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Featured Agency-Alliant Energy Hometown Rewards Program

Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

The City of Fairfield has been the lucky recipient of the Alliant Energy Hometown Rewards Program (HTR)- a 2 year program to help our residents and overall community reduce our energy usage in many fun and informative ways.  The exact format that the programming has taken was created by a local steering committee and numerous classes and events have already taken place, including the tree planting that the volunteer center helped with on Earth Day.  That event mobilized more than 700 volunteers of all ages and got more than 200 new trees planted throughout Fairfield.

Monthly classes have been happening at the library on the second Saturday of each month and have attracted numerous participants.  Those classes will continue through 2013 and upcoming classes include Weatherization, Geothermal Energy & Lighting.  Since the launch of the program this past spring total City energy use has been down, residential use has dropped 4.9%, and HTR is tracking above expected levels on 55% of their goals.  Nearly 1500 people have participated in the Hometown Rewards Program in some manner.  And this is only after the first quarter!  One of the easiest ways to increase your own energy efficiency is to sign up for a free Alliant energy audit where a trained professional will visit your home and give you great ideas on how to reduce your energy bill and even leave you with some great products like compact flourescent lightbulbs!  Having an audit performed on your home will also help Fairfield earn more rewards from Alliant.  Upcoming volunteer opportunities with HTR include the ever popular community weatherization efforts in October.  Contact Anna Bruen at or Scott Timm at to learn more.

Featured Agency: All Things Italian Street Festival

Posted on Monday, May 21st, 2012

All Things Italian Festival in Iowa

The Fairfield Square is transformed into an Italian Piazza. Taste homemade lasagna and fresh-filled cannoli! Visit the large fresh fruit stand. Enjoy an authentic Italian dance troupe, play bocce ball or visit local Madonnari street chalk artists, en plein aire artists and figure drawers or try your hand at hand-carving Italian marble.

The All Things Italian Festival was recently named a “must see event” by the Iowa Tourism Office.

Proceeds from the All Things Italian Street Festival helps support the following causes:

  1. •Fairfield 1st Friday Art Walk
  2. •Young Fairfield Photo Students
  3. •Jefferson County Girl Scouts
  4. •Fairfield Musicians
  5. •MSAE Greenhouse Project
  6. •Ottumwa Women’s Shelter
  7. •Italian Earthquake Relief Fund
  8. •Fairfield Bike Rack Project
Countless volunteer hours make this one of the most exciting events Fairfield hosts during the year!  See the following from volunteer coordinator Julie Stephens:
Dear Fairfield Volunteers,

Thank you for your huge part in making Fairfield great!

We are currently working on the wonderful Italian Festival that volunteers have created for our community and are looking for more help to pull it off.
Our needs for Saturday June 16th are for serving at:
The Lasagna Booth either 4:45-7:00pm or 7:00-9:15pm
The Meatball Sandwich Booth either 5:00-7:00 or 6:00 – sold out

Thank you for considering this service and for all past service you have provided,

Julie Stephens
Please contact Julie at 641-233-7773 or to help out!

Featured Agency: Noah’s Ark

Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Noah’s Ark is an animal shelter whose mission is to rescue, protect, and find loving homes for stray and neglected dogs and cats.

We strive to offer the best in both traditional veterinary care and, whenever possible, holistic health care for sick and injured animals in our care. We believe we have a responsibility to provide low-cost spay/neuter subsidy programs, humane education, and community outreach programs that not only enhance the lives of the animals, but also the human lives the animals go on to enrich.

Noah’s Ark Animal Foundation is a no-kill shelter for homeless cats and dogs. For over 22 years, we have provided shelter, love and care to abandoned, neglected, abused and lost animals.

Through our adoption program, most animals quickly find good homes with kind, responsible people to care for them, while others live at Noah’s Ark for a longer period of time. No dog or cat under our care is ever “put to sleep” unless a medical condition is causing undue suffering or there is an extreme behavioral problem.

At Noah’s Ark we believe that every animal’s life is special, worthy of our respect, and deserving of humane treatment. Every day we are called upon to rescue and care for more animals in need, whose lives depend upon our ability to give them food, shelter, and medical care. The gift of your time and talent makes it possible for us to transform a sick and lonely animal’s suffering into a (hopefully short) stay in a safe place with a warm bed, nutritious meals, and a loving touch. All of this and more is what Noah’s Ark means to the animals, and we work diligently to make all of this possible.

Shelter is open:
Tuesday through Friday from 1:00–5:00, Saturday from 10:00-4:00 for shelter visits and meeting animals. If you would like to visit us outside our regular hours, please call us at 641-472-6080 to schedule an appointment.

Volunteer opportunities are numerous and can be found here.  Volunteers need to:

  1. Fill out an application
  2. Attend a Volunteer Orientation Session.
  3. Be 18 years of age or older. Youth ages 11-17 must be accompanied by a parent for the orientation, and for all volunteer sessions.

Contact person: Dawn Safrit, Executive Director, 641.472.6080

Web Site:


The shelter is located at 1986 Gear Avenue in Fairfield. Take Burlington Avenue to 9th Street. Go north on 9th Street to Gear Avenue. Turn left (or west) on Gear Avenue. Noah’s Ark is approx. 1 mile on the left. Look for the large white Noah’s Ark sign.

Featured Agency: Hospice Compassus

Posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Our team shares common values, vision, and purpose. We work to provide the greatest possible comfort and care for those who experience one of life’s most intimate and challenging moments.

The Mission of Hospice Compassus is to honor life and offer hope to individuals facing a life-limiting illness by supporting them with compassion, integrity and excellence.
Patient care and service are our highest priorities
and primary reason for existence.
Hospice Compassus will be the highest quality hospice provider in every community in which we operate.
We will provide an attractive environment for hospice employees recognizing and acknowledging that our employees are our greatest asset in providing quality care and service to our patients, their families and the community.

*We will provide hospice care to all appropriate patients
and will not discriminate against any patient due to age, color, race, religion, sex, national origin, disability or inability to pay.

*We will always comply with all regulations governing our industry and maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct.


Opening its first hospice in 1979, Hospice Compassus is part of a family of community-based hospices. Our nationwide network is a vast resource of information benefiting both patient and families.
True compassion is a very personal and private experience shared between caring people, and it is best expressed by those closest to you. This is why the people of Hospice Compassus live among you and have served you for years.

Opportunities to assist this agency abound and include:

*office, clerical and/or computer tech support

*patient companionship

*community outreach, storywriting or crafting for patients

*and much more!

Contact Person:
Linda Barnett, Volunteer Coordinator, (319) 362-2500 for more information

Featured Agency: Habitat for Humanity Pre ReStore

Posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Habitat’s ReStore resale outlets sell reusable and surplus building materials to the public.
While every ReStore outlet is a little different, most focus on home improvement goods like furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances.

ReStore resale outlets accept donated goods which are sold to the general public at a fraction of the retail price. The proceeds help local Habitat affiliates fund the construction of Habitat homes within their communities.  And ReStore’s prices help people save money on building and remodeling.

Promoting reuse and recycling
ReStore resale outlets provide an environmentally and socially responsible way to keep good, reusable and/or surplus materials out of the waste stream while providing funding for Habitat’s community improvement work.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Fairfield outlet is seeking numerous volunteers for everyday operations.  The most needed position is for a dedicated Volunteer Coordinator.  Other opportunities include a marketing coordinator, graphic artists, a photographer, individuals to hang posters, drivers to pick up donations, operations and customer assistants, donations processing coordinator and assistants, computer experts, an office manager, data entry assistants, cleaning assistants, artists, internet researchers, recycling coordinator, sustainability coordinator, workshop leaders and presenters, and more.  Several opportunities can be done by individuals of all ages.

To apply for any of these positions, call Pre ReStore during store hours, Thursday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm, at 209-9450.  Or contact Coralie Brook at 472-7148.

Featured Agency: Lord’s Cupboard

Posted on Friday, July 15th, 2011

The Lord’s Cupboard of Jefferson County’s mission is to inspire and involve the community in the gathering of food and monetary donations as well as to seek support of community members to distribute that food in an appropriate and fair manner as ordained by the Board.

The Cupboard’s “clients” are either self-identified or qualified and referred by the local office of the Iowa Department of Human Services. The Lord’s Cupboard is located at 54 South B Street in Fairfield, and is open to distribute food to needy residents between 1 PM and 4 PM weekdays. Proof of residency, such as a recent utility bill, is required.

The Lord’s Cupboard of Jefferson County (Iowa) serves as the county’s sole emergency food pantry. Each month, they serve between 75-100 families by providing food and other essentials.

The Lord’s Cupboard depends heavily on an enthusiastic group of local volunteers. New volunteers are always welcome and are trained to fill grocery orders, stock shelves, clean the facility and assist area residents when they come in for their food pick-up.

The Lord’s Cupboard of Jefferson County was established in December 1982 by Tom Smith and Norma Bogner operating in a hallway of the Nazarene Church’s Family Center. Today, the Cupboard has a permanent facility at 54 South B Street in Fairfield. Their phone number is (641) 472-8457.

Join in their special project: Thanksgiving In July!

Everyone is invited to donate cash or non-perishable, up-to-date food items July 23-July 31. Drop off locations are:

  • Farifield Volunteer Center located in the Fairfield Public Library, 104 W. Adams, Fairfield, IA – July 23-31 during library hours.
  • Fairfield Arts and Convention Center, 200 N. Main,. Fairfield, IA 52556
    The center will offer discounted tickets for the July 29th show for patrons that will  bring at least 2 food items to the center.
    Boxes will be placed inside the center to receive donations July 23-31
  • Cambridge Investment Research, 1776 Pleasant Plain Rd., Fairfield, IA 52556
    Cambridge employees have the opportunity to take part in a contest to see who will bring the most items for the Lord’s Cupboard by July 31.
  • HyVee Food Store, West Burlington, Fairfield , IA 52556
    HyVee has agreed to offer their customers the opportunity to add a donation to their final grocery bill upon check out July 23-31. The proceeds will be donated to the Lord’s cupboard.

Please note: Only non-perishable and up-to date food items can be excepted. Cash donation are also welcome.

This project’s partners include:
The Fairfield Volunteer Center
The Fairfield Arts and Convention Center
Mercy Hospital of Iowa City

Featured Agency: Heavenly Pet Sanctuary

Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

The mission of the Heavenly Pet Sanctuary is to rescue, shelter and provide long-term care to lost, homeless, abandoned companion animals— in order to give them an ideal quality of life, free from pain and suffering, with the possibility of adoption into a permanent, loving home.

Situated on 34 acres of fields and trees, adjacent to Jefferson County Park, Heavenly Pet is a no-kill animal shelter for dogs and cats housing up to 150 abandoned, stray, homeless pets at any one time. We provide food, shelter, veterinary care (including neutering and spaying) and a peaceful, nurturing environment.

The cat shelter is mostly cage less with access to large outside runs and simulates a home environment where cats and kittens can have maximum freedom and the security of a permanent home for as long as they need to stay.

The dog areas consist of large enclosed kennels where dogs have access to grassy exercise areas. In the summer they stay mostly outdoors with doghouses for sleeping; while in the colder weather they have indoor kennels with access to the outdoors.

We also have an active adoption center where we place pets into good, responsible homes.

Heavenly Pet Sanctuary was incorporated in 2000 and is a tax exempt, non-profit Iowa Corporation.

Heavenly Pet took over the same location that originally housed the Noah’s Ark shelter and kept most of the resident cats that lived there at that time. Laura Conti formally founder of Noah’s Ark started Heavenly Pet after she and co-founder David Sykes separated.

Click to see volunteer opportunities at the Heavenly Pet Sanctuary.

Featured Agency: Fairfield 1st Friday Art Walk

Posted on Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk enjoys a regional reputation as a major community event celebrating the arts and provides the basis for Fairfield to be known as a Midwest Art Colony.

Each art walk is a unified community event that celebrates the arts in all its forms, featuring high quality art and entertainment, lots of food and lots of fun.

This signature event has a powerful impact on the community, artistically, socially & economically. Artists & participants gather from all across the area to learn, appreciate, enjoy, socialize & shop. Art walk is an integral part of the economic community contributing to the success of the art galleries/vendors and shops downtown.

Volunteers are needed to keep Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk running! Volunteers are especially needed on Art Walk nights, which are the first Friday of every month. Click for volunteer information.

Visit the Art Walk website

Art Walk Schedule:

Friday June 3: Rhythm ‘N Art
Friday July 1: Party in the Park
Friday August 5: Bark in the ParkFriday September 2: Harvest Fest
Friday October 7: Oktoberfest
Friday November 4 thru 5: American Craft & Fine Art Show
Friday December 2: Winter Blast!

Featured Agency: The Closet

Posted on Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

The Closet is a recycle shop for clothing in FairfieldThe Closet, located at 1700 South Main Street in Fairfield, Iowa, is a recycle shop for very nice clothing of all sizes for men, women, children and babies. They also carry shoes, pajamas, kitchenware, decorative items, books and seasonal items.

Free: This is a one-of-a-kind recycle shop because everything is free. The Closet receives donations for free; their volunteers work for free; and they give it all away for free.

Vision: To provide a service to all of the people in our area and to recycle usable items for this purpose.

Volunteers accept donations, greet and help customers, and keep the store stocked, neat and accessible. The Closet serves more than 200 people per week. Volunteers receive free training. Volunteers are needed now – click for more information.

Featured Agency: Fairfield Beautification Commission

Posted on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
Adopt a Home

Special helpers from Waste Management in Fairfield

Mission: “The Commission shall coordinate the efforts and encourage the involvement of the citizens of Fairfield in a community-based beautification effort.”

History: The Commission was established in 2001 by the City of Fairfield. Commission Members are appointed by the Mayor.

The commission organizes upkeep of beautification projects in the city of Fairfield. Projects will be seasonal during the Spring and Fall of each year.

Last year 100 volunteers helped nine deserving homeowners spruce up exteriors and landscaping, make general repairs, and even prep and paint an entire house for the “Adopt A Home” project.

No small task for two full days of work!

Learn about volunteer opportunities with this organization.