2017 RCRV Charitable Grant Program
- Written by Phil White
2017 Focus Area: This year’s community grant program will be available for non-profits who serve the underprivileged and/or people with disabilities. Grant awards will be given for programs that provide life enrichment activities in the areas of leisure or education. We will consider programs that directly target this population, especially if the programs are also open to the public.
Statement of Purpose: Allow RCRV and its members to recognize and reward deserving non-profit organizations in support of RCRV's mission statement:
Rockwell Collins retirees connecting to identify and support volunteer needs in our community and beyond while enriching the lives of the volunteers.
The RCRV grant program offers up to $15,000 to deserving organizations. The minimum grant award will be $1,000.
- The desired programs will help the underprivileged and/or disabled find and participate in leisure/educational/recreational activities. Taking part in available community programs is encouraged, but we will consider programs that directly target this population, especially if the programs are also open to the public.
- The organizations supported by these grants need to meet the same qualifications as used by Rockwell Collins, Inc. for its charitable giving program. Applicants are requested to provide documentation of non-profit status.
- Applicants need to be recommended and endorsed by an active member of Rockwell Collins Retiree Volunteers.
- The application should be short and succinct, describing how both the funding and retirees volunteer resources will be used to support the focus area identified for this year's grant program.
- Request for funds may include an open ended list of opportunities such as mini-grants for participation, transportation, or a staff position for organizations that support this year's focus area.
- Applicants are encouraged to creatively apply for funds in collaborative ways.
- No more than one grant will be made in any year to a particular agency.
RCRV, @ Joan Schaffer
Rockwell Collins Inc. MS 193-105
400 Collins Rd. NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52498
Please include signatures from the organizations executive and chairman as well as the RCRV sponsor. Decisions will be announced by May 1, 2017. A committee of active RCRV members will evaluate applications and make award proposals to the RCRV Board of Directors.
All recipients of RCRV grants will be required to submit a report summarizing the results of their project and the impact it had on the target clients. Reports are due to RCRV at the conclusion of a program/project, or twelve months after receipt of a grant, whichever is earlier.
We look forward to your submission.
Handouts for the Rockwell Collins Retiree Insurance Program for 2017
- Written by Bob Ocken
On Oct 3,4, and 5 2016, RCRV presented its annual seminar on the 2017 Rockwell Collins Insurance program for Rockwell Collins retirees at Kirkwood Training and Outreach Service Center in Marion.
If you were unable to attend one of these seminars, or would like a copy of the handouts, the handouts are available at:
Rockwell Collins Insurance Presentation Hand-outs 2017 Pdf format
Adult Swing Project
- Written by Dave Knuth
On July 19 of this year, RCRV received a request from Systems Unlimited, Inc. to build an adult swing. This swing had to be able to hold a 300 pound individual. RCRV accepted the challenge and Dave Knuth came up with a design that was presented to Systems Unlimited for their approval. They reviewed and approved the design and subsequent funding estimate.
Adaptive Physical Education equipment requests from Ann Griffin
For the last 10 years, many RCRV members have been involved in projects to create equipment for Ann Griffin of the Grant Wood Area Education Agency. Ann is responsible for the Adapted Physical Education (APE) program which supports Physical Educators tasked with teaching students with disabilities. (http://www.aea10.k12.ia.us/divlearn/APE/equipment.html ) RCRV members have created several pieces of specialized equipment to allow disabled students to participate in PE activities.
RCRV Change #1
- Written by Dave Knuth
Before I left town last Winter, I asked the RCRV members of the board for input on the future of RCRV because things were changing:
- REACT was closed
- New Location for Weekly Meetings
- New location for Monthly Board Meetings
- Uncertainty of ongoing Rockwell Sponsorship
- Our Membership is aging, with few new members
- Our responsiveness to Volunteer Requests has deteriorated, and is jeopardizing our relationship with some non-profits
- The type of Volunteer Requests has changed over the years, and often do not appeal as much to our technical, constructional and instructional capabilities
- Some of our Members have gravitated to specific Volunteer activities, like SHIIP and WRAP that either satisfy their volunteer desires or limit their ability to take on more activities.