto County.

The PACEDC?Interns include Tiffany Wagner and Emily Bonnstetter working at Iowa Trust and Savings Bank, along with Cullen Buford working at Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company, Nicole Mergen working at Country Maid and Chyan Metzger working at the Grotto of the Redemption.

Also participating as interns this summer are Amelia Golwitzer at Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation, Kyle Klepper at Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation, Madison Bollig at Kossuth Regional Health Center and Hunter Theesfeld, working at Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation.