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Park Improvement Projects Outpace Summer Activities

September 1, 2020 The pandemic and derecho may have changed league and tournament play at Ahrens/Paschall Memorial Park this summer but they didn’t deter the park’s capital improvement project checklist. Ahrens Park is home to eight youth softball and baseball fields, outdoor basketball courts, a tennis court, four pickleball courts, a sand volleyball court, [...]

By |2020-09-01T18:19:14+00:00September 1st, 2020|Foundation News|0 Comments

LINK is “Leave It Better Than You Found It” 2020 winner

August 27, 2020 LINK is the 2020 recipient of the “Leave It Better Than You Found It” award from the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF). The “Leave It Better” award commemorates the August birthday of the late philanthropist Claude W. Ahrens. More than 300 area individuals, groups and [...]

By |2020-08-27T23:20:22+00:00August 27th, 2020|Foundation News|0 Comments

“Mask Up Grinnell” Campaign Encourages Mask-Wearing

  August 24, 2020 As COVID-19 continues to make a global impact, a coalition of local partners aims to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus right here in Grinnell by encouraging and enabling mask-wearing. More than 30 states now mandate face-coverings in public and while Iowa is not on this list, the [...]

By |2020-08-27T23:18:56+00:00August 27th, 2020|Foundation News|0 Comments

Giving to Grinnell in the wake of Derecho

August 20, 2020 The Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with the Claude W. & Dolly Ahrens Foundation, Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation and the Grinnell United Way in an effort to communicate organizational information and options to individuals wishing to make financial contributions in the wake of the August 10 derecho. [...]

By |2020-08-21T01:19:00+00:00August 19th, 2020|Foundation News|0 Comments

Imagine Grinnell Announces Plate to Plant Community Compost Initiative

August 3, 2020 Following Imagine Grinnell’s mission to create healthier people and a healthier environment in Grinnell, the local nonprofit has set out to support a new initiative: Plate to Plant. This community compost initiative aims to reduce the city’s landfill waste while simultaneously creating nutrient-rich soil. Bella Kugel and Sage Kaplan-Goland, two recent Grinnell [...]

By |2020-08-04T14:40:00+00:00August 4th, 2020|Foundation News|0 Comments

Coalition provides food vouchers, local resource guide

July 7, 2020 As the COVID-19 pandemic reached Iowa in March and emergency closures triggered unemployment, Grinnell residents began discussing how they could help fellow townspeople in need. Those discussions quickly resulted in formation of the Grinnell Food Coalition, a public-private church partnership which is now regularly providing vouchers and information to people who [...]

By |2020-07-22T17:37:26+00:00July 22nd, 2020|Foundation News|0 Comments

Governor Reynolds visits foundation offices

July 3, 2020 Grinnell received a visit at the offices of the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation on June 22, from Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg. Reynolds said she had read of the Grinnell Food Coalition and wanted to hear about it first-hand. The state officials heard Grinnellians describing how [...]

By |2020-08-28T00:21:14+00:00July 22nd, 2020|Foundation News|0 Comments

Quilt Auction to Support Housing Assistance Needs in County

July 1, 2020 Kathy Kessler, an experienced instructor and seamstress of beautiful quilts, has donated sixteen of her own creations and co-creations to serve the cause of the Poweshiek Housing Coalition. Funds generated through an online auction of these quilts during the month of July will be collected and distributed by the Poweshiek County Housing [...]

By |2020-06-30T18:33:01+00:00June 30th, 2020|Foundation News|0 Comments


June 30, 2020 Nominations are open for the 2020 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” awards from the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation. All Grinnell area nonprofit, social, civic, fraternal, and community groups making a difference in the local community are eligible to be nominated by the Aug. 1 deadline. The 2020 [...]

By |2020-06-29T21:36:09+00:00June 29th, 2020|Foundation News|0 Comments

Giving Gardens Growing Produce to be Shared

June 23, 2020 The community garden project that began in 2013 at Grinnell Regional Medical Center has bloomed into 11 Giving Gardens--nine in the city of Grinnell and two in Brooklyn. The Giving Gardens are a collaborative effort of local organizations and individuals to improve the health of Poweshiek County residents by providing access [...]

By |2020-06-30T18:45:19+00:00June 23rd, 2020|Foundation News|0 Comments
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