COVID-19 Update: TestIowa, Volunteer Iowa and more

April 22, 2020

April 22, 2020, 4:10 p.m. -- email message to staff, faculty, and councils

Today is National Administrative Professionals’ Day and I want to send a huge THANK YOU to our office professionals. Throughout my career I have been and continue to be blessed with assistants who have made my life not only easier, but also better. These excellent professionals could anticipate what was needed next (like Radar O’Reilly for the MASH fans). They also could be a great sounding board that I could trust with my password when I needed to talk things through.

ISU Extension and Outreach has many such office professionals who make things happen in the office and across our system. Take time to honor and thank them for the work they do.

TestIowa is a new initiative in partnership with Iowa’s leaders and private corporations. The goal is to dramatically increase the rate of COVID-19 testing so Iowans can have better access to testing and help stem the spread of COVID-19 to get us back to normal as quickly as possible. You can go to the website,, and take a short survey to determine whether you should be tested. I went to the site, completed the survey, and found out that I don’t need to be tested at this time.

4-H has shared with staff the need for volunteers to help at food pantries as part of the Feeding Iowa Task Force. County offices can help connect volunteers to local food pantries in two ways. First, if you have connections to a local pantry you can connect 4-H youth to them directly. Second, the state is using the Volunteer Iowa platform to connect volunteers with organizations that need them. If your local pantry or other organization is not using, you can connect them to it. This is the site where college students and others are sent to find volunteer opportunities. 4-H is sharing this opportunity for high-school-aged members. FFA chapters are also being recruited to volunteer at food pantries.

ISU Information Technology Services has compiled resources about working from home. See these links:

America’s Small Business Development Center Iowa is promoting a 5-day challenge for Iowans to help local businesses. The challenge will occur April 27 through May 1. SBDC has created a different video to help promote each day, as well as an overall video that promotes the challenge. The daily challenges are:

  • Monday – Choose three businesses and comment on their post and share it on your story.
  • Tuesday – Buy online from an artisan who can no longer attend a market.
  • Wednesday – Write a Google review for your favorite business.
  • Thursday – Buy an online gift certificate to use at a later date.
  • Friday – Send five small businesses a caring message.

The videos will be branded for ISU Extension and Outreach, and Advancement is preparing a page on MyExtension with suggested social media posts and tips you can use to share the videos.

Are you looking for a way to spend year-end dollars? Advancement has collected a variety of materials you can request to use those dollars and update your branding. There are several categories with ideas and there will be more to come. Custom or design-heavy signage may not be able to be completed before June 30. For more information, talk with your advancement specialist.

Terry Maloy.You are invited to a Retirement Card Shower for Terry Maloy, Iowa Extension Council Association executive director. Terry is retiring effective April 30. Terry was hired as executive director in 2012 after serving on the IECA board of directors representing Region 19 in southern Iowa for several years. He is a current member of the Monroe County Council.

As executive director, Terry moved the organization forward by always advocating for county extension councils. Under his vision, IECA retained legal counsel for its members, added the Employee Assistance Program for county extension employees, and developed a comprehensive, affordable background screening program for county employees and volunteers.

Terry has represented the interests of county extension councils at ISU Extension and Outreach leadership meetings, on statewide committees, and employee search committees. He has provided a voice for extension council members by advocating for resources, training, and input opportunities.

Extension council members and extension staff are invited to show appreciation and celebration of Terry’s work by showering him with cards. Cards can be addressed to Terry Maloy and sent to the Monroe County Extension Office, 219 B Ave. W, Albia, IA 52531.

John D. Lawrence
Vice President for Extension and Outreach