Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 114
September 8, 2015
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

It's Not Too Late to Vote...

Greetings from Hawkeye Community College! 

This coming Tuesday (September 8) is an important day for Hawkeye Community College and the communities it serves.  That's the day voters in our ten-county service region decide whether to approve a public referendum proposed by the College.  As a valued community partner to Hawkeye Community College, I want you to be informed about this measure.
Before you decide how to vote in this election, I would ask you to please  click here to review information related to the Instructional Equipment Levy vote. 
We all know one vote can and will make a difference in an election.  If you are unsure of your polling location for this election, you can find it at https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/pollingplace/search.aspx.
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.

The LSB Foundation was established in 2005 for the purpose of supporting LSB's charitable giving tradition in the communities we serve. LSB's philanthropic philosophy has been an integral part of the company culture since our founding more than 100 years ago. The LSB Foundation demonstrates LSB's commitment to our core value of Passionate Community Stewardship. 

Jim Thielen, from the Lincoln Savings Bank Trust Department will be sharing grant process at our next meeting on September 24th at 11:30 am.
Interns Needed ...
Title:  Covenant Foundation Intern

Do you know any students who are looking for an internship possibility? 
This is a paid position for students to get experience with event planning...Lunch with Santa, Heroes and possibly Festival of Trees (depending on when we find someone) and a variety of other activities at the Foundation.
Requirements:  Graduate or current enrollment as a senior in a Bachelor/Master's Degree Program. Ability to convey a positive image and build positive relationships with others. Ability to effectively communicate with people of diverse backgrounds through highly developed oral and written communication skills. Energetic, multi-task oriented and enthusiastic. Strong interpersonal and social skills.

Description:  Assists with work activities for the benefit of the Covenant Foundation including but not limited to event planning, fundraising efforts, and assisting with other duties as needed. Adheres to Covenant Health System's performance expectations and performs all defined services and other related duties in accordance with the mission, vision and values of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.

Please visit our web-site for more information on this opportunity.
Current Job Opportunities ...

Job Title:  Behavioral Health Worker

Position is based in the Waterloo office, but will perform field work in Black Hawk, Grundy and surrounding counties.

This position will work directly with service eligible youth and their families as part of an integrated team. Meetings will occur in the client's home, and other locations in the community to ensure clients receive the community support and services necessary to be successful. The Behavioral Health Worker uses social work skills to assess child/family needs, and develop a coordinated care plan to attain identified goals. This position will facilitate meetings with the family and their formal and informal supports. The position also maintains contact with critical case collaterals. This position will also provide transportation to children and families in critical situations. Candidates must have strong engagement skills. Some after hour availability is required.

A Bachelors of Social Work or human behavioral science field from an accredited institution together with the equivalent of one year of full-time professional social worker experience acquired after the degree in a public or private social services agency is required. 

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

Job Title:  Executive Director

The House of Hope is a two-year family enrichment program dedicated to assisting homeless mothers become self-sustaining.

Requirements: Earned BA and 3-5 yrs experience in a leadership role; must have demonstrated experience in public speaking, fundraising/grant writing, creating and overseeing a budget, personnel supervision and volunteer management; and an ability to work in a Microsoft Office environment.

Preferred: Master's degree and 5-7 yrs of leadership experience in social services/non-profit industry; experience working with diverse populations, donor networking, social media messaging; and a strong track record of recruiting and expanding volunteerism.

Please visit our web-site for a complete job description. To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter and a list of 3 references to:  Board President- Jared Mason.  Offer contingent upon background check.  Resumes will be accepted until September 16th, 2015.

Job Title:  Office Administrator

The Office Administrator is part of a team of professionals working to prevent child abuse and strengthen families. As a team member this position is responsible for assisting the Executive Director and support staff with ongoing demands of administration, financial reporting, and community
support projects.

Please click here to read a full description/requirements for this position and information on how to apply.  Registration deadline is September 25, 2015.
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.
Community Events ...

Please join us for Celebration of Communities

When:  Friday, November 6, 2015
Where: Hilton Garden Inn, Cedar Falls, Iowa
Time:   5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
RSVP:   To RSVP for this event, please click here

Join us in thanking those who are creating vibrant communities where all people can thrive.
CFNEIA's Celebration of Community event is exactly what the name implies, it is a celebration of the communities we serve in Northeast Iowa. It is a way to publicly thank all those who are involved in the efforts to make them better, including nonprofits, fund holders, donors, businesses, volunteers and many more.

So many people are doing great things in their communities, and CFNEIA is honored to work as a partner in making all our communities stronger, more vibrant places. Please help us in saying thank you to those doing so much to make positive change happen.

Thank you to our presenting event sponsor.

This event is made possible through the generosity of many community-minded businesses and individuals. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Elizabeth Hackbarth.

Be our guest for this special event: "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me" 

When:  September 15th 
Where: Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center 
Time:   5:00 pm Dementia Education & Support Services 
           7:00 pm Documentary Screening
           8:45 pm Session with Mrs. Kim Campbell 

Tickets are available by calling the Gallagher Bluedorn (319) 273-SHOW. We hope to see you there!

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
CVNA Member Spotlight ...
Starting something since 1904.  At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we've been impacting the lives of children for over 100 years. 
For over a century, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been helping change kids' perspectives and giving them the opportunity to reach their potential. And we have over a century of volunteers, donors, and advocates just like you to thank.

It all started in 1904, when a young New York City court clerk named Ernest Coulter was seeing more and more boys come through his courtroom. He recognized that caring adults could help many of these kids stay out of trouble, and he set out to find volunteers. That marked the beginning of the Big Brothers movement.  At around the same time, the members of a group called Ladies of Charity were befriending girls who had come through the New York Children's Court. That group would later become Catholic Big Sisters.  Both groups continued to work independently until 1977, when Big Brothers Association and Big Sisters International joined forces and became Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

More than 100 years later, Big Brothers Big Sisters remains true to our founders' vision of bringing caring role models into the lives of children. And, today, Big Brothers Big Sisters currently operates in all 50 states-and in 12 countries around the world. Our Northeast Iowa office, located in Waterloo, Iowa, was formed in 1963 and our Bremer County satellite office, located in Waverly, Iowa, opened in 1985.

Big meets Little: Big Brothers Big Sisters targets the children who need us most, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty and coping with parental incarceration. Starting something begins with finding a great match between a Big and a Little. Making these matches, and performing all the background work involved with them, is possible because of donations from people like you. It's also why we're able to offer such a wide variety of programs that pair children, ages 6 through 18, with role models in one-to-one relationships.
Core Programs
  • Community-Based Mentoring
  • School-Based Mentoring

To read more on the great agency and how you can become more involved, please visit their web-site.

Big Brothers Big Sisters has been a member of the CVNA since 2012 -- thank you!
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´┐Ż  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
  • 114 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 102 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

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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 2nd - 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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