Bell Ringing

Beginning on Monday, June 1 area communities of faith will ring their bells for one minute at 11:00 a.m each Monday to mark lives lost and affected by the coronavirus pandemic. This is part of a call for a National Day of Mourning and Lament. The ongoing bell-ringing each week recognizes all lives affected by the pandemic. People are invited to stand outside at this time each week in solidarity with our community and the world.

Mail Cheer Program

Green Iowa AmeriCorps and the Decorah & Winneshiek County Mutual Aid Network are proud to announce the Mail Cheer Program! Many members of our community may be struggling with loneliness or isolation due to the current pandemic. To combat this, we’re asking for volunteers from our community to sign up to send a positive message of cheer by mailing a card anonymously and safely to our PO Box, which we will then forward to individuals who have asked to receive a card.
Would you like to send mail to someone in the community?

Great! Thank you so much for helping us spread some cheer around our town.

Please mail your cards to:

Mail Cheer Program
PO Box 169
Decorah, IA 52101

Once we receive it, we will forward it to those who have requested to receive mail.

A few tips for sending cards:

  • Please be safe! Do not include personal information, such as your address or workplace. You can mail your cards without a return address and remain totally anonymous.
  • Please be kind and positive! The goal of this program is to brighten someone’s day.
  • Please feel free to include artwork or other small items including stickers!
  • Please send one piece of mail per envelope.
  • Please feel free to send multiple pieces of mail in! There’s no limit to the amount of mail you can send in. We will accept mail until July 15.
Would you or a loved one like to receive mail?

To receive mail, please fill out this google form to submit your information.

Alternately, you can e-mail jessica@energydistrict.org and we will get you signed up. Please include your name and the address you’d like to receive mail at.

Need some creative materials to assist with your writing endeavors?

A tote box is available in the Little Free Craft Closet at ArtHaus full of mailing and artistic supplies. Please feel to drop by and pick up whatever materials would be helpful for you to create a cheerful letter for someone in our community! Additionally, if you have supplies to donate, please feel free to drop them off in the tote box as well!

The Decorah Mutual Aid Fund through the Decorah Faith Coalition

Your contribution to this Mutual Aid Network fund will be distributed through Northeast Iowa Community Action to low income individuals and families in Winneshiek County to cover bills and basic expenses such as rent, energy, telephone, other utilizes, and immediate expenses. Qualification as low income can be based on 2019 income or on the income from the past 30 days. First Lutheran Church of Decorah is collecting these funds on behalf of the Decorah Area Faith Coalition.

Linkhttps://tithe.ly/give_new/www/#/tithely/give-one-time/255283?giving_to=Mutual%20Aid%20Network

Shortened versionbit.ly/firstluthmutualaid

Schedule Delivery with Hometown Taxi

As of Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Hometown Taxi will be open for delivery services and essential medical rides only, due to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Hours will be Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Delivery cost within Decorah is $5 and from Wal-Mart is $6. Discounts for seniors and people with disabilities still apply. Call 563-382-3155 for services, and check Facebook or hometowntaxidecorah.com for possible changes in delivery open hours.

“Since the fall of 1987, Hometown Taxi has been open every week in every type weather to serve our community with safe and friendly transportation to work, to medical appointments, to grocery stores, and to social events,” Scot Idstrom, Hometown Taxi partner said. “It’s terribly difficult for us to have to reduce our services at this time, but it’s the responsible thing to do to keep our riders and the rest of the community safe,” he continued.

“We wish our community of riders well and want to continue supporting them with this delivery service. We hope to resume our regular schedule sometime in the near future,” Idstrom said.

Hometown Taxi is a partnership owned and operated by Scot Idstrom, Ian Miller, Heidi Olstad, Ketel Paulsen, Eric Paulson, Daniel Rotto, Eric VanVliet, and Craig Witt.
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