An Ottumwa organization serving people with disabilities may be against the ropes, but they’re not throwing in the towel just yet – revenue at Tenco Industries has been in a freefall since the privitization of Medicaid, a funding source they now recognize is not viable. Board member Kent Walker said the services Tenco provides are too important to let fade away; for now the organization has taken out an emergency loan to keep going. The board continues to search for long-term solutions; for now the Tenco Foundation has established an Endow Iowa Account with the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, providing an avenue to create a perpetual endowment for Tenco and the people with disabilities they serve. Iowans who give to the fund are eligible to receive a 25% state tax credit, in addition to any federal tax benefits – if you’d like to give, you need to make your gift through the the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.
Home-school based Recharged Robotics teams Recharged Green and Recharged Orange will move onto the FIRST Tech Challenge–North Super Regional competition March 15-17. Both teams recently competed with over 200 other teams at the Iowa Championships in Coralville on Feb. 23-24; they’re two of 13 teams advancing to the super regional competition. Recharged Robotics will host a tip night at Pella’s Pizza Ranch from 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7 to help with the cost of going to Super Regionals; they’ll also bring their robots to Pizza Ranch so patrons can view the robots and see what they do.