IOWA Clubs Improve Communities Nationwide

Volunteers from the St. Louis IOWA Club help plant trees in Queeny Park.

University of Iowa alumni celebrated National Volunteer Month by collaborating throughout April to benefit others.

Responding to encouragement from the University of Iowa Alumni Association (UIAA), members of 19 IOWA Clubs – UIAA-sponsored groups for active graduates and Hawkeye fans – completed various service projects. View more photos here.

“Our IOWA Club system mobilized volunteers from the national base of UI alumni to sport black and gold and improve their local communities,” said Jeff Kueter, UIAA president and a former IOWA Club leader. “Iowa’s alumni are generous with their time and talents. We were pleased to help them show the positive impact they can make.”

IOWA Clubs’ volunteer projects included:

  • Chicago – Chicago Youth Sports Alliance Field Day
  • Columbia – Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia, S.C.
  • Council Bluffs/Omaha – Open Door Mission
  • Fort Myers – Big Ten – Senior Friendship Centers
  • Indianapolis – Fletcher Place Community Center
  • Greater Kansas City – Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City
  • Las Vegas – Various projects
  • Los Angeles – Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
  • Naples – Habitat for Humanity of Collier County
  • New York Metro – New York Cares Day Spring
  • Orange County – Rebuilding Together Orange County
  • Orlando – Servant’s Heart Center and Good Samaritan Society—Kissimmee Village
  • Pittsburgh/Steel City – Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
  • Phoenix/Valley of the Sun – River and trail cleanup
  • St. Louis – St. Louis Cardinals’ 4 A Greener Game and Earth Day tree planting
  • San Antonio – Various individual projects
  • Tampa Bay – Metropolitan Ministries
  • Twin Cities – Feed My Starving Children
  • Washington, D.C./Capital Area – Bread for the City

University of Iowa students experienced UI alumni’s altruism firsthand when club members in Indianapolis, Memphis, and St. Louis hosted Alternative Spring Break participants who were in those cities to complete service learning projects.

Visit wordpress.iowalum.com/clubs to learn more about IOWA Clubs.

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2 Comments

  1. James Morrison
    Posted May 12, 2015 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    As a retired alum living in two areas (Northwest Indana and Northwest Florida), are there not smaller city conglomerates such as Hammond/Gary/Munster/Crown Pt or Destin/ Ft Walton Beach/Panama City/Pensacola that have enough members for groups to be in place?

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