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September 11, 2011 National Day of Service

Posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. You can honor those who were lost and those who rose up in service in response to the tragedy by participating in the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of an effort originally launched in 2002 by 9/11 family members and support groups, led by the organization MyGoodDeed, who worked to establish the service day as a way to honor those who were lost and to rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that followed the attacks.

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance was established into law by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in 2009, and furthers President Obama’s call to service, United We Serve.

Hundreds of organizations throughout the nation are planning and coordinating service and remembrance activities for the weekend of September 11. We know that many of you are also planning to host an event, large or small, and we encourage you to post your opportunity at Serve.gov. Doing so will bring attention to your project and connect you to the many others seeking to give back on a day that has already tied so many of us together.

In advance, thank you for your continued service and commitment!

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.

An Update from RSVP on the Senior Friendly Visiting Program

Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2011

An Update from the RSVP Director: This month I would like to share with you that RSVP now has 10 senior “Friendly Visitors” serving in Fairfield.  Our mission is to engage a total of 45 new RSVP volunteers who would be serving 60 senior citizens in our community.  We are well on our way and off to a great start!  Thanks to each new RSVP Friendly Visitor who has given of their time and has provided companionship to seniors who greatly appreciate  reliable assistance and genuine caring.

So RSVP can continue to grow this wonderful program please consider becoming a RSVP Friendly Visitor volunteer today.

To learn more about the Friendly Visiting Program, please see last month’s post.

RSVP…Making a Difference in Iowa One Hour at a Time!

Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2011


See How our Retired Senior Volunteer Program is Changing Lives…Changing Iowa

Service through RSVP benefits everyone -  it helps volunteers stay active, healthy, and engaged while connecting those in need in our communities with thousands of skilled volunteers.  RSVP helps Iowa save taxpayer dollars by reducing healthcare costs while strengthening civic participation.  RSVP volunteers do not receive a stipend for the services they provide.

Return on Investment for the State of Iowa

In 2010, 21 RSVP Programs mobilized RSVP volunteers to serve 614,920 hours (49, 570 more hours than in 2009) through 1,300 Iowa non-profits leveraging $10,263,014.00 worth of service to the State of Iowa!

Seeking Nominations for Fairfield Volunteer of the Year 2011

Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Fairfield Volunteers at the June RSVP Weatherization Project

The Fairfield Volunteer Center is now accepting nominations for its third annual “Volunteer of the Year Award” which will be given out at the Fairfield Entrepreneur Association’s Banquet in October.

We are seeking nominations for a community volunteer that you have worked with in 2011 who has demonstrated outstanding service to your organization and therefore to the Fairfield community.

Please email all nominations to the Volunteer Center by September 16, 2011 at 5:00pm at fairfieldvolunteers@gmail.com.

If you do not have computer access, please mail your nomination to: Fairfield Volunteer Center, P.O. Box 2115, Fairfield, Iowa 52556.

This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize an exceptional volunteer for his or her service this year in our community.

September 2011 RSVP Weatherization Project

Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2011

June RSVP Weatherization Project

The Fairfield Volunteer Center and RSVP are conducting round two of our Energy Savings and Home Weatherization Project for eligible community residents.

We are looking to recruit 75 volunteers ages 16 and up to perform basic weatherization tasks such as installing weather stripping, caulking, and applying plastic film to windows in 12 area homes.

On September 17th Fairfield Sustainability Coordinator Scott Timm will facilitate a quick hands-on training for all volunteers lasting 1-1.5 hours, thereby ensuring everyone a basic understanding of project tasks.

The main event will be Saturday, September 24 from 9:00am and lasting until the weatherization tasks are completed, generally around 2:00pm.  A pizza lunch will be served at noon at the First Christian Church for participants to refuel and enjoy one anothers company.  If you are interested in joining a team and getting involved, call  641-209-9045 and speak with Molly or 641-919-4752 to talk with JoBeth.

High School Students: Looking for Community Service Opportunites?

Posted on Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Students at the June RSVP Weatherization ProjectThe Fairfield Volunteer Center serves as a clearinghouse for the community, offering countless service opportunities for all ages.  We receive volunteer needs from community organizations which go into a database on our website.  Folks looking for opportunities to serve can search our offerings to find the organization and activity that best suits them.

Students often report that being engaged in service learning opportunities are some of the most meaningful experiences of their educational career; often providing insight into areas they would like to further pursue in their educational and personal lives.  If you know a student needing some service hours, please encourage them to sign up with us, either on our website or in the Fairfield Volunteer Center in the Fairfield Public Library.

Did you Know? Volunteer Trends in Iowa

Posted on Thursday, August 18th, 2011

June RSVP Weatherization Project

Based upon data from 2008 to 2010 the state of Iowa had:

  • 886,900 volunteers
  • 37.9% of residents volunteer – ranking them 2nd among the 50 states and Washington, DC
  • provided 93.4 million hours of service
  • 39.9 hours per resident – ranking them 13th among the 50 states and Washington, DC
  • $2.0 billion of service contributed

Information provided from volunteeringinamerica.gov

FVC Announces New Executive Director

Posted on Thursday, August 18th, 2011

August 1, 2011: The Fairfield Volunteer Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Molly Reiff as the new Executive Director.  Molly is originally from Fairfield and has spent the majority of her time since college living in Iowa City.  Molly received her B.A. from the University of Iowa in Environmental Studies and is also a Certified Permaculture Designer and Licensed Massage Therapist.  She has served on the Board of Directors for Iowa city-based, non-profit Backyard Abundance for 2 years and coordinated events, garden education and volunteers for Willowwind School for 4 years.

Ms. Reiff remarked, “I look forward to the opportunity to work with the residents of Fairfield that make this such a vibrant and caring community.”