Grimes Community Connections

Grimes Community ConnectionsGrimes Community Connections is a citizen, all-volunteer, group providing leadership and support for organizations and activities that serve to better the community of Grimes.

Mission Statement

Empower people to transform lives, families, and neighborhoods through community connections.


  • Teresa Bahr, Kennybrook Village
  • Brian Becker, Grimes Parks and Recreation
  • Grimes Chamber and Economic Development
  • Cheryl Heid, Grimes Public Library
  • Lynh Patterson, Chairperson, Resident

Volunteer Organizations

If you would like to be listed as a volunteer organization on this page and be advertised through our social media, please fill out our Organizational Information Form online, or download/print the Organization Information Form (PDF) and email it to Grimes Community Connections or bring it in Cheryl Heid of the Grimes Public Library, located at 200 N James Street, Grimes, IA 50111.

  1. Dallas Center - Grimes Key Club

    Key Club is a service leadership organization that focuses on bettering our community and world. We do fundraisers for nonprofit organizations (ie: UNICEF, Thirst Project, Meals from the Heartland), and we also do service projects throughout the school year. Some of the service projects we do are making fleece blankets for Mercy Children's Hospital, making holiday cards for Kennybrook Village and Spurgeon Manor residents, ringing the bell at the red kettle for Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign (at Fareway in Grimes), packaging meals for the Meals from the Heartland Grimes Hunger Fight, and volunteering at Kiwanis Miracle League in Des Moines. We also help organize and run the games at the Kiwanis Easter Eggstravaganza.

    Joanna Poole, Faculty Advisor
    Office Phone: 515-986-9747 (during the school year)
    Email Joanna Poole
    Grimes Key Club Website

  2. Dallas Center-Grimes High School Silver Cord

    The Dallas Center-Grimes High School Silver Cord program allows students to track the amount of service hours they provide so they can be honored with a silver cord of recognition at graduation. Students must have 160 volunteer hours of service from 8th through12th grade for this recognition. We post both school and community events for students to serve and help them get connected to serve in this community!

    Ben Twigg
    Office Phone: 515-986-9747 (during the school year)
    Email Ben Twigg
    Dallas Center-Grimes High School Website

  3. Friends of Fine Arts (FOFA)

    FOFA is the Dallas Center-Grimes schools fine arts booster club. We are an all-volunteer-ran non-profit organization that supports the DCG kids and their love of the arts. Choir, band, art, speech, and theater all benefit from the time and money donated by parents and community members. We are always looking for new members, committee members, and volunteers. The volunteer needs vary from a simple time slot on a specific date or event, to being on a planning committee for a month or so to plan a task/event to being on the board becoming an officer. The choice is yours and we are grateful for any amount of time. Get connected and get involved. You'll be glad you did! 

    Ben Ihde, President
    Email Ben Ihde
    Dallas Center-Grimes Friends of Fine Arts Website

  4. Grimes Public Library

    Cheryl Heid
    Office Phone: 515-986-3551
    Email Cheryl Heid
    Grimes Public Library Website

  5. Grimes Public Library Friends Foundation

    Our mission is to increase appreciation of the library, promote community involvement, and actively work to fundraise for library materials and programs. We seek to do this through annual membership opportunities for businesses, families, and individuals as well as fundraising events throughout the year.

    Current needs include:

    • Booksale Assistants - restocking and assisting with selling items in the booksale area as well as transporting and selling to Half Price Books in Urbandale
    • Facebook Assistant - Monitoring and posting to our Facebook Page
    • Bingo Assistants - Help us with our Annual Bingo game at Gov Days
    • Website Assistant - Help us monitor and update our website

    Denise Bickford
    Phone: 515-986-3551
    Email Denise Bickford
    Grimes Public Library Friends Foundation Website

  1. Grimes Storehouse

    The Grimes Storehouse is a community pantry that feeds the whole person. The Storehouse is not the work of one group but a collaboration between many churches, businesses, organizations, and individuals open to faith-based partnerships. As a Christian, faith-based pantry we believe every person we serve is created and loved by God. It is our goal to provide resources for those living with food insecurity in a way that affirms their dignity and worth so that those who are food insecure will come to the Storehouse for their physical need and leave empowered, both physically and spiritually, to live abundantly. We will accomplish this in the present by providing food and personal hygiene items and in the future by offering other resources for holistic healing and empowerment such as life-skills training, cooking classes, parenting support, financial planning, and a free medical clinic.

    Phone: 515-986-4191
    Grimes Storehouse Facebook Page
    112 NE Ewing Street
    Grimes, IA 50111

  2. Grimes Volunteer Support Services

    We provide support to Grimes area residents who are elderly or have disabilities to help them stay in their homes. We provide transportation for medical appointments and treatments, senior meal site, shopping, hair appointments, and other needs. We provided limited snow removal and yard mowing and yard chores. We do some light repair and maintenance. We loan out DME (durable medical equipment) for those that need it. All of our services are provided without charge.

    Jay Brewer, Board President
    Office Phone: 515-986-5355
    Email Jay Brewer
    Grimes Volunteer Support Services Website

  3. Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Dallas County

    We support the community, families, and all Iowans through various programming. We utilize volunteers for one-time needs all the way to monthly volunteers. We currently have youth on waiting lists hoping to join our 4-H programs as we seek volunteers for once-a-month youth programs for 1 to 2 hours a month.

    Jeff Jackson
    Office Phone: 515-993-4281
    Email Jeff Jackson
    Iowa State University Website

  4. MS Moments

    Our organization hosts nine fundraising events each year in the Des Moines metro area. The dollars raised stay in Iowa and help us provide grants to families afflicted with multiple sclerosis for health club memberships, acupuncture, and medical-massage. These services are vital in keeping families fighting this disease. We need volunteers for each of our events. Our events are listed on our website. 

    Karrie Anderson
    Office Phone: 515-402-5694
    Email Karrie Anderson
    MS Moments Website

  5. Special Olympics Iowa

    Special Olympics Iowa provides sports competitions and events for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Our events take place all year round in various parts of the state. Upcoming volunteer opportunities/needs are listed on our website and updated 1 to 3 months prior to an event.

    Elin Phipps, Director of Volunteers
    Office Phone: 515-986-5520
    Email Elin Phipps
    Special Olympics Iowa Website

Miscellaneous Volunteer Opportunities

Contact Us

For questions or to be connected as a volunteer, email Grimes Community Connections. This page is constantly updated with new organizations so as a volunteer, please visit often for more opportunities.