Giving back to the community always sounds like a great idea, but it always gets pushed down the “to do” list as things get busy in life. You may be putting it off because you feel like it takes too much time or money, but that’s not true. There are simple ways to give back to the local community through local non-profits. This month we are featuring 5 local non-profits that make it easy to contribute – teach your children about farm animals while supporting a safe haven, cook a homemade meal for those who have a child in the hospital or clean out your closet and donate your clothing to those less fortunate.
1. Iowa Farm Sanctuary’s mission is to provide a safe haven to rescued farm animals in need of love and compassion while providing humans the opportunity to experience the unique sentience and intelligence found within these animals. You can help the cause by donating to Iowa Farm Sanctuary, sponsoring an animal or visiting the farm. You can meet the rescued animal residents every Sunday throughout the spring and summer between 12-3 pm. A donation of $10 per adult and $5 per child is requested.
Iowa Farm Sanctuary
2485 Hwy 6 Trail, Marengo, IA 52301
2. The Ronald McDonald House helps families who have a child in the hospital by providing care and resources they need. These amenities can include housing, warm beds, hot showers, home-cooked meals, laundry facilities, recreation areas and more. Families from all backgrounds are welcome and will never be turned away by an inability to pay. There are many ways to get involved. (https://rmhc-eiwi.org/get-involved/) You can donate, volunteer, prepare a meal, participate in the pull tab program and more.
Ronald McDonald House
730 Hawkins Dr, Iowa City, IA 52246
3. Olivet Neighborhood Mission is the largest food pantry in Linn County. Not only do they provide food, clothing and household items to those in need, their services also include a clothing closet, youth programs, parish nurse, community gardens, head start program, holiday adoption, coats for kids program and more. They believe that each individual should be treated with respect without regard to age, race, color, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. To learn more or to support their cause, please visit here.
Olivet Neighborhood Mission
230 10th St NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405
4. Foundation 2 offers crisis prevention and intervention programs to people of all ages. They are committed to positive youth development, suicide prevention, helping families and safer communities. Their services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, crisis chat and text, individual and family counseling, support groups, mobile crisis outreach, an emergency youth shelter, independent living support for youth and more. To donate to their cause, visit here. (http://www.foundation2.org/donate/
1714 Johnson Ave NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405
5. House of Hope’s mission is to encourage, equip, and empower women to live fully through classes, community, housing, and therapy. They provide a variety of services to women in every season of life – there is no typical woman served by House of Hope. You can get involved by donating, volunteering, praying or shopping at the House of Hope store.
House of Hope
1744 2nd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403