Annually, the RCRV organization has the privilege of making grant awards. The purpose of the RCRV Charitable Grant Program is to allow RCRV and its members to recognize and reward deserving nonprofit organizations in support of the RCRV mission. The 2015’s community grant program was available for non-profits who engage volunteers. Grants could be used for volunteer recruitment; retention and training to help the non-profit effectively and efficiently complete their mission.

We were allotted $12,500 by Rockwell Collins, versus $10,000 as in the past. Thank you, Rockwell Collins Charitable Corporation.

We received requests for $49,875 from seven agencies. A committee of four RCRV members composed of Doug Anderson, Terry Lamb, Laura White and chaired by Phil White selected five agencies to receive funds from this grant. Unfortunately, due to limited funds no agency received the full amount of their request. Grant awards were presented at our June board meeting.

The following are the recipients and their projects;

Miracles in Motion uses the energy and spirit of horses to create the healing power needed to reach disabled and differently abled children and adults in ways that other services cannot. Sponsored by Fred Zehr, Miracles in Motion will receive $4,000 for their Volunteer Round-up. Funds will be used to enhance volunteer training programs and reward volunteers, while providing opportunities for some volunteers to become certified instructors.

Gems of Hope (GOH) brings hope to cancer patients and their families through inspirational gifts, workshops, libraries and youth programs. Sponsored by Jack Murphy they will receive $3,000 for their G-Force project a new program launched in 2015. This program will give GOH tools to recruit, train and manage new volunteers as well as appreciate and develop existing volunteers. GOH is expanding beyond Cedar Rapids to the Iowa City area. The grant will assist with the funding of items such as Volunteer Management S/W, Volunteer Kits, Training and advertising.

Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center targets 18-24 year old females who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Bridgehaven comes alongside these individuals in all circumstances surrounding pregnancy and parenting. Sponsored by Terry Lamb, they will receive $2,000 for their Valuing Our Volunteers program. This program will allow staff to attend a Volunteer Coordination Training Conference as well as provide supplies for a biannual volunteer appreciation event.

Horizons, A family Service Alliance provides a variety of services such as serving more than 11,000 individuals and families through Consumer Credit Counseling, Meals On Wheels, Mental Health Counseling, and Community-Based Programs. Sponsored by David Knuth, they will be receiving $1,750 for their Horizons Volunteer Management System. This system will perform online scheduling automatic reminders, time tracking and queries for its volunteers. Our grant will supplement funding already received from other organizations to help purchase, implement and train on the use of the VolunteerHUb software.

His Hands Free Medical Clinic provides medical, dental, chiropractic, physical therapy, women’s health, pharmacy and mental health services. All medical providers are volunteers; they also rely heavily on volunteers for administrative tasks. Sponsored by Harlan Hanson, they will receive $1,750 for the recruiting of both professional and non-professional volunteers. The grant will help allow His Hands paid staff to have time to effectively market to potential volunteers, both professional and administrative.


The application process for next year’s grant program will be advertised in early 2016, and all applicant materials may be found on the RCRV website. Thanks again for everyone that works to make this possible