Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 140
September 6, 2016
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Using Data To Tell Your Story...

Using Data To Tell Your Story
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
8:30-11:30 a.m.
At CFNEIA's Community Room (3117 Greenhill Circle, Cedar Falls)

Cost:  $15 for Members; $40 non-members

In this half-day workshop, Leah Goldstein Moses of The Improve Group (St. Paul, MN) will guide you on how you can use data to tell your story and engage your stakeholders. Through evaluation, we can learn, identify opportunities to improve, and share data with others. Evaluation also has untapped potential to help you engage people in supporting your mission - by incorporating their perspectives in your programs and giving them great stories to relate to. 

Designed for all nonprofit professionals, including those working in development, grant writing, program management, and marketing, as well as for board members, this hands-on workshop will engage you from beginning to end. Participants can expect lots of examples and a comprehensive list of ways to collect data, plus time for networking, inactive activities, and take away items. 

Leah Goldstein Moses is the Founder and CEO of The Improve Group, an international firm focused on evaluation, research and strategic planning. Over the last two decades, she has helped local, community-based organizations, statewide agencies, and multi-national nonprofits uncover information and improve their programs. She teaches and speaks on evaluation for audiences across the country.

Please click here to register for another great CVNA presentation.
Photo Contest...

Wednesday, September 7
Join us in showing the Good Things Happening in Black Hawk County and have the chance to win a grant for your favorite nonprofit!

Here at the Community Foundation, we believe supporters like you have a unique, positive view on Black Hawk County, which is why we are inviting you to participate in the Good Things Happening Photo Contest. This gives YOU, the people who love Black Hawk County and its communities, the opportunity to show the good happening here. 
There are TWO ways for you to participate

1. Submit a photo! Entering a picture of something good in the county gives you a chance to win a grant for your favorite nonprofit serving Black Hawk County. 
2. Vote for your favorite submissions! All photos will be added to the Community Foundation Facebook page where the public has the ability to vote for their favorites.

Nominations Please...

Thank you to those who have taken the time to submit a nomination! We are looking for additional nominations in five categories. Please help us honor those making an impact in our community! Winners of each category have the opportunity to donate $250.00 to their favorite charity, in honor of their award, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.

All nominees will be recognized at the 2016 National Philanthropy Day luncheon, Thursday November 10 at Hilton Garden Inn, Cedar Falls, IA

Nominations can be completed online by clicking here .  Applications are due September 9, 2016
Community Events...
 Surrounded by fields of corn and soybeans, The            Arboretum has strong ties to Iowa 
 2016's Fall Harvest Festival will be on Sunday, September  11th, 2016 from 11am - 4pm. Adults and teens & up $5;  13 & under are FREE.  

Join us for some fun with Night of The Horse on September 24, 2016 at 7 p.m.  featuring Tommie Turvey & Raccoon River  Riders.  This event will take place at McElroy Auditorium (207 Ansborough Avenue, Waterloo).

Fr tickets cost and information, please click here.

Hunger Action Month...
If you have not heard, September is Hunger Action Month! 

What is that you ask? Here at the NEIFB and food banks across the nation, we believe that hunger IS solvable and we're leading the fight to end it. We are asking everyone in America to take action to fight hunger in their community, all month long.  Whether it's by advocating and raising awareness, volunteering or donating, our communities can find the way that's right for us to make a difference during Hunger Action Month. Together, we can solve hunger.
A few steps in how you can help the Food Bank lead the way this month in northeast Iowa. 
  • Take the attached calendar and take action against hunger every day. 
  • Like the NEIFB on social media and follow what we are doing all month long.
  • Thursday, September 8th is Hunger Action Day!  On this day, we need everyone to wear orange. Take a picture, post on your face book and tag the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.
  • Volunteer at the Food Bank
  • One Day Food Drive(s):  Macaroni Monday/ Tuna Tuesday or any food drive that has employees involved with bringing food to donate.
  • Have a $5.00 Jean Day - Fund Drive - donate that to the Food Bank 

Note, for every $1.00 we can provide 4 meals to someone in need.  Visit one of the restaurants that supports the Food Bank during the month of September

*  Pepper's  (Tuesday sept 13th)
*  Pizza Ranch (Monday sept 19th)
*  Newton's (Tuesday sept 27th)
Help us educate and advocate for those who need our help. 
2nd Annual Town Hall Meeting...
        Community Engagement 
        October 4, 2016
        9-11:30 a.m.
        Commons SLife Ballroom - UNI Campus
        Sponsored by CVNA

Due to unforeseen scheduling circumstances, UNI's Town Hall on Community Engagement has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 4th.

UNI Faculty, staff and students are invited to meet nonprofit community leaders to create partnerships that will support faculty research and scholarship, build service-learning opportunities to complement classroom instruction, and introduce students to service projects. Nonprofit Community leaders are invited to meet UNI faculty, staff and students to create partnerships that will build capacity for their organizations, mission, programs and services.

For more information visit http://www.uni.edu/engagement

For question about the event please contact Kristina Kofoot at [email protected] or call (319) 273-4507.
CVNA Member Spotlight...

Operation Threshold provides Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) services in Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Chickasaw and Grundy Counties.  WIC is a federally funded program that has been providing food assistance, nutrition education and referrals to other social services agencies since 1974.  
Affordable Housing
Operation Threshold offers Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) to help families and individuals find safe, decent and affordable housing.  The agency also owns and manages rental units in both Independence and Waterloo.
Energy Assistance
Operation Threshold's Energy Assistance programming (including the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program [LIHEAP]) is designed to assist low-income families meet the cost of home heating.
Family Development
The mission of the FaDSS program is to improve the lives of families at risk of long-term welfare dependency or family instability by creating opportunities for self-sufficiency.
The Family Development and Self-Sufficiency Program (FaDSS) is an intensive, voluntary, one-on-one case management program to assist families with transitioning from welfare to work.  The program assists families through intensive case management including home visits, support (referrals, groups, linkages, and advocacy), assessment (identifying and building upon strengths), and goal setting.
Families receive personal case management services designed to identify family strengths and needs.  Family Development Specialists provide referrals and support while families work toward  the goals of employment and self-sufficiency.
Housing & Fair Lending Program
Operation Threhsold is a HUD-approved counseling agency.  The Housing and Fair Lending program offers comprehensive financial and home-buyer classroom education services and indivdidual counseling services.
LIHEAP supplements the high cost of winter heating for low-income households, provides emergency furnace repairs or replacement for income qualifying homeowners and offers assistance with telephone costs to those that qualify.  Households with income levels at or below 175% of the poverty level are eligible for benefits.  Eligible income amounts may be increased for households with significant medical expenses.
Last year, we processed more than  6,000 applications in Black Hawk, Buchanan, and Grundy counties! New applicants represented 16% of those applications.
In 2015-2016 we anticipate another busy year.  Applicants are served on a first-come, first-serve basis, so apply early! 
For the 2015-2016 application year it is anticipated that the last day applications will be accepted will be April 30, 2015. The application will be available online after November 2, 2015.  After that time you will be able to print out and complete the application.  Once you have done so, you may bring the completed application, along with any other required documents, to your local Operation Threshold office.
Nest Program - Black Hawk County
Black Hawk County Nest program is an incentive based parent education program for income-eligible families.   Nest is available for pregnant women, post-partum mothers, and their children up to 5 years of age.  Participants earn incentive points for healthy behaviors such as keeping doctor appointments and attending parent and preventative educational classes. The points are then redeemed for incentive items such as diapers and wipes. 
The Weatherization Program provides energy efficiency related home maintenance assistance to low-income homeowners and renters. Available Weatherization benefits include the installation of insulation, furnace repair or replacement, water heater repair and/or replacement, safety checks for gas leaks, and/or replacement of old refrigerators and freezers.  Read More...

To read more information on this great organization, please click here.
Operation Threshold has been a member of CVNA since 2012-- thank you fr your continued support!
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

Please  click here for the most updated information on Timi Brown Powers


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)
  • 74 member organizations
  • 5 investors
  • 1,258 program registrations
  • 79 hours of programming
  • 140 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 137 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
  • Partners with NLA (advertise job postings Nationwide)
  • Partners with Idealware
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CVNA Meeting Dates
CVNA is pleased to announce the topics of our upcoming education events for the year ahead: 2016
  • September 20 - Use Data to Tell Your Story
  • September 22nd - Grant Gurus
  • October 4th - 2nd Annual UNI Town Hall Meeting 

  • October 6 -  Finance
  • December 2nd - Legislative Forum
For the most updated information please visit our resources section and stay tuned to our web-site for additional information.
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