Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center
MVRBC Seeking Convalescent Plasma Donations from Individuals Recovered from COVID-19
One way to help those fighting COVID? Donate plasma. Right now, our Blood Center is working hard to meet hospital demand for plasma from those recovered from COVID.
Please help spread the word; donate plasma today!
Web page: www.bloodcenter.org/cp
How to help: www.bloodcenter.org/donate/donor/covid19-response/
Convalescent Plasma: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5-9JS6ygvYzedaXKzN2nu2BiM15l_ETx
Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok: @willyougive
IN THE NEWS
We’ve worked closely with our regional media to get great coverage surrounding the need for CCP (ctrl-click the links below). You can copy and paste to share:
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Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce
Holiday Season 2020
Send your letter to Santa - Get your holiday wish list ready! Christmas is around the corner, and now is the time to send your letter to Santa. This holiday season, drop your letter in the North Pole mailbox in Central Park in Fairfield.
For more information, please contact the Chamber at 641-472-2111 or Info@FairfieldIowa.com
🎶🎄🎁 You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
He's making a list,
He's checking it twice,
He's gonna find out who's naughty or nice
Santa Claus is coming to town 🎁🎄🎶
Read the article on the cancellation of the 2020 Holiday Lighting Ceremony.
Job Listings - Southeast Iowa and Surrounding Area
Employer Information (please contact individual employer for location details)
Please contact the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce for more information on additional employers: 641-472-2111 or Info@FairfieldIowa.com
Paint Iowa Beautiful Grant is NOW OPEN for Applications!
Keep Iowa Beautiful and Diamond Vogel Paint are announcing the 2021 Paint Iowa Beautiful program. The program provides free paint to a wide variety of community projects throughout Iowa. Administered through Keep Iowa Beautiful with the paint provided by the Diamond Vogel Paint Company.
“The partnership with Keep Iowa Beautiful allows Diamond Vogel to assist and work with many local volunteers that help build communities, making Iowa the number one state in the nation to live,” said Doug Vogel, Vice President, Marketing, of the Iowa based company. This is a great opportunity for Iowans to improve the attractiveness and beautiful of their community.”
Kevin Techau, Executive Director of Keep Iowa Beautiful added, “The Paint Iowa Beautiful program helps increase our assistance to communities, neighborhoods, historic projects and volunteer organizations improve attractiveness and beauty across Iowa.”
In the 18-year partnership with Keep Iowa Beautiful, Diamond Vogel has awarded over 11,165 gallons of paint for 1,000 community projects in Iowa.
The online grant application is now open to Iowans and can be completed and submitted by February 15, 2021.
Announcing the 20th Anniversary Keep Iowa Beautiful Photography Contest!
Every year, Keep Iowa Beautiful aims to raise awareness of Iowa’s rural and urban beauty with our Annual Photography Contest. The photo contest offers both amateur and experienced photographers an opportunity to tell Iowa’s story in a fun, engaging way!
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of our founding this year, Keep Iowa Beautiful has created an EXPANDED photo contest that includes cash awards totaling over $2,000! We’ve also introduced FIVE new categories to the contest:
You don’t want to miss out. Grab your camera, explore the great state of Iowa, and take that winning shot! The contest submission deadline is December 18th, so don’t wait.
For contest rules and details, and to submit your own photo, visit our website.
We can’t wait to see Iowa’s beauty through your lens!
America Recycles Day is Coming!
America Recycles Day®, held on and around Nov. 15, is quickly approaching! America Recycles Day (ARD) is a Keep America Beautiful® national program and the only nationally recognized day dedicated to celebrating and promoting recycling.
This year’s theme focuses on individual recycling action and behavior. To participate, we urge you to commit to reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle on America Recycles Day – and every day – by taking the #BeRecycled Pledge. Take and share this pledge with friends, family, and colleagues here.
Downtown Dubuque Mural Honors Late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Nicaraguan artist Luis Valle feels a special connection to Ginsburg since he grew up in a family filled with women. When he received word of Justice Ginsburg’s death, he felt a need to honor her with his art. A woman offered one of her house’s walls to Valle to paint a mural honoring Justice Ginsburg, and Valle got to work!
“More than anything political, she represents something that a lot of women can look up to,” Valle said. “Somebody that was able to make it to the Supreme Court and has also fought for a lot of women’s rights and fought for a lot of minorities.”
The mural shows a halo around Justice Ginsburg. Valle said this represents his belief that she is looking down and protecting those on Earth.
Iowa Derelict Building Grant Process
The Derelict Building Program, available through the Iowa DNR is available for Iowa towns for 5,000 or fewer residents’ to address neglected commercial or public structures that have sat vacant for at least 6 months.
The Program’s main focus is landfill diversion through the recycling and reuse of building materials and the elimination of hazards both inside and out posed by these empty structures. Since the establishment of the program in 2011 through 2019, the program has assisted 153 communities, diverted over 70,604 tons of materials and saved over $2.6 million in landfill disposal costs.
FY22 application deadline is Friday, February 26, 2021 for applicants who are seeking funding assistance with conducting asbestos inspections, asbestos abatement, structural engineering analysis, phase I and phase II site assessments, building deconstruction and building renovation expenses.
Learn more about the Derelict Building Program on the Iowa DNR website:
Check Out the New Sign in Laurens!
You Can Stop Litter!
When you see litter happening on Iowa’s roadways from a vehicle, Call 1-888-665-4887
Please provide as much detail about the incident as possible:
Call 1.888.NOLITTR (1-888-665-4887) to report littering from a vehicle.
Social Media Submissions
Keep Iowa Beautiful wants to share your community’s good news!
Are you proud of a completed project in your town? Do you want to show off a new mural in your downtown? Did you host a fun, exciting event for your community? We want to know about it!
Click on the button below to share short descriptions of events, projects, or news from your town! You can include pictures and captions as well. Keep Iowa Beautiful will share your post on our social media!
Your Support Matters!
Keep Iowa Beautiful is a non-profit organization and, as such, relies on your support to ensure the success of our environmental education and community outreach programs.
Donations will help KIB's efforts to support our community. Any amount is valued and appreciated.
Donations can be made online or checks can be mailed to our office:
Keep Iowa Beautiful
2910 Westown Pkwy #302,
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Des Moines, Iowa – November 10, 2020 – The Iowa Department of Revenue is issuing updated income tax withholding formulas and tables for 2021 to continue to align Iowa withholding with recent changes in state tax laws.
For individuals, this means that employers will be reducing the amount of Iowa tax withheld from employees’ paychecks, beginning January 1, 2021, increasing take-home wages for individuals.
Prior to 2019, withholding tables had remained unchanged since 2006. Changes to the withholding tables are intended to align the amount of income tax employers remit to the state with individual income tax cuts included in SF 2417, an extensive state tax reform bill signed into law by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds in the spring of 2018. Since 2019, the Department has been adjusting the withholding formulas and tables as needed to reflect the phasing in of Iowa tax reform.
Employers can find the new Iowa 2021 withholding formulas and tables online.
The Department has updated the online Withholding Calculator to help individuals calculate their 2021 withholding amounts. As a reminder, employers will update withholding amounts starting January 1, 2021 but employees can also make changes to their Iowa W-4 (withholding) form by contacting their employer.
Employers with questions can contact the Department at 515-281-3114 or 800-367-3388.
Donation Box - Iowa Veterans Home
Honoring those who served.
Items needed (new only) - Donations accepted until November 22nd, 2020
Organized by Fairfield Elks Lodge #1192 in coordination with the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, serving over 400 veterans.
Donations will be delivered the week of Thanksgiving.
For more information or ideas on how you can help, please call 641-233-8294!
Jefferson County Public Health
The goal of this pandemic response since March was to “flatten the curve.”
This process was implemented so we did not overwhelm our healthcare systems with acutely ill individuals.
For the first time in this long, exhausting, pandemic response, Jefferson County is facing the surge of pandemic spread and illness.
For those reasons I have recommend and will continue to recommend best practices identified by the CDC and IDPH:
*Wear a mask/face covering
*Stay home when even mildly ill
*Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow/upper arm
*Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Individual actions impact the health of the public. Large or small actions have a positive or negative impact on others.
As with any communicable disease process, humans build anti-bodies the following ways: by exposure without illness, by exposure with illness or by vaccinations. The reality of all communicable illness, is that at some point we will all be exposed to or potentially become ill from COVID-19. Thus, “flattening the curve.”
Jefferson County Public Health and community partners have been diligently working with pandemic preparedness for COVID-19 since January 2020.
Thank you for your continued support with this on-going response. Now more than ever come together for the greater good and the health of our community.
Iowa Department of Public Health
Summary of Enhanced Public Health Measures Effective
Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 12:01 a.m. until Monday, Nov. 30 at 11:59 p.m.
Gathering Restrictions: Social, community, recreational, or leisure
● If more than 10 people:
○ 6 feet distancing between groups
○ Groups limited to 8 people, with the exception of households larger than 8
○ Take other reasonable measures to ensure social distancing, increase hygiene, etc.
● If more than 25 people and indoors, all participants over 2 years old must wear masks except when eating and drinking.
● If more than 100 people and outdoors, all participants over 2 years old must wear masks except when eating and drinking.
● All these restrictions apply to wedding receptions, including distancing, group limitations, and mask requirement if event is sufficiently large
Youth and High School Sports:
● If more than 25 people and indoors, all spectators over 2 years old must wear masks and maintain 6 feet distance from other spectators
● Only two spectators permitted for each youth athlete
● Athletes of any age can be closer than six feet and are not required to wear masks
Restaurants and Bars: Restaurant or bar, including a wedding reception venue, winery, brewery, distillery, country club, or other social or fraternal club
● Six feet distancing between groups
● Groups limited to 8 people unless larger group is all same household
● Seated when eating or drinking and limit congregating
Personal Service Establishments: Salons, barbershops, massage therapy establishments, tattoo establishments, and tanning facilities
● Ensure that all customers are six feet apart when performing services
● Mandated to wear masks, except when performing face services
Closer/Prolonged Contact Establishments: Bowling alleys, pool halls, bingo halls, arcades, indoor playgrounds, children’s play centers
● Ensure that groups and individuals are six feet apart at establishment
●Groups limited to eight people unless larger group is all same household
Remote Working/Other Employer Measures: All employers shall evaluate whether any more of their employees can feasibly work remotely and to the extent reasonable, shall take steps to enable such employees to work from home. Those remaining open shall take other reasonable precautions.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT! Promote your organization and enhance your image NOW!
Dear Chamber Members:
Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the NEW 2020 Fairfield Chamber Community Map! The Fairfield Chamber is partnering with NovoPrint USA, Inc., to produce the print and interactive version of our new community profile and map publication. This tool is a great way to communicate information about your business to residents and visitors and is the most requested item from the Chamber! Your ad will appear on 7,500 maps and will be available for the next 3-5 years.
Places you can find and pick up the map include the Fairfield Chamber as well as dozens of other high-traffic target locations: hotels, retail merchants, convenience stores, restaurants, banks, colleges, realtors, etc. In addition, the publication will be available online 24/7. The online map allows visitors quick and easy access to your company website. To find out more about this project, or to confirm your ad placement, please contact NovoPrint representative, Christy McMillan at (740)-255-6880 or email her at Christy.mcmillan@Novoprint.com to sign up today!
Thank You to These Businesses Already Participating:
Arandas Mexican Restaurant Conversations for Hope Podcast
Everybody’s Whole Foods Fairfield Dental Clinic
Fairfield Precast Concrete Inc. Foss Kuiken Cochran & Helling P.C.
Freeman Kevenides Law Firm Gamrath-Doyle Insurance
Health & Wholeness Iowa State Bank & Trust Company
JFAN Jefferson County Farmers & Neighbors Jefferson County Realty
Optimae Life Services Pilot Grove Savings Bank
Sears Hometown Store Southeast Iowa Blues Society
Thank you! We’re proud to promote and showcase your business!
Darien Sloat, Chief Executive Officer
Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce
About NovoPrint USA, Inc.
NovoPrint USA works with Chambers of Commerce throughout the United States to produce award winning print and interactive publications and maps. Founded in 1994, the company has worked with over 200 chambers throughout the United States. The company, based in Milwaukee, also has offices in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and Louisiana. Learn more about the company on its website, www.novoprint.com.
The Farm, Food and Enterprise Development Program at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is here to support farms, food systems and business development across the state of Iowa. Our monthly newsletter features articles and information on projects, events and resources to support you in your work.
Have a story suggestion for an upcoming newsletter? Need information on a topic? Email us!
As we are quickly approaching the holiday shopping season, the Chamber would like to invite customers of Chamber merchants to participate in our Holiday Chamber Bucks drawing. We will be giving away five $50 Chamber Bucks gift certificates, for a total of $250! There will also be one special $500 Chamber Bucks winner this year!
The drawing entry period will be from Monday, November 23rd, through Monday, December 14th. 5 winners will be drawn on Tuesday, December 15th. Shop at any one of the participating Chamber Member locations listed below to enter!
Participating Members** (this list may continue to be updated):
Arandas Mexican Restaurant
Brown's Shoe Fit
Cedar Valley Winery
Cindy's Art Beat
Everybody's Whole Foods
Golden Dome Bookstore
Habitat for Humanity Restore
Kim's Kottage by Missy
Sweet 'N Saucy
Two Eagles Native Designs
**Times available to enter the drawing will vary depending on business hours of each location.