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Global Youth Service Day April 20-22

Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Did you know that Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world and the only one that celebrates the amazing work young people are doing to improve communities? Get involved…take a look at all of the projects that will be going on that weekend:  In Fairfield, our tree planting weekend will be in full swing.  Rounding up the community to work together on a meaningful project was an idea conceived of by students and will involve volunteers of all ages to get roughly 275 trees in the ground.  We have received generous support from Trees Forever, Alliant Energy Hometown Rewards and the City of Fairfield/ISU Extension to make all of this happen.

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.

Community-Wide Tree Planting on Earth Day

Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Happy Spring!  During the winter months we have been busy planning a big tree planting project. This will be a collaborative project and the entire community is invited to take part; we are looking for 250+ volunteers over several days!!  The Tree Planting initiative serves as the kick off for a series of educational events focused on energy savings sponsored by Alliant Energy Hometown Rewards. It also happens to be Global Youth Service Day, the largest service event in the world and celebrates the work that young people are doing to improve communities. And don’t forget, Sunday the 22nd is Earth Day…this is a great way to be involved in a meaningful project by working together with fellow residents to make a difference here in Fairfield. There are volunteer needs leading up to the big tree planting as well as actually digging in the dirt and getting the trees in the ground. Here are some opportunities:

Saturday, April 14th: 10 volunteers per ward, to hang doorhangers and posters informing residents of the tree planting and the kick off to the grant events
Sunday, April 15th: 10 volunteers per ward, to hang doorhangers and posters

Friday, April 20th: 15 volunteers to prep the orchard site, deliver materials and possibly dig holes at school planting sites
Saturday, April 21st: 15 volunteers to prep the orchard site, deliver materials (volunteer needs on these two days will vary based upon the weather that week and final needs so some flexibility is needed here)

Sunday, April 22nd (EARTH DAY): 90 volunteers to plant the orchard, 30 in each of three time slots:
9:00 am – 11am
11:30am – 1:30pm
2:00pm – 4:00pm

Sunday, April 22: 10 volunteers to help with clean up efforts after the picnic dinner

Volunteers should sign up ahead of time for their preferred time slot so that we can plan accordingly. Bring your friends and family and share this email far and wide!

Plan to wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty, consider a pair of gloves and bring along some drinking water or snacks.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring shovels. Parking is at the entrance to Chautauqua Park and then walk down to the trail entrance. Map of the planting site to come.

All volunteers are encouraged to attend the tree planting workshop on Wednesday, April 18th at 7:15pm at the old St. Mary’s building, N. 3rd and Grimes. All volunteers will receive a free Dig In, Fairfield t-shirt or bandana.

At the end of Sunday, we will be hosting a picnic dinner in celebration of the tree planting efforts and to kick off the entire Alliant Energy Hometown Rewards Grant and the series of events and educational efforts that will follow. A Dinner (catered by Hy-Vee, including vegetarian options) and Entertainment (Jefferson County Green Band) will follow from 4:30-8:00.

Dig In, Fairfield Partners: Trees Forever, Alliant Energy Hometown Rewards, City of Fairfield, Iowa State University Extension, Fairfield Volunteer Center, Fairfield Parks and Rec, Fairfield Trails Council, Fairfield Schools, Maharishi School, Singing Cedars School, EcoFairfield

Hometown Reward Program Partners: Alliant Energy, City of Fairfield, Iowa State University Extension, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield Volunteer Center, Fairfield residents

Hometown Reward Program Sponsors: Ideal Energy

Please RSVP with your availability via phone at 641.209.9045 or via email at by April 6.

It’s Spring and a great time to think about Volunteering with RSVP!

Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Enroll now to become an RSVP  ”Friendly Visitor” Volunteer visiting a senior in their residence each week.  We currently have more seniors wanting a visitor than we have volunteers to accommodate them…we don’t want to turn anyone away, so please consider donating an hour of your time each week that will really go a long way!

The program matches volunteers (age 55 and older) who will spend a minimum of 1 hour per week with a homebound/isolated senior (age 60 and older) in their place of residence in Fairfield, based on their mutual interests and location.  A few examples of how an RSVP senior Friendly Visiting volunteer can engage and serve a homebound senior are: participate in a favorite hobby, play games, read the newspapers, writing a letter or cards, computer or email assistance, participate in a desired recreational activity (taking a walk together), reading aloud, playing cards/board games/putting a puzzle together, enjoy listening to favorite music, run a local errand, go out to a favorite place together or attend a local event together, deliver books from the local library, or just spend quality time sitting and visiting together and keeping the senior in touch with their community and the world at large.

All RSVP senior Friendly Visiting volunteers will go through a background check and special training before visiting with a senior in Fairfield.  RSVP staff Director will visit a senior to determine their needs and interests and then match them with a RSVP FriendlyVisitor volunteer. RSVP Friendly visitors do not provide respite care, transportation, medical assistance, housekeeping or meal preparation – they are there simply to be a kind and caring friend providing companionship and to brighten up and bring sunshine to the life of the senior on a weekly basis. There is no charge to the senior for this service as it is a volunteering opportunity in our community.

For more information about receiving a RSVP Friendly Visitor at home or to apply to become a RSVP Friendly Visitor volunteer, contact JoBeth Lewer at the Fairfield Volunteer Center, located in the Fairfield Public Library at 104 W Adams Ave, 641-919-4752.

RSVP Energy Savings Program

Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

RSVP now offers free home energy savings consultations. Become a trained volunteer consultant who will visit with Fairfield homeowners to educate and/or assist them with a range of basic energy savings measures and install one furnace filter and leaving 5 extras for monthly installations.  Little steps like this really add up to make a big difference in the amount of energy a home requires each month.

RSVP trained volunteers will inform the resident about measures they can begin taking immediately to reduce their residential energy usage, which is great for both the environment and the pocketbook!

RSVP volunteer must be age 55+ and must attend a training session prior to performing residential consultations.

So far, 19 RSVP volunteers have been trained to be as consultants.  To date, they have completed 15 home energy consultations.

Contact RSVP Director, JoBeth Lewer at 641.919.4752 for more information and to sign up today!