Contribute

There are many ways to contribute to the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG).

Through a Contribution or Annual Investment

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG) is a non-profit organization with a mission to “develop and promote our business environment, including but not limited to our Main Street district, and enhance the quality of life in the communities we serve.”

Our Annual Budget is approximately $100,000, nearly half of which comes from businesses and individuals who believe in the work that we do. If you are interested in contributing to the CDG please consider making investment conveniently by using PayPal, the world’s safest and easiest payment method! 

Contribute to the CDG

If you prefer to send a check, checks can be sent directly to our organization through our postal address: P.O. Box 31, Mount Vernon, Iowa 52314. Our you can stop by the office and give us an in-person contribution at this address: 311 1st St. NW, Mount Vernon 52314.

Contributions are used for improvement grants to our businesses, community projects, promotions, advertising, retail and holiday events, Main Street education and training, and much more.  Thank you!!


Through Volunteering

We are the organization responsible for 14 annual festivals, and events, as well as dozens of community betterment projects. All of these projects and events need volunteers to create the magic that is CDG. The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group works with 460-plus local volunteers to empower said volunteers to do cool things in their own community. 

Use your skills and talent, meet new friends and have fun!  Use this easy online form to Sign Up to Volunteer! 

If you need to track your volunteer time, Report Volunteer Hours Here… 

The group uses the Main Street four-point approach to economic development utilizing four standing committees. We currently have 46 subcommittees working within the Main Street four-standing-committee structure that are working on all sorts of projects and events:

Promotion Committee

This committee focuses on two areas:

  1. Community Events
  2. Retail Development

Many events and promotions are complementary and integrated, and all support the mission of Main Street and Community Development.

Organization Committee

This committee focuses on communications, fundraising and developing a strong volunteer network to support the efforts of Main Street and Community Development.

Business Improvement Committee

This committee focuses on strengthening local businesses, supporting both short and long term economic growth, and helping to revitalize the business district.

Design Committee

This committee is involved with the physical aspects of the community such as signage, lighting, historic preservation, streetscapes and forming a comprehensive look and feel in our downtown districts.


Have Fun & Be Active

By attending our events and festivals, shopping local, and taking part in the Quality of Life that makes Mount Vernon and Lisbon so special. Below is a list of annual Mount Vernon and Lisbon events. Which one is your favorite?

April Easter Egg Dash
Lisbon Clean Up Day
Mount Vernon Clean Up Day
May Chalk the walk, Uptown Mount Vernon
Cornell Graduation
Lisbon Graduation
Mount Vernon Graduation
Memorial Day parade, Mount Vernon, Lisbon
Party in the Park and Fireman’s Dance, Lisbon
June Chocolate Stroll, Mount Vernon
City-Wide Garage sales, Mt Vernon, Lisbon
July Lincoln Highway Antique Extravaganza, Mount Vernon
Heritage Days, Mount Vernon
August City wide Garage sales, Mount Vernon, Lisbon
Sauerkraut Days, Lisbon
Volunteer Appreciation, Mount Vernon
September Lincoln Highway Arts Festival
October Hilltop Harvest Festival, Cornell
Cornell Homecoming, Reunion weekend
Chili Cookoff, Mount Vernon
HalloweenTown, Lisbon
November Shop Small Saturday, Mount Vernon, Lisbon
December Magical Night, Mount Vernon
Holiday Jubilee, Lisbon
Hometown Holidays, Mount Vernon, Lisbon