Cubbie’s Cupboard – Food Pantry
Nevada Middle School,1035 15th Street * 382-2751
This new service is made possible through partnerships with the Food Bank of Iowa and members of the Cornerstone Church. Food is provided for children and families in the Nevada Community School District. It is located in the Nevada Middle School, room 28 and is open the first and third Wednesday each month from 4 - 5:30 p.m. For information or to donate please contact Jodi Heeren or Elizabeth Gindt at 382-3521.
Food at First - Free Meals
1036 7th Street * 515-382-6536
Food at First is a community program that serves a free evening meal each Monday and Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Nevada from 5:30-6 p.m. Carry-out meals are also available. All are welcome! Call for more information or to order a carry-out meal by 3:30 p.m. Volunteers and donations to support this program are needed. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Barb Mittman at 515-203-9946 or First United Methodist Church.
Harmony Clothing Closet & Prom Dress Exchange - Free Clothing
1122 6th Street
Harmony Clothing Closet & Prom Dress Exchange is a nonprofit agency that provides clothing, coats and shoes at no charge and is open to anyone in need. Harmony Clothing Closet accepts clean and gently used items, any sizes or styles, kids through adult. The Closet is open on Saturday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Monday, 4:30 – 7 p.m. and Wednesday, 9 a.m. -11 a.m.for shopping and donations. Contact Elizabeth Gindt for more information at 515-382-3521. Visit.Website The Prom Dress Exchange is open by appointment; please call Vicki Tendall, 382-2211 or Reta Lyon, 290-9556. As always, Harmony will follow the weather closings that the Nevada Community School District follows. If the school closes due to weather Harmony will close as well.
Nevada Community Cupboard - Food Pantry
1110 11th Street (garage) * 515-231-7175
Residents in need of food assistance can visit the Nevada Community Cupboard once a month. The program is available only to residents in Eastern Story County. The Community Cupboard is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. If you have an emergency, call for an appointment.
Nevada Community Resource Center - Child Care
1037 8th Street * 515-382-1600
The Nevada Community Resource Center (NCRC) offers child care from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through our before and after school program, afternoon preschool program and summer program fro children ages 4 years through 6th grade. For rates and program information, please contact Chris Burling or Whitney Anderson at the NCRC or on the Nevada Community School District (NCSD) website at www.nevadacubs.org.
Youth & Shelter Services of Eastern Story County
860 6th Street * 515-382-6874
Youth & Shelter Services (YSS) of Eastern Story County partners with communities to provide comprehensive services, close-to-home for children, youth and families. We are proud to serve community members from Collins, Colo, Maxwell, McCallsburg, Nevada, and Zearing. Among the services provided are prevention (in-school programming, youth employment, tobacco control, and youth development), in-home family development services. Substance abuse and mental health treatment services are also available to individuals and families. The YSS Eastern Story County Community Advisory Board consists of community members who are passionate about helping community members have a brighter future. Board members are appointed to the board and meet monthly to provide local volunteer citizen support. People interested in learning more about our services or would like to make a referral can contact the Youth & Shelter Services, Inc. of Eastern Story County Coordinator at 515-382-6874. Community members seeking volunteer opportunities with our agency should contact our Volunteer/Intern Coordinator at 515-233-3141. For those seeking to donate goods and services to our agency please contact our Community Resources Coordinator at 515-233-2250. Individuals seeking to make financial donations to Youth & Shelter Services, Inc. should contact our Major and Planned Gifts Officer at 515-233-3141. Information about YSS programs, locations and contact information can be found on our website at www.yss.ames.ia.us. Community members can receive updates about upcoming events and initiatives by following us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Youth-Shelter-Services/189690061083877), Instagram and Twitter (@yssbrightfuture).
Nevada Senior Community Center
1231 6th Street * 515-382-1380
The Nevada Senior Community Center is available for Senior activities each weekday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. It may be rented by the general public on nights and weekends by calling City Hall, 382-5466. It has a full kitchen and adequate table seating for 80 people. A generous amount of parking is available with a handicap ramp to the south. Some of the regular activities at the Center include: Congregate meals provided by Heartland Senior Services (HSS) are served Tuesday – Friday at noon. Call HSS in Ames at 515-233-2906 to make a reservation ahead of time; men’s coffee is on Wednesday’s at 9:00 a.m. and co-ed coffee is on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. A Senior Potluck is held on the second Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. followed by a short program; BINGO is played on the first Thursday at 1 p.m.; Movie Day is the second Thursday at 1:30 p.m. For further information about activities, please call the Center during weekday hours, or stop in a pick up a calendar. Free coffee is always available.
Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance, Inc.
613 Clark Avenue, Ames * 515-296-1449
Good Neighbor provides emergency rent, utility, food and fuel assistance to individuals and families throughout Story County. The support provided helps to ensure that those in crisis situations are able to remain in their homes with needed utilities, nutritious food and gasoline to assist with transportation needs. Office hours are 9:00 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.
Backpack Buddies Program - Weekend Food Assistance
United Way of Story County, 648 Clark Avenue, Ames * 515-268-5142
The Backpack Buddies program, sponsored by the Food Bank of Iowa, United Way of Story County and members of Cornerstone Church, provides sacks of healthy, kid-friendly food to low-income children on weekends and school breaks, when the children don’t have access to the federal free and reduced-price meal programs. Each Friday during the school year, a backpack will be filled with food for one child for the weekend. Children who attend Central Elementary are eligible for this program. For more information on Backpack Buddies, call the United Way of Story County or visit their office in Ames or online at www.uwstory.org.
Food for Thought - Summer Food and Enrichment Program
United Way of Story County (UWSC), 648 Clark Avenue, Ames * 515-268-5142
The Food for Thought program ensures that children are safe, healthy, and engaged in learning during the summer. Children are given opportunities to explore, develop hypothesis, test theories, and form conclusions as they participated in a variety of STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) enrichment activities. The six-week enrichment program for K-8th grade students includes breakfast and lunch helping to combat hunger during the summer months. Transportation will be provided. Student enrollment in the program will be later through the schools and will begin in late March. The program runs Monday through Thursday mornings from June 8 through July 16. Volunteers are needed for food service positions, as well as Enrichment positions working directly with the children. All volunteers are subject to background checks. All volunteers will be required to attend an orientation, which will be offered several times before and during the summer program. Go online to sign-up at https://volunteer.truist.com/vcosc-5/volunteer/
Kids at First - Free Childcare & Breakfast on Late Start Mondays
1036 7th Street * 382-6536 or 382-6212
Free childcare and breakfast is provided to Nevada school students age 4 year s in Kindergarten on up through middle school on late start Mondays during the school year by community volunteers at the United Methodist Church. The church is open at 7 a.m., breakfast is available from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. and volunteers escort children to Central Elementary School at 9 a.m. Middle school age children can catch the bus there to the middle school. Crafts, games and activities are provided at the church. If interested in volunteering or you would like your child to participate, contact the numbers above.
Central Iowa Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
53 Elm Avenue, Story City * 515-733-4917 or Ames * 515-292-8890
Central Iowa Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is a network of adults age 55 and older using their experience and skills to help our communities in Central Iowa. As an RSVP Volunteer, you will be a key contributor in helping solve some of the greatest challenges our society faces today. In Nevada, RSVP recruits volunteers for home delivered meals; providing safe and reliable transportation to older adults to and from medical appointments and other essential services; pen pals and Speak Up Programs for 5th graders; disaster response; Story County Medical Center; Story County Jail; Support staff and clerical tasks in Story County Administration and 4-H Extension.
Back to School Supplies
Nevada Community School District * 382-3521 x394
The Nevada Community School District (NCSD) provides a district-wide back to school night to provide supplies to students in need. Supplies are given out two weeks prior to the start of school. You must preregister to receive supplies! If you are interested in receiving supplies or donating supply items please call Elizabeth Gindt at 382-3521 x394. Supplies are collected starting June 1st each year. This service is made possible through donations made by local churches and service organizations.
Angel Tree Program
Nevada Community Resource Center
1037 8th Street * 382-1600
The Nevada Community Resource Center (NCRC) coordinates a holiday gift-giving program for children in Nevada. Participation forms for the program can be picked up at school or at the NCRC. The program starts in October each year. Community members can participate through monetary donations or selecting an angel to purchase items. Please call Chris Burling, Whitney Anderson or Jody Heeran, 515-382-2751 x111,for more details.
Hearty Meals – Home Cooked Meals
Jodi Heeran at 382-2751 x111
Home cooked meals can be provided for families of those who are ill or in crisis. The service is made possible by members of the Memorial Lutheran Church. For more information contact Jodi Heeran at the number above.
Jodi Heeran at 382-2751 x111
Home cooked Thanksgiving meals can be provided to children and families in the Nevada Community School District. The service is made possible through partnerships with Nevada Parks and Recreation, local churches and service clubs. For more information contact Jodi Heeran at the number above.