Posts Tagged ‘volunteerism’

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 fairfieldvolunteers@gmail.com 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 fairfieldvolunteers@gmail.com 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!

Featured Agency: All Things Italian Street Festival

Posted on Monday, May 21st, 2012

All Things Italian Festival in Iowa

The Fairfield Square is transformed into an Italian Piazza. Taste homemade lasagna and fresh-filled cannoli! Visit the large fresh fruit stand. Enjoy an authentic Italian dance troupe, play bocce ball or visit local Madonnari street chalk artists, en plein aire artists and figure drawers or try your hand at hand-carving Italian marble.

The All Things Italian Festival was recently named a “must see event” by the Iowa Tourism Office.

Proceeds from the All Things Italian Street Festival helps support the following causes:

  1. •Fairfield 1st Friday Art Walk
  2. •Young Fairfield Photo Students
  3. •Jefferson County Girl Scouts
  4. •Fairfield Musicians
  5. •MSAE Greenhouse Project
  6. •Ottumwa Women’s Shelter
  7. •Italian Earthquake Relief Fund
  8. •Fairfield Bike Rack Project
Countless volunteer hours make this one of the most exciting events Fairfield hosts during the year!  See the following from volunteer coordinator Julie Stephens:
Dear Fairfield Volunteers,

Thank you for your huge part in making Fairfield great!

We are currently working on the wonderful Italian Festival that volunteers have created for our community and are looking for more help to pull it off.
Our needs for Saturday June 16th are for serving at:
The Lasagna Booth either 4:45-7:00pm or 7:00-9:15pm
or
The Meatball Sandwich Booth either 5:00-7:00 or 6:00 – sold out

Thank you for considering this service and for all past service you have provided,

Julie Stephens
Please contact Julie at 641-233-7773 or jlstphns@gmail.com to help out!

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!

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 www.fairfieldvolunteers@gmail.com 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

The Health Benefits of Volunteering for Older Americans

Posted on Thursday, May 10th, 2012

According to data from the Corporation for National and Community Service, 18.7 million older adults – more than a quarter of those 55 and older – contributed on average more than three billion hours of service in their communities

Volunteers Planting Community Orchard on Earth Day

per year between 2008 and 2010. Older volunteers meet a wide range of community needs – helping seniors live independently in their homes, tutoring and mentoring at-risk youth, providing financial education and job training to veterans and their families, and helping communities recover from disasters. In fact, older adults who volunteer typically volunteer more hours in a year than other age groups.

In addition to providing valuable services to individuals and communities, older volunteers are also living active lives through volunteering. A growing body of research shows an association between volunteering and mental and physical health benefits. In particular, older volunteers report lower mortality rates, lower rates of depression, fewer physical limitations, and higher levels of well-being. This issue brief summarizes recent research and suggest implications of the findings.

KEY FINDINGS FROM SELECTED RESEARCH…Read more

Inspiring Service

Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

We invite you to make MLK Day a day of service—”a day ON, not a day off.”     

In the spirit of service, consider taking the day off on Monday, January 16th and spending your time serving others.  If you would like ideas of how to get involved, contact the Volunteer Center ahead of time and we will help you find a good fit!  Cap the day off in the Community Room at the Fairfield Public Library at 7 pm where we cordially invite you to join us as we hear from Fairfield resident Patti Miller who was a civil rights activist who worked with Dr. King in the Freedom Summer of 1964 and went on to work with Dr. King as part of the Project to End Slums in Chicago. Now she is “Keeping History Alive” with inspiring presentations of her unique and personal story.

Her presentation challenges us all to take action today to create a more just and diversified society, while creating the history of tomorrow.  National Days of Service like this one are important reminders to get involved and serve to rally people together to make a difference…but what we hope they do most of all is to inspire ongoing service throughout the year.

*Admission to the evening’s events will be a non-perishable food donation to help stock the new food pantry at New Life Community Church in Fairfield.