The Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation is serving as an umbrella organization and financial manager for other nonprofit partners and their program funds, including Imagine Grinnell, JPK–Grinnell Mental Health Consortium, S.H.E. COUNTS, STRONG Foundation, Take Away Hunger, Tiger Packs and the Vosburg Music Fund. By banding together, these partners achieve more efficiency of scale while maintaining independent operating advisory boards. To support the endowment funds of these partners, please visit the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s website in order to submit your online donation.

Please click here to view or download the Catalog of Giving.

Claude W. & Dolly Ahrens Foundation

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The Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation is a unique and innovative family foundation striving to help meet the needs of the Greater Grinnell community through ongoing support services and resources by maintaining and perpetuating an endowment. Our purpose is to provide improved and enhanced quality of life for present and future generations with interest in the areas of parks & recreation, education, and health with our collaborative partners. We also serve our community through our charitable programs: Community Support Services, Dolly Ahrens Scholarship, Leave It Better Award and Lend A Hand.

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Imagine Grinnell

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Imagine Grinnell is a community organization whose primary focus is enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of Grinnell and the surrounding area. Created in 1985, Imagine Grinnell takes pride in forming and empowering coalitions to implement community improvement projects that improve the quality of life for our people, promote a healthy environment and complement economic development efforts.

Our Mission:

Imagine Grinnell turns imagination into action to create a more vibrant, sustainable, and healthy Grinnell. Our roots deepen relationships and enrich the community we serve.

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JPK–Grinnell Mental Health Consortium

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The purpose of this fund is to serve those in the Poweshiek County area with mental health needs who are financially otherwise unable to afford services or medications. The goals of the fund are as follows:

  1. To help provide financial assistance and support to as many area residents as possible who need mental health support who would otherwise be unable to obtain it.
  2. The fund will reimburse providers by means of a voucher system providing services.
  3. The fund will help defray medication costs and/or assist in finding cheaper medicines or alternatives.
  4. The fund will support educational endeavors in the areas of mental health, as well as substance abuse.
  5. The fund will not be able to support in patient treatments at this time.

The goals of the consortium are as follows:

  1. To serve as the link or conduit between mental health providers and those who are financially unable to afford or obtain mental health and related services.
  2. To develop an organizational framework that can link providers to groups and organizations that identify those in need. (Schools, law enforcement, therapists, counselors, etc…)
  3. To intentionally work to grow the fund as to provide more and more services to those in need.
  4. To serve as a possible model for other communities struggling to make mental health care to all who need it.
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S.H.E. COUNTS

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The mission of S.H.E. COUNTS is to support, help, and empower women and girls in Poweshiek County.

S.H.E. COUNTS is headed by a diverse group of women within the county who are committed to helping move women and girls towards self-reliance. Your donation will help to support under-funded programs and efforts.

Specific Goals of S.H.E. COUNTS includes:
1.  Annually support a local graduating female senior with a scholarship for post-secondary education
2.  Annually support and promote awareness for International Women’s Day on March 8th
3.  Support 3rd and 4th grade girls with after school educational math programming
4.  Provide financial educational opportunities for women in our county
5.  Host high school luncheons for future first generation girls attending college

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Strong Foundation

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The STRONG Foundation is a solution based program that provides immediate financial resources into marriages needing professional and confidential guidance.

A healthy marriage is the foundation of our society. With divorce rates at an all time high, our churches, families, schools, and communities are overwhelmed and the impact on these institutions cannot be measured. STRONG Foundation was developed to provide immediate counseling resources to couples desiring to keep their marriages together.

The program is simple: A pastor of one of the Grinnell area churches identifies the need to refer a married person or couple to a STRONG Network marriage counselor.

BENEFITS:

  • Immediate Assistance for Marriages
  • Strengthens Marriages
  • Strengthens Families
  • Strengthens Churches
  • Strengthens Communities
  • Available Certified Counseling Resources
  • No Prequalification for Financial Assistance
  • Professional and Confidential
  • Available to One or Both Spouses
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Take Away Hunger

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Formerly Kids Against Hunger, Take Away Hunger is a food relief organization that unites teams of local volunteers. The Grinnell board coordinates four community-wide packaging events annually where teams package highly nutritious food that is sent both domestically and internationally. Since 2006, the organization has packaged more than 750,000 meals to fight hunger not just overseas, but also here at home.

Teams of 12 are recruited for each packaging event at a cost of $32 per person to fund the packaged meal ingredient cost. To participate in a Take Away Hunger packaging event, please contact Heidi Pearson at (515)460-3678.

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Tiger Packs

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Tiger Packs is an initiative to combat hunger in the Grinnell-Newburg School District. Eligible K-8 students receive a weekly bag of kid-friendly, nutritious food to take home on the weekends while the high school students have access to a food pantry with a variety of healthy snacks and takeaway meals.

Tiger Packs was established in 2013 as a pilot program at Bailey Park Elementary with just 12 students, and the program has expanded to serve 196 students from five area schools. Our numbers continue to grow as registration forms are now included with school enrollment materials. Any student who receives free or reduced lunch is automatically eligible, but students who have been identified as food insecure by school personnel may also participate. There is a clear indication of community need for this program as the percentage of students in the Grinnell – Newburg school district receiving free and reduced lunch has increased from 30.6% during the 2007-08 school year to 35.5% in the current academic year.

Tiger Packs touches a variety of community issues, particularly the link between nutrition, education, and poverty. Children who do not get enough healthy food to eat have greater difficulty concentrating in school, which leads to decreased performance. Tiger Packs is an important program because it not only combats a direct need with a short-term solution (feeding hungry children), but also works to address a fundamental cause of poverty: children who are not focused on their hunger will be better able to concentrate on their learning, and will be more likely to perform well in school, continue their education, and break the cycle of poverty.

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Vosburg Music Fund

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Bill Vosburg with TubaDue to the generosity of an anonymous donor, a fund has been created to help support kids in the local Grinnell area with music funding assistance who are unable to afford music lessons, instruments and other items or therapy services associated with learning music.

The Vosburg Music Fund has been established in memory of the late Bill Vosburg who passed away in 2018. Bill was five years old when his family moved from Gilman, IA to Grinnell in 1955. Bill attended Grinnell schools and graduated in 1968. Music was a big part of his education as he played the tuba in band and sang in the choirs throughout his high school years. He attended Iowa State University where he participated in the ISU marching band. Upon graduating in 1971, he enlisted in the US Navy and served for four years during the Viet Nam war. After returning home, he worked in the family owned retail building materials business. He was committed to the Grinnell community and served as a founding board member of Grinnell 2000. He would also later serve as president of the Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce and the United Way board. Bill continued to play his tuba, entertaining at community events. He was a member of two Dixieland bands, the Grinnell College Symphonic Band, and also played every year with the Grinnell Community Band. In 1989, he collaborated with Dr. J.R. Paulson to design and build the Central Park gazebo, which became the bandstand for Community Band performances for nearly 20 years. He was invited to join the Iowa Military Veterans Band, which gives six to seven performances per year throughout Iowa, ending with a concert at the Des Moines Civic Center celebrating Veterans Day.

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