Project V.I.P. Records

Collection Overview

Title: Project V.I.P. Records

Record Series: 04/03/01 [Box 16]

Record Group:

04/03/01 Career Services Collection

Creator: Project V.I.P. (Volunteers are Important People)

Date: 1995-2004

Extent: 1 box (0.21 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives at Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language: Materials entirely in English.

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Historical Note

Project V.I.P. (Volunteers are Important People) was a student-run organization founded circa 1997 at the University of Northern Iowa. In its early years, it was a collaboration among the Department of Residence, Career Student Services, and the Student Organization Center. Project V.I.P.’s main goal was to “promote volunteerism” among the UNI campus community.

Project V.I.P. partnered with the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley to connect with over 75 non-profit organizations. The Volunteer Fair, coordinated by Project V.I.P. and the Office of Experiential Learning, allowed students, faculty, and staff to interact with volunteer organizations’ representatives and learn about volunteer opportunities in the Cedar Falls and Waterloo area.

Project V.I.P. was last mentioned as sponsoring volunteer fairs in 2004. However, as of December 2019, volunteer fairs are still organized at UNI.



The collection is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content

This collection dates from 1995-2004 and contains materials primarily related to Project V.I.P.’s administrative and promotional tasks. Included are logistical and planning documents for the 1998 and 2000 volunteer fairs, which consist of checklists, flyers, brochures, registration forms, correspondence, set-up and sign-in sheets, lists of participating non-profits and more. Many of the materials contain handwritten annotations. Also included are Project V.I.P. Coordinator position descriptions and information and year-end reports. 

Items of note:

  • 1995 proposal to establish a UNI Volunteers are Important People Center
  • 2002 U.S. House of Representatives certificate offering congressional recognition of Project V.I.P.’s work, signed by then-Iowa congressman Jim Nussle.


Box 1:

  • Folder 1: 1995 - August 2000
  • Folder 2: Fall 2000 - 2004; undated


Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid written by Archival Processor Tessa Wakefield, December 2019.