The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
It takes a village to raise a family. Enlist your friends, family, co-workers, fellow church/organization members by holding a donation drive to benefit children in our community. So have a little fun by creating a competition within your office, congregation, or family members to see who can collect the most donations. The Iowa Department of Human Services has a Kinship Program to help provide immediate needs for children who are placed with a relative/family within the first 30-90 days. Some of these children’s needs are diapers (all sizes-especially preemie and newborn), wipes (unscented), pull-ups for boys and girls in all sizes, formula, clothing for preemie and newborns, gift cards for food and gas (Target, Walmart, Gordmans, Casey’s, Kum-N-Go), bedding (sheets, pillow cases, blankets), toiletries, and school supplies. Our office is open Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (except for Holidays). Donations may be dropped off during that time frame at 2309 Euclid Avenue Des Moines, IA 50310 or I’d be happy to help arrange a time to pick these items up.