WCMCA is currently taking Request for Proposals for our audit services; deadline to receive RFPs is Monday, May 15, 2017 by 4:30 pm. Inquiries and proposals should be directed to:
Carol Boyer, Chief Financial Officer
West Central MN Communities Action, Inc.
411 Industrial Park Blvd
Elbow Lake, MN 56531
218.685.4486, Ext. 0
The Grant County Food Connection occurred on Wednesday, March 29 at the main office of West Central MN Communities Action, Inc. in Elbow Lake.
Nearly 10,000 pounds of food was distributed: 45 home deliveries were made to home-bound seniors and 68 households attended the food drop. Funding for the food distribution was provided by the Elbow Lake Community Healthcare Auxiliary.
Thank you to all of the volunteers from the local community and organizations (Wendell Fire Department, USDA, FSA, Grant County Social Services, Eagle Bank, WCA Schools, Vinco, University of Minnesota, Grant County HRA and the Healthcare Auxiliary).
Thank you to all of the volunteers for their hard work!
Volunteers from the Wendell Fire Department and Eagle Bank setting up for the food distribution.
Volunteers from the Elbow Lake community, USDA and Eagle Bank packing boxes for senior deliveries.
Student volunteers from WCA Schools (l to r): John Barber, Ross Anderson and Dawson Staples
A friendly lift for senior citizens
When Carolyn Navratil had heart surgery in January, she was told she wouldn’t be able to drive for three weeks. Yet the hospital in Fargo scheduled her for another appointment just two weeks later, which left Navratil in a bit of a predicament.
Then Navratil remembered a program she had heard of called Ready Ride, which matches volunteer drivers with senior citizens needing a ride in Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens and Traverse counties.
The program from West Central Minnesota Communities Action works in partnership funded by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Though rides to medical appointments are a common need, social obligations or other errands are also part of the program.
“They coordinated it and I got a call back in a couple days telling me what it would cost and how it would work and giving me the name of the driver,” Navratil said. “She called me and introduced herself and got directions to pick me up.”
Nelson says her experience being a volunteer for the program has been positive.
“Before getting involved with Ready Ride, I was thinking I should be doing more community service but didn’t want to be tied down to a schedule,” Nelson said. “This was the perfect thing because I can kind of work it around whatever else is happening. They call and if you can do it, you can do it. And if you’re busy, you say, ‘Sorry, I can’t.'”
“(After picking me up from the hospital) she asked if there was anything she could do, and I said, ‘Well, I do need a prescription they wrote for me at Target,'” Navratil recalled. “She stopped and we went in and got it. She went above and beyond.”
Ready Ride has about 35 volunteers, with some only available for nearby trips, while others are willing to drive to the Twin Cities or Fargo-Moorhead.
“We prefer a 48-hour advance notice,” said Nicole Melaaf, volunteer coordinator. “For a long distance, the more notice the better.”
Ready Ride drivers are reimbursed for their mileage at the rate set by the IRS, currently 53.5 cents per mile, or they can donate that money back to the program
To schedule a ride, call (218) 685-7433 (RIDE).
WCMCA’s Father’s Resource Program is hosting a Free Law Clinic on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 4:00-8:00 pm. The clinic will be held at Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota in Alexandria. Family law issues are a priority. Please contact Mikkel Anderson at 320.762.3031 to request an appointment. Appointments are given out on a first come, first serve basis with limited openings.
Please click the link below for full details on the Father’s Resource Program Free Law Clinic.
WCMCA will be hosting the Grant County Food Connection on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 beginning at 2:00 pm at the Elbow Lake office. The food will be disbursed until it runs out. Anyone who eats qualifies; delivery is available to seniors (please call ahead); and bring your own boxes, totes or laundry baskets to carry food. Thank you to the Elbow Lake Community Healthcare Auxiliary and the North Country Food Bank, Inc. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Nicole or John at 218.685.4486 or 800.492.4805.