Mobile Food Pantry is just around the corner!

Volunteers have made all the difference for the Mobile Food Pantry!  .  The need is great and it continues to grow!  The next mobile food will be on Tuesday August 1, 2017  at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Spencer. The church is located at 1910 10th Ave East, Spencer (Corner of 10th Ave East and East 18th Street).

Volunteer jobs include:

Unload truck — Volunteers help to set up and bring food into the building.  Please arrive at the church at 11:00am to help with setup.

Distribution is from 4-6pm, and they are asking volunteers to be there at 3:30 for the following:

Table Assistants – Help to stock the products on the table tops and assist clients with selections (you can probably sit for this part of the time, if needed)

Greeters/Line Monitors – Welcome clients, direct them to waiting area/registration tables/distribution area.

Shopping Assistants – Offer assistance to clients, helping to carry boxed products through distribution line and help carry boxes of food to their cars.

Whether you have helped in the past or this is your first time, you will find it a very rewarding experience.  If you have any questions, please contact Kent Dunwoody, Pastor, 712-541-4675, or Sue Ahlers at VNCC, 712-580-4865 or 712-262-8858.

 

Kick Your Wheels Up and volunteer! RAGBRAI is just around the corner!

You are needed to help welcome our 10,000+ visitors and make Spencer RAGBRAI a success!   To sign up to volunteer, please go to spencerragbrai.com and fill out the volunteer form, or email: volunteers@spencerragbrai.com.

Here are just some of the areas where you can volunteer. Most of these opportunities are set up in 2 to 4-hour time slots:

Shuttle Service Ambassadors – There will be shuttle service provided around town to transport riders to shower sites, churches for meals and entertainment venues. Ambassadors will be needed, both on the buses and at the stops to answer questions, provide route maps, and refer to attractions and activities in Spencer.

Hospitality – Welcome the riders! Shake hands, distribute information, place and remove signs, sell t-shirts.

Information Center – The information booth will be located in a tent inside the fairgrounds gate by the event center. This will be the primary resource for the riders to seek information. Volunteers will distribute maps, answer questions, provide directions, and refer to other services.

Campgrounds – State sites (Saturday), direct riders and drivers in setting up, patrol campground boundaries, and transfer luggage. Volunteers would also be needed Monday for general cleanup.

Comment Writers for Clay County 4H Achievement Fair on Tuesday July 18th.

Clay County, ISU Extension is  looking for comment writers for the 4H Achievement Fair on Tuesday July 18th.  This is the day when the 4Hers take their projects in to be judged.  They call this “Conference Judging” as the judge meets face to face with the young person to evaluate their project. Volunteers are needed to write down the judge’s comments, so that the judge can focus on the 4Her and the project.  Every type of project will be judged, from baked goods to photography, home improvement to visual arts.                              They will have 2 shifts in which comment writers will be needed:  7:45 to noon or 1:00 to 4:30.   There are 18 judges that need comment writers for each shift, so your help will greatly be appreciated!   This will be held at the 4H building at the fairgrounds.                                                                                                                                                                                      

 The volunteers who’ve done this in the past have really enjoyed it.  For more information, please give Sue a call at VNCC at 712-580-4865 or 712-262-8858, or call Jo Engel at ISU Extension at 712-262-2264.

 

 

 

 

Habitat for Humanity – Volunteers Needed

The Volunteer Network of Clay County and Iowa Lakes Community College are sponsoring a build day at the Habitat for Humanity house in Spencer on Saturday, November 12, 2016. We will be working from 8am to 4pm.   The house is located at 615 Country Club Lane, off W. 4th Street.  Please join us for a few hours or the whole day as we work on dry wall and other projects to complete the new home.  No experience is needed, as there will be professionals on site to train and assist.  If you are interested in helping on the 12th, please call Sue Ahlers at the Volunteer Network at 712-580-4865 or 712-262-8858.

(**Please note that work is being done every Saturday on the home, so if you are unable to help on the 12th and would like to volunteer another day, please call Jan Bowles with Habitat for Humanity at 712-339-7431.)

 

Weatherization is back! Homes and volunteers needed

The Volunteer Network of Clay County, in conjunction with Spencer Municipal Utilities, will again sponsor a free weatherization program for veterans, elderly, disabled, or low-income residents.

In the past two years, this program has weatherized over 25 homes in Clay County. Started by a grant in 2014, the program is able to continue, due to the support of Spencer Municipal Utilities and assistance by other local partners and volunteers.

Trained volunteers will go into homes of participants and conduct a basic energy-loss review. Based on the review, the volunteers will do weatherization projects as requested and approved by members of the household including: replacing furnace filters; caulking around windows and doors; putting plastic over windows; providing draft stoppers and installing draft sweeps on doors; installing energy-savings shower heads, and other projects as needed. There is no cost to the qualifying homeowners or renters.

Clay County residents may apply to participate by emailing volunteerclaycounty.com or by calling 712-262-8858 or 580-IVOL (4865). Applications must be received no later than November 15th. The energy audits and actual work will begin immediately and run through the month of November.

Volunteers are needed to assist with the weatherization program. Volunteer activities include conducting home energy reviews/audits, helping with the in-home weatherization projects, and assisting with inventorying and purchasing supplies. Individuals, service clubs, families, students, church groups and businesses are encouraged to participate. To register as a volunteer, or to find out more information about the program, please email info@volunteerclaycounty.com, or call 262-8858 or 580-IVOL (4865).

Mobile Food Pantry

Volunteers have made all the difference for the Mobile Food Pantry!  .  The need is great and it continues to grow!  The next mobile food will be on Tuesday November 15, 2016 at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Spencer. The church is located at 1910 10th Ave East, Spencer (Corner of 10th Ave East and East 18th Street).

Volunteer jobs include:

Unload truck — Volunteers help bring food into the building.  This job takes place at 11:00.

Distribution is from 4-6pm, and they are asking volunteers to be there at 3:30 for the following:

Table Assistants – Help to stock the products on the table tops and assist clients with selections (you can probably sit for this part of the time, if needed)

Greeters/Line Monitors – Welcome clients, direct them to waiting area/registration tables/distribution area.

Shopping Assistants – Offer assistance to clients, helping to carry boxed products through distribution line and help carry boxes of food to their cars.

Whether you have helped in the past or this is your first time, you will find it a very rewarding experience.  If you have any questions, please contact Kent Dunwoody, Pastor, 712-541-4675.

 

Volunteers Needed for Playground Build

Community Housing Initiatives, a nonprofit provider of affordable housing in Iowa, is having a PLAYGROUND BUILD at the new Southern Pointe Apartments in Spencer. The new building is located on S. 13th St. in South Spencer, behind Walmart, just east of the new Holiday Inn Express.

Dates: October 27, 2016 Beginning at 9:00am

(The first day will involve unloading, unpacking, sorting and organizing, getting ready for the build)

October 28, 2016 Beginning at 8:00am (Actual build day)

**If you are interested in helping, or have any questions, please contact Kris Vodraska at Community Housing Initiatives:  712-262-5640 or 712-260-0127 or email krisv@chihousing.com

**If you might have some of the following tools and materials it would be helpful for you to bring them, if not they will try to have extras and will welcome your willingness to help:

  • Electric Drills or Rechargeable Drills (Preferably w/Clutches)
  • Cordless Impact Wrenches
  • Rotary Hammer Drill (Surface Mount) with 3/8” and 1/2” Masonry Bits. Net Climbers 3/4″
  • Drill with Drill Index
  • Large Vise Grip
  • Large Channel Locking Pliers
  • Claw Hammers
  • Plastic Faced Hammers/Rubber Mallets
  • Step Ladders
  • Combination Wrench Set
  • 3/8” Drive Socket Set
  • Drill Bit Set (Extra 1/4” Drill Bits)
  • 3/8” – 16 Tap, 5/16” – 18 Tap and 5/8” – 11 Tap
  • Electrical Tape (Holds bits in socket)
  • Allen Wrench Set
  • Markers
  • Aligning Punches
  • Metal Strapping Cutters
  • Utility Knife
  • Tape Measure
  • 3/8” Drive Ratchet
  • 3/8” Drive 9/16” Deep Socket
  • 3/8” Drive 5/16” Socket (to hold hex bits)
  • 9/16” Wrench
  • 5/8” Wrench
  • Utility Knife
  • Torpedo or 2’ Level
  • Tool Apron

Misc. Items Needed:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Sun Screen
  • Rain Gear
  • Cold Weather Gear
  • Gloves

 

Spencer Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS)

Spencer Safe Routes to Schools needs two different volunteer groups for the Walk on Wednesday (WOW) program at the SouthPark Mall safe zone site.  The program will start on September 7th and September 21st, 2016.  Each volunteer group will walk with students to Lincoln School approximately 6 times throughout the 2016-17 school year.

Please contact Donna Ball, the Spencer SRTS Coordinator: srts@smunet.net

Clay County Fair Volunteers Wanted!

The Clay County Fair is fast approaching and they are still in need of some volunteers:

Courtesy Cart Drivers:  Help fairgoers get to the Fair by driving courtesy golf carts from the parking lots to the North Gate.  (September 10-18, 7am -8pm daily).

Information Booth Workers: Help fairgoers by disseminating information from our 6 information booths (September 10-18, 9am-7pm daily).

Exhibit Set-up and Entry: Help take in Fair entries (photography, textiles, art, canned goods, etc.) prior to the Fair (September 2-9, times TBD by department).

If you are interested in helping at the fair, please contact Jeremy Parsons at the Fair at 262-4740.

www.claycountyfair.com

“Blue Ribbon Fun”  September 10-18, 2016!

 

CAASA Front Desk Volunteer

CAASA (Center Against Abuse and Sexual Assault) is looking for a front desk volunteer to help with reception and light clerical work in the Spencer office.  Currently, there are openings Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and all day on Fridays.  The volunteer will answer the phones, transfer calls and take messages, as well as answer the front door.  The volunteer will take donations brought to the office, record the donations and write thank you notes.  Clerical duties may include putting together information packets, shredding, making copies.  The volunteer will need to complete a 3-day training (done at CAASA), to prepare them to answer crisis calls and assist clients waiting to meet with the advocates.  Confidentiality is required.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Minde Coleman or Jacquie Kehoe at CAASA at 262-4612 or by email.

Minde Coleman is the Training and Volunteer Coordinator, and her email is minde@caasaonline.org

Jacquie Kehoe is the Executive Director and her email is director@caasaonline.org