Standing behind the belief that all animals deserve a second chance, Des Moines-based Animal Rescue League of Iowa works to promote animal welfare, strengthen the human/animal bond and prevent the overpopulation of pets.
Nonprofit of the Month
Iowa Farm Sanctuary, located in Oxford, provides a safe haven to rescued farm animals in need of love and compassion. Here, Shawn Camp, executive director and co-founder, discusses Iowa Farm Sanctuary’s first-ever 5k, the challenge of aiding farm animals in an agricultural state and how the rescue positively affects humans just as much as its cows and goats.
With a commitment to saving the lives of hard-to-place and homeless dogs, Cedar Rapids-based Dogs Forever is an Adoption Guarantee shelter. Here, Lisa Carrara, secretary, and Joyce Thompson, president, discuss how the pandemic has altered Dogs Forever’s day-to-day, the nonprofit’s goals for 2021 and various fundraising events that locals can enjoy this month.
Each year, more than 400,000 revelers head to the three-week-long Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival, taking place June 14 to July 4, to see Iowa’s largest fireworks display and enjoy dozens of family events. The nonprofit provides a vast array of entertainment and educational opportunities for those living in the Cedar Rapids metropolitan area.
From providing all-inclusive playground equipment to giving bikes to kids who have never had one, Des Moines-based Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa is dedicated to improving the lives of children who are at-risk, underprivileged, critically ill or living with special needs. Since it was founded in 1975, The nonprofit has raised more than $119 million to support the children of Iowa.
This holiday season, the Food Bank of Iowa is hosting Hunger Free Holidays for the second year in a row. The fundraiser hopes to ensure that no Iowan will go hungry, especially during the holidays.