Lend_A_Hand The work of the “Lend A Hand” program focuses on improving opportunities for people to live healthy, become economically stable and lead independent lives.

In 2021 the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation created the Lend A Hand fund in order to better serve the needs of individuals and families who are experiencing unique and  extenuating circumstances in their life.

Originally, the “Lend A Hand” program was created in 2010 to provide opportunities for board, staff and family members of the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation and partner organizations to personally connect with our community and to volunteer our time.

Each year we promote various community volunteer opportunities as another way to “Leave It Better Than You Found It.” Community service is all about helping people but also gaining an understanding about each other and a sense of human compassion. It can be a very rewarding and enriching experience. It’s also a great way to further a cause, develop new skills and meet people, more importantly it can make a major difference in our community.

Please contact us if you are interested in any volunteer opportunities!

Over the years “Lend A Hand” volunteers have served several local organizations and community projects that include Ahrens Park, Annual Coat Drive, Christmas Shares, Community Meal, Giving Gardens, Grinnell Area Mental Health Consortium, Grinnell Education Partnership, Grinnell Food Coalition, Grinnell-Newburg Community Schools, Imagine Grinnell, Invisible Closets for Grinnell Schools, Mid-Iowa Community Action’s (MICA) Food Drive, Poweshiek Animal League Shelter (PALS), Poweshiek County Relay for Life, S.H.E. Counts, Take Away Hunger, and Tiger Packs.