Impact Across Iowa
Community Foundation affiliates are leaders in strengthening their communities and making a difference for those in need. Working together, this statewide network improves quality of life in local communities and throughout Iowa. The following stories highlight affiliate work across our state.
Socks that Care Foundation in Mitchell County
"The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines' relationship with the Foundation for the Enhancement of Mitchell County is helping our local nonprofit organizations. The Socks that Care Foundation directs the charitable efforts of Fox River Mills, manufacturer of performance socks and handwear including the famous Original Rockford Red Heel® Monkey Sock.The Fox River® Annual Benefit Sock Sale attracts over 8,000 people from across the country and sells over 100,000 pairs of socks to support local service organizations such as the Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions Club as a way to give back to Fox River's community, neighbors and employees in Osage, Iowa."
-Becky Lessard, Socks that Care Foundation Chair
Story County Community Foundation
"The Story County Community Foundation is working to reduce poverty by increasing microenterprise opportunities that benefit our county through funding from the Iowa Microenterprise Assistance Project grant. This grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines has allowed us to strategically address entrepreneurship, establish an economic development endowment and convene roundtables about community issues including affordable childcare and agricultural-based businesses."
-Suzy Shierholz, Story County Community Foundation President
West Des Moines Community Enrichment Foundation
"Since becoming an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater
Des Moines in 2007, nearly $100,000 has been raised to benefit the West Des Moines community. Our support of the City of West Des Moines Department of Human Services provides transitional housing
in our community, and we've awarded multiple scholarships to talented
young leaders for participation in the West Des Moines Leadership
Academy. We're embarking on an exciting new project to improve
recreational activities at the West Des Moines Teen Center including a
state-of-the-art climbing wall."
-Steve Jacobs, West Des Moines Community Enrichment Foundation President