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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

Volunteers needed: Baking Workshop Leaders

Posted on Friday, July 15th, 2011

The Iowa State University (ISU) Jefferson County Extension Service needs several volunteers who would be willing to do a baking workshop with youth: 4th-7th grade students. The county extension council would pay for all supplies and has a stove and oven so the volunteers would just have to have knowledge of baking and some yummy recipes to share and work on with youth. Timeline would be in late August or early September. If interested, please contact: Sue Henderson, ISU Regional Extension Education Director – Region 19. Phone: 641-777-4354

RSVP Senior Friendly Visiting Program

Posted on Friday, July 15th, 2011

Senior with RSVP volunteerRSVP senior volunteers (age 55+) have the opportunity to work wonders and uplift the lives of many Fairfield senior residents! Fairfield RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) connects retired and senior volunteers with community service program(s) that provide ongoing meaningful purpose and benefits for the volunteer!

Are you a person looking for a meaningful way to perform community service in Fairfield, but have limited time to spend volunteering? Do you want to keep active in a way that truly makes a difference for a person in need? Do you like the idea of brightening the lives of our community senior citizens (age 60+)? As an RSVP Senior Friendly Visitor volunteer, you will have the opportunity to uplift and enrich the lives of community elders and/or disabled seniors by providing companionship and simple non-medical assistance. The minimum service level is one hour each week.

Senior and RVSP volunteer

What are the benefits of becoming a RSVP Senior Friendly Visitor? You receive a personal interview/orientation and placement, make new friends, receive supplemental insurance while volunteering, attend appreciation events and specialized training events, receive community recognition, receive the Fairfield Volunteer Center/RSVP email newsletter each month, and join a 40-year-old nationwide program of nearly 500,000 active RSVP volunteer members answering the call of their neighbors in need!

Improving Lives. Strengthening our community. Making a difference! Become an RSVP volunteer today!

To enroll or for more information, please call JoBeth Lewer at 641-209-9045 for an appointment, email or stop by the office in the Fairfield Public Library at 104 W Adams between 9:30 -4:30, Monday–Friday.

Seniors and RSVP volunteers