2018 Variety Grant Recipients

Adaptive Sports Iowa: Racing and throwing chair for physically challenged student athletes, Ames 

 

Amanda the Panda: Curriculum supplies and volunteer training, West Des Moines 

 

American Home Finding: Renovations to kitchen facility, Ottumwa  

 

Ames Foundation: Construction of inclusive playground and Miracle League field, Ames

 

Arc of East Central Iowa: Shower chair, audiobooks and soft positioning items, Cedar Rapids

 

After School Arts Program (ASAP): Art studio supplies for art programs for underserved children, Des Moines

 

Best Buddies Iowa: Friendship Balls for kids with and without special needs, Des Moines 

 

Bidwell Riverside: Dishwasher, sink and accessories for Child Development Center, Des Moines  

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa: “Lets Build” program totes for satellite offices, Waterloo 

 

Blank Children’s Hospital: Expansion and renovation of Blank Children’s Pediatric Therapy Department, Des Moines 

 

Blank Park Zoo: Dream Night – an evening for critically ill and special needs children, Des Moines                             

 

Broadlawns Medical Center: Creation of a new Family Birthing Center, Des Moines   

 

Camp Fire Heart of Iowa: 15 - passenger Variety Van, Des Moines

 

Camp Hertko Hollow: Camp scholarships for children with diabetes, Des Moines

 

Child Abuse Prevention Services:  Incentive items – feeding supplies, safety items - for The Nest Store

 

Children & Families of Iowa: Security improvements, meals and snacks for the Lou Williams Center, Des Moines 

 

Children & Family Urban Movement: 15 - passenger Variety Van, Des Moines

 

Children’s Cancer Connection: Camp scholarships for children with childhood cancer and their siblings, Des Moines 

 

ChildServe: Variety Van and central monitoring system for children with medical needs, Johnston  

 

Covenant Medical Center: Pediatric Spot Vision Screeners, Waterloo

 

Community Health Center of Fort Dodge: Pediatric medical equipment, Fort Dodge

 

Dance Without LImits: Gait trainer, Des Moines

 

Des Moines Area Religious Council: Mobile Food Pantry, Des Moines

 

Dorothy's House: Variety Minivan

 

Easter Seals Iowa: Sound reduction materials for the Child Development Center & Variety Rec Center, Des Moines 

 

Eastern Iowa Arts Academy: Music equipment for After School Program, Cedar Rapids

 

Families, Inc.: Therapy items for children with mental health issues, West Branch

 

Family & Children’s Council of Blackhawk County: Safety equipment for families, Waterloo  

 

Family Promise of Greater Des Moines: Supplies and transportation for homeless families, Des Moines 

 

Finley Health Foundation: Portable fetal transport monitor for Family Birthing Suites, Dubuque

 

Food Bank of Iowa: Food for the Backpack Buddies and School Pantry Programs, Des Moines 

 

Found Mounds: Jobsite tools and equipment, picnic tables and nature excursion backpack kits, Dubuque

 

Freedom for Youth: New tables and chairs for K-12 grade tutoring classes, Des Moines   

 

Friends of Des Moines Parks: Swimming lesson scholarships for underprivileged kids, Des Moines    

 

Girls Rock Des Moines: Music recording studio and DJ equipment, Des Moines

 

Hawkeye Area Community Action Program: Equipment and materials for early care and education programs, Hiawatha

 

House of Mercy: 15 - passenger Variety Van, Des Moines

 

Helen G. Nassif Center: Neonatal/baby simulator for Variety Education and Simulation Center, Cedar Rapids

 

IOWAREADS: Reading improvement program for students grades 1-4, Des Moines

 

Jones Regional Medical Center Foundation: Ventilator for pediatric patients, Anamosa

 

Junior Achievement of Central Iowa: BizTown scholarships for underprivileged children, Des Moines

 

Mary Greeley Medical Center: SIDS prevention sleep sacks and education program, Ames 

 

Mentor Iowa: Mentor group activities and assistance, Des Moines 

 

Mercy Medical Center: Baby warmers, HALO bassinets and items for Variety treasure chest, Cedar Rapids 

 

Mercy Medical Center: Bassinets and indoor playgrounds for children on Mercy’s campus, Des Moines  

 

Micah House: BUDDY program which serves homeless children, Council Bluffs

 

Northeast Iowa Food Bank: Food for the BackPack Program, Waterloo                     

 

Orchard Place: Variety Minivan, Des Moines 

 

Pay It Forward: Toys and clothing for underprivileged children, Albia   

 

Primary Health Care: Spot Vision Screeners for pediatric patients, Des Moines

 

Prospect Meadows: Miracle League Ballpark, Marion

 

Project HELP of Marion County: Specialized bike for equipment loan program, Newton

 

Reach Out and Read: Books for children in low income communities, Windsor Heights

 

Ronald McDonald House: Construction of new Ronald McDonald House at Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines

 

Riverview Center: Child therapy supplies for child victims of abuse, Dubuque 

 

Science Center of Iowa: Supplies for Sensory Friendly Hours, a project for children with special needs, Des Moines

 

Skiff Medical Center: Bilirubin meter for Obstetrics department, Newton

 

Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa: Cribs, car seats and other essential infant items, Des Moines

 

Waypoint: 15 - passenger Variety Van, Cedar Rapids  

 

Young Women’s Resource Center: Materials and activities for the after school and summer programs, Des Moines   

 

Youth Homes of Mid-America: Independent living house, Johnston 

 

Youth and Shelter Services: AMP Camp - Summer camp for foster children, Ames