8th & College Connections

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Immigrants & Refugees
  • Race & Ethnicity


1548 8th StreetDes Moines, IA 50314 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Eighth & College Connections, together with our River Bend neighborhood, seeks to create community in our extremely diverse neighborhood by generating, promoting and supporting programs and projects that bring together people of different ethnic racial, religious and language backgrounds, of varying ages, economic backgrounds, sexual orientations and any other differences which divide us. The ELL program, a project of Eighth & College Connections, is a multicultural, multilingual community that welcomes all people who wish to expand their English skills and form friendships across social barriers in order to enrich their lives and help shape a deeper and more welcoming community.


Our primary project is English classes in four levels for immigrant and refugee adults, with a free childcare program to allow parents with children to attend. We emphasize relationship building between volunteers and students. We also have a community garden project and collaborate on a prison van project to enable neighbors to visit relatives and loved ones in distant state prisons.


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