ISU Extension and Outreach of Palo Alto County Still Serving Citizens Amongst COVID-19 Pandemic

For a list of additional COVID-19 resources, visit the ISU Extension and Outreach COVID-19 Resource/Disaster Recovery page.

From health concerns to financial insecurity, Iowans are facing unprecedented and challenging times. ISU Extension and Outreach of Palo Alto County shares resources with local communities in an effort to support those in need.
 
The Palo Alto County Extension and Outreach Office is closed to the public until further notice in an effort to protect staff, youth, volunteers, and communities from COVID-19 and have taken direction from Iowa State University to cancel programs through May 31st. Staff are working remotely and continue to serve Palo Alto County.
 
In collaboration with neighboring county Extension offices, a resource list has been pulled together featuring helpful resources for this trying time.
 
Iowa Concern is a service available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week at no charge and is a program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. This service is a source of help for Iowans in need of legal information that includes easy-to-understand facts and where to go to get help, finance tips about family finance, unemployment, and more, stress information to test your stress and learn about depression, parenting and wellness, and crisis and disaster resources related to homeland security, illness and recovery. Iowa Concern can be reached via a toll-free hotline and 1-800-447-1985 or at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/.
 
AnswerLine is a resource provided by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Human Science Department that provides information for Iowa consumers with home and family questions including topics such as child development, cleaning, consumer management, and more. AnswerLine can be contacted via a toll-free hotline at 1-800-262-3804 Monday through Friday 9 AM – Noon and 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Information can also be found https://www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/answerline.
 
Another great resource for parents provided by ISU Extension and Outreach is “The Science of Parenting.” Science of Parenting offers parents access to current research around child-rearing. This service has published blogs and podcast related to COVID-19 including a podcast featuring Human Science Specialist, Mackenzie Johnson, called “Parenting through COVID-19.”  This podcast along with everything related to Science of Parenting can be found at https://blogs.extension.iastate.edu/scienceofparenting/.
 
With families spending more time at home during this time of social distancing, more than likely more cooking is happening and maybe with limited resources. With the help of Iowa University Extension and Outreach’s Spend Smart. Eat Smart., Iowans can eat healthy and stick to a tight grocery budget. More than 150 recipes that are easy to prepare and inexpensive can be found on the website along with how-to videos for recipes, kitchen organization tips, basic food preparation techniques and also strategies for saving money in each part of the grocery store. Find all this at https://spendsmart.extension.iastate.edu/ or download the app on your mobile device.
 
Family Finance Field Specialist Brenda Schmitt is offering FREE and confidential personal financial coaching to those in need. Reach out via email to schmitt@iastate.edu or call 641-423-0650 to schedule an appointment today! 
 
Iowa 4-H has complied at home learning resources for 4-H and youth. All the resources are publicly available for youth and families to use to provide opportunities for young people to stay engaged in learning while out of school. The at home learning resources can be found at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/.
 

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has a plethora of knowledge and resources to serve Iowans. Staff with Palo Alto County Extension and Outreach want to help community members during this unprecedented time and connect them with resources available. Please do not hesitate to reach out to xpaloalto@iastate.edu with any questions or concerns.

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