Community Matters-WE EMPOWER PEOPLE TO MAXIMIZE THEIR INDEPENDENCE
G & G introduced the tagline of “Community Matters” in June 2011. G & G developed the Community Matters Committee (CMC) with the purpose of empowering employees and individuals to become involved in community events and projects to provide integration, inclusion, and opportunities for people to not only be community based, but be a part of their community. Since then, G & G has established three sub-committees; one in each town the agency provides services-Guttenberg, Garnavillo, Edgewood and Elkader. The committees are doing great things. Check out our timeline below of recent “Community Matters” participation/events.
January 29, 2015- G & G co-hosted a Bone Marrow Drive at Cornerstone Family Practice in Guttenberg
January 30, 2015-1st Kid’s After-School Craft Day-sponsored by G & G and held at the Edgewood Library
February 13, 2015-2nd Kid’s After-School Craft Day– sponsored by G & G and held at the Edgewood Library
March 8, 2015-GD & T Talent Show– co-sponsored the event that raised funds for the upcoming Stars and Stripes Celebration
March 28, 2015-Sponsored an Easter Egg Hunt at the Garnavillo Park
April 11, 2015-Kid’s Kampus Family Fun Fest-Volunteers assisted with set-up for the event
April 14, 2015- Guttenberg Wellness Fair– Family Resource Center- Volunteers assisted vendors carry in their items prior to the event
May 1, 2015- May Day Baskets– Volunteers made May Day Baskets and delivered them to the folks at the Guttenberg Care Center
May 12, 2015–“Adopt a Highway” –Several volunteers participated in the clean-up efforts along HWY 52 near Garnavillo.
June 25, 2015-Edgewood Rodeo Days-Kid’s Carnival– G & G sponsors the Bean Bag Toss Game
June 26, 2015-Edgewood Rodeo Days Chalk Games– G & G coordinates and sponsors this event
June 27, 2015-“Support the Troops” Edgewood Rodeo Days Parade– Volunteers entered a float.
July 3, 2015-“Rockin’ on the River” Guttenberg Stars and Stripes Parade– Volunteers entered a float.
July 4, 2015-“Mardi Gras” Garnavillo Fourth of July Parade– Volunteers entered a float.
July 10th-11th, 2015 Bender’s Food Stand to Support Special Olympics G-Hawks
July 24th-25th, 2015- Bender’s Food Stand to Support Family Resource Center-Youth Enrichment
August 7th-8th, 2015 Bender’s Food Stand to Support CRHS- Shelter Box Project
July-August, 2015 Garments & Goods collected school supplies for local families in need
September 2015 Garments & Goods collected non-perishable items for local food shelves
September 25, 2015 Individuals volunteered for various German Fest events
October 2015 Garments & Goods collected hats/gloves/mittens sets for those in need
October 19, 2015 “Adopt a Highway”-Several volunteers participated in the clean-up efforts along HWY 52 near Garnavillo
October 25, 2015 “Halloween Hoot”—volunteers partnered with Garnavillo boosters to host this annual children’s event
October 31, 2015 “Halloween Children’s Parade of Costumes”—Edgewood CMC donated 125 bags of chips for the event
November 14, 2015 Dubuque Polar Plunge 2015– A group of employees raised funds to be sponsored to plunge into the
Mississippi River at the Dubuque Water Ski Club. Funds raised by the “Where’s Waldo?” plunge team
went to Special Olympics of Iowa.
December 5, 2015 “Kid’s Day” at Garments & Goods II (Edgewood)- Approximately 50+ kids participated in canvas
painting; Individuals and staff donated baked goods for the Bake Sale that brought in $474 (proceeds
were donated to the Clayton County Food Shelf); the committee donated 66 gifts for the children who
visited Santa; and there was a special visit from The Grinch and Cindy Lou, who greeted all the guests.
An article was also featured in the Edgewood Reminder.
December 5, 2015 Garnavillo Christmas Bazaar-G&G and the Garnavillo Library partner together to participate in the
Garnavillo Day Care Christmas Bazaar. G&G takes pics of the kids with Santa and then the Library does
crafts. The pictures taken with Santa are printed and then the kids decorate a frame.
December 9, 2015 Salvation Army “Bell Ringers”— Volunteered for the Salvation Army ringing bells in front of Walgreens
in Dubuque (across from Olive Garden). The Guys had a blast and did a great job!
December 11, 2015 “Adopt a US Soldier”- Individuals adopted two US soldiers “Henry & William” and are writing
letters to them each week. They are also collecting donations of blankets, sheets (twin), pillows, snacks,
body wash, shampoo, and lotion.
December 22, 2015 Santa Volunteer– RB dressed up as Santa and visited the Guttenberg Care Center, Garnavillo Daycare,
the Tower Living Center in Guttenberg and the Activity Center and distributed candy canes to all. He
made a GREAT SANTA and made a lot of children and adults smile that day!
December 23, 2015 “After School Christmas Craft Day”- sponsored by G & G and held at the Edgewood Library
December 2015 Christmas Cheer & Gifts to Local Shut-Ins-The individuals who attend the activity center baked and
delivered a dozen cookies each, plus homemade candy to the shut-in people of Saint John’s Church for
Christmas. There were 18 total homes that received them.
January 19, 2016 Monthly “Snowman” Craft at Care Center-Volunteers teach craft classes to folks at the Guttenberg Care
February 25, 2016 Kid’s After-School Craft Day-sponsored by G & G and held at the Edgewood Library
- March 13, 2016-Annual Talent Show co-sponsored with GD & T-G & G advertises for the event, coordinates the event, recruits volunteers for setting up, announcing acts, drawing prizes, and provides the winners’ prize money. GD & T provides the sound system.
- March 2016-Edgewood City Wide Easter Egg Hunt-volunteers fill eggs for the event during Dayhab
- March 26, 2016-Garnavillo Easter Egg Hunt– G & G advertises for the event, coordinates the event, recruits volunteers for setting up, filling and hiding eggs, and of course- ensures the Easter Bunny plays a visit. ***RB volunteered to be the bunny since he enjoyed playing Santa so much
- April 12, 2016-Clayton County Wellness Fair– G & G will have a booth that showcases services and our “Community Matters” events and activities. Volunteers were enlisted by the Family Resource Center to help vendors carry boxes, set up tables, direct them where to go, and assist with carrying and returning items at the end of the event. G & G is providing wheeled carts to assist individuals and vendors with transporting items safely since the walk from the parking lot to the entry door is quite a distance.
- Spring 2016-Buddy Benches—building and donating a Buddy Bench to Kid’s Kampus in Guttenberg, IA. The Buddy Bench is a way to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. If a child doesn’t have anyone to play with, they can sit on the bench, which will alert other children that this person would like someone to play with.
You can help us Give Back to the Community !
G & G Community Matters Committee is currently collecting the following labels/caps/tabs to help local schools and daycares receive additional money to fund new programs and projects-àPrairie Farms Milk Caps, Box Tops for Education, pop tabs, Campbell’s Soup Labels for Education, Best Choice UPC Labels, and Our Family UPC Labels
You can help, too! If you are not already collecting these for a specific school or daycare, you can drop these off at any G & G office location during the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm. G & G is helping sort, enter codes and deliver the caps, labels, and tabs.
Looking for Volunteers?
Are you hosting an event that you could use assistance with hanging flyers, carrying items, sorting items, packaging items, manning a booth or food stand, setting up tables/chairs, or cleanup, etc? We have staff and individuals interested in these types of volunteer opportunities.
Please contact Regina A. Shafer, Chief Support Advocate, to discuss volunteer opportunities at 563-252-3811, ext. 322.