Assistance

The following is a short list of agencies who provide assistance in the Mahaska Community. Keep scrolling for food, housing, financial legal, and other needs. United Way of Mahaska County has a more comprehensive resource directory.

Food

  • Ecumenical Cupboard
    205 South D Street
    Open M-W-F 10 a.m. to 12 noon
    641.676.4031
  • End of Month Meals
    Dinner served at rotating churches
    641.673.6041
  • SNAP (Food Stamps)
    Mahaska DHS
    410 South 11th
    641.673.3496

Financial

  • Love INC
    Financial support and education
    500 High Ave. West
    641.673.3750
  • Salvation Army
    Financial support
    641.672.1867
  • Iowa FIP
    Cash assistance to needy families
    Mahaska DHS
    410 South 11th
    641.673.3496

Housing

  • Homeless Coalition
    Emergency Shelter and rental assistance
    641.670.0717
  • General Relief
    Mahaska County
    301 1st Ave. East, Oskaloosa
    641.672.2625
  • Section 8
    Income-based rental vouchers
    220 South Market, Oskaloosa
    641.673.8361

Legal

  • Iowa Legal Aid
    Free legal advice on civil matters
    112 East 3rd Street, Ottumwa
    641.683.3166
  • Crisis Intervention Services
    Support for sexual assault and domestic abuse victims
    500 High Ave. West, Oskaloosa
    641.673.0336

Other

  • SIEDA
    Utility assistance
    114 North Market, Oskaloosa
    641.673.8758
  • Hew Hope Community
    Thrift store and new parent support
    308 5th Ave. West, Oskaloosa
    641.676.1602
  • Oskaloosa Rides
    Fixed-route bus service
    641.676.6043

Virtual Impact Tour of Oskaloosa

When you begin at the corner of US 63 and IA 92 and circle the city of Oskaloosa, amazing facts and figures begin to take shape  due to investments, past and present community partnerships, and the strong commitment to the area’s economy and quality of life.

State of the City ♦ WPU  ♦ HS/MS/Auditorium
  Elementary  ♦ YMCA  ♦
 Housing ♦ MHP
Industry ♦ Downtown ♦ Recreation ♦ Transportation

  • State of the City: Oskaloosa Mayor David Krutzfeldt and City Manager Michael Schrock released “Oskaloosa Today” at the first public political forum in 2018. The document shows growth by the numbers, gives project updates, and projected 2018-19 plans. The document can be found here.
  • William Penn University is a strong industry partner having a $52+ million economic impact in the community. WPU Stats:  Average scholarship is $14,000,  students come from 41 states and 18 countries, there is a 16:1 student:teacher ratio, enrollment is 950+ at the Oskaloosa Campus and 700+ enrollment in their College for Working Adults, there is the $12 million PAC/Musco Technology Center on campus,  new dorms are at capacity, and popular programs include Nursing BSN and Digital Communications.
  • High School / Middle School / Auditorium: 1:1 computer to student ratios at the high school and middle school,  Academy  and AP Courses offered as well as a  wide range of non-athletic extra curricular activities (strings, jazz, robotics), successful anti-bullying and senior mock accident programs through emergency personal partnerships (the oldest program in Iowa boasting over 20 years). The Daily Community Theater hosts professional and community productions and offers children’s theater and camps.
  • Elementary School: Thanks to a successful passage of city-wide/county-wide local option sales tax, five aging elementary schools were repurposed and a new elementary school with a central campus was constructed.  Read more about how this historical tax vote passage benefitted the entire Mahaska Community by clicking here. Learn about Oskaloosa School system here.
  • YMCA: The Mahaska County YMCA is a significant partner in providing recreation, community programming, and child care for the Mahaska Community. The Y leads the largest preschool partnership in the area (Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standard accredited, use of Creative Curriculum). Plans are being finalized between the Y, Oskaloosa School System and the City towards the construction of a recreation and early childhood education center.
  • Housing: The Mahaska Community Development Group and Oskaloosa is growing quality housing stock to meet demands. Examples include Fox Run and Marge Housing Divisions and there is a focus on developing new housing especially for workforce and executives. There is a new 48-unit affordable housing development Reserves at Ironwood. The City approved a 2015 Housing Plan and Housing Needs Assessment in 2017.
  • Mahaska Health Partnership (MHP): Within the last seven years, MHP invested $25m in a 52,000 sq. ft. expansion that houses acute care, surgical suites and a birthing center. MHP has over 40 physicians on staff. Serenity House,  six bed hospice care, was built in 2010. Visit MHP and Serenity House on line.

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  • Industry: Oskaloosa is the second largest manufacturing community in Iowa per capita. The Mahaska Community exports to over 70 countries, boasts locally owned industries, headquarter companies are strong on research and development and we we are a patent leader. William Penn University is a partner with industries in several efforts.
  • Downtown Reinvestment: Musco/MCG is a strong community partner with 400+ team members. They provide technical assistance to Main Street and the Oskaloosa Downtown Development Group (ODD). MCG provides Gigabit service to the community and fiber optic communications and television. Reinvestment in downtown Oskaloosa by all partners includes Smokey Row, Frankel Building, Book Vault, Brown’s Shoe Fit, Trolley Place, Iowa Building, Alan Adams, Town Square Dentist (succession) Law Office, Edward Jones, McMain’s building, Law Enforcement Center (sales tax) courthouse, bandstand, McMillen Building, True Value, Interiors by Val, Clean & Green and $25m street-scaping.
  • Recreation: Mahaska Community Recreation Foundation (MCRF) facilitates and promotes recreation in the Mahaska Community. There are several golf course choices: Edmundson, Harvest Point, Oskaloosa Golf, or Prairie Knolls,  mini-putt and driving ranges, 15-mile recreation trail that loops the city (a large volunteer effort). The Lacey Complex (200 acres of fields, 5-plex ball diamonds, stadium, outdoor track) saw 64,000 players and 75,000 spectators in the 2017 season. The grounds will be the future home of Recreation and Easy Education Center.
  • Intermodal Transportation: A northwest bypass is being planned which will have a positive affect on downtown by receding the track traffic. A regional airport is moving forward and a planned southeast connector will serve the industrial park area. A regional coalition exists as an advocate for the area’s transportation infrastructure.

State of the City ♦ WPU  ♦ HS/MS/Auditorium
   Elementary  ♦ YMCA  ♦
 Housing ♦ MHP
Industry ♦ Downtown ♦ Recreation ♦ Transportation

Generations Defined

 

 

  • The Millennial Generation: Born 1981-1997
    Age of Adults in 2015: 18 to 34*
  • Generation X: Born 1965 to 1980
    Age in 2015: 35 to 50
  • The Baby Boom Generation: Born 1946 to 1964
    Age in 2015: 51 to 69
  • The Silent Generation: Born 1928 to 1945
    Age in 2015: 70 to 87
  • The Greatest Generation: Born before 1928
    Age in 2015: 88 to 100

*No chronological end point has been set for this group. For the purpose of following a cleanly defined group, Millennials are defined as those ages 18 to 34 in 2015.

SOURCE: PEW Research Center

Direct Shots

  • Check for Recalls online: To provide better service in alerting the American people to unsafe, hazardous or defective products, six federal agencies with vastly different jurisdictions have joined together to create www.recalls.gov, a ‘one-stop-shop’ for U.S. Government Recalls.
  • How Much Does it Cost You to Drive? AAA has created a brochure and provided an in-depth explanation to help you understand what it costs to drive your car. This data is dated 2016.
  • My Little Libraries promote literacy and the love of reading. Did you know there are over 50,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world?
  • The Cost of Raising a child: BabyCenter.com allows you to plug in certain variables to determine the cost of child rearing (with all the pertinent disclaimers, of course).
  • What’s for Dinner? That age-old question now has some help with these online menu planners which could help for a less stressful week!  Relish, All Recipes, Dinner PlannerQuick Healthy Meals in 45 minutes or less, Blue Zones Meals.
  • Informed Dining: See restaurant inspections on the web by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. Search by filling in the information in the search boxes.
  • Agency Reporting of Gifts, Bequests and Grants: Reports from state agencies on gifts, bequests and grants they receive from private or other government sources can be viewed at the web site for the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, this includes gifts the Governor receives on behalf of the state.
  • Obtaining your Credit Report: It’s a good idea to periodically check your credit report to spot errors or fraud. The official site to obtain your free credit report is www.annualcreditreport.com. There are three main credit reporting agencies: Equifax,  Experian, and TransUnion.
  • Cost of Gasoline: There is a web site that helps visitors find the lowest gasoline prices in an area after typing in a specific zip code. GasBuddy is a portal to over 170 local or state sites that track what stations in each community are charging.
  • Appliance Help: If you’re in the market for new home appliances and enjoy research before purchase, you might want to visit www.appliance411.com which they claim provides “unbiased, helpful tips about home appliances.”
  • Life Expectancy Calculator: Ever wondered how your lifestyle habits and family history affect your longevity? The non-profit Alliance for Aging Research has a Life Expectancy Calculator based on centenarian studies and other medical research.

Additional Links

Listed alphabetically below are a variety of resource links where of information and data can be found. Please contact Team Mahaska should you find a broken link or if you have a suggestion for a resource link to be added.  Additional fun and useful links can be found on the Direct Shots page.

Mahaska Community Stadium

The Mahaska Community Stadium is located on the east edge of the Lacey Recreation Complex. The complex consists of first-class artificial turf football and soccer fields and an all-weather track.

The GPS address for the stadium is 2091 238th Street, Oskaloosa, IA 52577.

 

Recreation

Recreational opportunities abound within the Mahaska Community. A sister site, everythingMAHASKA, has been developed to provide more in-depth information surrounding recreation and entertainment opportunities throughout Mahaska County. everythingMAHASKA includes the Ultimate Community Calendar which is easily searchable, has a subscription option, and allows for front-end submission so area entities can place their events directly on the calendar.

The following links proved to the most search items prior to the redesign and are provided as a courtesy to our site visitors.

Housing

Statistical information regarding housing within the Mahaska Community is available through several resources including area Realtors and the Oskaloosa City Hall. The most recent addition to resource documents is the Comprehensive Housing Needs Analysis for Oskaloosa, IA (May 2017). This study was conducted by Maxfield Research & Consulting, LLC, and projects housing demand from 2017 through 2025. It also provides recommendations on the amount and type of housing that could be built in Oskaloosa to satisfy demand from current and future residents over the next decade.

The City of Oskaloosa established a Rental Housing Inspection Program that went into effect July 1, 2017. Information regarding this program, including the inspection checklist and the rental housing registration form can be found on the City’s website.

Additional housing resources include:

Sales Tax

Hotel/Motel  Tax • Property Tax

The Iowa Retail Sales and Use Tax Record can be found on the Iowa Department of Revenue and Finance web site. Information noted here is for the most current annual fiscal year, July 1 to June 30. Quarterly reports are also published (September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30).

In Iowa and for FY 2016, $2.7 billion in tax was reported on sales and use tax with the Department of Revenue. The following chart represents FY 2015.

City # of Returns Taxable
Sales
Computed Tax % of Tax
Oskaloosa  1,914 $167,950,161 $10,051,818 0.45%
New Sharon 323 $8,647,023  $518,693 0.02%
Fremont 111 $2,025,719 $121,543 0.01%
Leighton 66 $2,658,003 $159,480 0.01%
Eddyville 48 $837,078 $50,225 0.00%
Barnes City 45 $584,895 $35,094 0.00%
Other 181 $3,528,318 $211,699 0.01%
Totals 2,688 $186,231,197 $11,148,552 0.50%