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UNIFUND Distributes Funds to Emmetsburg Organizations

By Staff | Dec 12, 2017

UNIFUND OF?EMMETSBURG- Sixteen Emmetsburg organizations received checks from UNIFUND on Friday, Dec. 8. Area residents donated $10,466.65 to UNIFUND this year. Representatives pictured with their checks are: Patty Kelly, Palo Alto Child Care Council; Rick Brennan, E-Hawk Flag Football; Lou Ann Huberty, Palo?Alto County Hospital Auxiliary; Lee Beem, Palo Alto CountyHistorical Society; Liz Reedy, Hospice of Palo Alto County; Aaron Steffen, Emmetsburg Police Reserves; Tracy Jensen, Palo Alto County Genealogical Society; Bonnie Whitney, Palo Alto County Council on Aging and Multipurpose Center; Casee Ross, RSVP Volunteer Program; Mary Parsons, Palo Alto Historical Society; Candy Bisenius, Palo?Alto County Meals on Wheels; Mike Frederick, Emmetsburg Soccer and Boy Scout Troop #46; Josiah Schmidt, Horizons Unlimited; Val Morton, Emmetsburg Little League. Not present: Emmetsburg Swim team, Emmetsburg Fire Department, and Feed Our Kids- Emmetsburg representatives. --Anna Veltri photo

Every year UNIFUND of Emmetsburg distributes funds raised from their annual campaign. Sixteen organizations receive funds raised by UNIFUND. This year, $10,466.65 was raised and distributed from the campaign. The organizations that received funds are as follows:

Boy Scout Troop #46 received $1,253.70. Boy Scout Troop #46 serves youth in the Emmetsburg community.

E-Hawk Flag Football received $230.70. This organization works with over 125 young E-Hawks from grades 1-6 to teach basic football fundamentals and the basics of E-Hawk football in a safe, sound learning environment.

Emmetsburg Little League works with boys and girls Little League teams who play at the ball complex in southwest Emmetsburg. Parents volunteer their time and talents to coach teams and care for the fields. The little league received $333.70.

Emmetsburg Police Reserves received $567.70. The police reserves utilize volunteer officers that work one shift per month. They also perform community service, which includes working at athletic events, security at college and high school functions, and working at the Palo Alto County Fair.

Emmetsburg Swim Team received $265.70. Emmetsburg Swim Team is a program for swimmers 5-18 years old during the summer and winter months. Swimmers are not only from?Emmetsburg but other nearby communities. Swim meets are held at the Smith Wellness Center Pool which hosts swimmers from Northwest and North Central Iowa. Swimmers also travel throughout the Midwest to participate in swim meets.

Emmetsburg Volunteer Fire Department received $1,064.70. Firemen are continually updating their equipment and their training to better serve the community.

Horizons Unlimited received $552.70. Horizons Unlimited provides opportunities for people with disabilities to develop their full potential in a positive atmosphere.

Hospice of Palo Alto County received $1,010.70. Hospice care is designed to support the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those who have life-limiting illnesses or conditions. Hospice is not about how a person dies, but how a person lives. Donations are used for those without funding, equipment, and for continued education.

Palo Alto County Child Care Council provides programs free of charge on safety, bullying, and sexual abuse prevention to all children and adults in both the school setting and for community groups. This organization received $246.70 from?UNIFUND.

Palo?Alto County Meals On Wheels received a check for $382.70. Meels on Wheels is a service provided to elderly residents. Meals are delivered by volunteers Monday through Friday.

Palo Alto County Hospital Auxiliary is comprised of volunteers from the county who help fund and staff a variety of services at Palo Alto County Hospital. These volunteers raise money to purchase equipment and support services that benefit the health of the county through the hospital. The Hospital Auxiliary received $495.70.

The Palo Alto Genealogical Society received $221.70. This organization collects and preserves historical records of Palo Alto County for future generations. There is a genealocial library for the use of its members and others interested in family research.

Palo Alto County Historical Society received $504.70 from UNIFUND. The Historical Society involves members interested in preserving the history of Emmetsburg and the surround community.

The Palo Alto County Council on Aging and Multipurpose Center provides a safe and pleasant environment for seniors to come and enjoy a nutritious hot meal provided by Elderbridge. It also provides a place to for people to have some social time together. This organization received $683.70.

RSVP Volunteer Program recruits people 55 and older to meet community needs through volunteer services. Volunteers tutor and mentor children, provide medical and other necessary transportation, visit homebound elderly and nursing home patients, and provide various types of assistance to local agencies and non-profit organizations. RSVP is sponsored in NW Iowa by Iowa Lakes Community College. The RSVP?program received $280.70.

Emmetsburg Soccer/Palo Alto County Soccer received $310.70. This organization hosts soccer for Pre-K-8th grade of Palo Alto County in NW?Iowa during the Fall and Spring including Ayrshire, Cylinder, Curlew, Emmetsburg, Graettinger, Mallard, Rodman,?Ruthven, Terril, and West Bend.

Feed Our Kids- Emmetsburg meets the needs of hungry children during the weekend when other resources are not available. Children who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program at school are given the opportunity to receive a bag of nutritious, kid-friendly food.

Thank you to all who donated to this year’s UNIFUND campaign.