Posts Tagged ‘service’

Seeking Veterans to Receive Home Weatherization this Fall

Posted on Monday, August 27th, 2012

We are excited to announce that we have received a Celebration of Service Grant from the Home Depot Foundation to help pay for weatherization supplies in our fall Community Weatherization efforts.  The Home Depot Foundation is honored to support the housing needs of our U.S. military veterans and has pledged $30 million over three years to ensure every veteran has a safe place to call home. To fulfill that goal they will support the volunteer efforts of community groups that specifically identify service projects that benefit veterans.  This project is also supported by the Alliant Energy Hometown Rewards Grant that Fairfield has received-a 2-year project to help educate our community on how to reduce energy usage and reduce our carbon footprint.

We will mobilize community volunteers to weatherize the homes of 20 veterans here in Fairfield.  We need your help to find those homes.  Please contact us to sign up if you are a veteran and would like to receive this service.  Please forward this email to those who might be interested.  We are also seeking volunteers for this project and will continue to update you as plans unfold.  Please be in touch!

9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

Posted on Monday, August 27th, 2012

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.

The Fairfield Volunteer Center invites you to join at the Fairfield Fire Station (104 N. 2nd St) to plant a flower garden with fellow volunteers to help beautify the station as a way of small way of saying “thank you!” to those who serve our community every day.

  • Seeking 10+ volunteers to plant flowers and bulbs, spread mulch, and water the new plantings from 4-6pm, Tuesday, September 11, 2012.
  • Please bring rakes, shovels, trowels, buckets and gloves-whatever you have to help planting flow smoothly.  Bring a friend and stay for as little or as long as you can…many hands make light work!

Contact the Fairfield Volunteer Center at 641.209.9045 or for more information and to sign up.

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.

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 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!

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  Tell us a few of the reasons why your nominee is a superstar.

Thanksgiving in July Community-Wide Food Drive July 20-29

Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Thanksgiving in July, a community-wide food drive, was created thirteen years ago by Mercy Iowa City and Hawkeye Foodservice Distribution in Tiffin. The six tons of food and funds collected the first year went to the Johnson County Crisis Center Food Bank. Since then the food drive has continued to develop and expand. The 2011 food drive included food pantries and food relief agencies in Iowa City, Coralville, Tiffin, North Liberty, Fairfield, Muscatine, and Essex, Iowa. The food and funds collected went to nine different non-profit food relief organizations.

The shelves in food pantries are generally at their lowest in the summer months, hence, the need for the focused effort. In 2011, the first year that Fairfield participated in the drive, over 9600 lbs of food came in to the Lord’s Cupboard. With everyone’s help, we can top that amount this year as we are more organized and have more partners involved this time around. All of the drop-off sites are collecting food and donations until this Sunday, July 29th so there is still time to participate. For more information, read on:

The Lord’s Cupboard of Jefferson County is proud to partner with Hy-Vee to host Thanksgiving in July, a community-wide food drive. All cash and food donations will be given to the Lord’s Cupboard, to help in aiding individuals and families in need of assistance.

The Thanksgiving in July food drive will be held Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 29. It provides an opportunity for individuals, businesses, civic, and faith organizations throughout the community to host their own drives to collect food and donations for the Lord’s Cupboard.

The only requirement is that the donation be non-perishable, canned or packaged food. It can be as easy as donating several cans of food or sponsoring a food drive through ball games, dances, raffles, etc. Any place that people gather can be a potential food drive site. Cash donations are appreciated and allow the Lord’s Cupboard to buy bulk food at a reduced cost.

Community Partners:

Fairfield Hy-Vee – Customers will be given the option to make a monetary donation at Hy-Vee check-out lanes from Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 29. The store will host a grill-out with a portion of all proceeds going to Thanksgiving in July on Thursday, July 26th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Fairfield Arts and Convention Center – The Center will host Songs for the Lord’s Cupboard, on Friday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are just $7 with the donation of a non-perishable canned or packaged food item. Cash donations will also be accepted.

Fairfield Community Band Concert – Bring cash and non-perishable food donations to the Fairfield Community Band Concert on Tuesday, July 24th. Lord’s Cupboard volunteers will be on hand to “pass the hat” for cash donations and will also have shopping carts to collect food donations.

Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. – Cambridge associates are hosting a company-wide contest to collect food items for Thanksgiving in July.

KMCD/Classic 96 – will host a live remote during the grill out at Hy-Vee on July 26th from11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Jefferson County Health Center – JCHC staff members are collecting food and cash donations.

Fairfield Volunteer Center – In addition to serving as a drop-off site, Volunteer Center staff is helping to plan and carry out the food drive.

Cash Donation Sites:
Iowa State Bank
Fairfield Volunteer Center – in the Fairfield Public Library

Drop-off Sites:
Iowa State Bank
MidWest One
Fairfield Volunteer Center – in the Fairfield Public Library
Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

The Lord’s Cupboard of Jefferson County serves as the county’s primary emergency food pantry and serves over one-thousand families a year. Nearly 50 percent of those served by the pantry are under the age of 18. Donations of food or cash may also be dropped off at The Lord’s Cupboard, 54 S. B Street in Fairfield, Monday through Friday, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Senior Corps Week; Celebrating the Contributions of Volunteers 55+

Posted on Monday, May 21st, 2012

RSVP Volunteers Recognized  at the Senior Citizens Center

With nearly one in every five Americans projected to be age 60 or older by 2030, a great opportunity exists to engage

Friendly Visitors attend appreciation party

older Americans in service to meet critical community needs while contributing to longer, healthier lives.

In honor of Senior Corp Week, several local RSVP volunteers were recognized for their community service this past year.  The Senior Citizen Center and the RSVP partnered Wednesday evening May 16, to celebrate the deep friendships, connections, and accomplishments of these local RSVP volunteers.

What better way to be inspired to volunteer, then to be in a room full of volunteers and their senior friends.  The evening was alive with live music provided by the David Leffler Trio, spaghetti dinner was prepared by youth volunteers Josh Dalbey and James Frances along with great company and stories shared of selfless service.

Guest speaker Mayor Ed Malloy presented the volunteers with their certificates of appreciation. Mayor Malloy also shared how he became inspired to support this program in Fairfield. As a young college graduate, he was a community organizer in the Northeast and was first introduced to the RSVP program and it’s services.

Youth Volunteers Cook for Party Goers

The Mayor said this program has left “a lasting impression” on him forty years later. “It’s one thing to have a vision, it’s another thing to have it come to fruition as I look to all of you here in this filled room tonight.”

RSVP is a national federal program designed to engage volunteers age 55 and over in a way that makes a lasting difference in their communities.  In addition to helping others, older volunteers are also helping themselves by living active, healthy lives through volunteering.

A growing body of research points to mental and physical health benefits associated with volunteering, including lower mortality rates, increased strength and energy, decreased rates of depression, and fewer physical limitations.

Jasmine Bartolovic said, “I am so deeply grateful for my RSVP Friendly Visiting volunteer, Mary Meyer.  Without her I would never have been able to get to my medical appointments and the things that I needed during my recovery.”

Event organizer RSVP Director JoBeth Lewer said, “it was deeply gratifying to have the opportunity to thank  all the loving volunteers who make this program a lasting success.”

Senior Corp Week is an annual celebration of RSVP volunteer accomplishments.  To become a RSVP volunteer, call JoBeth Lewer at 641-919-4752

Hundreds of Volunteers Plant Trees for Earth Day & Global Youth Service Day

Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

For Earth Day and Global Youth Service Day we had lofty goals.  We wanted to create a day of service focused on tree  planting.  The perfect team came together to make those goals a reality.  More than 80 trees were planted at 4 different schools to provide shade, windbreaks and fruit.  More than 150 trees were planted just east of Chautauqua Park along the loop trail creating our community’s first public orchard.  Apples, Pears, Plums, Peaches, Apricots, Mulberries, Persimmons, Paw Paws, Walnuts, Chestnuts and Hazelnuts make up the diverse planting that will serve as a community gathering place and educational station for  years to come.

Project Partners that made this vision a reality: Alliant Energy, Trees Forever, Hometown Rewards, City of Fairfield, IA State University Extension, Ideal Energy, Fairfield Volunteer Center, Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment, Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield Middle School, Washington Elementary School, Singing Cedars Waldorf School, KRUU 100.1 FM, Edible CityScapes, 100 Trees, and more supported this project with time, resources and so much more.

Individuals interested in serving on the orchard advisory board should contact Scott Timm … and keep your eye out for further orchard-related volunteer opportunities coming up.

Thank you Fairfield Volunteers for making this project an incredibly rewarding success for our community!