Thursday, August 10, 2017

President's Corner

This month our speaker was Kellie Markey, founder of Dorothy’s House in Des Moines. Kellie, a former vice president at Ebay, moved to Des Moines and bought two houses with the sole intention to house and support rescued young women who had been sold and sexually trafficked. It is hard to wrap your head around the abuses those young women endured. We don’t think of that type of crime happening in Iowa, but it does, often during events which bring lots of people to Iowa like the State Fair and concerts. Our group was so moved by Kellie and her mission that we offered personal contributions as well as one from our organization. 
Since my retirement, I am amazed at the many causes that have been created to help families and children. Next month Urban Family Movement will talk about how they are working with Moulton area families and Embarc will give a quick talk on building language skills for Burmese adults. There are so many needs, and as retirees we are looked upon to help out in any way possible. I am collecting our volunteer hours and will be reporting just how much time our members donate. If you think you are too old and nobody needs you- think again. The needs are huge.

              Justine Finley

Monday, July 17, 2017

Math and science tutor needed at DMACC

Alynn Deatsch, a tutor at DMACC Urban Campus in the TRIO SSS program, is looking for a new lab assistant to help tutor students in math and science.  Any members who might be interested in this program should contact Alynn at: 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Scholarship Awarded to Nicolas Saluri

At our May meeting we awarded the third of the 2017 scholarships to Nicolas Saluri.  Nicolas is a junior at ISU majoring in Elementary Education with endorsements in reading and English as a Second Language.  Nicolas is a graduate of Johnston High School.  His activities include Boy Scouts, ISU Education Association, Future Teachers and Future Leaders Learning Community, Freshman Council-Social Justice Committee, ISU Band, tutoring at elementary schools, Ronald McDonald House, and as a religious education teacher at his church. 

May 2017

Friday, April 28, 2017

Scholarships Awarded

DMARSPA awarded three $1500 scholarships this year.  Two of the recipients, Olivia Crane (left) and Gabriella Kramer (right) were honored at our April meeting.  Olivia is an education major at Iowa State University.  Some of her community educational activities are National Society for Collegiate Scholars, Project Linus, writing letters to WWII veterans and tutoring elementary students in reading and math.  She will be doing her student teaching next year in Italy. Olivia is a graduate of S.E. Polk High School.  Gabriella is also an education major at Iowa State University.  Some of her community activities include Boys and Girls Club, teaching sign language, teaching ELL elementary school students, and teaching vacation bible school. Gabriella is a graduate of Valley High School. The third recipient will be honored at our May meeting.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Volunteer Hours

IRSPA has reported the volunteer hours totals for 2015-2016.  The 5919 IRSPA members that volunteered reported a total of 413,291 hours for 2015-2016. At a national rate of $23.56 per hour this equals $9,737,135.30 in value, up by $515,104.40 from a year ago.   DMARSPA reported 917 hours for youth, 5,657 hours for community totaling 6,574 hours valued at $154,883.44. Remember to record meetings, social get-togethers and phone calls in addition to unpaid care-giving for children and adults. Let's try to increase those totals for next year.