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

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.

Employment Tools & Statistics

Labor Force statistics are only available county-wide through Iowa Workforce Development.

February 2018 (January2018)

Unemployment Rate – Iowa: 3.5% (3.6%)
Unemployment Rate – Mahaska County: 3.6% (4.0%)
Resident Civilian Labor Force: 11,390 (11,320)
Resident Unemployed: 410 (450)
Resident Total Employed: 10,980 (10,870)

Not seasonally adjusted


Seed for Growth

In 1993, a lifelong resident of Oskaloosa passed away, leaving an estate worth well over $6,000,000 to the community of Oskaloosa. This money was put into the George Daily Family Trust Fund to benefit the Mahaska Community.

To provide a unique learning experience for Osakloosa’s youth and to help publicize the many community projects funded by the trust, “Kid’s Eye View” booklets were developed for a number of years. Each booklet strives to report on the leadership of each project toward which the Daily Trust Fund has contriubted funds. These not only provided historical records of where money was being spent, but also gave students exposure to a variety of reporting experiences and the concepts of community leadership.

Each project began with groups of students gathering information which included personal interviews. Once information was collected stories were written about the projects and the anticipated community benefits. In addition, illustrations were drawn to correspond with the story.

You are invited to view each of the “Kid’s Eye View” Seed for Growth publications linked below. A new window will open for on-line flip viewing.

Everything Mahaska

The ultimate community calendar for the Mahaska Community as well as amenities and activities from Oskaloosa and Mahaska County is found on line  at Team Mahaska’s sister site:
everythingMAHASKA.org. The calendar is searchable by category and key words. Items can be easily posted* directly from the calendar page without registration requirements. This helps assure every event and activity can be found at this one location. A subscribe function has also been developed so events can be delivered directly to your email address.

*Calendar items posted from the front end are subject to publication approval.
Visit everything MAHASKA for complete details
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Links & Resources

A lot of information is contained on the Team Mahaska web site. Nearly everything can be accessed from this page.  Alternatively,  information can be searched by key words or found by linking to posts labeled on this page.