Posts Tagged ‘volunteer appreciation’

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.

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!

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

Fairfield Volunteer of the Year Award

Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Dr. Larry Nash was honored with the Fairfield Volunteer of the Year Award on December 8th at the Fairfield Entrepreneur Association’s Annual Awards Banquet.

Dr. Nash received numerous nominations for the award based upon his work on two very significant projects in the Fairfield community. Larry has been a leader in accomplishing the Maasdam Barns preservation project and has also been significantly involved in construction projects for the Jefferson County Trails Council.

Larry, along with Dick Reed, initiated the first project at the Maasdam Barns and Larry showcased his skills in carpentry, painting, organization, leadership, fundraising and more.  He served as Vice Chairman of the Maasdam Barns Preservation committee from 2005-2009, and was then elected Chairman.

Larry has been a member of the Jefferson County Trails Council since it was formed in 1997 and became part of the core group that built the trails. His projects included calculating bridge materials from plans, as well as building the bridges, installing and repairing fences, clearing fallen trees on the trails and many other tasks.

Over the past 2.5 years alone, Larry has been the major force driving the Maasdam Barns project to completion. According to his logs in 2009 he volunteered 190 hours and in 2010, 230 hours.

Larry reminded the audience that projects on this scale only happen when a group of people pool their talents and give of their time. He graciously accepted the award on behalf of all of the volunteers that worked on the barns and the trails projects.

Volunteer Appreciation Event Thursday, October 27, 7:30pm at Cafe Paradiso

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Attention: All Fairfield Volunteers-Please join us for an evening of celebration Thursday, October 27 from 7:30-9:30 at the lovely Cafe Paradiso.  The evening will feature entertainment, snacks, merrymaking, and good company.

The community of Fairfield is a richer, more vibrant place because there are so many people who reach out to others; looking beyond their own daily lives for the betterment of others.  We want to celebrate you and all that you do!  Please join us.

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

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.

Photos: 2010 Volunteer Appreciation Party

Posted on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
David Seagull, JoBeth Lewer

FVC President David Seagull thanks the outgoing Director JoBeth Lewer

On November 11, the annual Volunteer Appreciation Party was held by the Fairfield Volunteer Center at Cafe Paradiso.

We honored and celebrated Fairfield’s diverse and dynamic group of volunteers. The party was free of charge and open to everyone. The restaurant was filled to capacity and everyone had a wonderful time!

Live musical entertainment was provided by the Café Ceili Band with David Carlisle, Carol Carlisle, David Seagull, Torrey Witherspoon. The nationally-celebrated Tim Britton sat in.

Friends of the Fairfield Volunteer Center enjoyed good company, food, and music