The United Way of Grinnell partners with organizations that are committed to providing a better quality of live for our community. We prioritize funding for organizations that focus on improving education (E), health (H),  and financial security (F). 

Davis Elementary School Fourth Grade Outdoor Education Camp (E, F)

The Davis Outdoor Education program provides a three-day, two-night outdoor education program for all fourth graders in the Grinnell-Newburg School District to explore nature and connect with the earth.

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa (E, H)

Girl Scouts empowers K-12 girls as they develop confidence, connect with others, and apply leadership skills. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience supports girls in reaching their full potential.

Grinnell Community Daycare & Preschool  (E, H, F)

Grinnell Community Daycare & Preschool is a preschool and childcare center serving kids 6 weeks of age to 4th grade. They provide a safe, supportive and educational environment for the healthy development of each child.

Grinnell Ministerial Association (F)

Provides for lodging, food, gas, and other needs for people in Grinnell.

  • Office: (641) 236-4136

Heart of Iowa Big Brothers Big Sisters  (E, H, F)

The mission of Heart of Iowa Big Brothers Big Sisters is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

  • Marshalltown Office: (641) 753-6370

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LINK supports the long-term and ongoing efforts for child care and youth development in the Grinnell community. LINK provides a safe, inclusive, stimulating learning environment to nurture the healthy cognitive, social-emotional and physical development of all children.

Local foods connection (E, H, F)

Increases opportunities to enjoy free, healthy food, connect with local farmers, and expand skills and knowledge of cooking and nutrition.

Mid-Iowa Community Action (E, H, F)

Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc. (MICA) is a private, nonprofit organization serving children and families in central Iowa affected by the conditions of poverty. MICA provides early childhood, health, family development and housing services as well as community enrichment programs.

Montezuma Food Pantry (H, F)

Provides temporary assistance to Grinnell residents living below 185% of the federal poverty threshold with perishable and non-perishable foods including meat, dairy, produce, and shelf items.

Poweshiek County Extension - Clover Kids (E)

Empowers youth to reach their full potential while experiencing the joy of learning in a supportive, creative, challenging and fun environment.

Poweshiek county dental coalition (H, F)

Poweshiek County Dental Coalition’s ongoing mission to improve access to local dental care for underserved children in the area. Since forming in 2012, the Dental Coalition has provided support to nearly 2,500 children in Poweshiek County through Free Dental Clinic Days for Kids, a voucher funding program, educational programming for preschoolers, transportation vouchers for those requiring specialized care not locally available, and school-based dental health screenings.

  • 641-990-4232

Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (F)

Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell seeks to strengthen individuals’ economic well-being by empowering them to pursue financial opportunities or minimize the impacts of potentially derailing intermittent financial expenses through providing affordable loans to those who lack access to these from traditional financial institutions.

SLICK (Summer learning is cool for kids) (E, F, H)

SLICK is a summer program offering literacy based programs for kids in the Grinnell Community. SLICK summer program is a literacy based summer program for kids in the Grinnell community.