Each month in our email newsletter, our clients have an opportunity to learn more about a local Des Moines or Iowa charity through Charity Discovery. Previously, our clients and friends learned about and donated to new local nonprofits through the Syverson Strege Giving Club. Due to the pandemic, our Giving Club meetings have been suspended. Join us in our Charity Discovery!
Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC)
Mission Statement: Working together to meet basic human needs for the greater Des Moines community.
Meals from the Heartland
Mission Statement: Meals from the Heartland is a faith-related organization that believes in the importance of prayer, volunteer service and financial giving to help save starving children. They are made up of volunteers from businesses, schools, churches, community organizations and beyond who package meals for delivery to malnourished people in Iowa, across the United States and around the world.
Mission Statement: Blessman International, their donors and volunteers bring to South African children and their families God’s love and eternal hope through faith formation and locally sustainable programs that:
• feed hungry people,
• foster food-secure communities,
• offer dignity through provision of basic water and sanitation,
• and provide opportunities for child development and learning
Wildwood Hills Ranch
The mission of Wildwood Hills Ranch (WHR) is to transform lives and strengthen communities by providing healing, hope and God’s unconditional love to children and youth at risk.
Founded in 2001, WHR is a 400-acre safe haven located 25 minutes south of West Des Moines in St. Charles, Iowa. They are a year-round facility that serves vulnerable youth and veterans and their families. They make an impact through educational programming, leadership development, job skills training and equine (horse) therapy. They make a ten-year commitment to the youth and work with them from age eight to age 18.
As a side note, David Strege has had the privilege of serving the youth of Iowa through various roles at WHR. During the summer, David helps summer campers ages 8-12 with fishing every Wednesday. During the school year, David teaches personal finance to teenagers. This year, David helped start a worm farm and WHR plans to use the profits from the castings as fertilizer to support 80-85 campers per year. David’s wife, Jen, became involved in learning to drive the Percheron draft horse team at WHR.
Watch this video to enter the WHR word and learn about Benjamin Cohen’s life-changing journey.
Food Bank of Iowa
Their mission statement is “to provide food for Iowa children, families, and seniors to lead full and active lives, strengthening the communities where they live.” Their vision is a hunger-free Iowa.
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
The mission of the Y is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.
Dress for Success
Mission: To empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help women thrive in work in life.
Elliott Test Kitchen
Mission: To inspire passion for lifelong learning and appreciation for healthy food.
Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity
Mission: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.