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Volunteer to help those who can’t

April 6, 2020
Estherville News

A need has been identified in Emmet County for a volunteer program to pick up groceries and other essentials for those at-risk or home bound as the COVID-19 public health emergency continues. This program is designed to help those that are identified as at-risk of severe illness and in self isolation, those that will potentially become ill, or those self-quarantined due to possible exposure to COVID-19.

"We know that most people have family and friends that are able to assist, but hope to reach those that might no," said Emmet County Public Health Nurse Kathy Preston. " This program is designed to ensure safety for both the volunteers and those that are in need of this service, by providing education, background checks, and volunteer credentialing."

The first roll out of the program is to recruit volunteers. Because the CDC identifies those most at risk of severe illness as those over 60 years of age and those with underlying health conditions, officials have the following criteria for volunteers:

n Must be under the age of 60

n Have no underlying health issues

n Possess a valid Iowa Driver's License

n Have NO symptoms of even mild illness when volunteering

n Pass a background check

n Have a reliable vehicle

People wishing to volunteer to help with this program in their city are asked to contact their respective city hall to obtain an application and those people wishing to volunteer to assist in the rural areas of Emmet County can obtain an application from the township clerk or delegated trustee of your township listed below. Applications are also available at the Emmet County Sheriff's Office or on-line at . The contacts listed below will also be on Emmet County website.


Armstrong: Tracie Lang712-864-3535

Ringsted: Cathy Wikert712-866-0877

Robin Hanson712-363-1066

GruverMaryanne Hoffmeyer712-362-4027

or 712-209-3299

DolliverRoger Rezac712-209-1656

EsthervilleJulie or Mary Ann712-362-7771


Armstrong GroveJennifer Welbig712-260-3061

CenterJohn Klingbeil712-209-1570

or 712-362-4018

Denmark Bryon Hantelman712-260-3181

EllsworthDennis or Judy Johnson712-362-2951

EmmetPhyllis Martens712-362-2951

or 712-330-1976

Estherville Tammy Lair712-209-2182

High Lake Jeanne Handeland712-260-0943

Iowa Lake Deb Teitje507-884-0017

Jack Creek Lisa Boyer712-866-1361

Lincoln Jean Hoffman712-865-3457

or 712-209-1780

Swan Lake Chuck or Charla Gardner712-209-2389

Twelve Mile LakeBruce Chrestiansen712-260-0313



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