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RSVP to launch volunteer center

August 14, 2012
Estherville Daily News

The RSVP Volunteer Program will host an informational meeting to discuss the new Emmet County volunteer center that is being started, in part, through an award from the Emmet County Community Foundation.

Representatives of organizations or agencies that utilize volunteers or that are able to provide volunteers, and anyone else interested in learning more about the volunteer center concept, are encouraged to attend this meeting at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20, in Room 74 at Iowa Lakes Community College, Estherville campus.

While many agencies rely on volunteers, the only organization that recruits and places volunteers for other agencies in Emmet County is the RSVP Volunteer Program, sponsored by Iowa Lakes Community College. Although RSVP volunteers can serve people of all ages, the volunteers themselves must be 55 or older, according to federal guidelines.

"We are hoping to find a way whereby volunteers of any age can be recruited and placed through one point of contact," says Linda Anderson, RSVP coordinator for Emmet County. "This might include youth volunteers, groups of volunteers, families or corporate volunteers. But, the first steps are to evaluate the community's need for volunteers, to assess the availability of potential volunteers in the county and set up an organized volunteer network."

Anderson noted that finding, recruiting and retaining volunteers can be difficult for many organizations.

"Matching individual skills and interests with the right volunteer opportunity is very important," she said. "A volunteer clearinghouse will enable organizations to work collaboratively to recruit and retain volunteers. It would also benefit volunteers by matching them with the opportunities that best suit their interests."

To register for this informational meeting, or if you have questions, please contact Linda Anderson at 712-362-7929 or e-mail her at



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