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2019 Give Guide

2019 Give Guide

Illustration by Julia DeSpain

Supporting our local community is a shared effort and one that’s accomplished in a variety of ways. Perhaps you volunteer your time to an organization in need. Maybe you’re an advocate for shopping locally. Or maybe you make a yearly donation to a nonprofit you believe in.

Below, you’ll find a sampling of the hardworking nonprofits in the CRANDIC that fight day in and day out to make this a more livable place. These groups rely on donations from individuals like you and businesses that support their mission.

You’ll also learn about some of the independent retailers that line our streets and bring a thoughtful and unique product mix to local shoppers. These retailers depend on shoppers’ dollars to continue to thrive in the future.

Year-round support of our nonprofits and retailers is essential to the longevity of our community, but end-of-year giving and holiday sales can provide a much-needed boost and leg up for the new year. This holiday season, find a cause you can rally behind in our donation drive below, or knock out some gift shopping at a small business you can champion, and see that what goes around truly does come back around.

For more information about our Give Guide program, contact ads@littlevillagemag.com.

Access 2 Independence of the Eastern Iowa Corridor

1556 S 1st Ave, Iowa City
319-338-3870

Year founded: 1979
Annual budget: $280,000
Number of staff: 5

40 years of service to the Eastern Iowa Corridor disability community

We envision the Eastern Iowa Corridor as a community without barriers, where every individual has the freedom to control the direction and quality of their life. We know the power of equitable access to housing, transportation, health care, and employment, and the difference it makes to our community as a whole. In the last year, Access 2 Independence (A2I) provided over 1,000 services to persons with disabilities, their families, and providers, and participated in over 200 community activities ranging from community education, collaborating in advocacy initiatives, and outreach. We empower persons with disabilities to achieve greater social inclusion and self-determination through goal-setting and providing a network of support, education, and skill-building opportunities. A2I serves all disability types and ages in an eight-county region: Johnson, Linn, Washington, Iowa, Cedar, Jones, Benton, and Henry.

Consisting of five staff, A2I works from a budget of $280,000 in state and federal grants. We rely on your donations to develop sustainable and innovative programming, build capacity in our rural counties with limited disability services, and support our vision of living in a community without barriers.

For more information on how to become involved with our services, volunteering, or board of directors, please email Executive Director Sarah Martinez at ed@access2independence.org.

Antelope Lending Library

Iowa City
319-343-6872

Year founded: 2012
Annual budget: $45,000
Number of staff: 2 part-time

Antelope Lending Library is an independent, nonprofit bookmobile library working to overcome barriers and provide full and equal access to information and ideas in our community. All materials are lent on a no-fees basis, so access is always free, no matter what.

Traditional library fees and fines may seem like no big deal: 50 cents here, a few bucks there for items returned late, maybe as much as $40 or more for lost or damaged items. While for some these charges can be annoying or maybe even embarrassing, for those living at or below the poverty line, library fines are barriers to library use that can negatively impact generations.

We value partnerships with other community organizations and are proud to provide service in partnership with the CommUnity Mobile Food Pantry, Iowa Youth Writing Project, and other local groups.

We are a small organization, with all our funding coming from grants, contracts, and support from people like you! We are a James Gang endeavor, a 501(C)(3), so all donations to support our service are tax deductible. With your help we’ll keep serving our community for many years to come.

Bur Oak Land Trust

5 Sturgis Corner Dr #1250, Iowa City
319-338-7030

Year founded: 1978
Annual budget: $320,000
Number of staff: 5

Connecting with nature is critical to the health of a community. Through your donation, you can help Bur Oak Land Trust conserve some of the last natural places in east-central Iowa and help protect endangered and threatened species like the rusty patched bumble bee and ornate box turtle. From reestablishing native prairie and oak savanna to reducing the spread of invasive species, our work provides habitat for native plants and animals, as well as a place for the public to experience and enjoy nature.

Our mission is to protect and conserve natural areas to enrich and engage current and future generations. We maintain national Land Trust Alliance accreditation and currently protect 11 natural areas and hold 14 conservation easements. Our organization purchases and accepts donations of land to be held in perpetuity for the enjoyment and education of the public and actively maintains that land through a variety of land management practices. Make your gift count for current and future generations today!

CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank

1121 S Gilbert Ct, Iowa City
319-351-2726
local crisis line: 319-351-0140

Year founded: 1970
Annual budget: $4,496,850
Number of staff: 74

CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank, formerly The Crisis Center, is a volunteer-driven organization that provides immediate and non-judgmental support for individuals facing emotional, food, or financial crisis. CommUnity’s Crisis Intervention team operates our 24-hour crisis line, offering services through phone, chat, and text. We also dispatch mental health counselors to homes, schools, emergency rooms, and other public places through our Mobile Crisis Outreach program. Our Food Bank provides food assistance, distributing more than 1.6 million pounds of food annually. Additionally, we provide housing and utility assistance, identification, new employment work items, bus tickets, box fans, and more through our Basic Needs Program.

The people of CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank are passionate about treating individuals in crisis as valuable human beings. From this passion comes the ability to excel at providing practical help. We are the only crisis intervention agency accredited by CONTACT USA in the state of Iowa. In fiscal year 2019, we completed 32,867 crisis contacts and distributed over 2 million pounds of food to families in our community.

How to help: Visit our website to join our team of invaluable volunteers, give the gift of a meal for a family in need, or donate money to sustain our programs. Your contribution of time, talent, or treasure will make a tremendous impact in the lives of thousands of individuals and families right here in Iowa.

Coralville Community Food Pantry

1002 5th St, Coralville
319-337-3663

Year founded: 2009
Annual budget: $215,000
Number of staff: 2

Everybody deserves good food. At the Coralville Community Food Pantry, we know that good food can be a catalyst for change. We’ve seen it act as a powerful tool that can transform one’s health, strengthen community solidarity, foster social connections, and even challenge inequality.

At the Coralville Community Food Pantry, we work to ensure that every child and adult in our community goes to bed with the food they need and deserve. Through our innovative programs, we provide access to vital sustenance and personal care items for more than 3,300 Coralville and Tiffin residents every year. We distribute nutritious groceries on a weekly basis, offer food to families with children when school is not in session, share nourishing food through free community meals, equip our neighbors with tools to grow their own food, and connect people facing diet-related health conditions to fresh produce grown at local farms.

We are powered by community support. Small gifts can go a long way! A gift of $25 enables us to provide a family of four with the food they need for an entire month. Join us in building a stronger, healthier, and hunger-free community by giving today at www.coralvillefoodpantry.org/give.

Domestic Violence Intervention Program

1105 S Gilbert Ct #300, Iowa City
800-373-1043

Year founded: 1979
Annual budget: $2 million
Number of staff: 33

The main goal of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) is to be a positive and healing resource for victims/survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and human trafficking. Safety, dignity and respect are at the heart of all that we do as we provide resources and support to our clients. Ultimately, our goal is to end intimate partner violence and violence against women. This goal can only be accomplished with the engagement of our communities, and the key support of our volunteers and funders.

The community is invited to support the vital services that DVIP provides to victims/survivors of intimate partner violence. All services provided to the community are free and confidential, which include a 24-hour hotline (800-373-1043), resource gathering, emergency shelter, housing assistance, youth programming, pet sheltering, support groups and advocacy. For 40 years, DVIP has provided support to women, men and children throughout eastern Iowa. In celebration of 40 years of providing advocacy and hope, DVIP is hosting many fundraising events and educational opportunities over the next year to support and share the work we do every day to support victims/survivors of intimate partner violence. Email dvip@dvipiowa.org to be added to our newsletter list and visit dvipiowa.org for more details on how you can get involved.

During the holidays, you can also help by providing gifts for individuals to give their children at any of our drop off locations around the Corridor, or by mailing/dropping off Walmart, Target, Build-A-Bear, or Visa gift cards to 1105 S Gilbert Ct. #300 Iowa City, IA 52240.

Friends of The Center

28 S Linn St, Iowa City
319-356-5220

Year founded: 1981
Annual budget: $899,000 (2017)
Number of staff: 9

Stay Active. Stay Curious. Stay Connected.

The Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center’s mission is to enhance quality of life by creating opportunities to support wellness, social connections, community engagement and lifelong learning for a diverse and growing older adult population. Johnson County’s fastest growing demographic group is people age 65+ and The Center is laying a foundation to ensure everyone has a place to stay active, curious and connected.

Being a Friend of The Center makes a significant difference in the lives of your neighbors and community. Your one-time contribution, a monthly pledge, gift or corporate sponsorship, all play a crucial role to help fill the gap in The Center’s annual budget and allow us to continue meeting the needs of older adults by providing innovative programs, important services and timely updates to our facilities. Together, we can continue social involvement and end social isolation for all adults over age 50.

Give online at icseniorcenterfriends.org or, for more information, contact Jessi Simon, Senior Center Development Specialist, at jessi-simon@iowa-city.org or 319-356-5216.

Indian Creek Nature Center

5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids
319-362-0664

Year founded: 1973
Annual budget: $1,104,651
Number of staff: 21

Be a Champion of Nature! Help Indian Creek Nature Center—the state’s first and largest nonprofit nature center—fulfill its mission by becoming a member, making a donation or becoming an ICNC Sustainer by making your donation monthly! With nearly 500 acres of land under its management and one of the most sustainable buildings in the world, the Nature Center hosts thousands of visitors each year for nature-based programs and activities, including field trips, summer camps and community events. Our mission is to promote a sustainable future by nurturing individuals through environmental education, providing leadership in land protection and restoration, and encouraging responsible interactions with nature. ICNC also offers volunteer opportunities year-round, including teaching children’s programs, grounds maintenance, helping at special events like our Maple Syrup Festival, Concerts at the Creek and more. Everything we do is possible because of your generosity, not tax dollars. We’ve accomplished a lot, but we’re not done and we need your help!

This holiday season, consider gifting a membership or donation to the Nature Center on behalf of a friend or family member. And on Dec. 7, join us for our signature holiday fundraiser event, Nature’s Noel, where you can purchase fresh green décor, artisanal gifts, baked goods and more!

Iowa City Bike Library

700 S Dubuque St, Iowa City

Year founded: 2004 (15 years!)
Annual budget: $73,000
Number of staff: 2

The Iowa City Bike Library is still searching for a forever home and we need your support. Ensure that your community bike shop continues to have an impact for years to come by contributing to our end of year giving campaign.

The Bike Library started in 2004 as a volunteer-run community bike project with a mission of getting more people on bikes. We repair donated bikes and offer them to the public in a checkout system as well as for purchase. But we do so much more! Youth bike initiatives in conjunction with Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County, bike care and repair clinics, women empowerment rides and workshops, and Pedals for People—a program focused on introducing immigrant populations to bicycles.

Check out our website for more details on how we proudly serve our community. We’re keeping things funky on social media, too: Instagram: @BikeLibrarian; Facebook: @BikeLibrary

Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation

123 S Linn St, Iowa City
319-356-5200

Year founded: 1983
Annual budget: $304,000
Number of staff: 2

Giving to the Iowa City Public Library (ICPL) Friends Foundation means more for everyone because its mission is to generate private resources to support the Iowa City Public Library.

The Iowa City Public Library is a center of community life that connects people of all ages with information, engages them with the world of ideas and with each other, and enriches the community by supporting learning, promoting literacy, and encouraging creativity.

Become an ICPL friend by giving a financial contribution at icpl.org. Friends can also support the library by shopping at The Book End on the second floor of the library; donating a handmade item and then buying unique treasures at the Arts & Crafts Bazaar on Dec. 7 at the library; participating at Eat Out to Read at many local restaurants; and joining us in the spring at the annual Looking Forward event.

Since 1983, gifts of money to the ICPL Friends Foundation have helped to make sure enough copies of popular books are added for a lot of people to be able to read them at the same time, purchase a bookmobile, and provide access to laptops, hotspots, and other technology.

Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature

123 S Linn St, Iowa City
319-887-6100

Year founded: 2010
Annual budget: $247,000
Number of staff: 3

Our community, for its size, may be the most literary place on Earth. We are home to a unique set of influential literary institutions that explore new ways to teach and support writers. At the City of Literature, we strive to create meaningful events intended to encourage the world to discover Iowa as a place that invites citizens—near and far—to share in our many literary resources and opportunities.

We are able to present celebrated, one-of-a-kind programming, promote literacy and reading, and advocate on behalf of our rich literary culture because of the support of people who stand up for literature and our community’s global connections.

Our major programming

Iowa City Book Festival: an annual week of author events, panel discussions and more
One Book Two Book Children’s Literature Festival: writing opportunities, author workshops and more for area students
MusicIC festival: celebrating literature and chamber music

Your support allows us to offer our events at no cost, creating a better place to live for residents, an enticing destination for travelers, an appealing location for employers and an inspirational community for artists and writers.

Please visit www.iowacityofliterature.org to learn more about our organization and ways you can support our work.

The James Gang

120 N Dubuque St, Iowa City
319-337-3663

Year founded: 2002
Annual budget: Dues for a year are $2,500
Number of staff: 8 for the James Gang endeavors, plus hundreds of volunteers

The James Gang is Iowa City’s central nonprofit incubator. Since 2002 we have helped launch such endeavors as The Mission Creek Festival, Public Space One, and The Iowa Youth Writing Project. Our goal as an incubator is to ensure that creative, community-building and service projects succeed. Our current endeavors span a wide swath of Iowa City’s nonprofit activity. They include The Antelope Lending Library, an award-winning fees-free bookmobile bringing library services to underserved communities; Tech Chicks, an organization devoted to amplifying the presence of women and girls in technology through education and advocacy; PromptPress, a venue for connecting visual artists and writers, with a publishing platform for local teens; The Lena Project: IC Less Plastic, a project to reduce plastic waste in our community through creative ideas and youth education; Drupal Corn Camp, a community centered around promoting and learning Drupal, an open-source web platform; The Iowa City Zombie March, a yearly community performance, promoting the weird and good in Iowa City since 2006; Floodwater Comedy Festival, a benefit festival that enlists comedies brightest stars to bring “love, diversity, and laughs” to Iowa City. Together, The James Gang fosters community-oriented actions, attitudes, and experiences in which creativity and service thrive.

Little Village readers can support The James Gang both through monetary donations and volunteering.

Our fundraising goal is $2,500. This would cover our membership dues for one year. Membership dues cover all the executive tasks that keep us rolling.

Public Space One

225 & 229 N Gilbert St, Iowa City
319-855-1985

Year founded: 2002
Annual budget: $115,322 (for 2019)
Number of staff: 3 part-time, with one increasing to full-time in 2020

What happens when you move an underground art venue to a highly visible location in Iowa City’s thriving Northside neighborhood? Public Space One (PS1) is about to find out. This artist-led, community-driven contemporary art center has provided an innovative and inclusive space for making and presenting art for 17 years—but 2020 will be different.

Our new Northside homes offer increased space for the Iowa City Press Co-op, our community-access educational print and book arts studio; continued monthly exhibitions in a new two-room gallery in a 122-year-old home; a public reading room and archive for the Center for Afrofuturist Studies; and bright, spacious studio space, including a dedicated residency studio. We are also opening a media center on S Dubuque Street at the former PATV site, with community access to production spaces and resources.

In short, 2020 will be a huge year for us, with an array of new locations, offerings and experiences.

Join us in our capital campaign to ensure our success in this new era. Your support, whether financial, in-kind or volunteer, is not only welcomed but celebrated! When we Do-It-Together, we will build a whole new realm of art possibilities for the culture of eastern Iowa.

Strengthen • Grow • Evolve

221 E Washington St, Iowa City

Year founded: 2018
Annual budget: $6.5 million
Number of staff: 1.5 devoted to the campaign, though many others are working on it

Iowa City is a great city for the arts. Our rich culture is why people live here, what people remember when they visit, and the charm that attracts new people to call this place home.

Strengthen • Grow • Evolve is a collaborative campaign between The Englert Theatre and FilmScene that seeks a major reinvestment in modern and historic venues, innovative programming, and new models of collaboration. Working together, we are Building the Greatest Small City for the Arts.

Strengthen: Our excellence is built on diverse and distinguished art and a rewarding audience experience. This campaign will reinvest in The Englert Theatre and FilmScene on The Ped Mall, century-old buildings which require renovation and modernization to keep our artists and patrons happy.

Grow: FilmScene at The Chauncey is a world-class facility that elevates the presentation of film to a new level. Adding this space to our ecosystem, we can launch Refocus Film Festival in 2020 and nurture the inspired work of Mission Creek Festival and Witching Hour.

Evolve: We have an opportunity to improve access and engagement with the arts for all people in our community as this campaign seeks to invest in new human resources and collaborative action dedicated to arts education and engagement to fulfill the promise ahead.

Table to Table

840 S Capitol St, Iowa City
319-337-3400

Year founded: 1996
Annual budget: $330,000
Number of staff: 6

We are Iowa’s original food rescue organization! Our mission is to keep wholesome, edible food from going to waste by collecting it from donors and distributing it to those in need through agencies that serve the hungry, homeless and at-risk populations. The agencies we serve receive fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy and protein multiple times each week from Table to Table food rescue deliveries.

Since we began in April of 1996, Table to Table volunteers have rescued and distributed over 20 million pounds of food to area agencies. Interested in our work? Get involved by calling 319-337-3400 or emailing volunteer@table2table.org.

Each pound of good food costs us just 16 cents to rescue from the dumpster! Donate to the cause at table2table.org/donation.

Illustration by Julia DeSpain