The holiday season often signals a time of need for residents of Grimes, as cold north winds bring with them deep snows and biting winds.
Thankfully, the desire to give is also heightened as we head into winter.
In 2010, led by the retired pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Rev. Percy Kvitne, the Grimes Volunteer Support Services Inc., was founded to organize and coordinate a volunteer effort to provide services to those in need in Grimes such as the elderly and shut-ins.
Now supported by the Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian and Crossroads Community churches in town, GVSS is able to provide services such as transportation for medical appointments, shopping, church and other community events. Other services, such as snow removal, yard work and minor home repair are also available to those in need.
As snow and ice make it more difficult for some people to get out to get groceries or to the doctor, the need for volunteers increases.
“A lot of our regular volunteers are snowbirds,” says GVSS President Jay Brewer. “So we always need more volunteers. When we got involved, we never believed how much we would get out of it (volunteering). We meet a lot of neat people and have made a lot of new friends.”
Volunteering is on an as-needed basis as requests for services are called in, and can be as simple as providing companionship for a Grimes shut-in.
“Community is important,” says volunteer Gus Henrici. “We tend to think that there is a great need in the mission field, but there are needs everywhere, even here in Grimes.”
Calls for volunteers or requests for services are taken on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9 – 11 a.m. An application is needed for the first time for both volunteering and support services. Both applications can be found on the website: www.grimesvss.com.