More than 40 volunteers contribute over 2,000 volunteer hours each year to provide mission driven services, promotions, events, and programming focused on community development in the Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District. We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to a couple of our members.
Jeff Morrow has long enjoyed visiting the Czech Village and NewBo neighborhoods for fun with family and friends. He’s helping make it a great place for others to visit, too.
Born and raised in the Cedar Rapids area, he graduated from Linn-Mar High School in 1982 and went on to earn a degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University. He then spent 12 years in Kansas City at a job where he met his wife, a graduate of Regis High School in Cedar Rapids. The couple moved back to Cedar Rapids in 1999 to be closer to family.
Through his work at Anderson-Bogert Engineers, Jeff led the design team for the Czech Village streetscape project in 2005. He started volunteering in the neighborhood after the 2008 flood, helping clean up St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church and Czech Village. “It was heartbreaking to see the impact on so many lives and people I had met through my work there,” he said.
As the river rose to major flood levels again in 2016, Jeff helped sandbag in the NewBo neighborhood. He also helped his engineering staff monitor the flood barriers and stop leaks.
A treekeeper with the environmental group Trees Forever, Jeff has trimmed several trees in the area and helped plant two oak trees next to CSPS Hall. As a member of the Czech Village/NewBo Main Street District Design Committee, he helped plant flowers and place mulch in planters this spring to beautify the streets.
Jeff is a father to three children: a son at University of Oregon School of Law, a daughter studying architecture at Iowa State University College of Design, and a daughter who plans to study pre-med at Creighton University this fall. In his free time, Jeff enjoys fly fishing at McLoud Run in Cedar Rapids and in the many trout streams of northeast Iowa.