community meal volunteers

Volunteers from our “Lend A Hand” program served dinner for the Community Meal at Davis Elementary school in Grinnell.

Grinnell Food Coalition volunteers helped out by handing out boxes of food 

volunteers at pals

Lend A Hand volunteers helped out at PALS in Grinnell

Program Overview

Lend_A_HandThe Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation’s “Lend A Hand” program supports organizations that operate human and social services programs strategically and with a long term vision. The work of the “Lend A Hand” program focuses on improving opportunities for people to live healthy, economically stable and independent lives.

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 the Ahrens Park Foundation to personally connect with our community and to volunteer our time. Throughout the year we promote various community volunteer opportunities that the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation and our families participate in, 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.

“Lend A Hand” volunteers have served several local organizations and community projects that includes the Ahrens Park Playground Improvement project, Annual Coat Drive, Christmas Shares, Community Meal, Giving Gardens, Grinnell Food Coalition, Grinnell Games, Grinnell-Newburg 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, RAGBRAI, Take Away Hunger, and Tiger Packs.