The 2018 RCRV Charitable Grant program received nineteen applications from local non-profit organizations, with the total requested funds close to $150,000. Each of the applications was focused on improving the organization’s ability to recruit and manage volunteers who support the mission of the organization. It is wonderful that the grant program received so much attention, but with only $15,000 to donate, not all requests could be honored. The grant evaluation committee met in late April and determined that six applicants would receive funding this year.

  • Cedar Amateur Astronomers will receive $3,100 to create a volunteer management/scheduling tool and a brochure for recruiting additional volunteers. John Leeson sponsored this request.
  • College Community Schools will receive $1,500 to equip a workroom at Prairie Creek Intermediate School specifically for volunteers. Terry Lamb sponsored Prairie’s application.
  • The Delaware, Dubuque, Jackson County Regional Transit Authority will receive $1,000 to help recruit additional volunteer drivers for expanded services in Delaware County. Mike Wilson sponsored this request.
  • The Jones County Volunteer Center will receive $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.
  • Matthew 25 will receive $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 Services will receive $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 RCRV officers expect to be able to present award checks to these six organizations at the June 20, 2018 Board Meeting.

The RCRV Charitable Grant program was established to 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 program is supported and funded through the Rockwell Collins Charitable Trust.