Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 113
August 24, 2015
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Grant Gurus September 24th ...
Grant Gurus  
Get ready for some more networking!

When:  Thursday, September 24, 2015
Where: Philanthropy Center (3rd Floor US Bank Building, Waterloo)
Time:   11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
CVNA Member Spotlight ...

Their Vision:  ASPIRE Therapeutic Riding Program provides benefits to individuals with disabilities through animal assisted activities and outreach programs.  ASPIRE Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program is a 501 C3 non-profit organization that specializes in offering individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities a unique therapy through various horseback riding techniques.

Horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the riders body in a manner similar to a human gait. Riders with physical disablities often show improvement in flexibility, balance, and strength. Children and adults with a disablitiy gain developmental improvement from this program. Therapeutic Riding works with a wide range of physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities.
  • Amputation
  • Autism
  • Brain Injuries
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Emotional Problems
  • Learning Diabilities
  • Hearing, Visual, and Speech Impairments
  • Mental Retardation
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
To read more information on ASPIRE TRP, please visit their web-site.

ASPIRE TRP has been a member of the CVNA since 2012 -- thank you!
Donations Please ...

Habitate for Humanity is currently seeking donations.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.  We are taking donations on Saturdays through October from 9am-3pm at the ReStore, 4107 Hammond Avenue in Waterloo next to Lone Star Steakhouse. You can also arrange for donation pickups by calling (319) 883-3331.

Thank you for your support.
Current Job Opportunities ...

Job Title:  Administrative Assistant

The Waterloo Schools Foundation seeks a part-time administrative assistant who is interested in impacting the lives of youth.

Responsibilities include general office support, financial management, pledge tracking, and database management.

For more information on this position and how to apply, please visit our web-site.


Job Title:   Program Director

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa seeks professional candidates for full-time Program Director.  Based in Waterloo but responsible for programming in Black Hawk, Bremer and Butler counties,  the primary function of this position is to establish strategic direction for the mentoring program and ensure that volunteers and children are appropriately enrolled, matched and supported according to Big Brothers Big Sisters standards and practices for child safety and positive impacts on youth.  Bachelor's degree in social work, human services, or related field required, Master's preferred.  3 - 5 years of related work experience required with progressive management responsibilities preferably at the senior management level.

Job Title:  Part-time Bookkeeper

Performs and maintains records of financial transactions, including bill processing and receipts. Verifies, allocates, and posts details of transactions, including all payables and receivables. Reconciles and balances accounts. Assists with and tracks the budgets for agency and remote sites. Processes grant reimbursements, allocations, and financial reports meeting all deadlines. Provides reports, as requested and appropriate, to national office, accounting firm and Executive Director.  Quickbooks experience required.  

To apply for either position, send cover letter, resume and any salary requirements to Katie Orlando or Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa, 2530 University Ave #8, Waterloo, IA 50701. 
Fall Harvest Festival ...


Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at Hawkeye Community College presents the 17th annual Fall Harvest Festival.


When:  Sunday, September 13th

Time:   11am - 4pm

Where: 1927 East Orange Road, Waterloo (parking at                                         Hawkeye Community College)

Cost:    $3 adult; $1 child (5 and under free); free with Arboretum                       membership and $1 off with AARP card

Back To School ...

Please keep in mind that school is getting back into session.  Take it slow and watch out for the school buses and our precious children.



State Representatives News Updates...

Please click here for the most updated information from Bob Kressig

Please click here for the most updated information from Sandy Salmon

Please click here for the most updated information from Walt Rogers

Please   click here  for most updated information from Jeff Danielson

Please click here for the most updated information from William Dotzler

Please click here for the most updated information from Bill Dix


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)
  • 62 member organizations
  • 6 investors
  • 1 corporate sponsor
  • 940 program registrations
  • 59 hours of programming
  • 113 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 99 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 
Share your good news with the CVNA and be featured in future e-newsletters.   Have you implemented an innovative idea?  Are you hiring?  Have you created or updated your website?  Are you hosting an event?   Let the CVNA spread the word. 

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CVNA Meeting Dates
CVNA is pleased to announce the topics of our upcoming education events for the year ahead: 2015
  • 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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