Decorah & Winneshiek Mutual Aid Network

Neighbor to Neighbor Assistance in Winneshiek County during the COVID-19 Outbreak

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We are currently looking for errand runners, childcare providers, grocery donors, and gifts of connection and presence

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 the end of October.
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 or call 563-293-5075 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!


Job/Volunteer Board

Want to share volunteer, temporary, or permanent employment in Winneshiek County? Post a Job Listing

    Community Solutions

    Are your neighbors responding in creative new ways? Fill out this form to add it to Decorah Now

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    Financial Donations

    The Decorah Area Faith Coalition has set up a fund for financial donations to be used for Winneshiek County residents adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will be used to supplement the Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation Crisis Fund.

    Connect with DWMN

    (563) 362-2288, answered M-F, 9 AM to 7 PM or leave a message

    COVID-19 Resources

    Center for Disease Control (CDC)

    Iowa Department of Public Health

    Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)

    Iowa Workforce Development: Updates & Resources About Covid-19

    We Couldn’t Do It Without…

    Winneshiek County Development & Tourism Special thanks to Steph, Lora, Kristin, and the Board of Directors for providing major support to Decorah Now both over the past year and at a moment’s notice!

    Volunteers! So many people have jumped in with both feet and are helping get this off the ground. Not sure how to list them all here, and you definitely won’t find us all in the same place at the same time (yet!), but we are incredibly appreciative to live in the same community as all of these folks!


    Lauren Bonney Huge thanks to Lauren for making the network a logo in record time!