These are our annual events hosted and organized by the Jaycees. We work with several other groups assisting them with accomplishing their own mission and vision of making the Cedar Valley a better place to live, work and play.
SCHOLARSHIP AWARD (Due in April, Awarded in May) – One Scholarship is given to a local high school senior who will be attending a college in the state of Iowa. Volunteers are needed to evaluate the applications and essays.
Graduating seniors at an accredited high school within the Waterloo and Cedar Falls Community School District planning to attend an Iowa college or university are encouraged to apply for the $1,000 Cedar Valley Jaycees Scholarship. Qualified students must have demonstrated experience in service to others throughout the community as well as involvement in extracurricular activities. While a minimum GPA of 2.5 is required, the selection process focuses more on community service. The Cedar Valley Jaycees offer this scholarship to promote voluntarism and community service in youth, and to foster an attitude of service that will grow into adulthood.
SANDBOX DRIVE (May)—The Jaycees build and deliver sandboxes to houses and then fill them with sand. Volunteers are needed to help build the sandboxes and deliver the sand on a Saturday in May. Local businesses supply the building materials, sand, and delivery trucks.
The Cedar Valley Jaycees have been delivering summer fun to children since 1964 through our Annual Sandbox Drive.
Live to 9 (June- August) Cedar Falls Live to 9 is an after-work summer concert series in downtown Cedar Falls, where partiers young and old can kick off the weekend in style with live music, food and ice cold beverages.
WATERLOO OPEN (July)—This golf tournament is the largest professional golf tournament in the state of Iowa and spans over 4 days with more than 700 professional and amateur golfers participating. The Open also requires a separate planning committee of Jaycees. In addition volunteers are needed to work in concessions and merchandise areas and provide other miscellaneous assistance over the weekend.
GIFT OF GIVING & KID’S HELPING KID’S PROJECT (Dec) – Held the first Saturday in December, this event is one of the most popular. Jaycees and community volunteers help at-risk children shop for Christmas/Holiday gifts for their family members, wrap the gifts and then they share breakfast. Volunteers are needed to help kids shop, wrap gifts, and prepare breakfast.