The Marshalltown Area United Way is currently raising funds for the 2013 year. As executive director of Iowa River Hospice for the past 11 years, I can tell you firsthand how helpful it is to be a recipient of funds raised by this United Way. The funds we receive are used for our bereavement program to assist with grief therapy in many forms. We have been able to reach out to many at a time when this support is so needed.
I am most impressed by our local United Way, as I think you should be. All funds raised stay within Marshall County and are used for special programs provided by not-for-profit agencies that belong to the Marshalltown Area United Way. I hold this United Way in highest regard as they assisted Iowa River Hospice when first incorporated in 1983 with some expenses and the first payroll due to a delay in Medicare reimbursement.
Most recently, Marshalltown Area United Way sponsored the yearly "Day of Caring" for agencies belonging to this United Way. Iowa River Hospice and other agencies were blessed with folks who volunteered their time, muscle and hearts to provide volunteer help in many different modes. For Iowa River Hospice, they provided a needed clean-up, planting and updating to our landscape and internal house-cleaning. If I had to do an estimate of what the 45 volunteers assigned to us provided in savings, it would be in the $800+ range. We had folks from MCC, Fisher Emerson and Alliant. I applaud these organizations for allowing their staff and students to be a part of this most appreciated volunteer effort. I need to express immense gratitude to Jan Swinton, a Master Gardener, and Chad Angell and his assistant for hours of expertise and guidance they donated to our landscaping cause this Caring Day I also extend thanks to many other volunteers who came & helped with weed control, rock moving and transports and to Swift Greenhouse for the many plants! The improvement and beautification of the grounds of Iowa River Hospice is so appreciated by our patients and families. It truly adds to their comfort, peace and joy.
Please open your hearts and give to United Way as they provide and help with many community needs. One never knows when you or someone you love may benefit from services these United Way agencies provide.
We at Iowa River Hospice are honored to be part of the Marshalltown Area United Way.