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United Way announces campaign total, new shuttle

By Kacie Krominga –

MASON CITY – A press conference for the United Way was held today at the North Iowa Joint Transit Facility to announce the grand total for the 2011 campaign.

Their ultimate goal was to raise $1.1 million and happily announced they passed the goal to raise $1,152,895 for north central Iowa.

“We’re so thankful for the supporting community,” said Chief Professional Officer Jennifer Kammeyer.

One of the largest investments that the United Way is looking forward to is the Saints Shuttle (pictured). This $22,464 investment will provide transit service to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City from Mason City.

This shuttle service will travel back and forth two days a week for a year and begins Feb. 1.
Kammeyer said the next goal for this system is to make convergent points in other towns along the Highway of the Saints.

“We’re just trying to make our mark on north central Iowa by increasing (people’s) access to health care,” Kammeyer said. “And to advance the common good.”

The Saints Shuttle service to Iowa City begins Wednesday, February 1, offering transportation from Mason City every Wednesday and Thursday. The shuttle leaves from the North Iowa Joint Transit Facility, 525 6th St. SW, Mason City, at 6 a.m., arriving at UIHC in time for 10 a.m. appointments. The shuttle leaves UIHC by 4:30 p.m. The fee is $20 per person, round trip. The shuttle is available to the general public and wheelchair accessible. Reservations must be scheduled 24-hours in advance by calling 641-423-2262.

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