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UDMO requests funding

Nonprofit sees budget cuts in fiscal year 2011, seeks $20,000 from Webster County for FY 2012

November 10, 2010
By LINDSEY MUTCHLER Messenger staff writer

Three thousand households; 6,837 individuals.

Those represent the number of people Upper Des Moines Opportunity assisted with its various programs from October 2009 to September of this year in Webster County alone.

Nicole Jones, a representative of the statewide nonprofit organization from the Webster City office, requested annual funding from the Webster County Board of Supervisors during its Tuesday meeting.

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Jones works on behalf of UDMO in Hamilton, Webster, Wright and Humboldt counties.

"We are the largest Upper Des Moines county both geographically and in population," Jones said. "We are requesting $20,000 again this year for our operating budget."

The board declined the nonprofit's request for funding in fiscal year 2011 due to a looming deficit in the general basic budget. The board cut nearly $1 million from that budget in December 2009, freezing county salaries and hiring, and reducing or cutting funding for local organizations.

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An application for donated clothing sits on the counter at Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. as outreach specialist Brandi Dunn, left, and Heather Prather, life skills cordinator/outreach specialist, talk in the reception area. The group has requested funding from the Webster County Board of Supervisors.

Jones urged the board members to visit the Fort Dodge office.

"I don't know how many of you have been down to our office," Jones said. "I invite you to come down anytime. We typically have a line at the door of families and individuals needing assistance. It's crucial that we maintain services in Webster County."

Programs the organization offers to the community are:

"Every day is different," Jones said. "We help a lot of families who are fixed incomes, seniors, disabled individuals and families that just aren't finding work. We're usually their first stop. If we can't help them, we find someone who can."

Jones also requested a separate $3,000 as a local match for an Elderbridge Agency on Aging grant that funds the Upper Des Moines Opportunity's program for seniors called Chore. The program gives seniors a one-time payment of $100 to help with leaf raking or snow removal from sidewalks and driveways.

"We ask that each of our counties we're in, put some money toward the local match," Jones said.

Supervisor Chairman Keith Dencklau said the board would consider the request when it begins allocations for the fiscal year 2012 budget.

Contact Lindsey Mutchler at (515) 573-2141 or



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