NEIA RSVP volunteers are always welcome as they serve Allamakee, Winneshiek and Howard counties; Upcoming seminars include Fraud Protection and Generation Rx

After having a long career, many retirees find themselves with an unfulfilled void in their lives. They may become bored, and, in some cases, lonely and depressed. While some find a part-time job or spend more time with family, the void continues for many. Research has shown that volunteering is good for one’s physical and mental health.

Volunteering can fill that void while also serving the community. Area Northeast Iowa  residents have the opportunity to share their skills through the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Currently RSVP coordinates more than 60 local programs in the area. 

Program director Deana Hageman said, “Volunteers can aid hundreds of people in Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek counties. As a volunteer, seniors are able to share their skills benefiting non-profit organizations, including their clients. In Postville, many of the volunteers at the Postville Food Pantry are affiliated with RSVP. Some RSVP volunteers also serve at the Good Samaritan Society in Postville.”

To find out about volunteer service opportunities and needs, call (563) 277-5181, send an email message to; or visit the RSVP offices Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Decorah Public Library, 202 Winnebago St., Decorah, Iowa.

Several events sponsored by Northeast Iowa RSVP are being held in the area. They include:

Fraud Protection

Learn how to protect your savings from scams and fraud.

Con artists target people age 60 and older swindling more than 7 million Americans out of almost $3 billion each year. In an effort to prevent these losses, Northeast Iowa Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (NEI RSVP) and the Iowa Insurance Division will be presenting “Iowa Fraud Fighters” seminars throughout northeast Iowa.

Empower yourself to fight and report fraud by attending an upcoming seminar:

A seminar will be held at Grand Meadows Glen in Postville in the near future. The time and date will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

Generation Rx

“Generation Rx” seminars will be held  spring in Allamakee, Winneshiek and Howard counties. The seminars, aimed at preventing prescription medication misuse, are presented by volunteers with RSVP and Helping Services for Youth & Families.

A seminar is planned for Postville in the near future. Date and time will be released as soon as they are finalized.

If your business or organization would like to host a Generation Rx seminar, please contact Deana Hageman at (563) 277-5181 or

Read more in the March 4 edition of the Postville Herald.