Student Services Contact Form

If you cannot find assistance on this page, please click here to complete our contact form so our staff can follow up with you.

Des Moines Public Schools is committed to providing as many connections to services for students and families as possible during the COVID-19 closure. We know these are challenging times. While our staff cannot replicate the support provided in person at school, we will continue to work tirelessly to find as many resources for families as possible. Please check back regularly as this list will be updated as our community finds new ways to adapt to a new normal during the Coronavirus pandemic.


If you need childcare options

If you need childcare options and or tips for selecting childcare: Call 1-855-244-5301 or click here.

If you are a provider and need support

If you are a provider and need support, click here.

How to plan if a caregiver becomes ill

If you need help with how to plan if a caregiver becomes ill, click here.

Every Step Quick Guide

Highland Park Community Church

4101 Amherst Street

Daycare | Before care | After care

  • Completion of online assignments from school
  • STEM activities
  • Box lunch provided by the school system
  • Outdoor recess when possible
  • Extra math, reading, & history lessons
  • Arts/crafts activities
  • Outdoor games when possible
  • Desk top & laptop computers available with Wifi access
  • Classrooms equipped with Smart TV’s and DVD players for moral, educational, and character development programming.

Grades of children must be Kindergarten-8th grade

FREE Before care availability from 7-7:45 AM. $2 after care availability from 3 PM to 6 PM (for employment reasons only) Child care facility procedures are being followed. This includes daily temperature checks of staff and students upon arrival, assigned seats, cleaning throughout the day, and masks when in close proximity for extended times with children.

Questions? Contact Pastor Philip Herman at or call 515-444-7698

** This is not a Des Moines Public Schools publication and is being provided as a courtesy to inform you of other community activities and opportunities available.

Clothing Assistance

Capitol Hill Lutheran Church

Capitol Hill Lutheran Church
511 Des Moines St. Des Moines

Call the office church office at 515-244-8913 or inquire:

Central Iowa Shelter & Services

Central Iowa Shelter & Services
1420 Mulberry St.

Clothing, including warm winter clothing when available. For information about clothing status, contact Melissa Gradischnig at (515) 564-5752 or For more information about CISS:

Dress for Success

Dress for Success
6000 Grand Ave.

The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. For more information, visit: or call: 515-288-0130

Eddie Davis Community Center

Eddie Davis Community Center
1312 Grand Ave, West Des Moines

Open Monday- Friday, Noon -4 p.m. For more information: or call 515-277-1103.

Every Step Quick Guide

Highland Park Christian Church

Highland Park Christian Church
4250 NW 6th St.
Clothing closet with gently used clothes. For hours and details, visit: or call the church office: 515-244-3182.

Imani Family Church

Imani Family Church
815 8th St., West Des Moines
Fashionable clothing for teens and young adults. Open Tuesdays and Thursday from 5:30- 7:00 p.m.

St. Vincent De Paul

Make an appointment at either location:

  • 1426 6th Avenue: 515-282-8327 Ext. 14
  • 520 Army Post Road: 515-282-8328 Ext. 30

For more information:

Zion Church

Zion Church
4300 Beaver Ave.
Used clothing for children and adults as well as bedding and some housewares are available free of charge. Open for limited hours due to Covid19 concerns. Please call ahead for hours. Located 4300 Beaver Ave. For other resources: Contact the office at 270-8142 or


I-Smile Silver

I-Smile Silver is a project in 10 Iowa counties that connects adults with dental, medical, and community resources, including help finding payment sources for dental care.
Des Moines, Lee, Van Buren Counties (319) 372-5225

Donated Dental Services of Iowa

(515) 251-8000
Provides free, comprehensive dental treatment to vulnerable people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile. Patients must be unable to afford necessary treatment and be ineligible for public aid.

Iowa Dental Association (IDA)

(800) 828-2181
The dental association can provide information about locations where dental care may be available.

Community Health Center Dental Clinics

Offer dental services to people of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay or health insurance status.
Des Moines (515) 248-1470 or (515) 248-1888

University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics

Offers comprehensive dental care and referral for dental specialty services. Treatment may be provided by dental students, residents, or faculty.
Iowa City (319) 335-7499

Domestic Violence/Victims Services

24-hour Crisis Hotlines

  • Iowa Domestic Violence Hotline
    1-800-770-1650 or text “IOWAHELP” to 20121.
    Free and confidential phone services
  • Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline
    (800) 284-7821
  • Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)
    (515) 286-3600

Agencies Serving Polk County

  • Children and Families of Iowa
    (domestic violence, emergency shelter)
    (515) 471-8699
    Crisis Line: (800) 942-0333 (Counties: Polk and Warren)
  • L.U.N.A.
    (domestic violence, sexual abuse – Latinx Community)
    1-866-256-7668 (24 hour crisis line)
    (Counties: Polk, Warren and Marshall)
  • Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity
    (domestic violence, sexual abuse – Asian/Pacific Islander Community)
    (515) 288-0881 (24 hour crisis line)
    Click here for COVID-19 public letter
    Click here for policy (Counties: Statewide)
    (domestic abuse, sexual assault – African Immigrant & Refugee Community)
    (515) 288-0881 (24 hour crisis line)
    (Counties: Statewide)
  • Polk County Crisis and Advocacy Services
    (violent crimes, sexual abuse)
    (515) 286-3600 (24 hour crisis line)
    (Counties: Polk and Warren)
  • RISE
    (domestic abuse, sexual assault – Native American Community)
    (641) 481-0334
    (Counties: Statewide)
  • Transformative Healing
    (sexual abuse – a safe space for LGBTQIA victims/survivors)
    (319) 389-8430
    (Counties: Statewide)

English Language Learning Community

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

AFSC advocates for peace building, creating inclusive communities, defending immigrant rights, and much more. For more information, click here. The Immigration Attorney List can be found here.

CAPACD Resources (The National Coalition for Asian Pacific Americans Community Development)

Understanding the National Housing Moratorium:

COVID-19 Language Resources

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Resident Declaration Forms for multiple languages can be found here.

Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Commision

  • Iowa Spanish Helpline: 515-344-3936. For more information, click here.
  • To report any incidents of bias against Asian Americans, please fill out the form here.
  • Have you lost your home or been treated unfairly because people thought you had COVID-19? Or because of your race, color, or where you are from? The Iowa Civil Rights Commission and EMBARC can help you if you experienced discrimination because of COVID-19. Please contact us if you have questions or want to share your experience.
    • Burmese 515.207.9442
    • Chin Dialects 515.216.0974
    • Karen 515.216.0143
    • Karenni 515.216.0712

Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center (EMBARC)

EMBARC serves refugees who speak the following languages: Karen, Karenni, Kunama, Kirundi, Spanish, Swahili, Lingala, Hakha-Chin, Mizo- Chin and French.

EMBARC’s YouTube channel hosts a variety of informational videos translated in the languages listed above that can be found here.

COVID-19 Instructional Videos:

  • COVID-19 vaccine information from the Polk County Health Dept can be found here.
  • Double Up Food Bucks information can be found here.
  • How to Avoid Scams information can be found here.
  • Mortage Payment & Eviction information can be found here.
  • Returning to school-health tips can be found here.
  • TestIowa Registration information can be found here.
  • WIC program updates during COVID-19 can be found here.
  • 5210 Program information can be found here.

Des Moines Refugee Support Free Store

The Des Moines Refugee Support will be hosting a Free Stuff Store drive on Saturday, May 1at 4025 Lower Beaver (Rain date is May 8).

Freedom for Immigrants

National Immigration Detention Hotline is designed to assist families, advocates, and attorneys on the outside who have loved ones or clients inside the U.S. immigration detention system. Family Support Line offers assistance with legal referrals, bond assistance, abuse documentation, and more in Spanish, English, French, Hindi, and Gujarati. Dial: 209-757-3733 (from outside) Hours: Monday – Friday 8am-2pm PST. Detention Line Dial: 9233# (from inside detention) Hours: Monday- Friday 6am-8pm PST Free and unmonitored

The Language Schedule contains the shift times and languages we offer.

Iowa Congolese Organization and Center for Healing (ICOACH)

Offering several services such as interpretation/ translation (Swahili, Kinyamulenge, Kirundi, Kinyarwanda, French, Lingala & Kibembe ) they also provide and transportation (Monday – Saturday 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Not available on Sundays). ICOACH needs 48-hour notice for non-emergency appointments. Requests can made by phone (515)505-9105 or email: For more information, click here.

Iowa Department of Education

For questions and information about student learning in several different languages, click here.

Iowa Department of Public Health

DHS is now providing full Medicaid benefits to all eligible adult citizens of Palau, the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia living in Iowa through treaties known as the Compacts of Free
Association (COFA). This policy change directly affects COFA adults. This includes all eligible COFA adults living in Iowa who are currently either receiving only limited emergency Medicaid coverage or who
applied for ongoing Medicaid, but were denied full Medicaid coverage since the policy changed on December 27, 2020.

Press Release can be found here in English
Press Release can be found here in Chuukese
Press Release can be found here in Marshallese
Press Release can be found here in Pohnpeian

Iowa Free Clinics Directory

Iowa Free Clinics Directory can be found here.

Iowa Refugee Counseling Services

Iowa Refugees Counseling Center (IRCC) provides culturally and linguistically appropriate outreach and mental health services to the meet the social and emotional health needs of refugees and immigrants. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are only able to offer counseling via telemedicine platforms, and only to those who have a conversational command of the English language. If you have no access to reliable internet service or to a confidential space, but still would like to participate in counseling services, we may be able to provide an office space and a computer for your use, on a weekly basis here at ICCompassion, but the therapist will still be remote. To schedule an appointment, please click here.

National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM)

Polk County Health Department

The Polk County Health Department has a call center specifically dedicated to providing assistance to individuals 65 and older who do not have the ability to access internet or a computer to set up a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Our call center team is able to work with individuals who do not speak English.

This is the process that non-English speaking 65+residents must follow when they want to contact our call center:

  1. Dial (515) 323-5221
  2. Indicate the following:
    1. Language
    2. Name
    3. Phone number
  3. Caller is notified that Call Center will call back using language line.
  4. Call ends
  5. Call Center calls back resident to the indicated phone number.
  6. An interpreter (speaking the indicated language) will be on the line to assist with the call.
    **The call center hours are 8a/5pm**

Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa (RACI)

The Iowa Covid-19 ELL Help Line: 1-877-558-2609 | Monday-Friday 8:30 – 5:00pm | Voicemail Option 24/7

We can connect callers with information, healthcare providers, resources, and more in the following languages:
Spanish, Arabic, Swahili, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Kinyamulenge, French, Burmese, Karen, Karenni, Nepali, Somali, Tigrinya Kunama, Amharic, Nuer, Maban, Vietnamese, & Mandarin.

Flyers are available in:

For the RACI website, please click here.

Guidance for Large or Extended Families Living in the Same Household: Updated translations now available in Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Dari, Farsi, French, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Karen, Kinyarwanda, Korean, Marshallese, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Tigrinya, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.

USA Hello

128 Citizenship Questions Translated: USA Hello just added new languages to their translated 128 Civics questions resource page:


Translated COVID 19 Resources

  • Center for Disease Control Resources for several languages can be found here.
  • Iowa Department of Public Health Resources on what to do if you are sick and how to stop the spread in several languages can be found here.
  • Spanish language summaries of Governor Kim Reynolds’ COVID-19 press conferences can be found here.

Translated: Vaccine Information

Factsheets for the Pfizer and Modern COVID-19 Vaccine. Please note that the languages bolded are *new* updates. Translated factsheets for recipients and caregivers. When you enter the site, make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the webpage for hyperlinks to the translated languages below.
Available in: Arabic, Burmese, Cherokee, Chuukese, Chinese, French, German, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Hmong, lu Mien, Khmer, Korean, Mam, Marshallese, Navajo, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Yiddish.

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine | FDA
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine | FDA

VIDEO: Información sobre la vacuna contra el COVID-19 con dos médicos Latinos de la Universidad de Iowa. UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS & CLINCS
Dr. Rolando Sanchez Sanchez, MD y Dr. Alejandro Comellas Freymond, MD.

VIDEO in Spanish: Information about the COVID-19 vaccine with Dr. Rolando Sanchez Sanchez and Alejandro Comellas Freymond from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS & CLINCS


DMACC Workforce Training Academy (WTA)

Free job training: Business, Healthcare, Skilled Trades, Transportation

Dress for Success Des Moines

The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

We accomplish this through 3 programs:

  • The Career Service Center: Career coaching and workshops are available for women entering the workforce
  • The Boutique – Personal Shopping Experience: One on one suiting experience for an upcoming interview, internship and/or employment
  • Professional Women’s Group: A group designed to support working women retain and advance in their careers

Contact Info: or call 515-288-0130

Iowa Workforce Development

IowaWORKS centers provide limited in-person to assist customers who are looking for work. Basic services include assistance with job searches, applications, resume preparation and other services to help Iowans with their employment needs. Individuals are strongly encouraged to telephone their local office to schedule an appointment. For more information:

  • Des Moines 200 Army Post – Phone: 515-281-9619, Option #9
  • Des Moines Park Fair Mall – Phone: 515-725-3601

To file for unemployment:
For Unemployment Insurance Benefits, click here.

For Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), click here.

For Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), click here.

For Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), click here.

Evelyn K. Davis Center For Working Families

During this unprecedented time, the Evelyn K. Davis Center is continuing to provide phone and web delivered services. Their job developers have all the tools needed to work one-on-one and services like resume development and connections to employers can still take place.

Please call 515-697-7700: leave a message as all calls are being received and directed to staff. Or, book an appointment with a Financial Coach online:

Financial Assistance / General Help

United Way 211

Simply Dial 211 or visit:

United Way (211) has Polk County’s most up-to-date information about assistance programs. They can make the best referral based upon the facts of each individual.

Able Up Iowa

Forgivable loan information can be found here:

Amerigroup Community Resource Link

Need help finding housing, jobs, education and more? To learn more, visit or call 1-800-600-4441 (TTY 711)

Baby Food, Diapers, Formula & Wipes

Some agencies are temporarily closed or have adjusted hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Call agencies prior to accessing services.

  • Agape Pregnancy Center, 2550 ML King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50310 (515) 255-0243, closed
  • Alpha Women’s Center, closed until further notice
    • Ankeny: 114 SW State Street Ankeny, IA 50023 (515) 965-7885
    • Des Moines: 3605 SE 14th Street Des Moines, IA 50320 (515) 285-5700
  • Bethany Christian Services Start Small Project, 16 E. 6th St. Des Moines, IA 50309 Office: (515) 270-0824 Start Small Project Main Contact Person: Marlene (515) 729-3112
  • Bidwell Riverside Center, 1203 Hartford Avenue Des Moines, IA 50315 (515) 244-6251
  • Birthright Des Moines, 5806 Hickman Road Des Moines, IA 50322 515-633-2133
  • Catholic Charities, 1815 Hubbell Avenue Des Moines, IA 50316 (515) 262-7290
  • Christ Apostolic Temple 1230 E. 17th
  • Creative Visions, 1343 13th St Des Moines, IA 50314 (515) 244-4003 closed until March 31
  • DMARC Offices, 1435 Mulberry Street Des Moines IA 50309
    • Call (515) 277-6969 to find which pantries currently have baby/infant supplies available
  • Every Step
    • Healthy Homes Des Moines Program – Contact Sarah Black at 515-558-9608 or email at
    • Multiple Programs – Contact Jen Stout at 515-558-9959 or email at
  • Young Women’s Resource Center, 818 5th Avenue Des Moines, IA 50309 (515) 244-4901

CROSS Outreach

Serves our community in a virtual format with a primary focus on making a small gift toward rent, security deposit, electric or water bill assistance for Polk County residents facing a one-time crisis. We are unable to assist more than once in a 12-month period. For assistance, please call 515-279-9998 or visit:

FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is an FCC program that provides support for broadband services and certain devices to help low-income households stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute $10-$50 toward the purchase price. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

The FCC expects the program to be open to eligible households before the end of April 2021. For updates, eligibility, benefits, and information, visit

FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for COVID-19-related Deaths

FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for COVID-19-related Deaths:

Iowa Finance Authority

To apply for utility assistance, click here.

Zion Church

Used clothing, furniture, bedding and some housewares are available free of charge. Bread on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Located 4300 Beaver Ave. Call ahead for office hours at 270-8142. For more information:


  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
    • The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their electrical bills for the winter heating season. The assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel, and type of housing.
    • The application period runs from November 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021. Customers who qualify for LIHEAP are protected from having their natural gas and electric utilities disconnected from November 1 to April 1.
    • Find out if you qualify here:
    • To apply over the phone, call (515) 518-4770. All appointments are done by phone only.
    • Or, to apply by mail, send applications here:
      IMPACT Community Action Partnership
      3226 University Ave
      Des Moines, IA, 50311
      Attn: Energy Team
    • Application/ English:
    • Application/ Spanish:
    • Disconnected outside regular working hours (M-F 8:30-4:30)? Please call
      (515) 681-8472 or email
    • Broken furnace? Call (515) 518-4770 to submit an application for a repair or replacement.
  • The Iowa Utilities Board has information and resources for customers to avoid shut off. There are answers to many questions and rights and responsibilities: Natural Gas | Electric Service
  • The EMBRACE program is a financial assistance program funded by the Des Moines Register that can provide up to $500 towards the purchase of household items, appliances, mattresses, car repairs or tires. Call to apply (515) 518-4770 and come in with the supporting documentation to finish the application with our staff. This program is first come, first served and the Des Moines Register may contact you for a story if you are selected for the program.
  • The RAYS program is a scholarship program for eligible youth to help cover costs for a multitude of activities including, but not limited to sports registration, band, dance, and other recreational programs. The RAYS Scholarship can provide up to $100 per individual and has a limit of $200 per household. Call to apply (515) 518-4770.

For these and other resources (food, hygiene, recreation discounts visit:

Polk County General Assistance

General Assistance provides temporary assistance with basic and special needs to eligible Polk County residents. Individuals and families who are at risk due to a temporary crisis and/or a mental or physical incapacity and who meet income guidelines may be assisted. General assistance may help with:

  • Basic Needs- Food, Rental Assistance, Household/Personal Items and Utility Payments
    • Utility payments: For people whose electricity and/or water is already shut off or disconnected or if you can’t pay an arranged amount
  • Special Needs- Clothing, Furniture, Health Supplies, Traveler’s Aid
  • Property Tax Assistance- For information on property tax assistance programs call 286-3133.
  • Cremation- To apply for financial assistance for cremation, bring a completed application (found here: to our office or call 286-2088 for further information.

To apply for general assistance:
or call: 515-286-2088

Tax Relief for Unemployed Iowans

Iowans who lost their job will no longer have to pay federal or state income taxes on the pandemic assistance they received last year. After U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne got a provision included in the American Rescue Plan last month, those benefits are now exempt from federal taxes, Iowa has already agreed to automatically conform to those changes in federal law. Under both Iowa and federal 2020 taxes, the first $10,200 of unemployment compensation income will be excluded from taxation for most taxpayers.

The tax changes are automatic at both the state and federal level so taxpayers do not have to do anything in addition to take advantage of these changes. For Iowans who have already filed their taxes for 2020, an automatic adjustment will be made that could take up to 90 days and they do not need to file an amended return.

Food Assistance

Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantries

All are welcome. There are no income requirements, but a short intake process is required. ID preferred. Names and addresses will not be reported to the state or any other entity. Visitors will not be allowed inside pantries but instead will receive pre-packaged food with a grab-and-go system.

  • To find pantries near you, go here: here.
  • All food pantries can be found here.
  • Mobile pantries can be found here.

DELIVERY SERVICE: Available only to those with health, transportation, or other mitigating circumstances. Call 1-833-DMARC-20 (1-833-362-7220) to request a delivery between 9:00am to 12:00pm, M-F.

Global Greens Farmer’s Market

Refugee Connection Center parking lot (3200 University Avenue): Saturdays, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Des Moines Public Schools

All DMPS students are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at no charge, regardless of income, for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. For all details, please see our website: Hybrid and Virtual Meal Service – Des Moines Public Schools (

  • Hybrid students will automatically receive meals at the end of each day at school. Regardless of cohort, students will leave each day with two additional meals so they will have breakfast and lunch provided for the entire week. If your child is not at school and misses a meal distribution, please call 515-242-7636.
  • Virtual students/parents should call 515-242-7636 to schedule a day and time to pick up multiple meals for your students. Time slots are available Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM in half hour increments.

Food Bank of Iowa

Food Bank of Iowa recently partnered with 15 churches across the metro to help serve Des Moines Public School families while the schools are shut and online. We have 19 school pantries within DMPS but transitioned them to churches for the remainder of this school year due to COVID.

  • Des Moines Public Schools Food Pantries:
  • Emergency Food Assistance Guide (Spanish translation drop-down menu option):
  • Mobile Food Pantry Calendar:
    • SNAP used to be known as Food Stamps and provides monthly funds for the purchase of groceries. SNAP can help you be more flexible with your food resources. To apply go, here. Food assistance is increasing through SNAP by 15% through September 30, 2021. This will equate to about $28 per person per month extra in benefits. The Administration also allocated $5 billion to allow low-income families access to school meals and food assistance during both the school year and summer months. Iowans who need food assistance can apply at To update current SNAP benefits, call 877-347-5678. Iowans can also call 2-1-1 to connect with their local food bank.
    • WIC is short for Women, Infants and Children, and provides resources for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, as well as infants and children up to age five who are at risk. To apply, go here.

Hope Food Ministries

Free To-Go Easter Meal SATURDAY, April 3rd No reservations required.
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Hope Ministries’ Hope Café located at Hope Ministries’ Bethel Mission 1310 6th Ave.

Order a free meal to be delivered to your home, call (515) 265-4277 Orders taken Monday, March 1st through March 26th Or sign up at The deadline to order in-home meals: 4:30 p.m.—Friday, March 26th Or when capacity is reached.

Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS)

The purpose of DHS is to help Iowans achieve healthy, safe, stable, and self-sufficient lives through the programs and services they provide.

  • To see if you are eligible for food assistance, go here.
  • To apply for food assistance, go here.
  • To get free fruits and vegetables with your SNAP EBT card, go here.
  • To see a list of all services and programs go here.
  • If you need help with the application or have questions about eligibility, please call: 1-855-944-FOOD (3663).

You can visit Polk County’s local DHS offices. During COVID they are not open to the public, so you need to call for an appointment before you go.

  • River Place office – 2309 Euclid Ave, Des Moines IA | 515-725-2600
  • Carpenter office – 1900 Carpenter | 515-725-2755

Union Park United Methodist Church

(2305 E 12th St./ East of Union Park’s rocket slide)
The Manna Meal is a free community meal served the 4th Monday of every month. Reservations must be made using this link. This link will be available until 11:59 pm the Saturday before the meal unless the limit of 250 meal reservations is met. If you cannot use this link, the church office will accept reservations by phone only during weekdays: 515-262-3734. Weekend reservations left by voicemail will not be accepted.


Brain Injury Alliance

Virtual support for individuals experiencing long-term neurological symptoms of Covid-19. COVID Coping Connections: A support group for individuals experiencing long-term neurological
symptoms of covid-19. This will be open discussion on experience and emerging research.

LIFE AFTER COVID-19 Virtually on Zoom @ 4pm, last Tuesday of every month. Contact for more information or click to register here.

Broadlawns Community Resource Directory

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is extending access to the Special Enrollment Period (SEP) until August 15, 2021. Consumers who want to access the SEP to enroll in coverage and see if they qualify for financial help to reduce the cost of monthly premiums, can visit or to view 2021 plans and prices and enroll in a plan that best meets their needs. Additionally, consumers can call the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596, which provides assistance in over 150 languages. TTY users should call 1-855-889-4325. Consumers can also find a local assister or agent/broker in their area:

Broadlawns Urgent Care

Located at: 1801 Hickman Road, Des Moines

Patients with COVID-19 related symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, generalized muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell) can come to Broadlawns Urgent Care, Monday-Friday from 8 am-8 pm and Saturday 9am-3pm for free testing and treatment.

Patients concerned about exposure but without symptoms may be tested by their primary care provider in any of the Broadlawns Primary Care or Family Medicine clinics.


Do you have questions about vaccine safety and effectiveness? Here’s what you need to know: CDC website. (CDC website available in multiple languages).

Iowans with barriers to scheduling an appointment who are 65 and older, or 16-64 with underlying health conditions, can call 211 or 1-800-244-7431 for assistance to schedule an appointment. The call center is open 7 days a week 8 am – 5 pm (not available on Sunday, April 4). Language assistance is available for the 211 services.

The multilingual hotline can also help schedule appointments for English Language Learners. Call 1-877-558- 2609 Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.
Print, audiovisual, and additional resources in multiple languages, including American Sign Language Youtube Playlist

Creative Visions

Free dental screenings on Saturdays from 11a.m.- 1 p.m. Located at 1343 13th St., Des Moines, IA 50314/ (515) 244-4003

Every Step Quick Guide

Iowa Department of Human Services

To check qualifications and apply for Medicaid (government health insurance program based on income): or
If your income has changed due to the COVID-19 crisis, you may be eligible to receive Medicaid coverage for you and your family. See guidelines and how to apply here:

DHS Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Application:
Iowa currently has seven HCBS Waivers in the Waiver Program that provides service funding and individualized supports to maintain eligible members in their own homes or communities who would otherwise require care in a medical institution.

Iowa Department of Public Health | Vaccine Information

Mercy One

MercyOne will be continuing to provide free flu shots. Clients do not need any proof of insurance OR ID for this drive-through clinic. Available weekly from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Eddie Davis Center (1312 Maple St., West Des Moines IA 50265)

Need help Scheduling?

Iowans with barriers to scheduling an appointment who are 65 and older, or 16-64 with underlying health conditions, can call 211 or 1-800-244-7431 for assistance to schedule an appointment. The call center is open 7 days a week 8 am – 5 pm (not available on Sunday, April 4). Language assistance is available for the 211 services.

The multilingual hotline can also help schedule appointments for English Language Learners. Call 1-877-558-2609 Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Primary Health Care (PHC) Drive-Through Respiratory Clinic

2401 SE 14th Street, Des Moines

  • This clinic is for the evaluation of patients with respiratory symptoms only.
  • If needed, tests for influenza and strep are available.
  • Patients seen here are not guaranteed a COVID-19 test. Individuals will be tested only if their symptoms and other criteria meet the established guidelines by the Iowa Department of
  • Public Health:
  • Open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  • The Clinic is located just south of the Engebretsen Clinic.
  • No appointment is necessary. Patients will remain in their cars during this visit as this location has a garage with doors on both the north and south side, allowing patients to drive through.

Polk County Health Department | Vaccine Information

Beginning April 5, 2021, the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to all eligible Iowans. Iowans 16 and older can receive a Pfizer vaccine. Iowans 18 and older can get the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The vaccine is free regardless of insurance or immigration status. If you do not have insurance or photo ID, you can still be vaccinated. If you have health insurance, vaccine providers may charge an administration fee to your insurance, but the vaccine will always be provided at no cost. Check with the vaccine provider on what to bring to the appointment. Iowans can receive the vaccine in any Iowa county regardless of their home address.

The Polk County Health Department is hosting two community clinics dedicated to vulnerable populations on Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th of April at our location (1907 Carpenter Ave Des Moines). These clinics will offer drive-thru and walk-up options for residents. The times for both clinics are: 8:45am to 5:00pm.

  • Friday 16th clinic: residents will be vaccinated with Moderna vaccine (must be 18 years of age and over) and they will need to commit to come back for the booster clinic on Monday May 17th. Registration link:
  • Saturday 17th Clinic: vaccination will be done using Pfizer vaccine (must be 16 years of age and over). Residents who attend this clinic will commit to come back on Saturday May 8th for their booster shot. Registration link:
  • Both vaccine alternatives are safe and provide effective protection against COVID19.
  • Registration links works better with web browsers Chrome or Firefox. Internet Explorer is not recommended.

We would like to ask your organization to share these links among your clients and, if needed, to assist them with registration. Your clients can also contact our Call Center (515) 323-5221 (M-F 8am-5pm) if they do not have internet or technology access to register. Another alternative includes Forest Library, where staff will facilitate access to a computer for self-registration.

Both clinics will have Spanish-speaking staff on site to assist residents with the process.

Please go here for the latest vaccine information:


  • TestIowa will provide anyone a free COVID-19 test who is interested in being tested, regardless of symptoms or potential exposure to the virus.
  • Schedule an appointment to be tested:
  • For a list of TestIowa sites:
  • For questions, call TestIowa at (515) 575-2131 or (844) 844-1561 (toll free). Lines are open 8am – 8pm, seven days a week (except Holidays).

In addition to Test Iowa locations, coronavirus tests are available at Hy-Vee, select pharmacies like Walgreens, and other medical centers.

Call ahead or visit their websites for more information and to make an appointment.


The website helps people find information about providers who offer select vaccines. VaccineFinder shows you locations that have available COVID-19 vaccines. VaccineFinder will provide you with a link to schedule the appointment through the location’s website or with a phone number to call to make an appointment.


The State of Iowa has a website dedicated to the COVID-19 vaccine information. Visit to locate a provider and for resources. The website is available in multiple languages.

Vaccine Transportation

Homebound people in Polk county can utilize VaxiTaxi for transportation to vaccination appoints: Call/text 1-800-829-4692 or go to

DART is offering free rides to/from COVID vaccine appointments. Free rides are available on all Local and Express Routes and On Call services. Riders should bring proof of their vaccine appointment.
Approved DART Bus Plus/Paratransit riders can schedule a free ride to and from their vaccine appointment by calling 515-283-8136. Paratransit rides must be scheduled 24 hours in advance.
Face masks are still required when riding DART by federal mandate on public transit vehicles and at transit facilities, including while outdoors waiting for a bus.

More information can be found by following this link: along with information on planning a trip. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions regarding this promotion.

Pregnancy Support

Des Moines Healthy Start Project offers free services to promote a healthy pregnancy, baby and family. Pregnant moms and families with a child 18 months or younger. Transportation for medical, mental health and dental appointments Health education and resources (prenatal, postpartum, parenting and child development) Similar programming is available for pregnant moms and families with a child 5 years old or younger who live in any zip code in Polk County. For more information, go to the website Home | EveryStep Care & Support Services or call (515) 558-9946.


City of Des Moines

Iowa Legal Aid

If you are at imminent risk of eviction or foreclosure and need legal assistance, Iowa Legal Aid may be able to assist you at no cost. Visit or call 1-800-532-1275. Application available in Spanish. For the latest updates, go here.


If you can’t pay your mortage: basic information and first steps short video:
English – EMBARC In-Depth Briefing 7.21.20 – Mortgage Payment Help – YouTube

Iowa Legal Aid

If you are at imminent risk of eviction or foreclosure and need legal assistance, Iowa Legal Aid may be able to assist you at no cost. Visit or call 1-800-532-1275. Application available in Spanish. For the latest updates, go here.


Provides renter and homeownership supports which include rental handbook, crisis counseling services, maintenance, repair and eviction resources. For more information, go to Eviction Prevention Hotline: 515-243-1277

House Iowa

Find local housing resources near you: Home | Iowa Housing Resources | houseiowa


Polk County Rental Assistance Program: Accepting phone applications starting Monday, February 22. Call 515- 518-4770. Online applications coming soon. For more information and to check eligibility,

Iowa Finance Authority: Eviction & Foreclosure Prevention Program

The CDC has extended its eviction moratorium to further prevent the eviction of tenants who are unable to make rental payments. The moratorium that was scheduled to expire on March 31, 2021, is now extended through June 30, 2021. The Order protects renters who meet certain requirements and who sign a declaration form and give it to the landlord.

Please note that evictions can take place if certain terms of the lease are broken. Late fees can still be charged, and the obligation to pay rent remains. The process and requirements around the moratorium and evictions can be complex. For information on how to take advantage of the moratorium, visit Iowa Legal Aid’s website.

If you are unable to pay your rent, here are some resources on rental assistance, housing, and other help.

Iowa legal Aid-Eviction Information/Rights 1-800-532-1275
Resident Declaration Form – Other Languages
Eviction Moratorium Information in 18 Asian Languages
COVID-19 Legal Advice Hotline 1-800-332-0419
HHS/CDC Frequently Asked Questions – database of housing resources or call 2-1-1 for resources
Foreclosure Prevention Program:
For more information, call Housing Recovery Help Line (515)348-8813.


Iowa International Center offers a free phone interpretation hotline for housing. The hotline helps landlords and limited-English- speaking tenants communicate better during challenging conversations, including COVID-related issues. (Rent and lease negotiations, lease terminations, maintenance notifications and repairs.) The Housing Interpretation Hotline is available 24/7 and offers over 180 languages. Call 515-282-8269, Ext. 5, answer a short series of questions about your call before being connected to an interpreter. There are 180 languages available. For questions about use and eligibility, contact Elyse at

Iowa Mortgage Help

State-wide referral hotline, foreclosure intervention and negotiation and mediation services. For more information: or call 877-622-4866.

Primary Health Care Centralized Intake

Centralized Intake offers a coordinated approach to assess and address the needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness. To resolve homelessness, clients may be assigned to a case manager, referred to shelter, or referred to other agencies for further assistance. These appointments will be conducted over the phone. Please call 515-248-1850. For more information:


Iowa Legal Aid

Defendants Guide to the Criminal Justice System During COVID-19

The Iowa COVID-19 Legal Information Hotline is a free service available to Iowans who are experiencing legal issues due to the COVID-10 emergency. Iowans experiencing any type of legal problem due to this crisis, such as facing eviction, being denied unemployment benefits, such as facing eviction, being denied unemployment benefits, experiencing employment issues, or being a victim of identity theft can call the hotline. Callers will leave a message and Iowa Legal Aid staff will call them back to screen them for eligibility. Those who are eligible will be connected with an Iowa Legal Aid attorney. Those who are not eligible for services will be connected with a volunteer attorney through the Iowa State Bar Association and the Polk County Bar Association.

Legal Information Hotline: 1-800-332-0419

Get answers to an expansive list of legal questions regarding evictions, child custody/visitation, court access, Medicaid, unemployment insurance, student loans and the stimulus payments, etc.:

United States Department of Justice

Civil rights resource guide to assist Federal agencies, state and local governments, and recipients of Federal financial assistance in addressing ongoing civil rights challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic:

Mental Health

COVID Recovery Iowa

The program, called COVID Recovery Iowa, is now available. Counseling will take place via virtual sessions, chat or phone call. People of all ages may join groups online to find support and learn new strategies to cope with the effects of the pandemic in a variety of creative ways.

  • Call 800-447-1985 to connect with a counselor specializing in rural issues and agriculture 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Parent Support Group: Discussing the impact and stress of COVID. Groups are free and will be held via ZOOM Wednesdays at 5p.m. TO JOIN PLEASE CONTACT:
  • Pre-Teen Support Group: Discussing the impact and stress of COVID. Groups are FREE and will be held via ZOOM Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Teen Support Group: Discussing the Impact and stress of COVID: Groups are FREE and will be held via ZOOM Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • COVID Recovery Iowa offers free virtual counseling and assistance for all Iowans affected by COVID‑19.Phone: 1-844-775-WARM | Online help
  • Spanish Help Line: 531-800-3687
    Por Favor llame su llamada Telefonica sera respondida en espanol.
  • Spanish Help Line: 531-800-3687
    Por Favor llame su llamada Telefonica sera respondida en espanol.
  • Iowa Warm Line, 844/775-9276: connect with a peer counselor or request to be connected to a COVID Recovery Iowa counselor.
  • Iowa Concern Line, 800/447-1985: provides 24/7 access to stress counselors and other resources.
  • How Does Your Garden Grow? Share a space with other Iowa gardeners, from asters to zinnias, in Facebook group just for gardeners.
  • Songs from the Good Old Days. Join us every Thursday at 6:30 for music you can sing along to. On Facebook.
  • Four-Legged Therapy. Love animals? We do too!! Share photos of your fur baby, or just gawk at the photos of ours. On Facebook.
  • Zoom Support Groups for Parents. Join other parents to discuss fears, stresses and strategies during the pandemic and beyond. For information or to register, contact
  • Parenting in a Pandemic. Our Facebook group offers ideas to help parents get through each day. We offer thought-provoking conversation-starter questions for dinner table talk, and Tuesdays at 10 a.m., we present a live event with experts in many parenting fields.
  • Stress Tips. Join our Facebook group, Workforce Resources, for tips and resources to help teachers during this extra stressful time.

Mosaic Family Counseling

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a free and confidential, rapid response intervention that is free to students and families. Each DMPS student or a member of their family may access up to 5 free sessions with a therapist from MOSAIC FAMILY Counseling Center Inc. SAP may be accessed through tele-health (secure video chat) or telephone call.

SAP can help students and their families cope with the stress of the current environment, especially the new concerns related to COVID such as the new home routines and access to much needed resources. SAP can also address any of the following: social struggles, behavior issues, anxiety, depression, family stress and conflict. We are committed and responsive! Visit our website: or call 515-724-8920 for more information.

NAMI of Greater Des Moines is now Mindspring Mental Health Alliance

For access to mental health supports, including virtual programming, please call 515-277-0672 or visit: and here:
COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide in English and Spanish with information on topics about stress, anxiety, assistance programs, and more.

COVID-19 mental health resources for African Americans:

Hamilton’s Funeral Home

Hamilton’s Academy of Grief & Loss has an array of resources available to support grieving families which also include some online learning options:

Please Pass the Love

Resources for youth and adults to connect and relate with others. All programs are FREE. Virtual programs available weekly for elementary, middle, and high school youth. Resources for adults also available. To join the groups, please see the website:

Iowa Crisis Chat: Non-judgmental support for individuals facing an emotional crisis. Staff are available from 9:00am to 2:00am, seven days a week. If it is outside of our hours of operation, call Your Life Iowa‘s 24/7 chat. You can also call us 24/7 at 1-855-325-4296. Free teen workshops:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can help. Please call 1(800) 273-TALK (8255) or text 741741 for a Crisis Text Line.

Your Life Iowa (Iowa Department of Public Health)

Your Life Iowa
Chat live, call 1-855-581-8111, text (855) 895-8398

Everyone needs help sometimes. If you or a loved one are facing a problem with alcohol, drugs, gambling, mental health or suicidal thoughts, you’re not alone. That is why the Iowa Department of Public Health has created so Iowans can chat live, text, or call and get reliable information and treatment options, and find nearby help.

School based mental health providers

In response to COVID-19, most agencies that provide school based mental health services in Des Moines Public Schools have added phone and video options to continue providing therapy services to Des Moines Public School students. Please contact your student’s provider directly to learn more about options available.

Unity Point Behavioral Health Urgent Care

Behavioral Health Urgent Care provides services to individuals who are needing mental health services, psychiatric evaluation and assessment, addiction medicine, crisis services and community resources.

Urgent Care will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week and is located at 1250 East 9th Street in Des Moines. (515) 263-2632.

This location will serve patients of all ages. Patients younger than 18 years of age must have a guardian with them. Patients are advised to utilize the Emergency Room instead of the Urgent Care Clinic if they are needing immediate medical attention (i.e. open or fresh wounds), are a minor who does not have a guardian to sign a consent to treat, demonstrating aggressive behavior or having a crisis outside of the hours listed above. For all other behavioral health, psychiatric and addiction related care, patients should access the new Behavioral Health Urgent Care.

Lutheran Services in Iowa

LSI offers several virtual and in-person therapies and to empower Iowans along the way to a healthier and happier future. To find out more and register:

Personal Hygiene Items and Cleaning Supplies

IMPACT Community Action Partnership

This agency is temporarily closed, but families can still access their pantries by calling to schedule a time for pick up. IMPACT can provide both food and personal care items.

Locations below:

  • Drake Area Pantry
    3226 University Ave Des Moines, IA 50311
    (515) 518-4770
  • Ankeny Resource Center
    2701 SE Convenience Blvd Suite #2, Ankeny, IA 50021
    (515) 965-0433
  • Army Post Resource Center
    500 Army Post Rd, Suite 17, Des Moines, IA 50315
    (515) 274-9496

Baby Food, Diapers, Formula & Wipes

Some agencies are temporarily closed or have adjusted hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Call agencies prior to accessing services.

  • Agape Pregnancy Center
    2550 ML King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50310
    (515) 255-0243
  • Alpha Women’s Center
    CLOSED until further notice

    • Ankeny
      114 SW State Street Ankeny, IA 50023
      (515) 965-7885
    • Des Moines
      3605 SE 14th Street Des Moines, IA 50320
      (515) 285-5700
  • Bethany Christian Services
    16 E. 6th St. Des Moines, IA 50309
    (515) 270-0824
  • Start Small Project
    Contact Person: Marlene (515) 729-3112
  • Bidwell Riverside Center
    1203 Hartford Avenue Des Moines, IA 50315
    (515) 244-6251
  • Birthright Des Moines
    5806 Hickman Road Des Moines, IA 50322
    (515) 633-2133
  • Catholic Charities
    1815 Hubbell Avenue Des Moines, IA 50316
    (515) 262-7290
  • Christ Apostolic Temple
    1230 E. 17th
    Giving away diapers and food July 17th, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Creative Visions
    1343 13th St Des Moines, IA 50314
    (515) 244-4003
    CLOSED until March 31
  • CROSS Outreach Des Moines
    3226 University Avenue Des Moines, IA 50311
    (515) 279-9998
  • DMARC Offices 
    1435 Mulberry Street Des Moines IA 50309

    • Call (515) 277-6969 to find which pantries currently have baby/infant supplies available
  • EveryStep
  • Young Women’s Resource Center
    818 5th Avenue Des Moines, IA 50309
    (515) 244-4901


Mediacom Connect2Compete

Mediacom‘s Connect2Compete low-cost internet program has increased its speed to 25 megabits per second (Mbps). Qualifying families who subscribe before May 15, 2020 will receive 60 days of complimentary Mediacom internet access, with a cost of $9.95/month thereafter. There is no deposit, no contract, no installation fees, no equipment rental fees, and the Wi-Fi modem will be given via no-cost lease. Apply by calling 855-904-2225 or online:


  • At least one student in grades k-12 living at home
  • At least one student qualifies for free or reduced-price school lunch
  • Family is not a current Mediacom internet customer and have NOT subscribed to their internet services in the past 90 days
  • Family does not have an outstanding Mediacom bill or unreturned Mediacom equipment

Parents Guide to Online Safety and Security


Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority

DART has Reduced Fare Programs. Eligible residents include adults 65 and older, persons with disabilities, students, veterans, and refugees. For more information and the application process, visit here.

Free Tutoring Opportunities

Al Exito

Compa en Camino (Partner on Call) program exists to help any student who is working at home. Al Exito can provide help with academics, technology, provide food, and help with siblings. Whatever you need, you are not alone! For more information contact (515) 650 – 2644 or

Evelyn K. Davis Center

The Tutor Heroes program offers virtual tutoring for grades 6th- 12th on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. For more information, e-mail Jason Vang at or call Google Voice # – (515) 519-0302.

To register:

Genesis Youth Foundation

During this time of social distancing due to COVID-19 health precautions, Genesis Youth Foundation (GYF) would like to extend our online at-home tutoring program to assist underserved refugee and immigrant youth. GYF is interested in partnering with community and faith-based leaders to offer our Academic Enrichment program for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year.

Parents are encouraged to get in touch with us about this program by registering here:

Jewels Academy

Our staff is excited to work with new and returning students and immerse them in the world of STEM. First up, math tutoring kicks off in January for six weeks, followed by App Camp Lite in March. Register HERE.

John R. Grubb YMCA

Are you taking a math, science or technology class and struggling with homework? We can help middle and high school science, technology, and math students. Please bring your book, homework assignments, your school ID, and a positive attitude. Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 1611 11th St. If you have any questions, please contact David at (515) 229-3277.

Urban Dreams

The academic support lab at Urban Dreams is open Monday-Thursday from 9am-6pm. There are 15 student spots available each day. Please call ahead to arrange your seat: 515-288-4742

Zion Church

Drop-in Homework Time. There is bandwidth for 20 students to do their virtual class work and homework in the cafeteria. New tables and chairs, socially distanced, are available for participants. We are open to help Monday-Friday from 9-3 p.m. at 4300 Beaver Ave.

Free Online & In-Person Community Partner Programs

African Service Providers of Central Iowa

African Leadership Talk Series
The African Service Providers of Central Iowa are pleased to present a monthly conversation series to address barriers facing African refugees and immigrants. All are invited.
When: The third Saturday of the month from 5:00pm to 6:30pm

The African leadership Talk Series registration link:


What: Hands-on career fair demonstration~ Build My Future
When: It will be held on April 14th, from 9- 2 p.m.
Where: State Fair Grounds, Varied Industries Buidling & Parking Lot
Who: Industry professionals from many fields will be there to give live-action demonstrations to high school students.

  • Commercial and Residential Construction Trades
  • Manufacturing
  • Restaurant, Culinary & Hospitality
  • Automotive/Mechanic
  • Law Enforcement
  • Emergency Services
  • Military
  • Healthcare
  • IT Trucking
  • Logistics
  • Energy

Contact your school’s Industrial Technology teachers or counselors to sign up APAP! Parents, bring your kids!

Build University

There is still time to register for today’s live virtual Build University hosted by the Iowa Intermediary Network and Iowa Skilled Trades. We have four events scheduled between now and the end of May.

  • April 22nd – Operators/Developers Jobsite Tour
  • May 13th – Lineman Panel
  • May 20th – Lineman Jobsite Tour

We know our live events may not fit into your class schedule, but there are several advantages to registering. First, you will automatically receive the recording of the event in your inbox the following week, no need to download it later. Second, the registration form allows you to ask questions before the event; even if you don’t attend live, your questions still get answered by the panelists.
Register for any of the live events at Don’t forget you can also download past events or connect with your local Intermediary for additional regional events.


Curbside Camp and It’s Lit(eracy) instead! Families will be provided with pre-made camp activities to fill up the day at home. For school year programs, crafts and activities go here.


Parents and families faced enormous challenges throughout the pandemic. As students emerge into a post-COVID world, families will continue to play an important role in the character development of youth. COVID-19 resources for Families: Family lesson plans, blogs and A Family’s Guide to Teach Good Character:

City of Des Moines Parks & Recreation

Summer Jobs 2021
Join our team! It’s not too early to think about summer jobs! We are now accepting applications for hundreds of full-time and part-time hourly positions with new, higher wages! We are also offering FREE lifeguard certification with offers of employment. • Aquatics Cashier: $8.54- $9.78 Hourly • Head Lifeguard: $12.08 – $14.37 Hourly • Lifeguard: $9.98 – $11.93 Hourly • Parks and Recreation Associate: $9.45 – $11.25 Hourly • Seasonal Park and Recreation Associate – Aquatics: $9.45 – $11.25 Hourly • Swim Instructor: $11.03 – $13.01 Hourly • Swim Lesson Supervisor: $12.60 – $14.88 Hourly • Swimming Pool Supervisor: $15.23 – $18.24 Hourly

For more information or to apply online, visit! Text DSMSUMMERJOBS to 84483 to sign up for text alerts and info about all our seasonal positions. Please see flyer.


Free Red Cross lifeguard certification with offer of employment.
• Hourly pay: $9.98-$11.93 • Certification classes offered: March, April, and May • Ages 15 and up • Questions? Contact Austin at Apply online at or scan code Text DSMLifeguards to 84483 get job info sent right to your phone.

Community Youth Concepts (CYC)

1446 Martin Luther King Pkwy.

Youth Volunteer Corps
YVC is a youth led volunteer group that lets you earn silver cord hours while addressing issues in your community. We meet every other Wednesday on Zoom from 5:30- 6:30pm and our goal is to do one in-person service project a month. Silver Cord Hours Meet new people Address issues YOU care about. For more information, email John at or call 515-243-4292.

Mentor Advantage Program
The Mentor Advantage Program (MAP) pairs students aged 10-17 in the community with a mentor in a career field of shared interest for education and career development. Get paired up with a mentor from a career field that interests you Have fun! Volunteer together Go to a ballgame Take a walk Visit colleges together Get help with homework Apply for jobs together Apply for scholarships. For more information or to apply for the Mentor Advantage Program, contact John Preston at or by phone 515-243-4292.

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)

Virtual Career Discovery Events: Get a taste of various career pathways before you enter college. Open to 9- 12th graders, teachers, and parents. For the calendar and registration, go here.

DMACC Pathway Days: Students will learn about the Career Pathway, attend a DMACC information session, hear about the DMACC experience, and interact with program instructors during program presentations.

Business Spotlights: Get to know a business within Central Iowa by attending our Business Spotlights. Hear from Human Resource professionals and other company leaders to learn about the company and who they are. Presentations will include information about careers within the company, education required, job outlook, and company culture. A virtual tour or video will be included, if possible.

Ask a Professional Events: Attend one of our Ask a Professional sessions to get to know a professional in a specific career. Hear their story, how they got to where they are today, and the day-to-day of their career. Professionals will include advice for young people interested in the specific career in this Q&A style session.

Financial Fitness Virtual Bootcamp
Learn about:

  • Financial Planning
  • Money Management
  • Budgeting
  • Credit Repair
  • Loan Management

Every Tuesday: April 6 &13 5:30pm-7:30pm
To sign up:

Des Moines Music Coalition

The Des Moines Music Coalition produces virtual classes for their hip-hop and rock band programs which are targeted towards middle and high school students. Visit this website to learn how to sign up for classes:

Des Moines Public Library

ALL locations of the Des Moines Public Library will reopen to the public for limited browsing, public computer use, and other in-person services.
This phase of reopening is called DMPL Express. Our goal with DMPL Express is to provide additional in-person options to better serve our customers and community, but in a way that moves people in and out as quickly, efficiently, and safely as possible:

Des Moines Sports & Recreation

31 Miles Your Way…And More
Back by popular demand! This spring, we invite you to complete 31 miles and more in 31 days. Choose your challenge – 50K (31 miles), 100K (62 miles) or 150K (93 miles) – then sign up, track your miles and submit them to us to receive a t-shirt! During registration, be sure to indicate how many miles you wish to complete.
Cost: $10. For ages five and up. For more information or to sign up, visit

Batter Up!
Get your kids signed up for our baseball programs played at James W. Cownie Baseball Park (2501 SE 22nd St).

  • T-Ball: Grades K-1
  • Coach Pitch: Grades 2-3
  • Youth Baseball: Grades 1-7

These are scholarship programs, so eligible participants can register for just $5. Regular cost is $50 per player or $475 per team. (No team T-ball registration)
Sign up before April 1 online at

Summer Guide:

Evelyn K. Davis Center

Job Search Assistance: Our Career Coaches are equipped to provide one-on-one job search and resume assistance to job seekers. Writing and printing a resume, locating online job applications and
contacting employers. We continue to hear from employers who are hiring–let our coaches provide guidance during this process. Please call 515-697-7700 or schedule an appointment below. Basic Digital Skills & Technique classes will be taking place in person. There is a maximum of 13 spots open so individuals can be socially distant in the Classroom, masks are REQUIRED at all times.
Please register and a representative will follow up via phone, then email. Participants must attend all 4 sessions.

Freedom for Youth

|2301 Hickman Ave. | 2500 University Ave. | 4101 East 42nd St.|

For At-Home Activities, click here.

For all programs of all ages, click here.

See below for high school programs at the Hickman Location:

  • The Journey Program is designed for 9th to 12th grade students. Come begin to build a solid foundation for a bright future of purposeful employment and financial stability. Journey prepares students for the future and encourages servant leadership in their family, community, and school.
  • Life Skills Classes are also available to students the Journey program may also participate in Life Skills Classes that can help students identify a career interest to pursue further or a hobby to be enjoyed. Classes offered include: Construction & Trades, Fine Arts, Home & Hobby, Health & Fitness, and Business. Classes include woodworking, painting, art, computer coding, and photography.

Contact us or visit Program Registration — Freedom for Youth to register! Meets Mondays 4- 6pm both boys and girls group. Wednesdays 4 – 5:15pm girls group only. Pick-up at Hoover on Mondays and Wednesdays. Thursdays 4– 5:15pm boys group only. Email: Phone: 515-282-4822.

Gateway Theater

We offer dance classes from around the world – NOW ONLINE!
Sign up now FREE ARTOBER online classes October 26- Nov 20, 2020. Please visit:


Join GEAR UP Iowa with our community partner, One Iowa, as we discuss important topics for college students about questioning your sexuality, strategies for going back home for the holidays, and how to be an ally to your LGBTQIA+ peers. The forum will provide resources, support, and valuable information. Wednesday, December 16 @ 5-6 p.m. Find the registration form here.

Genesis Youth Foundation

Girls Rock! Des Moines

Rock It! Courses on Zoom build your music and self-care skills. First course free, $75 for returning members, $150 for non-members. Scholarships available. Ages 8-18. More information can be found here.

The last day to sign-up for a Rock It Course is Monday, April 19th. Questions? Contact Rachel Gulick (515)-422-0986.

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa

Join Girl Scouts FOR FREE! Girl Scouts is for girls who want to change the world, speak up for others, explore the outdoors, and have fun! Free 2020-21 membership for K-12 girls and adult volunteers. For more info, visit

Girls on the Run (GOTR)

GOTR is partnering with Chrysalis Foundation to bring []LUNAFEST to Des Moines on April 16-19. This unique film festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through short films by women filmmakers. All of the films feature strong women, powerful images, and impactful language. Purchase your tickets at

Growing Futures

Growing Futures teammates plant, water and take care of hundreds of trees in Des Moines. Grow your future through hands-on job experience! FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEAMMATES! WHAT IS TREES FOREVER? Trees Forever is the non-profit partner that plants trees for the City of Des Moines through our Growing Futures program. Growing Futures employs local high schoolers to plant, prune and take care of trees all across the city. Helping the environment and get paid. Please help us share this fun and rewarding job opportunity! Learn more and apply:

Application deadline is May 3rd.

Iowa Department of Human Rights

Accepting applications for the State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (SIYAC) and Iowa Youth Congress (IYC) for the 2021-2022 membership term. There is no cost to apply or participate. Applications are due June 4.
State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (SIYAC)

Hip-Hope's 4th Annual Many Shades of Colour Young Women's Conference

Will host 25 educational workshops for 480 young women, 6th-12th grade and 120 mentors through an online virtual experience on Monday March 1, 2021 -March 5, 2021 5:30pm-7:45pm and Saturday March 6, 2021 from 11:00 a.m.–1:15 p.m. The conference is designed to intentionally address the issues hindering young women’s academic, social, psychological, and economical success.
Register here:

Iowa Intermediary Network

Live, virtual, statewide events connect students with engaging industry experts in the skilled trades.
General Information can be found here. Registration for live events can be found here.
Registration for virtual events can be found here. If you miss an event, recordings will available one week after each event on this website as well.

  • April 8th Operators/Developers Panel, April 22nd Operators/Developers Jobsite Tour
  • May 13th Lineman Panel, May 27th Lineman Training Facility Tour

Iowa State Extension (Polk County)

Polk County Extension provides reliable, research-based resources across a broad range of topics and interests that can support Des Moines families and students. Available online resources include:

  • educational resources for youth through Polk County 4-H and Iowa 4-H
  • health and financial information aimed at individuals, parents, children, and caregivers
  • nutrition programs to help keep families healthy
  • critical hotlines and phone numbers where Des Moines residents can reach out to an ISU expert directly.

Career Exploration Online Workshop
There is an exciting opportunity for any Iowa youth in grades 4-12 to hear from a diverse group of Iowa professionals & community leaders! All sessions are virtual and will go from January–May. Following all the sessions with presenters, we’ll be hosting a college, career, & community prep workshop in May. Youth can register for any or all sessions for free here. You can find the flyer here.

The Science of Parenting
Understanding Research and Reality

Positive Discipline

Questions? Contact Mackenzie DeJong | 712-541-8737

Visit the Extension website for more information on specific classes and events:

Jewel’s Academy

Back 2 App is a program for 4th-10th graders who are interested in making apps and coding.
Please register here:


Monsoon provides direct services to all Asian and Pacific Islander victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking, including males and the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) communities. In fact, Monsoon has assisted victims from other marginalized groups as walk-ins and through referrals. Community education and outreach are an important component of Monsoon’s services as well. The organization also runs a violence prevention program, focusing primarily on youths. In addition, Monsoon offers technical assistance to other programs and agencies, locally and nationally.

Cards Against the American Dream | April 10th :

Community Listening Sessions on Sexual Violence Report: Sexual Violence in the Asian & Pacific Islander Communities in Iowa | April 14th :

Get to Know: Alaya Women’s Center + Sulagpu Project | April 15th :

Asian & Pacific Islander Communities & Sexual Violence | April 21: Asian & Pacific Islander Communities & Sexual Violence

Virginity Dialogues | April 29th:

Sex Jeopardy | April 30th:

Music Speaks

Music Speaks presents two venues for virtual music experiences: Virtual Music Sessions: and Live Streaming: OR

Orchard Place

Love & Logic virtual parenting class.

A six-week session will occur on Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Class dates: April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25 and June 1, 2021

Learn how to:

  • Avoid un-winnable power-struggles and arguments
  • Stay calm when your kids do incredibly upsetting things
  • Set enforceable limits
  • Avoid enabling and begin empowering
  • Help your kids learn from mistakes rather than repeating them
  • Raise kids who are family members rather than dictators
  • And much more!

This parenting program is designed to give you practical skills that can be used immediately!

To sign up, email Tom Aldrich at | 515-208-6221

Please Pass the Love

Please attend our virtual event for middle & high school students to reflect, connect, and have fun.
April 17, 2021| 2 p.m to 4 p.m

Students will have a chance to reflect on what the past year has taught them and will participate in fun,
activities and prizes to kick off the spring/ summer

Please register for the event at

Polk County Conservation Corps

The PCC Youth Corps program is looking for students who are interested in taking action to learn about and restore Iowa’s environment. We are looking for students who are curious about the environment, and especially those who are from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds or underrepresented minority groups. Spring, summer, and fall Youth Corps sessions range from 4 to 10 weeks. The program is FREE and everyone earns a stipend for their participation. Youth Corps connects students to the outdoors and teaches valuable skills to support future scientists, workers, and outdoor adventurers. This program is challenging and fun! Please take a minute to read about the program and encourage students to apply:

Questions? Contact Nikki Dunbar at 515.323.5382 or go to:

Skate South

Youth Roller Hockey League: Questions? Contact Rob Kooker at | 515-202-6842
Free Skate

For more information:

YMCA of Greater Des Moines

The YMCA website provides several virtual workouts for the body, mind and spirit:

Youth Leadership Initiative

We are currently accepting applications for the Youth Leadership Initiative, Class of 2022! The application period is open until April 21st and requires students to answer two written essay questions and provide verbal answers to four questions. Often the best students for this program may not have the confidence to think of themselves as leaders, and it is a trusted adult, like yourself, who can encourage them to apply.

Whether you’ve known about YLI for years or are excited to learn more, I am asking for your support in promoting this dynamic program to students you know! Here are four ways you can help:

  1. Make a personal ask and encourage a student you know to apply by April 21st at
  2. Nominate a student at and we will invite them to apply.
  3. Offer to proof-read their application essay questions and help them practice their verbal responses.
  4. Interact with us on Instagram @youthleadershipinitiative, Facebook @yliDSM and Twitter @YLIDSM. Tag students and parents!

The Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) releases untapped potential in the next generation of community leaders. High school students get out of the classroom and into real-life learning experiences throughout Greater Des Moines. Their teachers are local business and community experts. Their subjects are opportunities and challenges in our region. Their lessons teach self, group, professional, and community leadership skills to prepare for their futures. Their program graduation showcases students who are ready to shape a community where their dreams can be realized.
This program is tuition-free and provides students with the needed confidence to step outside of their comfort zone in other aspects of their life. I look forward to partnering with you so we can pour into these up-and-coming future leaders!