Like you, we’re tired of virtual meetings. We appreciate the ability to connect with you from afar, but it just isn’t the same. Which is why we’re excited to announce that, in accordance with federal, state, and local guidelines, we are returning to in-person gatherings in the coming weeks.
“To keep connected at the beginning of the pandemic, we transitioned to virtual peer groups,” said Carrie Walker, Nonprofit Network Manager. “It was a great way to connect and talk through many challenges nonprofits were facing. We thought it would be a short-term solution, but Zoom fatigue is very real.”
Virtual Peer Groups were a flexible and convenient way for nonprofit professionals to network and find support during the difficulties of the last 18 months. Discussions have remained lively and informative, but many are feeling the strain of too many virtual meetings.
“I’ve been glad to maintain connections with the nonprofit community in virtual peer groups throughout the pandemic, but am looking forward to the energy that exists when passionate nonprofit professionals are all in a room together to collaborate, learn, and problem-solve,” said Kelsey Steines Director of Development & Communications at Catherine McAuley Center.
Beginning in August, Peer Groups will resume in Foundation Hall at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, 324 3rd St SE. For those who aren’t comfortable attending, a virtual option will remain available, allowing for participation and interaction with those who do attend. Per CDC guidelines, attendees who are not fully vaccinated are asked to wear a mask while in the Community Foundation building.
Additionally, the annual Nonprofit Party will return on Thursday, September 9, 2021, from 4:30-6 p.m. at Prairie Oak Lodge in Wanatee Park in Marion. The Nonprofit Party at the Park is a chance for the nonprofit community to relax, connect, and celebrate one another’s dedication and hard work.
“There is a lot to celebrate this year,” Carrie said. “Our community has been through so much recently, and our nonprofits have seen us through. When we encounter challenges like those of 2020, the local nonprofit sector always steps up, and they have done some amazing work throughout the pandemic and in response to the derecho.”
New at this year’s party is the Spirit of Minnie Rubek recognition, which will honor those who have quietly gone above and beyond in service of the community. Linn County nonprofit organizations can honor an employee or founder whose dedication and commitment have had an impact on the community. Honorees will be recognized at the Nonprofit Party at the Park with a lapel pin and certificate.
For more information on the Spirit of Minnie Rubek recognition and how to participate, click here.
For more information on the Nonprofit Network and Peer Groups, click here.