Serving Hamilton and
Winter 2019-2020Newsletter Date
RSVP to Host Holiday Open House
in Fort Dodge and Webster City
The Christmas Holiday season is a great time
to celebrate our volunteers and to show our
appreciation for all they do throughout the
The Holiday Open House in Hamilton County
will be held Tuesday, December 17, from
10:00am to 2:00pm at the Webster City Senior
Center, 749 2nd Street.
The Webster County RSVP office, located in the Crossroads RSVP in Webster County is now located in the
Mall near the west entrance, is decked out for Christmas. The Crossroads Mall in Fort Dodge, just inside the
office is open 8:30am-12:00pm Monday-Friday. Please stop in! main west entrance. Please join us for our
Holiday Open House on Thursday,
December 19 from 11:00am to 3:00pm.
Hot cider and coffee, cookies and other
Christmas goodies will be provided at both
locations. Please stop in for a visit and a treat!
“Speak UP!” Program Helps Students Overcome “Frite”
at St. Edmond Elementary
Speak UP! is an RSVP program which teaches 5th graders how to give a
speech. Mary Conrad, Lorie Spanjers, and Bev McCartney facilitated the
Speak UP! Program for students at St. Edmond Elementary in Fort Dodge.
Each student gave a three-minute speech to their classmates. Feedback was
provided by the RSVP volunteers to help students improve their public
speaking skills including eye contact, posture, enthusiasm, voice projection,
organization of the speech and use of visual aids. In addition to writing and
presenting a speech, students had the opportunity for other roles, such as
master of ceremonies, time monitor, word monitor (counting ahs and ums)
and voice monitor (making sure speakers are loud enough for all to hear).
Here are some of the students’ comments:
“It taught me how to be confident in front of people and to use eye
contact so people can hear me.”
“What I liked best about Speak UP was giving people information when I
gave my speech.”
“I got over my stage frite!”
Additional volunteers will be needed to continue to provide the Speak UP!
Program in the future. If interested, please contact Becky Koppen.
Winter 2017-18 RSVP Brag Book Photo Collage
Marilyn Walker helps a Pastor Craig Blaufuss and Luverne Bierle
student with her reading put plastic on a window to keep out the
skills at Pleasantview cold winter winds during Warm Hearts
Elementary in Webster City. Warm Homes winter weatherization.
BASE leaders enjoy a Jean Mc Dowell,
Christmas cookie exchange. Reading Buddy at
Volunteers seal windows
during the Fort Dodge
62 community volunteers ate breakfast pizza together at the Senior Center in Webster City before serving
in the Hamilton County Warm Hearts Warm Homes Winter Weatherization project on Nov. 4.
The following opportunities are available to all volunteers in Hamilton and Webster Counties.
If you are interested in an assignment in another community, RSVP can provide mileage
reimbursement. For more information, contact Becky Koppen in Webster City at
515-832-2525 or Terri Laufersweiler in Fort Dodge at 515-573-3477.
Youth Shelter IRIS
Volunteers are needed to develop a relationship with The Iowa Radio Reading Service is looking for people to
school age kids who are in shelter care, making cookies, read the local newspaper over the radio as a service to
popping popcorn and watching movies. Call Terri to sight impaired. Reading is done at Friendship Haven.
discuss details of this volunteer opportunity.
Nursing Home Activities
Meals On Wheels
Meals on Wheels is looking for people who are willing Area nursing homes are looking for volunteers who will
to deliver meals one day a week . Routes run in Webster play cards (especially “500”), do scrapbooking and crafts,
City M-F, 11:00-12:00. help with parties, work on culinary arts, or simply sit and
visit with residents.
Gateway Hospice is seeking volunteers who will attend 3 SPEAK UP! Leaders
to 4 hospice training sessions in Webster City. Back- Speak Up! is an 8-week curriculum which teaches 5th
ground check is required. Hospice clients are located in graders how to give a speech, as well as other speaking
Webster City. skills. Volunteers will be trained and provided with all
necessary materials to lead the classes.
Thank You, Warm Hearts Warm Homes Donors and Teams
Winter weatherization is a service that Central The weatherization work is done by community
Iowa RSVP does free of charge for low income, volunteers. We want to recognize the following
frail elderly, or veterans in Hamilton and Webster organizations for providing teams of volunteers:
counties . The cost of materials must be supplied Availa Bank
by grants or donations. This year, many individuals, City of Webster City
businesses, banks and churches stepped up and First Congregational United Church of Christ,
donated generously so that residents in our
counties could be served. Webster City
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department
We want to thank the following donors: Iowa Central Nursing Department
Faith Anderson, Williams Iowa Central Rugby Team
Asbury United Methodist Church, Webster City New Covenant Christian Church, Fort Dodge
First State Bank, Webster City SHIFT Webster City High School students
First Congregational United Church of Christ, VeroBlue Farms
Webster City Fire Department
Kamrar Lions Club, Kamrar The Iowa Central Community College rugby team
Karla Krebs, Webster City volunteered for winter weatherization in Fort Dodge
Main Street Kiwanis, Webster City
Noon Kiwanis, Club, Webster City
Peterson Construction, Webster City
Joanne Pohlman, Webster City
St. Thomas Aquinas Social Justice Committee,
Elaine Scribbins, Webster City
Turning Heads/Hawkins Industries, Webster City
Theisen’s Home Farm & Auto
BASE Senior Fitness Classes Continue to Flourish
BASE Senior Fitness is the popular and
highly successful exercise program
developed by Central Iowa RSVP, and led
by trained RSVP volunteers. The classes
are free and fun, and provide a good
workout as well as a great social time.
BASE stands for Balance, Agility, Strength
and Endurance. The key focus is on
balance, with the goal of preventing falls.
Strengthening is achieved with the use of
hand weights and stretch therapy bands
seen at right.
BASE classes meet at a variety of times
and locations in both Hamilton and Webster counties. Participants provide their own hand weights in most
classes, but the therapy bands are provided free of charge through donations made to the program. The
routine is very similar in the various classes, and participants are free to attend different classes if it fits
better with their schedule.
Over 530 seniors have participated in the BASE classes since it began in 2014. There are currently 27 RSVP
volunteers serving as BASE leaders. If you are interested in participating in a BASE Senior Fitness class or in
being trained as a BASE leader, please contact RSVP at 515-832-2525.
Central Iowa RSVP Staff Check out the Central Iowa RSVP
Website and Facebook Pages
Kalen Petersen, Director
515-733-4917 Kendra Breitsprecher is Central Iowa RSVP’s marketing guru, and
has designed an attractive website to help volunteers find the
[email protected] information they are seeking. The website is found at
www.rsvpvolunteer.org. On the website, each of the four
Becky Koppen counties served by Central Iowa RSVP display their current
Hamilton and Webster County volunteer opportunities, as well as updates on special programs
or activities. People can also register for RSVP on the website.
749 2nd Street We also have two Facebook pages. If you are a Facebook user,
Webster City, IA 50595 search for Central Iowa RSVP for general RSVP activities,
515-832-2525 photos, articles and volunteer opportunities. The other Facebook
[email protected] page highlights BASE Senior Fitness. Search for Central Iowa
RSVP BASE Fitness Classes to check out what is going on in
217 25th Street, Suite B BASE classes and to learn about the importance of exercise for
Fort Dodge, IA 50501 seniors. Please visit our pages and hit “like” and “follow” to see
515-573-3477 our updates in your newsfeed.
Kendra Breitsprecher We’re on the web!
Marketing and Rural Coordinator www.rsvpvolunteer.org