As Christians we are called to help others in need. During a time of crisis, we continue to strive to be the body of Christ and work together to do all we can to help. When we aren’t able to help in person, it can become difficult to know what exactly we can do. Listed below are links to various community organizations who need our help now more than ever.  If you know of other organization that aren’t listed here, please contact Nicole at

Kids on a Mission – the children and families of Ames First UMC got the Rainbow Corner Community Garden planted this year and have been taking great care of it. But they could use some extra help with watering and weeding (mostly watering). If you are able to help with this, please sign up here.

Food at First is continuing to feed the hungry in our community in a carry-out only capacity and they are already seeing more need. Your donations could help. Click here to make a monetary donation or to view needed items and more information.

United Way of Story County has launched an emergency community fund and online food
drive to ensure local pantries have what they need to help the community. Click here for more information or to donate to the fund.

Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA) is still accepting donations of non-perishable food items but call ahead at 515.956.3333 to arrange a drop-off. You can also contact them to find out what their most urgently needed items are. Click here for more information.

The Bridge Home, formerly Ames Emergency Residence Project, is in need of the following supplies: hand sanitizer, no touch head thermometer, bars of soap and baggies to store them in, Kleenex, Clorox/Lysol wipes, Lysol or other
disinfectant spray, rubber gloves, two-gallon trash bags, toilet paper and paper towels. Click here for contact information to set up a drop off time or to make a monetary donation. 

Youth & Shelter Services (YSS)
YSS is in need of many things but financial assistance is one of the largest needs currently. Click here for more information about YSS needs and/or to make a monetary donation.

ACCESS Assault Care Center is in need of many items as well as monetary assistance.  Click here to find the list of items, how to contact them for drop off, and/or to make monetary donations.

Mary Greeley Medical Center is in need of various items. A fund has also been established to help the employees in need. Click here for more information including links to the pattern for the masks and a donation link.

The Volunteer Center of Story County keeps an updated post regarding needs for various places in Story County. This includes information about drives, letter writing, and other great services. Click here for more information.

The name of the organization coordinating the need for professional volunteers is i-SERV. It is the Iowa Department of Public Health’s secure online registry for individuals wishing to volunteer in the event of a large scale disaster or public health emergency. You can click here for more information and to sign up.