This is the year (2012) which saw David Zimdars, former Skillsbank Coordinator, assume the helm as Executive Director. The Voluntary Action Center continues to have a presence in the domain of social networking via its entry into Facebook. Still testing the waters of this medium, VAC is garnering reviews from partner agencies, posting fundraising events, and reviewing other accomplishments.
Coming soon, on November 12, 4 - 8 pm., to be exact, VAC will be hosting "Mascots on Parade" at Culver's for its Scoopie Night. Bring the camera and bring the kids and let them meet and greet: Scoopie, of course, Maestro Mouse (Beloit-Janesville Symphony Orchestra), Chester Cheetah (Frito Lay), Cash the Squirrel (First American Federal Credit Union), MacGruff the Crime Dog (Beloit Police Department), Snappy (Beloit Snappers baseball), PW Foxx (City of Beloit Dept of Public Works), and MacGruff the Crime Dog (Beloit PD).
With the merger of two former United Ways into one United Way Blackhawk region, VAC will be taking on the added opportunity of serving additional volunteers and agencies in the northern portion of Rock county. As the local economy remains sluggish, VAC has seen the need for volunteers rise as other not for profits experience the dilemma of trying to do the same or more with diminished resources. The unemployed are often so occupied with honing old skills, creating new ones, and plying the job market, that many are too preoccupied to volunteer. More volunteers are beginning to see the positives of having volunteer work on their resumes, and a few more have seen volunteering as an opportunity to edge into a new field via volunteering.
The Board of Voluntary Action Center is continually developing our annual fund raisers--the Shopping Extravaganza--held for the first time this year on the last Saturday in July at the Hendricks Center for the Arts-Beloit College in conjunction with Farmers Market. The Extravaganza brings together many home sales vendors who then have an opportunity to offer their product, book home showings, and develop a wider base for their business, as well as (for the first time this year) crafters and other unique vendors for an incomparable experience for the discerning shopper.
Each year the Voluntary Action Center, as its second fund raiser, cooperates with the Beloit Daily News in recognizing outstanding volunteer effort via the Volunteer of the Month Recognition Banquet. Beloit Daily News selectees for Volunteer of the Month are brought together for this VAC sponsored banquet. Area agencies and individuals are welcomed to suggest nominees for this prestigious award, and it provides those in attendance a glimpse of the significant and often sacrificial service which volunteers contribute to our community.