At the June 19th Board meeting, RCRV gave away $10,000 through its Charitable Grant Program. Four worthy recipients were selected by an evaluation committee of RCRV members chaired by Dave Knuth. Nine applications were received for this year’s grant program, with requests totaling over $39,000.

The 2013 program focused on organizations that provide assistance to the elderly. The purpose of the RCRV haritable Grant Program is to allow RCRV and its members to recognize and reward deserving nonprofit organizations in support of the RCRV mission.

Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Inc. 

HACAP North Benton Center, located in Vinton, operates a free on-site Medical Equipment Loan Closet service as part of the Rural Senior services operations. The loan closet offers wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes, commodes, transfer benches, stool risers and other small durable medical equipment. Items are available for loan to any individual residing (permanent or temporary) in Benton County. Individuals of any age may check the items out as needed, with seniors (individuals age 60 or older) borrowing the majority of the items available. Marty Cutter sponsored this application. HACAP was awarded $1000, which will be used to purchase 3 heavy-duty wide wheelchairs, 3 heavy-duty bath benches, and 4 heavy-duty transfer benches. Linda Lough received the award check from Dave Knuth.

Benton County Volunteer Program (BCVP)

Medical Transportation Assistance Program is provided for people who cannot drive, do not have family of friends available to drive or cannot afford transportation to medical appointments. Clients are usually 60 years of age or older. Volunteers provide their time, but are minimally reimbursed for their services.

BCVP was awarded $2500 to be used for training, driver reimbursement, and administrative costs; the request was sponsored by Dave Knuth. Charmaine Wickwire accepted the check on behalf of the program.

St. Luke’s Foundation

Funds from RCRV will be used to provide homemaker and/or respite services to patients who qualify for these services but have no financial support. We will work collaboratively with Home Choice Senior Care to contract services for the discounted rate of $19/hour (rate is typically $21/hour). Home Choice is locally owned and operated and provides nonmedical in-home care to allow people to stay safe and comfortable in their own home as long as possible. Renee Miller accepted the grant of $3000. John McDonough sponsored this request.


Horizons, A Family Service Alliance

Horizons Meals On Wheels (MOW) formed a partnership called Healthy Horizons with Feed Iowa First,an organization focused on increasing fresh, local produce and limiting the harmful environmental effects of excessive food transportation. Healthy Horizons aims to increase the amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables used in food for home-delivery MOW clients, expand community volunteerism and engagement, and reduce costs for the MOW program.

Jim McLaughlin sponsored the Horizons grant request, resulting in an award of $3,500. Laura Nass accepted on behalf of Horizons.

The annual RCRV Charitable Grant Program is funded through the Rockwell Collins Charitable Corporation. All active RCRV members are eligible to sponsor an application from a deserving nonprofit organization with which the member has become affiliated. The application process for next year’s grant program will be advertised in early 2014, and all applicant materials may be found on the RCRV website.♦