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Garden vouchers are now being distributed to eligible households in the five county service area.  Vouchers will be distributed through mid-June to households at  125% of poverty level or less .  Vouchers are issued in the amount of $25 to be redeemed  at local participating vendors.  Outreach coordinators in the centers have a listing of these vendors for clients to select from.  Vouchers can be used only for the purchase of vegetable and/or fruit plants and/or seeds.  Decatur, Lucas and Monroe counties have raised bed garden spots available.  Please call your local outreach office for more information.

SCICAP Monroe County Outreach and PAT-CCE employees Tina and Shea presented in 4 classrooms to about 75 children in Albia.  Each child planted 4 egg cups, learned about gardening and got coloring sheets and a Green Thumb certificate to take home.  Some classrooms will keep the seeds in their room to further use for science and some are taking them home to watch them sprout and then transplant.  The children loved it!

"In collaboration with community partners, the mission of South Central Iowa Community Action Program is to provide advocacy and services for persons striving for economic security while preserving their dignity, and bring about change for the benefit of the people we serve and the community at large.”

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and build better communites"

"Be the Reason someone smiles today"

On my office wall there are big letters saying, "Be the reason someone Smiles Today". While working at my desk in early December, a fellow came in and said, "I'm here to give you something instead of getting something from you". He handed me a lovely card with the following hand written note: To SCICAP, Thank you for a new furnace! As a veteran now disabled, this is the first help I've had from anybody. You people do good work! Thank you from an Army veteran." I must tell you my eyes watered up a bit.

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