Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 102
March 23, 2015
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Free Fitness Classes...


What:  YWCA Fresh Start Open House

When:  Monday, March 23rd and Tuesday, March 24

Time:   6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Cost:    FREE


To celebrate the reopening of the Body Shop and Swimming Pool, the YWCA will be hosting a Fresh Start Open House and inviting all members and the public to stop in between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 24 to try, for FREE, all adult fitness classes offered on Mondays and Tuesdays. Those classes include: Arthritis Exercise, Energy Splash, Fitness Training Extreme, Pilates, Circuit Weight Training, AM Total Toning, Yogalates, Water Aerobics, Body Basics, and Silver Sneakers. YWCA staff will also be on hand to give facility tours and answer any questions you may have.


Get off to a Fresh Start. Become more active, more fit, more healthy...more fun!   Grab your family members, friends and colleagues and attend the YWCA Fresh Start Open House! By becoming a member of the YWCA, you are supporting the YWCA's mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. 


For more information regarding the YWCA Fresh Start Open House, or other YWCA programs and services, stop by the YWCA in downtown Waterloo or give us a call at 234-7598. Our visit our website.

Ground Breaking News...

Celebrate with us at our



The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa is excited to have you join us, along with the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber, as we celebrate being a part of Northeast Iowa Forever!









We invite you to attend both events at both locations, or join us at either the groundbreaking or reception, whichever is most convenient and comfortable for you! CFNEIA staff and board of directors, and the project architect and contractor will share project details at the reception.


To help us plan, please click here for more information on how to attend this event or call Gretchen at 319-287-9106 extension 13.

Awards Luncheon & Town Hall Meeting ...

Nominate someone you know in the Cedar Valley for their leadership in the nonprofit sector. Nominations are due March 20th! 
Please join the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association recognize individuals and organizations in 8 categories at the Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon.

When:  Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Time:   12:00 pm
Where: UNI Commons Ballroom 

Please click here for more information on nominating someone and to purchase tickets for the awards luncheon.

Also, the University of Northern Iowa invites you to join them at their Inaugural Town Hall Meeting on Community Engagement.
When: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Time:   9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Join faculty, staff and students to discuss how you can partner with them to solve community challenges, find volunteers, create service-learning opportunities, and seek their expertise on various topics. RSVP to Julianne Gassman at [email protected].


Grant Information and Application...


Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa Grant Applications Due April 1 


Grant applications can now be submitted to the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa for its 2015 spring grant cycle. The deadline to submit applications is midnight (CST) April 1, 2015. 

Grants are awarded to projects in the following areas: art and culture, community betterment, education, environment, health, historic preservation and human service.


The online grant application may be found on the Community Foundation's website at www.cfneia.org. Grants recipients will be announced June 2015.


First-time grant applicants should contact Tom Wickersham, Program Director, at (319) 287-9106 ext. 20 prior to submitting an application.


Grant applicants must be a 501(c)(3) designated organization (or government entity) serving Black Hawk County in order to be considered for funding.


For more information, please contact the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa at (319) 287-9106.

Upcoming Luncheons...


The public is invited to attend the ninth-annual Cedar Valley Women of Persimmon luncheon.


When:  Thursday, April 16

Time:   11:30 am

Where: Hilton Garden Inn in the Cedar Falls Industrial Park. 

Cost:    Tickets are $35 per person or you can purchase a table of eight                for only $250; business sponsorship's are still available.


For more information on registration, please call Kelly at 319-234-7589 and join us as we honor and recognize extraordinary women, businesses and organizations in the Cedar Valley! 





Northeast Iowa - Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) will be holding their Annual Golden Silo Awards Luncheon.


When: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Time:  12:00-1:30 p.m.

Where: Kinze Innovation Center, Williamsburg, IA.  

Cost:    $25 per person 


Each year, SSNHA celebrates the best in heritage development by presenting Golden Silo Awards to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate outstanding excellence in preserving and telling America's agricultural story.


For more information on this event and registration information, please click here.  Deadline to register is March 25. 

Current Job Opportunities ...


Job Title:  Scheduling/Staff Coordinator


NewAldaya Lifescapes is seeking a full-time scheduling/staff coordinator. Must have health care/long term care experience in staffing, scheduling, or Human Resources (preferred). 


Candidate will work closely with Human Resources, nursing and all other departments in daily scheduling of all employees.


Please click here for more information on how to apply.  Applications received by March 24 will be given first consideration.




Job Title:  Executive Director


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa seeks an Executive Director to lead the agency's mission, strategy and goals. Position includes fiscal management, fund development, marketing, human resources and board relations. 


Candidates should have three years of related professional experience. Bachelor's degree required. To apply, email cover letter and resume in PDF format to [email protected] by March 10th.



Job Title:  Child Care Director 


Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Child Care Director is responsible for the development and implementation of all child care programs including the Child Development Center, 8 School Age Child Care sites, Schools out Fun Days, Day Camps (Winter Break, Spring Break & Summer) and onsite child watch. The Director oversees the management of programs, including Child and Adult Care Food Program, facilities used, staff and volunteer development, and collaborations with community agencies in meeting the needs of YMCA members and program participants. 

The candidate must possess the experience and educational background suitable for the position. The position requires a BA/BS Degree or equivalent in work experience; a minimum of four years experience
in licensed childcare administration is preferred.


For more information about this position and how to apply, please click here.



Job Title: Executive Director

The Waterloo Schools Foundation Board is seeking a leader with a passion for fundraising, education, and impacting youth in the community to serve as Executive Director. This individual is responsible for achieving greater visibility, recognition, and impact for the Foundation.  


The Executive Director role requires a talent for fundraising, strategic planning, leading volunteers, and developing relationships within the School District and community. The ideal candidate will thrive in a fundraising environment with a demonstrated ability to be a self-starter, work independently with limited supervision, and effectively prioritize and complete tasks. 

For more information about this position and how to apply, please go to 

You Won't To Miss These Great Lectures...


2015 R.J. McElroy Scholar Lecture  
Dr. Caldwell's presentation "Youth Development and Healthy Leisure"

When:  Thursday, April 2, 2015

Where: UNI, WRC 252

Time:    6:30 p.m.

Cost:     free   


Dr. Linda Caldwell's 2015 R.J McElroy Scholar Lecture on the topic of "Youth Development and Healthy Leisure."

Dr. Caldwell is a Distinguished Professor of Recreation, Park, and Tourism
Management and Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on interventions to promote healthy lifestyles and reduce risky behaviors. 


For more information, Chris Edington is available to answer your questions at (319)273-2840 or [email protected]





The Master of Social Work Student Association and other departments at the University of Northern Iowa will be hosting a training on

 "Advice from Child Molesters" 


When:  Apri13, 2015

Where: Sabin Hall 

Time:   3:15 to 5:15 p.m. 

Cost:    Free


A woman who runs a child molesters treatment group was told by her child-molesting clients that what we teach kids doesn't really work (the no-go tell policy, good touch/bad touch, stranger danger, etc) because child molesters know how to get kids in different ways. This training shows videos of actual cases and stories and is a great resource for anyone who works with kids or is in law enforcement.  


For more information, please email Megan Vogt at [email protected]

State House News...


Please click here for the most updated information from the State Hoouse

CVNA News...

The CVNA would like to thank you for another great year of membership. Please note, invoicing for this year will be sent out this week.  We look forward to another year of planning, workshops and friendships.  


Have you renewed and joined yet?  Don't miss out on our upcoming programs and networking opportunities!


 In our first two years we have: (continually being updated)
  • 65 member organizations
  • 7 investors
  • 1 corporate sponsor
  • 575 program registrations
  • 55 hours of programming
  • 102 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 79 jobs advertised
  • 20+ organizations connected with 50 UNI students 
  • added additional educational training workshops to our members
  • won the "Gift of the Heart Innovation" award in 2013
Check out the other benefits of membership HERE If you are interested in joining CVNA, you can access our application form online HERE

If you have any questions, please email CVNA Coordinator at 
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CVNA Meeting Dates
CVNA is pleased to announce the topics of our upcoming education events for the year ahead: 2015
  • April 14th - Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon
  • April 23rd - Grant Gurus
  • June 4th - Motivational Workshop
  • August 6th - Data Base Management
  • September 24th - Grant Gurus
  • October 1st - A Changing Cedar Valley
  • December 4th - Legislative Forum

More information about times and location will follow.  Please check our web-site for additional information.

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