Hawthorn Hill Homeless Shelter Spring Fundraiser

The Need Does Not End with the Holidays!

For the past few years Hawthorn Hill Homeless Shelter has been included as a beneficiary of the IAF Annual School Supply Drive.  We have provided general school supplies including backpacks stuffed with everything a child might need to assist in their education. Our 2016 donation also added a check for $500 for the shelter to use as they see fit. This donation then appeared in 

Hawthorn Hill’s annual newsletter which categorized the IAF along with churches, insurance companies, various business and individuals.

Because our 2017 School Supply Drive focused on science equipment, Hawthorn Hill did not receive a contribution from our group. Thus, we are instead having our first ever spring fundraiser dedicated to helping the good people at Hawthorn Hill! For our 2018 fundraising campaign we will increase the goal of our donation to $1000.

With your help Hawthorn Hill New Directions Shelter was able to assist 114 adults and 203 children in 2017. New Directions is one of only three homeless shelters available for families in the Des Moines metro area. We chose Hawthorn Hill as it is not overtly religious (you find no mention of religion on their website) and Executive Director Tim Shanahan has always expressed sincere gratitude for our previous years’ in kind and cash donations.

From their website: http://www.hawthorn-hill.org/

“Hawthorn Hill’s mission is to establish and operate housing programs for homeless families with children that help them obtain permanent housing and to provide services to help families achieve economic self-sufficiency.”

Hawthorn Hill fulfills its mission through two programs that assist homeless families with children:

New Directions Shelter: Provides free, temporary, emergency shelter and services for homeless families with children.

The Home Connection: Provides permanent supportive housing for homeless families with children with an emphasis on helping the families attain financial independence.

 

Spring is a time for new beginnings and Hawthorn Hill provides a fresh start for families that have had the misfortune of losing everything. This could happen to any one of us! We are all just one medical emergency, loss of job, or loss of a provider away from finding ourselves in the same situation. Please help today to make a difference in the lives of so many families. Thanks for your support!

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IAF Sunday Meetup

This is our regular, weekly, Meetup. Please come and join us for an interesting discussion on a variety of issues.

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IAF Quarterly Member Meeting

This is our regular quarterly Member Meeting. Your participation with input and feedback is welcome and very much encouraged!

Be sure to bring laptop or tablet, notepad, pen, paper, etc. Food is allowed in this conference room along with covered beverages.

Agenda:

Call to Order
Verify Quorum
Approve Agenda
Approve Minutes of Previous Member Meeting

Officer & Committee Reports
1. Treasurer
2. IT
3. PR
4. Membership
5. Bylaws
6. Social Chair
7. Community Outreach
8. Scholarship 2018-19

Five Minute Break

New Business
1. Reason on the Hill-Final Preparation (April 10)
2. Farmer’s Market Booth (May 26, July 7, Sept 1)
3. Pride Parade/Booth (June 10)
4. IAF Tenth Anniversary Event
5. Vision for the Future

Schedule June Annual Member Meeting & Election

Adjourn

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IAF Sunday Meetup

This is our regular weekly Meetup. Please come and join us for an interesting discussion on a variety of topics. This week we will discuss the Pew Research Center’s new polling that reveals atheists make up 10% of the US population and 16% of 18-29 year olds! Do you think Iowa matches these figures? That would represent app. 300,000 Iowans!

Here is the link:

http://www.pewforum.org/2018/04/25/when-americans-say-they-believe-in-god-what-do-they-mean/

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IAF Sunday Meetup

Please note the earlier start time of 11am. This is our regular weekly Meetup. Please come and join us for an interesting discussion on a variety of topics!

The breakfast buffet at Price Chopper is only $8.99 or you can buy by weight, choose options from the deli/cafeteria or purchase any food item in the store. The buffet ends at 12:30pm.

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IAF Sunday Meetup

This is our regular, weekly, Meetup. Please come and join us for an interesting discussion on a variety of issues.

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Farmers’ Market

Please come out and help the IAF set up and run an informational booth at the Des Moines Downtown Farmers’ Market.

We will need volunteers to work from 6:15 a.m. to shortly after noon. Duties will include set up, tear down, and talking to curious members of the public. PLEASE do RSVP, and if possible, indicate what time you’re available.

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IAF Happy Hour

It’s your turn, Indianola, to join your IAF friends after work for food, drinks, and good conversation!

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