40 Pints for 40 Years
As part or our 40th Anniversary celebration, Genesis in Storm Lake will be hosting a blood drive at their location – 1607 North Lake Avenue. On Thursday, May 2nd, they hope to have at least 40 donors volunteer to help save lives by giving an hour of their time and a pint of their blood. Call 712-732-5038 for an appointment. They will also take walk-ins. Click
Here for complete information.
Genesis in Storm Lake Completes Roof Project
Genesis in Storm Lake will no longer be patching and re-patching the roof. After a variety of fundraising projects and a tremendous response from the Storm Lake community, a new thermoplastic roof has been installed. Many thanks to the individuals, businesses, organizations, families, and Genesis staff members that made cash donations; bought or sold ribs, raffle tickets, and meals; cooked or provided food; and volunteered time to help raise over $32,000 to get the roof completed before the weather changed.
New Board Officers
New officers on the Genesis Board of Directors elected for the 2013 fiscal year are Jim Last, President; Jane Heun, Treasurer; Phillip Nelson, Secretary; and Steve Pope, Vice President. They bring to the Board a wealth of experience and expertise in various fields. Jim has been the Controller for Greene County Medical Center for many years and is in his fifth year on the Genesis Board; Jane, Greene County Auditor, is beginning her third year on the Board; and Phillip, Plant Operations Director at Buena Vista Medical Center and Steve, Safety Manager for Syngenta Seeds are now in their fourth year. Genesis Board members serve a three-year term with the option to continue for a second three years.
Projects that Need Your Help!
The Greater Madison County Community Foundation has awarded $3,500 to Genesis to help with a much needed $44,000 project to replace the siding, gutters and downspouts on two of our group homes and to do some painting on the interiors of all five homes in Winterset. Other contributions and fundraising efforts have brought secured funds for the project to approximately $8,000 – still a long ways from our goal. Contributions to this fund can be sent to Genesis Development, Attn: Janet Moore, P.O. Box 488, Winterset, IA 50273.
Genesis in Indianola is in the process of raising funds to address accessibility issues throughout the facility. Due to sanitation standards for the laundry and climate control, it is necessary to keep doors closed between the various sections of the building – the laundry, lunchroom, Discovery area, office area, lobby and restrooms. For individuals using walkers, wheel chairs, or with mobility or strength issues, this creates several challenging barriers throughout the facility. The Warren County Community Foundation has awarded $5,000 to assist with our $15,000 project to install automatic door openers throughout the building. Not
only will the automatic doors increase accessibility and safety, but they will also provide the opportunity for greater independence and respect for the dignity of all who come into our building.
The doors will be installed as the funds are secured. If you would like to help with this project, please send you tax deductible contribution to Genesis Development, Attn: Kim Williams, 1809 West 2ndAve, Indianola, 50125.
Community Grant Awards
Genesis has received grant funding from Community Foundations in seven of the eight counties in which Genesis has offices and provides services.
A $5,000 Boone County Endowment Fund grant will help with the cost of Explorers Summer Day Camp for children.
$5,000 from the Warren County Philanthropic Partnership will help increase accessibility to the various areas of our building in Indianola with the installation of 9 automatic doors.
Funding from the Greene County Community Foundation in the amount of $3,681 will enable the development of Power Point programs and presentations to be used for consumer development, staff trainings, consumer/family information, and community education.
The Greater Madison County Community Foundation has awarded $3,500 to help with much needed siding, gutters and downspouts on two of our group homes in Winterset.
Automatic doors will be installed at two entrances into the Genesis work center and redemption center in Storm Lake with the help of a $3,546 grant from the Buena Vista County Community Foundation.
$3,000 from the Tama County Community Foundation will help with the installation of 4 automatic doors at Pheasant Ridge, our residential care facility north of Toledo.
And $1,500 from the Benton County Community Foundation will enable the Genesis office in Belle Plaine to install a new phone system.
Community foundation funding has become a significant source of support for Genesis projects and programs. The need for additional funding never lessens. Without the help of these county foundations, many of these projects could not happen.
Attention Hy-Vee Shoppers!
We are in need your help. The Storm Lake Hy-Vee Store is supporting the community by refunding a percentage of receipts saved and redeemed by area nonprofit organizations. We would like to ask for your help in raising dollars for Genesis by saving your Hy-Vee receipts. Only receipts from the Storm Lake Hy-Vee can be accepted. You can turn them in at the front desk at Genesis or mail to 1607 N. Lake Ave, Storm Lake. There is no maximum to the dollars that can be paid to Genesis, and there is no deadline for collecting receipts. This is an on-going program. Thanks for your help.