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Patsy Donovan Named Dickinson RSVP Coordinator

October 18, 2017

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Patsy Donovan has been named Dickinson County Coordinator for the Northwest Iowa RSVP Volunteer Program. She began her position Oct. 2 on the Spirit Lake campus of Iowa Lakes Community College. 

RSVP is a national, Senior Corps program which matches volunteers with service opportunities to meet community needs. Although RSVP volunteers must be 55 or older, they can serve people of all ages. RSVP has been sponsored in Northwest Iowa by Iowa Lakes Community College since 1977. 

A long-time resident of Dickinson County, Donovan was a Regional Director for Buena Vista University for twenty years and recently retired from Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, where she served as a Career Coach and Continuing Education Coordinator in Business, Education, and IT.

“I feel so fortunate to have returned to the lakes area which has been my home for more than twenty years. In my new position as RSVP Coordinator for Dickinson County, I look forward to working with our volunteers who give of their time and talent in the service of others.  Skills and knowledge gained through years of experience are so valuable to share with others and to give back to our communities.” states Donovan.

In her spare time, Patsy enjoys photography, biking, and spending time with friends and family in the beautiful Great Lakes area.

“We are pleased to welcome Patsy to the RSVP team. Her connections in the communities of Dickinson county combined with her broad experience in working with people of all ages will expand the reach of the Northwest Iowa RSVP program,” says Dawn Bernhard, director of Northwest Iowa RSVP. “Patsy is eager to engage current and new volunteers while reaching out to partner sites which utilize RSVP volunteers. In addition, she plans to use her public speaking skills and belief in the mission of RSVP as a presenter to groups and organizations.” 

Donovan will be contacting current RSVP volunteers and will recruit new members to increase RSVP’s impact and opportunities for volunteers in Dickinson County. RSVP’s current focus area is “Healthy Futures”, which includes medical transportation, food pantry support, blood drive support, disaster services, veteran outreach and education, which includes tutoring and mentoring children, Pen Pals, and English as a Second Language.

In addition to providing information about RSVP, recruiting volunteers and working with partner volunteer host sites, Donovan is available for presentations to organizations or clubs seeking program speakers. Donovan’s office is Room #117 on the Spirit Lake Campus of Iowa Lakes Community College. Her office hours are Monday, 2 to 5 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donovan may be reached by phone at:  712-336-6577 or by email at

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Patsy Donovan at 712-336-6577, or

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