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Sponsors of the Fairfield Volunteer Center

Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Each year we apply for numerous grants and conduct several fundraisers to cover our operating budget.  We are currently in the 2nd year of funding from the Volunteer Generation Fund, which covers a large portion of our budget.  We are also grateful to have received funding from the City of Fairfield in the form of LOST funds (Local Sales Option Tax), the Greater Jefferson County Foundation, Alliant Energy’s Community Betterment Grants, and many of you!  We continue to seek out other opportunities to compete for grants and/or to partner with others throughout Fairfield for the betterment of our entire community.  With much appreciation…

Honoring 9-11 Through Service and Governor’s Call to Serve

Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
The ICVS has been asked to assist the Governor’s Office in helping Iowa become the national leader in service and volunteerism by 2015 and, in doing so further Iowa’s other goals to be the forerunner in education, health, and job creation.
According to the Governor’s office, the Volunteer Iowa initiative will embody our state’s spirit and value of volunteerism.  Working in partnership with Iowa’s Volunteer Centers, nonprofits, and national service programs we will develop strategies to make it easier for Iowans to find volunteer opportunities in their communities.  We will also challenge the private sector to support and help build Iowa’s volunteer infrastructure and engage employees in service.
The timing of this announcement is not by accident. The week of September 10 will mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  The September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance was created to provide a positive way to forever remember and pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, honor those that rose in service in response to the attacks, and to remind people of the importance of working more closely together in peace to improve our world, and just as importantly, our great state of Iowa.
Be on the lookout for more information on how to get involved in our local 9-11 Day of Service.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning-Class Sept. 12 1-2pm

Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

On Wednesday, September 12 from 1-2 pm the Fairfield Public Library will host a live webinar on Introduction to Fundraising Planning.  This class is great for local non-profits, people in the fundraising world and anyone else.

If you’ve never created a financial planning road map for your organization, here is a great place to start!  Invite your board of directors and your fundraising committee so that you can all be on the same page!

Learn a basic planning process for diversifying your organization’s support.

A successful nonprofit organization has diversified funding streams. If your organization has never developed a fundraising plan or calendar, this session is for you. It provides an overview of the process of strategically thinking through the components of a fundraising plan. You’ll learn how to:

  • Take stock of your organization’s strengths and assets
  • Develop a case statement
  • Set fundraising goals
  • Identify funding partners
  • Prepare a fundraising plan and calendar

Skill:

  • Fundraising Planning
  • Foundation Fundraising
  • Individual Donors
  • Government Funding
  • Earned Income

Sign up for this free class by calling or stopping into the Library- 641.472.6551.  Space is limited.

As always, we love to hear your ideas on further class topics.  Please be in touch!

Community Weatherization in October

Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Plans are coming together for our next round of weatherization, set for October 19 and 20th.  On Friday the 19th we hope to engage local businesses that are interested in team building for their employees to weatherize several homes. On Saturday 20th we will have teams of community volunteers round out the project, weatherizing 20 homes total.

The FVC will partner with the Alliant Energy Hometown Rewards team to put the events together. Past participants have enjoyed the community building that comes with the project and the recipients have been thoroughly touched by the efforts of the volunteers.

Those wishing to receive weatherization of their homes must first have a free Alliant Energy audit conducted-a visit by a trained professional that will leave homeowners with great energy savings ideas and often free supplies. We have received a Celebration of Service Grant from the Home Depot Foundation to specifically target veterans as the beneficiaries of our weatherization efforts this fall, so…veterans, we need to hear from you!  Once an audit has been conducted, contact the FVC at 641.209.9045 or fairfieldvolunteers@gmail.com to sign up.  Scott Timm, City of Fairfield Sustainability Coordinator, will arrange to come by to assess your home as a suitable candidate to receive a team of weatherization volunteers on project day.  We can only do 20 homes so please sign up early-by Sept. 15th to have the best chance of getting on the list.

There will be two pre-workday trainings for volunteers to learn basic weatherization techniques. Once trained, volunteers will then have the skills to perform similar measures at their own homes. Volunteers can also contact the volunteer center to sign up. This opportunity is great for groups, students needing community service hours and anyone wanting to make new friends and be a part of one of the most fun volunteer opportunities of the year. Seeking 100+ volunteers.  Stay tuned for more information!

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 annabruen@gmail.com or Scott Timm at stimm@iastate.edu to learn more.

Friendly Visiting Program to continue

Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

As you may know, our federally financed Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is no longer operating but we certainly hope to continue to engage Fairfield volunteers of all ages, especially those age 55+.  One of the main components of RSVP was the Friendly Visiting program where local seniors received a weekly visit from a caring volunteer, helping to curb loneliness and keep that senior connected to the community.  Many individuals formed deep friendships that have continued but we are working hard to incorporate a visiting program of some sort into the programming at the FVC.  We will be launching a fundraising effort to that end.  If you have any ideas to share, would like to serve in an advisory role or to contribute monetarily we would love to hear from you today.  We will continue to keep you updated on our progress.

Meet our Board of Directors and New Program Assitant

Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

If you stop by the office in the library you will see a new face in our office-our new program assistant, Carole Boggs.  Carole’s position is funded by Experience Works, a program that gives older individuals an opportunity to gain workforce skills to be more hirable in the future.  In exchange for getting Carole up to speed in the day to day operations of a non-profit, we benefit from 20 hours/week of her time helping to get our never ending “to-do list” done!  Carole always has a kind thought for everyone she interacts with and has been a pleasure to work with.  Say hello the next time you stop by!

The current Board of Directors for the Fairfield Volunteer Center includes: Michael Halley-president, Carole Simmons-vice president, Melinda Arndt-secretary, Eshetu Debru-treasurer, Jeff Shipley & Aideen Vega Van-Auken.  Directors help to make important decisions on the direction of the volunteer center and are some of the most reliable volunteers in the community.  We are always looking for more passionate board members of all ages and from all backgrounds.  If you are interested in getting involved, please get in touch today!

Volunteer of the Year Award 2012-Nominations Sought

Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

As fall rolls around, we will begin accepting nominations for the Fairfield Volunteer of the Year Award.  The award will be given at the Fairfield Entrepreneurs Association Banquet later this fall.  Do you know someone who goes above and beyond for others?  Someone you can always count on when in a pinch?  Someone dedicated to seeing a project all the way through from start to finish?  If so, we want to know about it and share it with the whole community!  Take a moment to honor someone today.  Call us at  641.209.9045 or email fairfieldvolunteers@gmail.com.  Tell us a few of the reasons why your nominee is a superstar.

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
or
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 jlstphns@gmail.com to help out!

Fundraising Raffle for the Volunteer Center-$870 worth of Great Prizes!

Posted on Monday, May 21st, 2012

After several successful projects and countless volunteer hours we are back in fundraising mode here at the Fairfield Volunteer Center.  Our fundraising team has created a raffle with some amazing prizes that we hope will encourage you to support us as we continue to make connections between volunteers and needs throughout the community.  Take a look:

  • Apple Store Gift Certificate ($500 value)
  • Dr. Hauschka Facial with Rosemary Gabriel ($105 value)
  • Local Flight with Bob Lyons ($75 value)
  • Two tickets to the Sondheim Artist Series ($60 value)
  • Car repair service at Bob’s Automotive ($35 value)
  • (2) Top of the Rock Grille gift certificate ($25 value each)
  • Hy-Vee gift certificate ($25 value)
  • (4) Bags Cheif Appanoose popcorn ($5 value each)

Tickets $5 each, or 5 for $20 and are available from board members, Michael Halley, Carole Simmons, Melinda Arndt, Jeff Shipley, Manjunath Rao, JoBeth Lewer and Molly Reiff or by visiting the FVC office in the library (641-209-9045).

Winners will be drawn June 2 at noon at the Fairfield Farmers’ Market.

All Proceeds will support the work of the Fairfield Volunteer Center.