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READ to SUCCEED
Help kids build reading skills so they can learn and succeed. We have many opportunities to get involved in this effort: donate books, build literacy kits, read to children, advocate for summer programs, and more.
Mentor an elementary school student during the school year or summer as part of our READ to SUCCEED initiative. Each week for 30 minutes, you'll read a book and do activities that help build reading skills.
Join the fight against the barriers that cause central Iowans to live in poverty. Volunteers can join a work group that is working on one of the following issues: new Iowans, re-entry, food insecurity, child care cliff effect, housing, adult education and employment, education: pre-K through high school graduation, and transportation.
Hundreds of central Iowa four-year-olds are at risk of not gaining the skills needed to start kindergarten, and research shows children who start behind, stay behind. Read with children in the critical year before kindergarten, helping them build the pre-reading skills they need for a strong start in school. For 40 minutes a week, volunteers read one-on-one with four-year-old-students at early childhood centers in Des Moines.
VITA: VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE
Join the team that helps prepare taxes for thousands of low- and moderate-income central Iowans. Tax preparers are provided with the training and materials they need to become IRS certified.
CORPORATE GIVING GARDENS
A corporate giving garden is located on land surrounding a company's office and employees use volunteer time to grow fruits and vegetables that are donated to local food pantries. A garden can be a great way to engage employees in connecting with each other, taking a break from their desks, and giving back to their community all at the same time.
Host a literacy kit building event at your company. Literacy kits are used by reading mentors in the Power Read program and at early childhood centers throughout central Iowa to help students in kindergarten through fifth grade learn and love to read. Employees say that making literacy kits is a meaningful away-from-desk break that allows them to bond with co-workers.