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Faces of Hope nominees needed
The Southwest Crisis Center is seeking nominations for individuals who have made/are making a difference in the lives of victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Southwest Minnesota. One nominee from each of the Southwest Crisis Center’s five service counties (Nobles, Cottonwood, Rock, Pipestone, Jackson) will be honored at the Annual Faces of Hope Banquet & Fundraiser on April 21st at Hiawatha lodge, Pipestone. For more information, visit www.mnswcc.org, or contact Wendy at 507-376-4311 or email@example.com. Nominations are due by March 2
Hearts and Hands of Murray County is now collecting gently used prom dresses for a “Cinderella’s Closet” project. These dresses will be used to help provide a special prom experience for young ladies from the MCC and Fulda school districts. Dresses can be dropped off at The Plaid Moose in Slayton weekdays from 2-4 p.m. or Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. They ask that dresses be modern styles from within the past 5 years that are in good repair and free of stains. They will also accept prom-appropriate shoes and jewelry. Donations will be accepted until Monday, February 19. All donations are tax deductible. Check out Hearts and Hands of Murray County on Facebook to find out more!
Gift of Hearing Contest
If you know someone who could benefit from better hearing, nominate them to win a complimentary hearing consultation and a free pair of Starkey Hearing Aids from Southwest Hearing Technology. Email your nomination and your contact information to Nick Raymo at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to Give the Gift of Hearing Contest, Southwest Hearing Technologies, PO Box 275, Worthington, MN 56187. For more information, go to SouthwestHearingTechnologies.com or call 507-376-4407.
Junior Achievement Volunteers needed
Junior Achievement is looking for volunteers to teach in classrooms at Prairie Elementary for Kindergarten through fourth grade. Junior Achievement is taught by community volunteers, fostering work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills. The program is broken down into five 30-minute sessions. Volunteers work out a schedule with their assigned classroom. If interested in volunteering or for more information, email the Worthington Chamber of Commerce at email@example.com.
Worthington City Council Honorary Member
The Worthington City Council is seeking people interested in the inner-workings of city government for their Honorary Member program. The Honorary Member serves for three months, attending regular council meetings and participating in discussions. They do not make motions or vote. They attend as able various advisory board and commission meetings, and attend a staff briefing and tour the facilities. They also receive all correspondence directed to City Council, including staff reports and League of Minnesota City publications. There is no monetary compensation, and applicants must be 21 years of age and a resident voter of the city for at least 30 days prior to appointment. Visit the City of Worthington web page here to apply!
Weekly "Bingo Night"
It's "Bingo Night" every Tuesday evening at the Reading Community Center! Doors open at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. with a payout of over $900 each week! Play 26 games each night! The Reading Community Center uses profits from Bingo to help keep the doors open for community groups to utilize, such as the Elk Tip Toppers 4-H club, Reading First Responders, Reading Booster Club, and other groups.The Reading community center is a 501c3 organization.
Nixle - Public Safety System
Nixle is a community information service via the Worthington Police Department dedicated to helping you stay connected to the information that matters most to you. You can receive alerts for closed roads, weather alerts, safety alerts, missing persons, general notifications, special events, canvassing witnesses for leads and other evidence. To sign up, visit the City of Worthington Public Safety webpage.
Senior Dining Volunteers
Lutheran Social Service Senior Dining is currently looking for volunteers. They are in need of individuals to deliver meals to home bound seniors, or pack up and get them ready for delivery. We have three routes with approximately 15 meals per route. The time commitment would be anywhere from 30-60 minutes depending on the task. We can work with any schedule, whether it is once a week or once a month the help is needed. If you could help in this capacity call Kris at the Center for Active Living at 376-6457.
Manna Food Pantry
The Manna Food Pantry is in desperate need of a few volunteers. They are looking for one or two people to help with unloading the truck (takes about an hour) on the first and third Thursdays of each month. If you are willing or interested in assisting please contact Linda at 507-329-1951.
Love, Inc. Scholarship Donations
Some of you loved going to school and some rejoiced greatly when the mandatory schooling years were over. All of the people being helped through Love INC fall in those two categories too. So to encourage the latter group to start and finish classes intended to set them on a new, healthy path, Love INC would like your help. Students are being told that their time doing homework and attending class is worth money. The money they receive are actually inventive credits that can be used to redeem for goods and services. Love INC needs businesses, organizations, and individuals to donate their businesses’ services or products. If your business or group doesn’t have a service or product to donate, gas and grocery cards are always welcome. The smaller the increment on the cards, the more we can give to different students. Make your donation by dropping it off at the Love INC Office or mailing it to PO Box 952. For more information call 507-372-7291.
The Center for Active Living (CAL) would like to build a network of volunteers who have a talent or skill, and have the time to share it with us. If you have an interest and would like to help or plan an activity, we’d love to hear from you! If you have a skill that would be fun to use for the benefit of seniors, who participate in programs at the Center for Active Living, we would like to hear about that, too. Examples include: very basic computer maintenance or computer software skills, gardening, carpentry, party hosting/planning, quilting, racquetball, shuffleboard, whisperball, wallyball, or knowledge of health, wellness, financial, or insurance topics. Please call 507-376-6457.
You are invited to become a member of the Lake Okabena Improvement Association! The projects would not be made possible without your generous donations and commitment. Find the details on membership dues or renewals here.
February 25 - Pancake-French Toast Feed
Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 608 - Okabena will be having their Pancake - French Toast Feed, Sunday February 25th at the Okabena Legion from 8-1. Serving Pancakes, French toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, applesauce, juice milk and coffee. Free will donation.
February 25 - Valley Male Chorus Concert
The Valley Male Chorus of Rock Valley, Iowa will present a sacred music concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 25 at the Christian Reformed Church of Sibley, Iowa. The concert is sponsored by the Christian Reformed Church of Sibley. A freewill offering will be taken for the benefit of persons with disabilities receiving service at Hope Haven both locally and around the world.
March 1 - PSEO Informational Meeting at MN West
Minnesota West Community & Technical College will host a Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) informational session on Thursday, March 1, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Choose to attend the informational session at any of the Minnesota West locations including Canby, Granite Falls, Jackson, Luverne, Pipestone and Worthington. PSEO information night is an opportunity for students and parents to learn more about program requirements, application process, benefits of taking classes as a high school student, and have any questions answered. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 800-658-2330 or visit the website at www.mnwest.edu.
March 3 - BubbleBowl I
Hosted by the Southwest Crisis Center, BubbleBowl I is a FUNdraiser at the YMCA in Worthington to raise funds for Project Stepping Stones which will provide a safe place to sleep and a stable place to stay for adults and children escaping domestic violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking and child abuse. Competing in BubbleBowl I and helping the Southwest Crisis Center raise funds so that survivors of domestic and sexual violence have a place to say as they build their lives is as EASY as forming a team of four, completing a registration form for you desired time, raising pledge donations, and coming out with your team to compete against others on March 3, 2018 at the Worthington YMCA. To get your team packet and register your team, go online to www.mnswcc.org or call Southwest Crisis Center at 507-376-4311.
March 6 - Kindergarten Roundup
The annual Fulda Kindergarten Roundup will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 at the Fulda Elementary School. Information will be sent to all children living in the Fulda district who are lised on the school census and eligible to attend Kindergarten next fall. The information can be found on the school website at www.fps.mntm.org. Eligible children must be 5 years old before Sept. 1, 2018. For more information, call 507-425-2581.
March 9 - YMCA Cruise Dinner
The 33rd Annual YMCA Cruise Dinner will be Friday, March 9 at the Worthington Event Center, with entertainment by Martin Zeller and the Hardways. Each tickets purchased is entered into a drawing for a $2,000 vacation. There is also a second chance raffle with lots of great prizes. A social and silent auction begins at 5 p.m., dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and entertainment begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.Cruise2018.gesture.com or by clicking HERE.
March 15 - Kindergarten Open House
The Worthington Christian School will host a Kindergarten Open House from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 at the school at 1770 Eleanor Street. Students ready for Kindergarten in Fall 2018 are invited to explore the learning environment of the classroom. There will be a parent meeting at 5:45 p.m. and tours will be available after the meeting. Learn more at www.worthingtonchristianschool.org.
April 7 - Hospice Cottage Fundraiser
The 13th Annual Hospice Cottage Fundraiser will be Saturday, April 7 at the Worthington Event Center, with a 5 p.m. social hour, 6:30 p.m. dinner and entertainment to follow by Bob & the Beachcombers. Reserve your table early by contacting Deb Scheidt at 507-360-6657 or Susanne Murphy at 507-360-6699.
April 21 - Southwest Crisis Center Faces of Hope Banquet
The Southwest Crisis Center’s Annual Faces of Hope Banquet & Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 21 at Hiawatha Lodge, Pipestone. Dinner will be catered by Bluestem, entertainment will be dueling pianos Dueling Duo, and we’re also having a Live Auction! You can also check for updates at www.mnswcc.org.