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Youth Mentoring is Seeking Friends for Youth

One of the goals of Youth Mentoring at Helping Services is to create life-long friendships between area youth and adult mentors. Being a mentor isn’t complicated, it’s just being a friend and spending time with a youth that shares similar interests

Is being a mentor a fit for you? Is the thought of being a mentor intimidating? Have you been thinking about getting involved? All of these questions can be answered at the upcoming Mentoring Social on Thursday, November 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Toppling Goliath Brewery in Decorah.

This open house style social is a casual come as you are event. Those who are considering becoming a mentor are invited to come and enjoy appetizers and great conversation. A cash bar will be available. There will be several current mentors attending who will informally share their inspiring stories of mentoring with their youth.

One current mentor shares, “I remember being invited to this event previously and someone saying to just come for the food. I really enjoyed the no-pressure environment and got lots of my questions answered. I am so glad I came and became a mentor. I love being a friend to my youth!”

Youth Mentoring in Allamakee, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties provides an adult mentor who spends a minimum of four hours a month with a youth, ages 6–16. Currently, 50 youth are enjoying time with a mentor and 19 youth are waiting for a mentor. For information on how you can be part of the excitement of mentoring at Helping Services, contact Kathy or Colinne at (563) 387-1720, mentoring@helpingservices.org, or online at www.helpingservices.org/mentoring.

 Serving families since 1973, Helping Services for Youth & Families is dedicated to responding to current health and safety needs of youth and families through empowerment, support, and education.


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November 13, 2019

Youth Mentoring is Seeking Friends for Youth

One of the goals of Youth Mentoring at Helping Services is to create life-long friendships between area youth and adult mentors. Being a mentor isn’t complicated, it’s just being a friend and spending time with a youth that shares similar interests

 

Is being a mentor a fit for you? Is the thought of being a mentor intimidating? Have you been thinking about getting involved? All of these questions can be answered at the upcoming Mentoring Social on Thursday, November 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Toppling Goliath Brewery in Decorah.

 

This open house style social is a casual come as you are event. Those who are considering becoming a mentor are invited to come and enjoy appetizers and great conversation. A cash bar will be available. There will be several current mentors attending who will informally share their inspiring stories of mentoring with their youth.

 

One current mentor shares, “I remember being invited to this event previously and someone saying to just come for the food. I really enjoyed the no-pressure environment and got lots of my questions answered. I am so glad I came and became a mentor. I love being a friend to my youth!”

 

Youth Mentoring in Allamakee, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties provides an adult mentor who spends a minimum of four hours a month with a youth, ages 6–16. Currently, 50 youth are enjoying time with a mentor and 19 youth are waiting for a mentor. For information on how you can be part of the excitement of mentoring at Helping Services, contact Kathy or Colinne at (563) 387-1720, mentoring@helpingservices.org, or online at www.helpingservices.org/mentoring.

 

Serving families since 1973, Helping Services for Youth & Families is dedicated to responding to current health and safety needs of youth and families through empowerment, support, and education.

 

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The River Valley Panthers 4-H club is hosting a food drive

The River Valley Panthers 4-H club is hosting a food drive from November 2nd- November 16th.

There will be boxes at Fareway, Quillins, Hartig Drug, the library and the Allamakee County Extension office.

All of the food will be donated to the food shelf in Waukon.

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***The Issue is Resolved now!!!*** Winneshiek Medical Center continues to experience telephone issues

Telephone Update: Winneshiek Medical Center continues to experience telephone issues that will not be resolved when business hours open on Monday, 11/11.  To manage the large volume of calls we typically receive on Monday, we ask the following:

  1. Emergency: Call 911
  2. Billing questions: Please call our toll-free number: 844-617-6990
  3. To make a clinic appointment for Monday: Please call our main phone number 563-382-2911. We are only able to receive limited calls at a time, so you may hear a busy signal.  There is no menu of options, and no ability to leave a message.  If you receive a busy signal, please hang up and call again.
  4. Future appointments: Please wait to call until later in the day on Monday when call volumes generally decrease.
  5. Other inquiries: If your need is not immediate, please wait to call until later in the day on Monday, or until we have found a resolution to the telephone issue and the system is working normally again.  We will put out a notice when the system is fixed.
  6. Business communication: Email is working.  Please consider emailing instead of calling for business needs.

We truly appreciate your continued patience with this situation.  We know it has caused inconveniences in reaching us.  We are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

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Learn About the Dangers of Vaping

Could you spot a vaping device? Do you understand the chemicals involved in vaping? Have you heard how dangerous vaping can be? These are a few of the questions that will be answered at an upcoming training on Tuesday, November 12 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Notre Dame School in Cresco.

The training is being hosted by Youth Mentoring at Helping Services for Youth & Families. This topic was selected by mentors as they want to learn more about this dangerous trend. The training is open to everyone that would like to learn more about the dangers, health consequences, and statistics related to vaping.

The presenter is Tessa Willie, Director of Prevention Services at Helping Services. Tessa shares, “We will be discussing local statistics about the heavy use of vaping by area youth. I am excited to give tips for talking with youth and sharing resources to help them quit.”

Youth Mentoring in Allamakee, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties provides an adult mentor who spends a minimum of four hours a month with a youth, ages 6–16. Currently, 50 youth are enjoying time with a mentor, and 19 youth are waiting for a mentor. For information on how you can be part of the excitement of mentoring at Helping Services, contact Kathy or Colinne at (563) 387-1720, mentoring@helpingservices.org, or online at www.helpingservices.org/mentoring.

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WMC Auxiliary holds Collective Goods & Bake Sale!

Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary holds Collective Goods & Bake Sale— Nov. 19

The Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary will hold their annual Collective Goods Book and Bake Sale on Tuesday, November 19 from 7 am – 3 pm in the Winneshiek Medical Center lower level conference rooms.  The sale will feature unique books and gifts from Collective Goods as well as homemade treats from WMC Auxiliary members.

Proceeds from all Auxiliary fund raisers, including profits from the WMC Gift Shop, benefit Winneshiek Medical Center by supporting program and equipment needs, as well as the Auxiliary Health Career Scholarship.

To learn more about Auxiliary events, contact the Winneshiek Medical Center Volunteer Services department at 563-387-3036.

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