Grantee Profiles

  • Grantee Spotlight: Whatsoever You Do

    Mary Margaret Butler’s life changed when she found a woman and five children freezing in their car in a parking lot in the middle of winter. “At that point, I decided to make every effort to help those who were lost and do everything in my power to get them off the streets.” Mary Margaret, […]

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  • Second Saturday Project Impacts 52 Households

    The Southeast Iowa Dream Center brings together skilled volunteers to complete projects with the community. The Second Saturday Project, a name coined after the group began completing volunteer work on the second Saturday of each month, completes various projects, including yard work, building handicap accessible ramps, painting, and replacing windows and siding for those in […]

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  • Ottumwa Boxing Club

    One empty building and 1445 volunteer hours – $35,677; 16 punching bags, 2 speed bags, and 55 pairs of boxing gloves – $6,293; 1 boxing ring –  $5,898; 45 years of keeping kids off the streets and out of trouble….PRICELESS. This is the Ottumwa Boxing Club. The club has changed locations seven times, had 4 […]

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  • Building Capacity Now for Sustainability in the Future

    Anyone associated with the nonprofit world today is hearing the current buzzwords Capacity Building and Sustainability. So what do they mean? According to the National Council of Nonprofits, “capacity building is an investment in the effectiveness and future sustainability of a nonprofit….capacity building is not a one-time effort to improve short-term effectiveness, but a continuous […]

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  • 117 Years of Devotion and Service to Southeast Iowa Children and Families

    The year that American Home Finding Association (AHFA) was established, brown plaid suits were on sale for $3.75, vacant land in Wapello County was selling for $20 to $50 per acre, and Dain Manufacturing (now John Deere-Ottumwa Works) started in Ottumwa. Three office locations and 117 years later, the true mission of American Home Finding […]

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  • Developing A Roadmap for Higher Education

    Latinas/Latinos al Éxito translated means Latinos to Success. Al Éxito is a statewide organizations that empowers Latinos youth to succeed in life and Iowa by providing programs that builds their leadership potential through college preparation, career development, civic engagement, family support, and celebration of culture. Latinas Al Exito was initiated by American Association of University […]

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  • Ottumwa Noon Lions Club Keeps Priorities In Focus

    One of the main ways the Ottumwa Noon Lions Club is making a difference in children’s lives is to provide service and support to the Iowa KidSight Program.

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  • Children & Families of Iowa

    …every child, beginning at birth, will be healthy, safe and reach their full potential.

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  • Victory Ranch

    One of the main goals of Victory Ranch is to offer a place where participants can learn critical thinking and processing skills through hands-on activities.

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  • Wapello County Trails Council

    “It takes the entire community working together to create something this extensive,” said Hellige. “And the entire community benefits from this effort, it is definitely a win-win.”

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