Knights of Columbus Support VNU




For Immediate Release                                                                          July 12, 2023

Village Northwest Unlimited Receives Contribution From Knights of Columbus #1564

Sheldon, IA — July 7, 2023 — Village Northwest Unlimited (VNU) is pleased to announce that the Knights of Columbus #1564 have donated the proceeds of their annual Tootsie Roll Drive Campaign to benefit people with intellectual disabilities served at VNU.

The Knights of Columbus have done the Tootsie Roll Drive Campaign for many years to raise funds for people with disabilities. VNU was one of three organizations to receive funds from this year’s fundraiser

Douglas Perry talked about how the Tootsie Roll Drive Campaign is popular and everyone around the community looks forward to the Tootsie Roll Drive.  The Knights handed out over 1,100 Tootsie Rolls this year during their campaign. Perry said, “The Knight of Columbus like seeing the money they raise go back into the Sheldon Community”. Village CEO, Barry Whitsell, said, “We are grateful for the generous support we receive from the Knights of Columbus and how this campaign is specifically designed to benefit people with an intellectual disability.  The Knights of Columbus have seen over the years how their donations have benefited the people served at VNU and so they see first-hand how their work improves the lives of those people supported at VNU”.

Douglas Perry and Tim Dagel representing the Knights of Columbus presented the check to Barry Whitsell, CEO of VNU. The check of $417.00 will be used for upcoming development projects for VNU residents.

The contributions received is another way to strive towards the VNU mission of Purpose, Privacy and Dignity for all individuals.

Village Northwest Unlimited is a nonprofit organization located in Sheldon, Iowa. It has been providing services to 180 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, and autism spectrum disorder since 1975.



Barry Whitsell, President and CEO

Village Northwest Unlimited

330 Village Circle – Sheldon, IA 51201

Ph. 712-324-5401 /

Pictured Left to Right: Douglas Perry, Barry Whitsell and Tim Dagel