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Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Launches 1st Weatherization Project

Posted on Thursday, June 16th, 2011

On Saturday June 11, 2011, 70 volunteers came together at the First Christian Church to serve our community’s senior citizens by weatherizing their homes: installing weather-strip kits on doors, caulking exterior windows, spraying expandable foam filling basement cracks and leaks, and washing all exterior windows. This helps the homeowners save on heating and cooling costs, and feel more comfortable living in their homes.

The first phase of the project was locating 12 eligible homes where seniors (age 60+) that were living in homes they owned.

Months prior to the project, RSVP Director JoBeth Lewer began recruiting 10 senior volunteers (over 55) to each lead their own team consisting of 4-6 community volunteers. The team members will include local volunteers, MUM students from around the world, and Elders and Hermana’s from the Church of the Latter Day Saints participating from as far away as Alaska, currently serving in Iowa City and other neighboring cities.

RSVP team captains

Our RSVP Team Captains.

RSVP partnered with Scott Timm, Fairfield’s Sustainability Coordinator for the city’s Go Green Commission and ISU Extension Office, and Troy VanBeek of Ideal Energy.

Scott and Troy assisted the project offering their expertise (more…)

Fairfield Art Association Strikes Again!

Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Volunteers are hard at work in this photo, installing summer public art in downtown Fairfield.

Local artists created chairs to be placed in the nodes for all to enjoy until September. Chairs can go home to lucky people who win the art at the silent auction the end of September. Proceeds will go to the Fairfield Art Association.

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.

Volunteers Needed to Finish City Loop Trail

Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Help finish our Loop Trail! Have fun too!

The last section of the Fairfield Loop Trail is scheduled to be completed this year.  Many of us have been enjoying the various sections of the trail for many years.

Much of the work over the past several years has been done by volunteers. Over 100,000 hours of volunteer labor, so far.

The project of the moment is completion of the bridge at the intersection of Brookville Road and Burlington/Hwy. 34.

Would you like to volunteer a little time? It would certainly speed the project along. No construction experience or tools are needed. If you have skills and tools, so much the better.

Do you have an hour of two to pitch in, or just to learn more? If interested please contact Stan Crowe at: – cell:  919-7654