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Assisting Grimes area folks to stay in their home since February 19, 2011!

Grimes Volunteer Support Services Newsletter


Mission Statement-To provide, without charge, needed services to individuals in the Grimes area assisting them to remain in their homes.

President's Report

Hello again from Mike at GVSS.

Boy time sure goes by fast. Here we are in the month of October-a month of pumpkins, apple cider and candy corn.

These past nine months of 2023 sure have slipped by and we are approaching the holiday season. Holiday displays are already out in the stores.

We at GVSS are not slowing down and continue to strive to get everyone to their scheduled appointments or visits to family members.

Please remember that GVSS is an all volunteer organization and nothing gets done without our volunteers.

If you know someone that would like to join our fantastic group, please ask them to contact us and sign up. They can sign up on-line or stop by the office to fill out an application.

If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 515-986-5355.

Have a great fall season!

Mike Bleskacek, GVSS President


GVSS recently sponsored a hole at the 18th annual Grimes Chamber and Economic Development golf outing. Pictured below -- Annette Horner, Gloria Perry and BobbiJo Wolfe. Chamber staff members are volunteers for GVSS and we also have employees from several Chamber businesses volunteering for GVSS. Always a fun event to participate in.


Special thank you to the City of Grimes for their continued suppost of GVSS.

Pictured: GVSS Pres. Mike Bleskacek, City Council members Andrew Borcherding, David Gish, Laurie DePhillips and City Administrator Jake Anderson.

We appreciate the support the city gives us and in helping us continue to provide services to the residents of Grimes.

You don't have to be retired to volunteer. We have lots of volunteers who still work but make time to volunteer for GVSS.
They make a huge difference.
IF INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING AS A DRIVER, PLEASE CONTACT US AT 404 SE 2nd St or call us at 515-986-5355. You can also download an application from our website: www.GrimesVss.com

GVSS is in need of VOLUNTEERS to assist clients with snow removal.

This year we will be assigning volunteers to an individual residence which gives you flexibility on the time frame you work out with the client.

FAMILIES! This is a great opportunity to work as a family team to help others. AND teach your kids to pay it forward by helping others in the community.

If we do not have enough volunteers to cover individual clients, we will have to put clients on a list until we do have a volunteer for them.

If interested please call 515-986-5355.


August Report:

Drivers - 29, Trips - 214, Repair/Maintenance - 2, Yard - 21, Total Volunteers - 34, Miles Driven - 2410, and 368 hours providing service, organizing and adminstering the program.

September Report:

Drivers -29, Trips - 231 , Repair/Maintenance - 0 , Yard- 0, Total Volunteers - 29, 2,187 miles driven and 171- hours provided of service and organizing and administering the programs.

Thank You, Corporate Sponsors


Please tell them thanks for supporting GVSS!

 Supportive Heroes

($1,000 +)  

Polk County

 Gabus Automotive Group

OPUS Foundation

 Golden Rule Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric


Bankers Trust

Community Choice

Credit Union

Harvest Bible Chapel Church

Sammons Institutional Group

State Farm Insurance-Andrea Sabus

Total Family Eye Care Care

Midwest Heritage Bank

City of Grimes


Supportive Partners

($500 - $999.99)


Kennybrook Village 

MS Moments

Vision Bank


Supportive Friends 

($250 - $499.99) 


BDI Signs 

Community Greetings





Assumption Women's Club

Miller Fidler & Hinke

Presbyterian Women

St. Peter Lutheran Church

Godfather's Pizza 

Shade Tree Auto, Subway

Alicia Watkins, Anne Wandrey
Bill & Rene Lego
Charles & Janet Skellenger
Cindy Bullard, Cindy Manning
Connie Hartin, Cynthia Kreklau
Delores Anderson, Bickford Family
Denise Hansen, Diane Moon
Ethel Sturdevant, Gloria Perry
Harold & Eileen Honeck
Irene Buddenberg, Janice Kubovich
Jay & Gloria Brewer
John & Katelyn Oolman
John Allender, Kristi Brokaw
Kristine Voorhees
Larry & Gayle Peters
Linda Becker, Lisha Steffey
Louise Hauger, Maradee Henry
Marc & Robin Hyland
Marie Hutcheson, Max Boderman
Mike & Eileen Bleskacek
Norman Wilson, Patricia Douglas
Quentin Greenough
Richard Lindgren
Robert & Donna Moore
Ron & Sheila Oolman
Ryleah & Alex Cross
Sally Altier, Sandra Williams
Susan Ballard
Terry & Michelle Hicks
Tom & Cindy Armstrong
Tom & Susan Stone
Tom Letsch & Mary Claseman
Vicky Burch, Wanda Armstrong

Join These Great Volunteers At GVSS

Aaron Plaskas, Alan Hulstein

Amor Doherty, Andrea Hodapp

Andrea Sabus, Ann Musfeldt

Annette Horner, April Dawson

Becky Landals, Beth Balzer, Bill Lego

Bob Mueller, BobbiJo Wolfe

Bree Townsend

Brenda Dunphy, Brian Buethe

Caleb Herman, Carol Lesher

Chad Ewalt, Charles Velasquez

Chris Schmidt, Cirrinity Herman

Clint Dudley, Collin Hodapp

Cyle Taylor, Dale Thompson

Don McClelland

 Drue Cavanaugh, Erika Sellers

 Gary Adams, Gloria Perry

 Greg Means, Halsey Scales

 Harold Honeck

Harvest Bible Chapel

 Isaac Hodapp

Jack (John) Flaherty

Jacque Strange, Jane Hartnett

Jay Brewer, Jessika Klaus

Joe Christiansen

Joe Herman, John Oolman

Jordan Bray, Joshua Stott

Judy Strotman, Julie Bindel

Katy Clark, Kris Campbell

Larry Adams, Laura Brandner

Loree Herman Lorraine Shatava Madison Taiber Madonna Hughes Marlene Minshew, Margarett Lacona

Martin Dyson, Mary Claseman

Michael Bleskacek

Michael Vaughn, Mike Levenhagen Natalie Clark, Nicholas Lees

Rachel Dahm, Rene Lego

Rhonda Straight

Ron Oolman, Russ Lickteig

Ryleah Cross, Sarah Henrici

Tim Dempsey, Tom Harris

Tom Letsch, Tom Shatava

Tony Sonius, Vicki Templeton

Wanda Armstrong, Wayne Belner

And we still have room for more!!


Mike Bleskacek, 55+
Wanda Armstrong, Appreciation
Tom Letsch, Snow & Lawn Patrol
Your name could appear here, DME Coordinator.
BobbiJo Wolfe 515-480-6270
Clint Dudley 515-979-6578
Drue Cavanaugh 515-490-4967
Gloria Perry, Financial Secretary
Jane Hartnett 563-608-5817
Tim Dempsey 515-306-0009
Tom Letsch, Treasurer
Loree Herman, Secretary
Wanda Armstrong, Vice President
 Mike Bleskacek, President
All seniors are invited to congregate meals served daily at the Grimes Senior Center at 410 SE Main St. in the Grimes Community Complex. The Senior Center is open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m.  to 1:30 p.m. and lunch is served at 11:30 p.m. 
 For reservations, please call 986-5747 by noon the day before - and by noon Friday for a Monday meal. No fees for meals for those 60 and over; however, donations are accepted and appreciated.
 Come for the food, friends and fun!
Need to borrow a piece of equipment?

Give GVSS a call!

When you have need of a piece of durable medical equipment, please give us a call. If we have what you need in stock, we'll be happy to loan it to you without charge for as long as you may need it.
We have crutches, walkers, canes, shower chairs and benches, quad canes, manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, bath scales, elevated toilet seats, bed rails, toilet safety rails, and power lift recliners.
GVSS will clean, repair (if necessary), inventory, maintain and provide at no charge, loan of equipment to our clients who have a need. If you have equipment you'd like to donate, give us a call. We can schedule a time for you to bring it to the office or we'll come and pick it up.
Thanks for your support!
GVSS Office Hours
Come talk to us in person between 9:30 and 11:30 AM, Monday, Wednesday or Friday or call and make an appointment.

We are located at 404 SE 2nd Street, Suite 100 in the Grimes Governors District.
GVSS has been providing services to Grimes area residents since February 2011. Since then we have provided more than 23,872 trips, driven over 306,065 miles and contributed over 48,853 hours of service to organize and provide assistance to residents of the community.

GVSS has over 210 clients and over 60 volunteers on our rosters.
 For more information regarding GVSS, go to our web site:

 Home visits can be arranged by calling 515-986-5355

GVSS is an Active and Proud member of the Grimes Chamber and Economic Development
Grimes Storehouse
112 NE Ewing St, Ste B
E-Mail: thegrimesstorehouse@gmail.com
Tuesdays & Thursdays - 9:30 am - 11:30 am
1st and 2nd Tuesday of each month
5:30 - 7:00 pm
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404 SE 2nd Street, Suite 100
Grimes, IA 50111