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Peacocks for Progress: Giving Back to the Community 

Students picking up trash in Fayette, IA.Peacocks for Progress

The meaning behind "Peacocks for Progress" has actually developed into two different meanings. This expansion helps both the people in need in the community, and the students of Upper Iowa University by encouraging them to get involved with civic engagement.

For the Community

During the 2004-2005 school year, the Office of Student Development developed Peacocks for Progress as a program to unite the Fayette Community and Upper Iowa University Campus in working together to create a fun, safe, and beautiful living environment. In the 2006-2007 this initiative was selected as Governor's Volunteer Award. How it works is community members send in requests for community service projects (includes painting, raking yards, etc.) to the Office of Student Development located on the Fayette Campus with a donation (free will offering). Donations may be made after the community service is provided. Upper Iowa University's Clubs and Organizations take care of the rest. Along with the request for services you will be asked to include any and all supplies needed to complete the task or arrange for special accommodations through the Director of Leadership and Adventure. All projects will be done on a first come, first serve basis. The projects must meet Upper Iowa University's liability standards. Safety first! Projects completed only when volunteers are able. All donations received will go toward community enhancement or Fayette Appreciation Day costs. Peacocks for Progress is an ongoing program.

Never hesitate to call with projects to make your backyard and Fayette a better place to live!

For the Students

Peacocks for Progress was established as a club on the Upper Iowa University Campus at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year. Through this club, members lead, create, facilitate, organize, and volunteer in different community service projects around the Northeast Iowa area. Some examples include: volunteering with residents at Maple Crest Manor and Assisted Living, students at North Fayette Junior High, cleanup projects both on and off campus, food and toy drives, and the facilitation of Fayette Appreciation Day. Any students who want to be involved and give back are strongly encouraged to join this rewarding club.