History of the VCSC

The Volunteer Center of Story County has its origin in volunteer bureaus begun after World War I to link citizens seeking community involvement with agencies needing volunteers. Since then, volunteer centers have become resources for volunteer recruitment, utilization, management, and recognition as well as resources for positive change.

1982        The Story County Volunteer Bureau is organized as a division of United Way of Story County.

1989        The Story County Volunteer Bureau is renamed the Story County Volunteer Center.

1990        "Youth Efforts in Service" program starts

1991        The Christmas Closet program, later Seasons of Giving, begins.

1994       The Volunteer Center of Story County becomes a free-standing agency.

                Charene Starcevic is the first Executive Director for the VCSC. 

1996        Disaster preparedness training first offered

1999        Linda Morische becomes the Executive Director. 

               Georgia Grant becomes the Executive Director. 

2000        Seasons of Giving is expended to also provide school supplies for the fall for families living in poverty. 

2001        VCSC relocates to 130 South Sheldon Avenue.

           The first Stash the Trash volunteer community clean-up is held.

2002        VCSC adopts first strategic plan

2003        Last Seasons of Giving

                Jennifer Plagman-Galvin is the Executive Director. 

2004       VCSC offers web-based volunteer listing and sign-up services in collaboration with the Points of Light /
               Volunteer Center National Network as well as telephone and in-person assistance.

               Sue North becomes the Executive Director. 

2006        Disaster preparedness training is offered.

               Shellie Orngard becomes the new Executive Director. 

2007        VCSC continues steady growth as a volunteer resource through its web site, www.vcstory.org, a weekly
                countywide newspaper column in Story Today, and staff interaction throughout Story County.

                    The first Story County Youth Volunteer Awards are presented.

                    First Insulation Project (Winter Weatherization) Day of Service

2008           First Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

VCSC begins a three-year AmeriCorps VISTA project to  develop school gardens and service learning
projects in partnership with area schools and community members.

     Volunteer Management Training is offered.

2014         The first Giving Tuesday Day of Service is held in December.

                Anne Owens becomes the Executive Director. 

2015         VCSC staff and volunteer participate in Service Enterprise Initiative to increase capacity for engaging more volunteers within the VCSC organization.

                VCSC relocates to 110 Crystal St, sharing offices with Central Iowa RSVP. 

2016         VCSC is recognized with a Make-A-Difference Day Community Award from Gannett Publishing, Newman's Own and the Points of Light Foundation

                VCSC acheives certification as a Service Enterprise and is selected as a Service Enterprise Hub by the Points of Light Foundation