Posts Tagged ‘volunteers’

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-Alliant Energy Hometown Rewards Program

Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

The City of Fairfield has been the lucky recipient of the Alliant Energy Hometown Rewards Program (HTR)- a 2 year program to help our residents and overall community reduce our energy usage in many fun and informative ways.  The exact format that the programming has taken was created by a local steering committee and numerous classes and events have already taken place, including the tree planting that the volunteer center helped with on Earth Day.  That event mobilized more than 700 volunteers of all ages and got more than 200 new trees planted throughout Fairfield.

Monthly classes have been happening at the library on the second Saturday of each month and have attracted numerous participants.  Those classes will continue through 2013 and upcoming classes include Weatherization, Geothermal Energy & Lighting.  Since the launch of the program this past spring total City energy use has been down, residential use has dropped 4.9%, and HTR is tracking above expected levels on 55% of their goals.  Nearly 1500 people have participated in the Hometown Rewards Program in some manner.  And this is only after the first quarter!  One of the easiest ways to increase your own energy efficiency is to sign up for a free Alliant energy audit where a trained professional will visit your home and give you great ideas on how to reduce your energy bill and even leave you with some great products like compact flourescent lightbulbs!  Having an audit performed on your home will also help Fairfield earn more rewards from Alliant.  Upcoming volunteer opportunities with HTR include the ever popular community weatherization efforts in October.  Contact Anna Bruen at annabruen@gmail.com or Scott Timm at stimm@iastate.edu to learn more.

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.

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!

FREE RSVP “Energy Savings Program” Consultation

Posted on Monday, May 21st, 2012

The RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) of Fairfield, is offering a free home Energy-Savings consultation service to qualified Fairfield residents.  A trained RSVP volunteer will visit with householders for 1 hour and educate and/or assist residents with a range of basic energy savings measures and install a new furnace filter (leaving extra filters with the householder to install each month following the consultation).   To be eligible for receiving this service, residents must live within Fairfield city limits & meet income qualifications.

See following chart to qualify:

#No. in Household

1       $21,780

2       $29,420

3       $37,060

4       $44,700

5       $52,340

6       $59,980

7       $67,620

8       $75,260

During a scheduled consultation appointment, the RSVP-trained volunteer will inform the resident about measures they can begin taking immediately to reduce their residential energy usage as well as perform other tasks including adjusting the water heater temperature, re-setting refrigerator temperatures, discuss ways to reduce overall water usage, and how to reduce energy consumption by using CFL/LED light bulbs vs. incandescent bulbs.

The intended impact for this volunteer service is increased knowledge of reduced home energy usage for Fairfield residents, as well as savings reflected on their monthly utility bills.

If you are a qualified resident (see chart) and would like to receive the benefit from this free service program or you are age 55+ and would like to be trained to be an RSVP volunteer, call RSVP Director JoBeth Lewer at 641-919-4752 .

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!