At its June 20th board of directors meeting, RCRV presented checks totaling $15,000 to six deserving non-profit organizations as part of the RCRV Charitable Grant program for 2018. The awards were approved at the May Board meeting. Each of the grant recipients proposed a plan to grow and/or manage their volunteers who support the mission of its organization, a requirement for eligibility in the 2018 grant program funded by Rockwell Collins. A total of nineteen applications were received from non-profits, an indication of the increased participation by active RCRV members who nominate the applicants for the award.

Steve Schroeder acted as emcee for the grant presentations, representing the evaluation committee members. The non-profit organizations receiving grants this year include:

  • Cedar Amateur Astronomers received $3,100 to create a volunteer management/scheduling tool and a brochure for recruiting additional volunteers. John Leeson sponsored this request.
  • prairie 2 College Community Schools received $1,500 to equip a workroom at Prairie Creek Intermediate School specifically for volunteers. Terry Lamb sponsored Prairie‚Äôs application.
  • The Delaware, Dubuque, Jackson County Regional Transit Authority received $1,000 to help recruit additional volunteer drivers for expanded services in Delaware County. Mike Wilson sponsored this request.
  • jones 2 The Jones County Volunteer Center received $1,000 for recruiting and training additional volunteers in programs such as Elderly Outreach Transportation, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), and Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP). Gwen Duecker supported this application.
  • grants 2018 matthew25crop300 Matthew 25 received $4,900 to  purchase two tablets and a volunteer management & tracking program for use in its Transform, Housing and Home Renovation program. Bob Ocken sponsored this request.
  • waypoint 2 Waypoint Services received $3,500 for a pilot program for mentoring volunteers at three of its eleven sites that provide before and after school childcare and tutoring. Michael Pearson sponsored this application.

The partnership between Rockwell Collins and RCRV has enabled these grant awards to the community entirely because of the growing volunteer hours that RCRV reports through RSVP. If you are volunteering in the community, we urge you to join us, so that we can continue to make good things happen within Linn and the surrounding counties. Nominate your favorite non-profit for the 2019 Charitable Grant program, which will begin next January.