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Grimes Community Connections

Mission Statement:

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

Who:

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

Committee Members:

-Lynh Patterson, Chairperson, Resident                                           
-Teresa Bahr, Kennybrook Village             
-Kayla Bruns, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development
-Brett Barber, Grimes Parks and Recreation
-Cheryl Heid, Grimes Public Library 

For Volunteer Organizations:

If you would like to be listed as a volunteer organization below and advertised through our social media, please fill out this form by clicking here OR print out here and email it to grimescommunityconnections@gmail.com OR bring it in to the Grimes Public Library- Attn: Cheryl Heid

Dallas Center-Grimes Key Club
Key Club is a service leadership organization that focuses 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.
Contact Joanna Poole, Faculty Advisor. Office phone: 515-986-9747 (during the school year) Email: joanna.poole@dcgschools.com Website: bit.ly/DCGKeyClub

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-12th 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! 
Contact Ben Twigg. Office phone: 515-986-9747 (during the school year) Email: ben.twigg@dcgschools.com Website: dcgschools.com

FOFA (Friends of Fine Arts)
FOFA is the DCG schools fine arts booster club. We are an all volunteer run non-profit organization who supports the DCG kids and their love of the arts. Choir, Band, Art, Speech & 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! 
Contact: Ben Ihde, President. Email: fofapresident@gmail.com Website: dcgfofa.com

Grimes Kiwanis
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. The Grimes Kiwanis Club is dedicated to serving our local community through various service and fundraising projects.
Contact Casey Woodside. Phone: 515-343-2020 Email: Casey.woodside@blackhillscorp.com
Website: GrimesKiwanis Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GrimesCountylineKiwanis/

Grimes Public Library
Contact Cheryl Heid. Office phone:  515-986-3551 Email: heid@grimeslibrary.org  Website: grimeslibrary.org

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 fund raising events throughout the year.
Current Needs:

  • 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.
    Contact Denise Bickford. Phone: 515-986-3551 Email: friends@grimeslibrary.org  Website: https://www.friendsofthegrimeslibrary.org/

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 Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GrimesStorehouse  Address: 112 NE Ewing Street, Grimes

Grimes Volunteer Support Services
We provide supports to Grimes area residents who are elderly or have disabilities to help them stay in their home. 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.
Contact Jay Brewer, Board President. Office phone: 515-986-5355 Email: info@grimesvss.com Website: www.grimesvss.com

ISU Extension and 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 1-2 hours a month.
Contact Jeff Jackson. Office phone: 515-993-4281 Email: jsjack@iastate.edu Website: www.extension.iastate.edu/dallas

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 to keep families fighting this disease. We need volunteers for each of our events. Our events are listed on our website. 
Contact Karrie Anderson. Office phone: 515-402-5694 Email: msmoments@inittocureit.org Website: www.msmomentsiowa.org

Special Olympics Iowa
Special Olympics Iowa provides sport 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 on 1-3 months prior to an event on www.soiowa.org/volunteer.
Contact Elin Phipps- Director of Volunteers. Office phone: 515-986-5520 Email: Volunteer1@soiowa.org Website: www.soiowa.org/volunteer

-City of Grimes
-DCG Baseball Club
-DCG Softball Association
-DCG Soccer Club
-DCG Wrestling Club
-Grimes Chamber & Economic Development
-Grimes Lions Club
-Grimes Parks and Recreation

Questions or to be connected as a volunteer:

Email the GCC at grimescommunityconnections@gmail.com. This page is constantly updated with new organizations so as a volunteer, please visit often for more opportunities.