The mission of the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley is to promote and support effective volunteerism and to serve as the resource and coordination center for volunteers and community partnerships.
Volunteer Center Of Cedar Valley In The News!
youth Action Council - Calling all High School Youth!
The Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley (VCCV) is searching for inspiring high school leaders to become members of our newly created Youth Action Council.
The Youth Action Council will offer youth an opportunity for leadership development while becoming empowered to make a difference in the community. It will offer youth a remarkable opportunity to demonstrate their strong commitment to volunteerism and service.
The VCCV believes that the service of youth needs to be recognized and elevated in our community. This is a unique opportunity for young people to use their critical thinking skills to address needs in the community.
The Youth Action Council will meet monthly August through April. In addition to the meetings youth will be expected to create and implement a service project. An estimated time commitment per month is approximately four hours.
Mission statement: The mission of the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley (VCCV) is to promote and support effective volunteerism and to serve as a resource and coordination center for volunteers and community partnerships.
A Youth Action Council will provide counsel and support to the VCCV.
Goals of the Youth Action Council
· To develop and enhance the programs and initiatives of the VCCV.
· To help the VCCV form a stronger connection with the community and its youth.
· To foster habits of effective volunteerism and service.
· To empower youth to create and implement service projects that addresses a community need.
· To invest in the future of youth by giving them a voice.
Objectives of the Youth Action Council
· To enhance awareness of issues in the community.
· To motivate action for the common good.
· To build capacity for taking effective action.
· To strengthen abilities to work cooperatively across diverse backgrounds.
Responsibilities of Youth Action Council
· Be ambassadors of the VCCV and of service.
· Engage youth and peers effectively.
· Attend regular meetings.
· Participate in planning and implementing service projects.
· Keep a written journal of reflections.
· Become an advocate for service.
· Work effectively with others from unique perspectives and backgrounds.
Applications are now being accepted through April 30. Youth will be notified by May 19th. Applications are available by visiting the VCCV’s website www.vccv.org, through your school guidance counselor, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley, Northern Iowa’s Upward Bound office, and Black Hawk County ISU Extension and Outreach office.
In the Spotlight - American Red Cross
In the past year, the American Red Cross Serving Greater Iowa responded to 437 disaster incidents across 80 counties in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota (mostly home fires), where 1,629 individuals were assisted by Red Cross volunteers. That’s over 4 people being helped every day!
Here in the Eastern Iowa Area, 820 trained volunteers provided 613 individuals with food, shelter, clothing, medical necessities and emotional support after 162 incidents.
In order to provide these services, volunteers are trained and registered with the Red Cross for disaster assignments, responding primarily to local disasters within our communities such as home fires and floods. In addition, many of our disaster volunteers also traveled to other parts of the nation to help with large-scale disasters such as the recent flooding and tornados in the Midwest and the wildfires in Colorado.
We not only teach people of all ages how to prevent and prepare for natural and man-made disasters, such as fires, floods, tornadoes, heat waves and winter storms. Last year, over 25,600 individuals learned CPR, First Aid, took AED training, learned to swim or took Ready Rating training.
The American Red Cross is a member agency of the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley. The VCCV works with the American Red Cross to secure volunteers in the Cedar Valley. The Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley has 120 member agencies with nearly 200 volunteer opportunities. To get involved with the American Red Cross call the VCCV at 272-2087 or visit www.vccv.org.