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Volunteer for the following North Iowa Community Action programs!

Bridges Mentoring Program

The Bridges Mentoring Program is a community-based mentoring program that serves the school districts of Osage, Riceville and St. Ansgar. The mentoring program encourages area communities to celebrate National Mentoring Month. This celebration has many purposes: to raise awareness of mentoring in its various forms, to recruit individuals to become a friend or mentor, and to promote the rapid growth of mentoring. Studies show that when an adult friend gets together with a youth regularly that mentored youth are less likely to be violent at school or use drugs. They are also less likely to drop out of school. It is estimated that almost 16 million young people could benefit from a mentor. Mentors in the program commit to spend a minimum of an hour per week with their youth doing activities such as: working on a car, fishing, going on a walk, sledding, or simply buying groceries and cooking a meal together. Matches are made based on the similar interests of the youth and adult friend. Youth in the program must be school age and attend school in one of the three communities served. The Bridges Mentoring Program currently has connected approximately 70 children and youth with caring adults and has many more boys and girls in each community waiting for a mentor. Consider becoming a friend or mentor to a youth. Begin to make memories that will be with you and the youth for years to come. To become involved, contact Rae Anne Havig at the Bridges Mentoring Program, 641-732-3566 or rhavig@nicao-online.org.

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program
The mission of the VITA program is to provide free basic tax return preparation for eligible tax payers.  Typically, North Iowa Community Action staff and volunteers have provided assistance at the Family Resource Center and at Iowa WORKS in Mason City.  We are hoping to expand services to include Algona, Forest City and Hampton in 2012.  Volunteers are the programs most valuable resource.  To establish the greatest degree of public trust volunteers have a responsibility to provide high quality service and uphold the highest of ethical standards. North Iowa Community Action currently needs volunteers to serve as Intake Workers and as Tax Preparers.  Please contact Bambi Urich or Lori Brandt for further information on how you can be a VITA volunteer by calling 641-423-7766 or 1-800-873-1899 or by email to Bambi Urich at burich@nicao-online.org  or to Lori Brandt at lbrandt@nicao-online.org.

 
For other volunteer opportunities in our community, visit  United Way of North Central Iowa.