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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 21, 2014

Fairfield Volunteer Center organizing Martin Luther King Day of Service

Jan 15, 2014

The Fairfield Volunteer Center is joining forces with The Lord’s Cupboard of Jefferson County to co-sponsor the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service to commemorate his life and work.

Events include a food drive, plus opportunities to volunteer at The Lord’s Cupboard and other area nonprofits to complete one-time projects.

The food drive will be Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Nonperishable food can be dropped off at Fairfield Hy-Vee Food and Drug Store, Everybody’s Whole Foods and the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. Donations also can be taken directly to The Lord’s Cupboard between 1-4 p.m. Monday.

The volunteer center also is seeking volunteers to help promote the food drive at Hy-Vee and to assist with food pickup from the collection sites. For additional details or to volunteer, call the center at 209-9045 or email fairfieldvolunteers@gmail.com.

“Since The Lord’s Cupboard has reported that requests for food assistance increased by 23 percent in 2013 ... it’s especially important that the entire Fairfield community work together to ensure that all our residents have enough to eat,” said Elaine Hughes, executive director of the Fairfield Volunteer Center. “This food drive honors Dr. King and carries forward in a very proactive way the love and special concern he showed toward those most in need.”

According to The Lord’s Cupboard coordinator Laura Cohen, Feeding America’s “Map the Meal Gap,” project shows 13.1 percent of Jefferson County’s residents were food insecure in 2011, only slightly higher than the state of Iowa average of 12.9 percent.

 

In addition to the food drive, the volunteer center is sponsoring a communitywide Day of Service to assist area nonprofits with one-time special projects.

The Lord’s Cupboard needs skilled volunteers for several projects: a plumber to replace a bathroom sink faucet; an experienced carpenter to design and build sturdy wood shelves in a storage room — materials will be provided; and a carpenter to build a small ramp for the entrance.

To volunteer from noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, call Laura Cohen at 472-8457 or email her at lauraccohen@gmail.com.

Anyone interested in other specific volunteer opportunities using a unique skill are encouraged to call area nonprofits to see if that skill can be of help during this special week. One-time projects can range from general labor to one-time pro bono services, such as data entry, bookkeeping, legal advice, a coaching session or a public relations/marketing strategy consultation.

The volunteer center focuses on strengthening Fairfield as a caring community, with the goal of building civic engagement and community connectedness through opportunities in support of health, wellness, safety and social services. The Lord’s Cupboard’s mission is to inspire and involve the community in the gathering and distribution of food and donations.

For information, call 209-9045 or see the Fairfield Volunteer Center Facebook page. For information about The Lord's Cupboard, visit its webpage at www.LordsCupboard.org.

 

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