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LIFE Mower County E-News
July 2020

Update from LIFE Mower County regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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We wanted to share a quick note about what we are doing at LIFE Mower County in light of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

Like you, we are following the news very closely and taking every precaution as recommended by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. We have been taking every precaution to slow the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

Following the recommendations from the State of Minnesota around social distancing, and with an abundance of caution and concern for our entire community, we will be canceling all in-person activities through Monday, August 31, 2020.  

What this means:

  • Community Connections Trips - There will not be any in-town or
    out-of-town trips in July or August.
  • Mower County Special Olympics - All Special Olympics practices and tournaments have been canceled until further notice.  This includes Bocce and Softball only.
  • Our Place Recreation Center - All regular in-person activities have been canceled until August 31, 2020.  We will re-evaluate the situation and notify everybody with any changes.
    • Read our July-August 2020 newsletter for information on our next parade and a parking lot dance party - Click here
  • Self Advocacy - People First Aktion Club and Self-Advocates Minnesota will continue virtually through the end of August.
  • Fall 2020 Vacation - As of today (7/1/2020), our Fall 2020 Vacation to Brindley's Harbor resort will still be held as scheduled. We will have to wait and see how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect this vacation. All registered participants will be notified immediately if anything changes.
  • Virtual Programs - Will continue through the end of August. Virtual program information can be found in your newsletter (July-August 2020 newsletter was mailed on June 30, 2020) or by visiting the virtual program page on our website.
These changes are precautionary and are not due to any known exposure to COVID-19 in our building. The health, safety, and well-being of our community remain our #1 priority.  We will reevaluate the situation on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, and advise everyone with any future changes.

Our lobby will be open beginning on Monday, July 6, 2020, but any access to offices, bathrooms and the rest of the building will be restricted.

We will send any updates via email to our entire community if any plans change.  You can also click the button below to learn more about any updates.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Activity and Event Updates
If you need any assistance or just need to talk:

Call 507-433-8994 (Voicemail messages will be checked daily)
Message us through Facebook at

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Links

You can view and/or download the full July-August 2020 newsletter at

We MISS all of our participants and we want to say Hi!
Call 507-433-8994 or email and let us know if you want us to drive by your house on Monday, July  13, 2020, starting at 6:00 pm.  Staff, Board Members, and Volunteers will drive by your house, say hi from an appropriate distance, and drop off a treat at your house. Register by 7/10.
This screenshot was from our LIFE at Home
Online Get Together on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
Join LIFE Mower County for a
LIFE at Home Online Get Together

What is a virtual program?
 Virtual programs are designed for our participants to stay active and connected during
these times. Programs include music, crafts, cooking, games, and more!  All virtual
Programs are FREE.
What type of technology is needed to participate in virtual programs?
All programs are conducted through Zoom. Participants will need access to the internet and a computer with a web camera. Programs can also be accessed with a smartphone or tablet by downloading the Zoom app.
How to register for virtual programs
No need to pre-register.  Just click the appropriate link for the day of the activity that you are joining.  It’s that easy?
If you have any questions regarding virtual programming or you need assistance setting-up Zoom, please contact Jamey Helgeson at (507) 433-8994 ext. 102 or email

July 7 - Music and Movement
July 8 - Animal Explorations
July 9 - Talent Show
July 14 - Happy Hour Snack & Chat
July 15 - Cooking
July 16 - Bingo with Prizes
July ​21 - No Activity
​July 22 - Field Trip
July ​23 - No Activity
July 28 - People First Aktion Club
July ​29 - Crafts
July ​30 - Trivia
August 4 - Music and Movement
August 5 - Crash Course
August 6 - Karaoke
August 11 - Happy Hour Snack & Chat
August 12 - Cooking
August 13 - Bingo with Prizes​
August 18 - ​Scavenger Hunt
August 19 - ​Field Trip
August 20 - Show and Tell
August ​25​ - People First Aktion Club
August ​26 - Crafts
August ​27 - ​Trivia

Visit for
directions on how to join a Zoom meeting.
Taste of Mower County has been canceled
Virtual Auction to be held in August
Due to COVID-19 concerns, our planning committee has made the sad decision to cancel the 10th Annual Taste of Mower County. All sponsors, chefs, ticket holders will receive additional information via mail or email. If you have any questions, please email or call 507-433-8994.  

Visit to learn how you can register to bid on items in our Virtual Auction.

Thank you to our sponsors:  Holiday Inn, Worlein Funeral Home, Tom and Trish Wiechmann, Medgaarden’s Southwest Sales, Bremer Bank, Home Federal Savings Bank, REM Woodvale, Greg Meyer State Farm, Accentra Credit Union and Heartman Insurance!  Thank you to all of our new and returning chefs, volunteers and ticket holders! We couldn't do it without YOU!!!

Are you interested in serving on LIFE Mower County’s Board of Directors? The experience is both rewarding and enjoyable. Serving on a nonprofit board increases your access to professional networks, networks outside your circle of influence. People within those networks may have an impact on you in a variety of ways. Service on the Board of Directors requires a deep commitment to our mission, as well as time and energy necessary for full participation. Learn more at
If you are interested in being on the LIFE Mower County’s Board of Directors or have more questions, please contact Dawn Helgeson at 507-433-8994,
Ext 101 or

Public Policy

Here you'll find the information you’ll need to advocate on all issues that are critical to the intellectual and developmental disability community:

Jon V - July 2
Susan H - July 4
Dylan S - July 6
Kimberly S - July 7
Gloria S - July 7
Crystal S - July 8
Sarah J - July 17
Brian P - July 21
Beatrice F - July 22
Steven M - July 22
Linda M - July 23
Tyra W - July 27
Mike N - July 29
Gail P - July 29
Amy I - July 30
Nicholas A - July 31
Wish List

Volunteers Matter

If you are interested in volunteering, please email,  
call 507-433-8994 or visit for more information.

Your gifts, both large and small, will help us to achieve our mission of helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.  LIFE Mower County relies on the generosity of people like you to sustain and expand the ways it helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.  Please make success possible by donating today!  LIFE Mower County is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

LIFE Mower County helps people and families every day and your contribution means a great deal. It means that people who need help to live on their own will get the support they want to be safe, healthy and contributing members of our community.  It means that people who want to work and earn money will find their niche. It means that people will have choices for social, leisure, and entertainment activities in the community and that caregivers will be able to choose the kinds of in-home assistance they need—and when they need it. It means that families will find support, education, and inspiration.  It means our community will be stronger.​   Donate anytime, online at
Supporting Individuals. 
Connecting Families. 
Inspiring Communities

Listen to KAUS 1480 AM on the first Monday of the month
at 10:30 AM for the LIFE Mower County Radio Show!
The LIFE Mower County building will be closed from
July 17 through July 26, 2020,
and will re-open on
Monday, July 27, 2020.
LIFE Mower County is a United Way funded agency.

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