Posts Tagged ‘support’

Sponsors of the Fairfield Volunteer Center

Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Each year we apply for numerous grants and conduct several fundraisers to cover our operating budget.  We are currently in the 2nd year of funding from the Volunteer Generation Fund, which covers a large portion of our budget.  We are also grateful to have received funding from the City of Fairfield in the form of LOST funds (Local Sales Option Tax), the Greater Jefferson County Foundation, Alliant Energy’s Community Betterment Grants, and many of you!  We continue to seek out other opportunities to compete for grants and/or to partner with others throughout Fairfield for the betterment of our entire community.  With much appreciation…

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!

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.

Fundraising Raffle for the Volunteer Center-$870 worth of Great Prizes!

Posted on Monday, May 21st, 2012

After several successful projects and countless volunteer hours we are back in fundraising mode here at the Fairfield Volunteer Center.  Our fundraising team has created a raffle with some amazing prizes that we hope will encourage you to support us as we continue to make connections between volunteers and needs throughout the community.  Take a look:

  • Apple Store Gift Certificate ($500 value)
  • Dr. Hauschka Facial with Rosemary Gabriel ($105 value)
  • Local Flight with Bob Lyons ($75 value)
  • Two tickets to the Sondheim Artist Series ($60 value)
  • Car repair service at Bob’s Automotive ($35 value)
  • (2) Top of the Rock Grille gift certificate ($25 value each)
  • Hy-Vee gift certificate ($25 value)
  • (4) Bags Cheif Appanoose popcorn ($5 value each)

Tickets $5 each, or 5 for $20 and are available from board members, Michael Halley, Carole Simmons, Melinda Arndt, Jeff Shipley, Manjunath Rao, JoBeth Lewer and Molly Reiff or by visiting the FVC office in the library (641-209-9045).

Winners will be drawn June 2 at noon at the Fairfield Farmers’ Market.

All Proceeds will support the work of the Fairfield Volunteer Center.

Friends of the Library Outdoor Book Sale June 2

Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Friends of the Library will host an Outdoor Book Sale Saturday, June 2.  Proceeds support the library and all of the

Volunteers helping with the book sale

great programs and services they provide.  There are numerous ways to get involved from set-up, staffing during the sale, post-sale sorting and more!  Many hands, indeed, make light work!

**Friday, June 1: 3-6pm (or partial shift): Set up, phase one (8 people)

Moving books out of storage and the back room…Please note some heavy lifting is required and a few volunteers with trucks would be very much appreciated.

**Saturday, June 2: 7:30am-9:00am: Set up outdoors (6 people)

Setting up tables and books outdoors for the sale

***Saturday, June 2: 9:00am-1:00pm or 1:00pm-4:30pm or any partial shift: Floaters/consolidators during the sale
(at least two per shift)

Breaking down empty boxes and consolidating inventory as the sale progresses makes a huge difference in clean up time at the end of the sale.

**Saturday, June 2: 4:00pm-6:00pm: Sale Day Clean up (at least 6 people)

As the sale wraps up, help break down the sale and move left over books into the Community Room for sorting the next day.

Some heavy lifting is required.

**Sunday, June 3: 1:00pm-5:00pm or any partial shift: Book sorters and movers (at least 6 people)

Sorting and stacking what the library will keep for their perpetual indoor sale.
Some heavy lifting required.

Please contact Molly Reiff, Director of the Volunteer Center, at 209.9045 or for more information and to get involved.  As you can see, this is a big project that takes a lot of support to pull off…Let’s show our library how much our community values everything they offer!  If you know a student who has saved their community service hours for the “last minute” this is a great way to get it done and can be done as a group for more fun!

Our Most Successful Project to Date!

Posted on Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Washington Elementary students planting trees

New Community Orchard at Sunset

MSAE students planting trees for playground shade

Huge Community Effort to Plant the Orchard

Outstanding Project Sponsors

Post-Planting Celebration

FF Middle School Students Planting Trees

Singing Cedars Students Planting

Silent Auction to Benefit FVC @ October Artwalk

Posted on Monday, October 3rd, 2011

This Friday, October 7, the Fairfield Volunteer Center will host a silent auction during the Oktoberfest Art Walk on the downtown square.  Numerous local businesses have donated items to be auctioned off for the benefit of the volunteer center.  Items to look for include:

  • A free spin or yoga class for you and a friend at Open Space Studio
  • A tote and gift certificate from Revelations
  • Handmade jewelry by Livia Cole
  • Hand-knit hats for winter knit by our own director, Molly
  • 2 gift certificates from Fairfield Nutrition
  • a gift basket worth $80 from Natural Selections
  • 2 tickets to a production at the Sondheim
  • Gift Certificate from Everybody’s
  • 1-hour Swedish massage with director, Molly, also a licensed massage therapist
  • Plus, more items continue coming in!

We will be posting on Facebook as the week goes on, so check for more items.

While you are there, check out the Oktoberfest Parade, the Running of the Wiener Dogs and more.  Volunteer opportunities abound!  Hope to see you there!