$5,260 for camperships so 10 children can attend MDA Camp at Camp Courageous.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) works in communities to comeback neuromuscular disease through basic and applied scientific investigation, comprehensive programs of medical services and clinical care, and professional and public health education.
The MDA Summer Camp is a core program of MDA that has been in existence for 60 years. Camp is a special week for children with any neuromuscular disease to be like other kids. Many campers refer to this week as “the best week of the year.” Activities are specifically designed for young people who have mobility challenges. This is a week where the word disability is replaced with ability. Camp includes horseback riding, canoeing, swimming, zip lining, tree climbing, ice cream making, train rides, bike rides, arts & crafts, nature hikes, animal petting, and more!
$5,000 for Sensory Night, an evening designed to accommodate Autistic children and their families.
Science education has been a cornerstone of Science Center of Iowa (SCI) since it incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1966. SCI engages and inspires Iowans along their journey of lifelong science learning. SCI’s new Sensory Night experience will provide children with autism and special needs access to the facility in a modified, more comfortable environment.
Sensory Night will have limited attendance to minimize crowds. Lighting will be softened and sound will be lowered in select areas. “Cool down” spaces will be provided where children can go to readjust if they become overstimulated or uncomfortable. Registration will be required so that a particular ratio of children to SCI staff can be obtained. Additionally, SCI is seeking help from Autism Speaks and Easter Seals of Iowa to understand even more what specific adjustments can be made to meet their particular needs.
Since 1978, the Young Women’s Resource Center (YWRC) has been providing gender specific programming for girls in the Greater Des Moines area. YWRC offers small group and individual support focused on self-esteem, healthy relationships and reproductive health. Teem moms receive additional support focused on parenting skills and education. YWRC programming is free, confidential and voluntary to all young women ages 10-21. RMHC is supporting a specific need to improve YWRC’s accessibility for young women growing up with a physical handicap to on-site After School and Summer groups.
$4,150 for baby take home kits with sleep sacks to reduce SIDS.
The Family Birthing Center at Broadlawns Medical Center serves a very diverse population. On any given day, over 44 different languages are spoken at the center. The primary goal of the Family Birthing Center is to ensure the newest citizens to the community are welcomed into a world of compassion and support, in an environment that is both nurturing to them and their family.
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using wearable blankets, along with placing babies on their backs to sleep, as a safe sleeping method in assisting in the prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). “Sleep Sacks” replace loose blankets in the crib. Broadlawns not only uses sleep sacks in the nursery but sends all new parents home with a sleep sack in the baby kit to encourage this continued safety measure after going home.
Hawthorn Hill has been a nonprofit in Des Moines since 1978. Since 1990, their New Directions Shelter program has been serving homeless families in need with an opportunity for a better future. Besides just being an emergency shelter, Hawthorn Hill provides healthy meals and snacks; clothing and laundry facilities; counseling and advocacy for families; housing, childcare and employment assistance; eligible public benefits application assistance, healthcare resources assistance, and help setting up a new functioning household. RMHC is helping Hawthorn Hill improve and enlarge the children’s playground at the shelter.
$2,000 for supplies for a summer program focusing on STEM, Arts and Reading.
Child Future International, Inc. (CFI) was established in 2013 in order to support the African Refugee and Immigrant population in Polk County. They develop and deliver a range of programs that contribute to the improved quality of life for African refugee and immigrant youth and their families. CFI works to help youth acclimate to the social norms of the greater society, while maintaining a cultural identity; access and succeed in academic and technical education pursuits; acquire goods and services necessary to family life, like housing, social assistance, etc.; and advocate for academic success and achievement for youth by encouraging STEM disciplines, reducing dropout rates, improve reading skills, and employment instruction.
$3,300 for a sun shade awning for a pool renovation
Camp Fire has been actively serving the youth of central Iowa since 1913. All programs our designed to help young people find their way to adulthood learning self-sufficiency skills along the way, guided by trained and caring role models. Camp Fire is committed to fighting “summer slide” so they have added literacy and STEM curricula to their summer programs. In addition, they’re helping kids with life-long personal safety skills for swimming and boating by teaching hundreds of kids each year how to swim and be safe in the water. Their pool is in great need of a renovation and RMHC contributed money to help pay for the sun shade awning structure that will be located on the sun deck.