Volunteer & Contribute

There are many ways to contribute to the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG) and its charitable organization the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Charitable Development Group (CCDG).

Join the Community Investor Club (CIC)

The Community Investor Club (CIC) is an integral part of the work of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG) and its fundraising arm the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Charitable Development Group (CCDG). Members are asked to donate what they can to support the efforts of the CDG and CCDG, and, in return, CIC members have access to early CDG festival announcements, and special invites to events.

As a CIC member, you also will be one of the first to know whenever CDG has exclusive offerings from local businesses and special early bird sneak peek CIC previews of upcoming events and festivals. Mount Vernon is an amazing community because of people like YOU! The CIC is a way to reward those people who believe in the work of both the CDG and the CCDG.

Join the CIC today and have fun while making a difference and helping Mount Vernon and Lisbon grow.

Through a Contribution or Annual Investment

Business Supporters:

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG) is a non-profit business-oriented 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.” Businesses can contribute to CDG through an annual investment or event sponsorship. To support MVL-CDG, send a check to P.O. Box 31, Mount Vernon, Iowa 52314, or stop by the office with an in-person contribution at 311 1st St. NW, Mount Vernon, Iowa 52314.

Individual Supporters:

Individuals may make a tax-deductible contribution through the Mount Vernon-Lisbon CCDG, the 501c3 charitable organization of the CDG. The mission of the charitable organization is to “advance the economic, cultural, artistic and recreational vitality of the communities of Mount Vernon and Lisbon and advance quality of life events for CDG.” 

If you are interested in contributing to the CCDG please consider making an investment conveniently by using PayPal.

Contribute to the MVL-CCDG

If you prefer to send a check, checks can be sent directly to the MVL-CCDG through the organization’s postal address: P.O. Box 31, Mount Vernon, Iowa 52314, or stop by the office with an in-person contribution at 311 1st St. NW, Mount Vernon, Iowa 52314..

Contributions to the MVL-CCDG are used for scholarships, festivals and events and quality of life projects. 

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
Cornell Homecoming, Reunion weekend
Chili Cookoff, Mount Vernon
HalloweenTown, Lisbon
November Shop Small Saturday, Mount Vernon, Lisbon
December Magical Night, Mount Vernon
 Breakfast with Mrs. Claus, Lisbon
Hometown Holidays, Mount Vernon, Lisbon