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Benton County Above the Influence
Jennifer Ritch
472-2443 | | Visit us Online

Purpose: To reduce underage drinking and drug use in Benton County.

Description: We are a county-wide group of parents, law enforcement, educators, civic group representatives, non profit representatives, youth and interested community members who are engaged in efforts to reduce underage drinking and drug use. We do this through social marketing campaigns, policy change, and education for youth and adults. We meet monthly on the third Thursday from 12-1 p.m., location varies.

Old Creamery Nature Trail
Randy Scheel
477-3150 | | Visit us Online

Purpose: Promotion and Maintenance of the Old Creamery Nature Trail

Description: We are always looking for volunteers to help with trail upkeep and promoting the great resource that we have here in Benton County. In 2010, we have some exciting plans. Our first goal is to increase awareness of the trail which we hope increases the use of it. We are in the planning stages of a possible bike ride later in the summer as well as t-shirt sells to help raise funds for the upkeep. As of now, 100% of the maintenance of this trail is through donations and volunteers.

Early Arts Study Club
Bev Hilner

Description: The club was formed in September of 1936 to study various art forms. The group meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 2:00 p.m. The area of study various according to the members in the club who present a program according to the topics of interests. Activities include a Fall Trip, as well as a Guest Day in May.

Boy Scouts of America
Jay Lash
360-9575 |

Purpose: To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Description: Since 1933, Troop 47 of Vinton has helped teenage boys learn values and leadership skills by providing a variety of fun and challenging opportunities. The Troop currently has weekly meetings and monthly campouts, plus a week-long summer camp and a week-long "high adventure" trip each summer. Recent high adventure trips have been to locations such as the Colorado Rocky Mts and the Boundary Waters Canoe Access Wilderness.

Parkinson's Support Group
Carrie Hantz
472-2060 |

Purpose: To offer support, caring, and education on Parkinson's Disease.

Description: The Parkinson's Support Group is excited to announce enhanced programs, scheduled meetings, and more support for people with Parkinson's and their loved ones! The group is meeting at Windsor Manor Assisted Living Community the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:30pm. The meeting takes place in the dining room and new members are welcome. Refreshments provided. Contact Bethany Clemenson at 319-472-2060 for more information.

Duane Fisher
475-2318 | | Visit us Online

Purpose: To expand access to higher education by involving and assisting the community in supporting VS graduates with scholarships.

Description: GoVS(Generating Opportunities for Viking Scholars) is a local non-profit organization affiliated with the Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District Foundation which is a 501(c)3 corporation. The purpose of this organization is to support graduates of Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District by providing scholarships through conducting fund raising activities during the year and receiving contributions/donations/endowments to help provide such scholarships.

HACAP North Benton Head Start
Stephanie Estling
472-4761 |

Purpose: Helping people develop skills to become successful and build strong communities.

Description: Located at 202 East 4th Street in Vinton, Head Start provides quality preschool and childcare for 3-5 year old children and support services for their families. The program focuses on children from low-income households as well as children with disabilities. Head Start is licensed by the Iowa Department of Human Services, accredidated by the National Association of the Education of Young Children, and follows the Head Start Performance Standards. Full and part day slots are available. We are always taking applications.

Benton County Empowerment
Heidi Schminke
472-4543 | Visit us Online

Description: The Benton County Early Childhood Area offers services and referrals to families throughout the county with children ages 0-5. The focus of the organization is to ensure that children enter school happy, healthy and ready to learn. As we will be continually updating our site content and links to other pages, we encourage your feedback so we can include the types of information and links that would be most useful to you. For more information on the Benton County Early Childhood Area or the other service resources available in the county.

Dale Henry
573-1859 |

Purpose: To preserve and strengthen comradeship amoung its members,to assist worthy comrades; to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead and to assist their widows and orphans.

Description: We are a COUNTY veterans service organization. The meetings are the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm at the US BANK COMMUNITY BUILDING, 414 A Ave. in Vinton. We have no post home at this time. We are an active post with VETS IN THE CLASSROOM, VOICE of DEMOCRACY, and various community based events. Membership dues are $27.00/yr.We encourage veterans to come to a meeting. Eligibility to belong to the VFW is having served overseas in a war zone or conflict where you received combat pay.We are also looking for ladies to join our auxililary.

VFW Auxiliary
Jeanette Henry
929-8531 |

Purpose: The mission of this organization shall be fraternal,patriotic,historical & educational; to assist the POSTS and members thereof of The VFW of The USA, and its own members whenever possible; to maintain true allegiance to The Government of The USA and fide

Description: Our VFW Auxiliary meets The 2nd Sunday of every month at US BANK COMMUNITY BUILDING, 414 A Ave. in Vinton. Please join us if interested. We LIVE BY OUR MOTTO:"HONOR THE DEAD BY HELPING THE LIVING" PLEASE CONTACT JEANETTE HENRY VFW AUXILIARY-PRESIDENT 8884

Survivors of Benton County

Purpose: Purpose/Mission is: to bring area women together in the battle against breast cancer and to provide relief to those who suffer from its effects now. Survivors of Benton County is here to empower women and to encourage a survivor to “Be a Thriver”!

Description: Survivors of Benton County is a group of women who have gone, or are going through, the same traumatic life experience…..Breast Cancer. We are here to advance the awareness of breast cancer and to educate the public about the support available in Benton County, to also support other personnel, individuals and organizations that share in the goal of helping breast cancer patients. We are SURVIVORS. We’re a group of women that get together monthly to eat, laugh, share stories about our experiences, but most importantly, talk about life. Our members want to encourage others to be proactive through awareness of breast cancer, to promote being checked regularly and therefore to save lives with early detection. We are here to provide nurturing support services, education, direct assistance, and financial aid. We meet the 2nd Monday of each month March-December at 5:30 at Windsor Manor. For more information feel free to contact: Angie Tharp. 472-2994 Lisa Staab 472-5255 Janet Woodhouse 472-4862 Lu Karr 560-9408

Vinton Today
Dean or Valerie Close
202-4126 | | Visit us Online

Purpose: Our mission is simply to gather all the news relevant to Vinton Iowa, and to distribute it in a timely manner.

Description: Vinton Today is operated by Dean and Valerie Close, based out of 305 1st. Ave. Vinton, Iowa 52349. Vinton Today is staffed by: Dean Close, Editor Dean is an award winning writer and has been in the journalism field for over 20 years. Most recently he was part of a team the created an award winning website recognized by the Iowa Newspaper Association. Valerie Close, Editor Valerie has worked behind the scenes for the past 20 plus years in the journalism field. Her experience includes everything from writing to the front desk. Either may be contacted in the following manner: Cell: 202-4126 Email: Mail: P.O. Box 7, Vinton, Iowa 52349 To drop off information for the website, feel free to stop in at Monkeytown,305 1st. Ave. Vinton, Iowa 52349 OR give us a call to meet!

Benton County Historical Society
Sharon Happel
(319) -53-3-45 | | Visit us Online

Purpose: Preserving The Past, For The Future

Description: Genealogy and local history information is located at the Horridge House at 612 First Ave. Contact Martha Long for hours: 319-472-4465. Ray House, located at 912 First Ave., is available for private and public events, and tours by appointment. The Vinton Depot Museum is open during the Farmers Market on Thursdays from 5-7 pm and other times by appointment. New members and volunteers are always welcome!

Sheriff's Department Crimestopper 866-530-5955

Benton County Speedway
Mick Trier
(515) -20-1-JJ | Visit us Online

Cedar Valley Country Quilters
Donna Thompson

Purpose: To promote the art of quilting.

Description: Cedar Valley Country Quilters meet the second Wednesday of every month at Windsor Manor. We share our skills with each other by completing various service projects throughout the year. We have made quilts for cancer, Fidget quilts, and to support Virginia Gay Hospital.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS)
Carrie Hoffmann
558-6388 | | Visit us Online

Purpose: Real People. Real Weight Loss. Helping Millions to Take Off Pounds Sensibly Since 1948.

Description: Meeting Information: Day: Thursdays Location: Newhall City Hall (west door.) Time: Weigh-In from 6:30-7:00 Meetings start at 7:00 A hands-on, pounds-off approach to weight loss. TOPS doesn't pay celebrities to endorse us, and we don't promise quick fixes or promote unrealistic images of the "perfect" body. Instead we focus on health. TOPS can't do the work for you. You only get out of TOPS what you put into it. We can't guarantee weight loss just by attending meetings, but we can offer support through each stage of the journey, including after you reach your goal weight.

Vinton Guild of Fine Arts
Barb Campbell
560-9748 |

Purpose: To enable local artists to create, exhibit, and teach visual fine arts and encourage art appreciation in the Vinton community.

Description: The Vinton Guild of Fine Arts is a group of artists and patrons who encourage and inspire each other and work together to bring art to the Vinton community. We sponsor various art shows and community events throughout the year and raise money for community art projects such as the Corn Statues. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 P.M. (location varies); non-members may attend for $5. Contact Barb Campbell for current activity schedule.


Blessed Hope Church
Pastor Matt Hantz
(319) -47-2-39 | | Visit us Online

Purpose: Our mission at Blessed Hope is to always praise Christ through: drawing people to Him; teaching them to become more Christ-like; and sending them out as His ambassadors. DRAW - As a church, we want to help draw more and more people into a personal, lif

Description: BLESSED HOPE CORE VALUES (what is important to us) RELATIONSHIPS - everyone is valuable and needs grace WORSHIP - it's all about God EXCELLENCE - if it's worth doing - it's worth doing well RELEVANCE - connecting when/where matters most DISCIPLESHIP - saved people grow BOLDNESS - try it - God is worth the risk BLESSED HOPE VISION (desired outcome resulting from our ministry) "Blessed Hope desires to be a church that is known in the community for making a real difference in the lives of those that are lost, hurting, frustrated, burned, burned-out and confused. We strive to be an authentic church that demonstrates the grace and truth of Jesus Christ to a lost world - showing biblical love, hope, encouragement, and forgiveness to all in His name."

Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church
Pastor Mark C. Urlaub
472-3784 | | Visit us Online

Description: The mission of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, a fellowship of Christian believers is: To worship together and to proclaim the word of God\'s love and saving grace. To receive the forgiveness of sins through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. To share in the joys and in the sufferings of our fellow members exercising patience and forgiveness. To reach out and intentionally welcome others. To provide an education program to encourage our spiritual growth. To serve the Lord by sharing our gifts of time, talent, and treasure. To do all things in the name of Jesus Christ description: Sunday Worship is at 9:00 AM, with Holy Communion on the first and third Sundays of the month.

Catholic Church Services

Purpose: Immaculate Conception, Van Horne St. John, Blairstown St. Michael, Norway St. Patrick, Watkins St. Paul, Newhall

Description: From July 6/7 through December 31: Saturday 4 pm-St. Paul, Newhall 6 pm-IC, Van Horne Sunday 8 am-St. Michael, Norway 10 am- St. John, Blairstown OR St. Patrick, Watkins (alternating every other week)


Benton County Board of Supervisors
Benton County Auditor
472-2365 |

Description: The Board meets on Tuesday mornings (9:00 a.m. to noon) If you want to speak with the board,you are more than welcome. Please contact the Auditor's office to schedule a time. Board agendas are posted by 9:00 a.m. on the Monday immediately prior to the meeting, you must be on their schedule before then.