Benton County Empowerment
Heidi Schminke

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.

Benton County Historical Society
P.O. Box 22
Vinton, IA
Sharon Happel
Preserving The Past, For The Future

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!

Benton County Speedway
2nd Ave
Vinton, IA
Mick Trier

Grandstand Prices:
Adults: $10.00
Kids: $4.00

Prices are for non-special events only.
On nights that we have Late Models,
Adult tickets are $12.00.

Boy Scouts of America
Jay Lash
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.

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.

Cedar Valley Country Quilters
Donna Thompson
To promote the art of quilting.

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.

Early Arts Study Club
Bev Hilner

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.

PO Box 9,
Vinton, Iowa
Duane Fisher
To expand access to higher education by involving and assisting the community in supporting VS graduates with scholarships.

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
202 E 4th St
Vinton, IA
Stephanie Estling
Helping people develop skills to become successful and build strong communities.

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.

Old Creamery Nature Trail
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Randy Scheel
Promotion and Maintenance of the Old Creamery Nature Trail

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.

Parkinson’s Support Group
1807 W 5th St
Vinton, IA
Carrie Hantz
To offer support, caring, and education on Parkinson’s Disease.

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.

Sheriff’s Department Crimestopper
Sheriff's Office Page

Sheriff’s Department Crimestoppers

Survivors of Benton County
Angie Tharp or Janet Woodhouse
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”!

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  Visit our website at Survivors of Benton County