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2016 Recipients

Congratulations to our 2016 Rise Up Iowa grant recipients. The following programs and projects were awarded funding.

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Rise Up North Des Moines

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Funding will be used to support students enrolled at Harding Middle School. While this North Des Moines community faces some staggering statistics, the Principal and teachers have worked hard to focus on what the kids have as opposed to what they don’t have. The Rise Up Iowa grant will help provide additional food resources for students and help kids realize the positive benefits of being involved in sports and other extracurricular activities.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can help the students at Harding Middle School, email harding@dmschools.org

Metro West Mentoring Program

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Metro West Learning Academy serves as an alternative high school for 6 western suburbs/communities. (Dallas Center Grimes, Adel, Saydel, Urbandale, Johnston and Waukee). Many of the students attending the Academy are either homeless, parenting or suffer from an emotional or behavioral disorder. Nearly all of these students are considered food insecure. A majority of the Rise Up Iowa funding will be used to purchase food and personal care items for the students. Dollars will also be allocated to provide clothing vouchers for the kids so they have something appropriate to wear to a job or job interview.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact Laura Holms – Executive Director of Urbandale Community Action Network at info@urbandalenetwork.org

Waukee Community Closet

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Waukee Community Closet is designed to benefit students and families in need within the Waukee community and surrounding areas. This volunteer organization accepts clothing donations and provides the items to students and families in need. Rise Up Iowa funds will be used to purchase new clothing (such as undergarments), a washer and dryer, racks and other items necessary for the new store front location opening in December of 2016.

Learn more about this organization.

School Pantry Program

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Funding will be used to purchase food for hungry children and families in Central Iowa through the School Pantry Program. The funding will also allow schools to obtain necessary storage such as shelving, refrigerators and freezers. The Rise Up Iowa grant will impact up to 16 schools.

Learn more about this program on the Food Bank of Iowa website.

Help Homeless People Survive & Improve Their Health

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Joppa is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization that helps homeless people survive, get housing and rebuild their lives. Rise Up Iowa funding will be used to support four community outreach programs for homeless people in Central Iowa: Winter Survival, Homeless Nutrition, Street Nursing and Aftercare.

Learn more about this organization.

Safe & Healthy Homes - Follow Up

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Rebuilding Together Greater Des Moines provides assistance to more than 275 home owners in Greater Des Moines. The Rise Up Iowa grant request is to expand and provide services to 180 additional low-income families by focusing on health and safety priorities that often go overlooked in homes.

Learn more about this organization.

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