Hundreds of leaders from throughout the community will gather at the Knapp Center at Drake University for the 7th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by the YMCA of Greater Des Moines. This is Des Moines’ signature event celebrating the legacy of Dr. King and promoting his message of peace, justice and opportunity.
To further enhance the impact of the event, staff and volunteers from the Y are taking part in the first YMCA Day of Service on January 20. Our goal for this year is to complete a total of 175 hours of volunteer service that day, to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the YMCA movement.
Here are a couple of ways you can Make A Difference on this special day for the Y:
All branches and the Association office are leading volunteer service projects on that day:
Indianola – Kiya Koda Animal Shelter
John R. Grubb – Personal hygiene packages for YMCA Supportive Housing Campus
South Suburban –Blank Children’s Hospital
Walnut Creek – ArtForce, Furry Friends and GiGi’s Playhouse
Waukee – Waukee Area Christian Services and Immanuel Lutheran Church
Wellmark Y/Association Office – Personal Care Packages for Des Moines Public Schools
Y Camp – Boone Public Library
YMCA Supportive Housing Campus – Meals From the Heartland
If you want to be involved in your branch’s service project, talk with the Welcome Center and they'll let you know how to get involved!
If the branch projects don’t work with your schedule, you can still spend some time that day volunteering for a cause that is meaningful to you. LifeServe Blood Center is in need of donors and has openings that day – go here to sign up. If you do volunteer on your own, please submit your hours of service – they still count toward our goal!
Help collect donations!
We are in critical need of personal care items – soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. – for our project on behalf of the Des Moines Public Schools. Through its 18 in-school food pantries, DMPS distributes these items to students who need them. We will be assembling the donated items into Personal Care Packs and delivering them to DMPS. When students have access to these items, they are more likely to come to school ready to learn and participate.
Each branch (with the exception of Indianola) has a large red Rubbermaid tote for the collection of these items: