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Education: Early Childhood - 12th Grade

  • Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens 909 Robert D. Ray Drive Des Moines, IA, 50316 United States (map)


Dear Friends:

You’re invited to the OpportUNITY Summit, a quarterly convening for the OpportUNITY Community Plan to reduce poverty and create prosperity for all central Iowans.

Over 1,000 individuals and nearly 200 organizations are making considerable progress to this important work. The OpportUNITY Summit will highlight our successes and explore how to create more impact. Join us!

Tuesday July 26, 2016
3:30 to 5:00 PM

Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens
909 Robert D Ray Dr, Des Moines, IA




Join us in collecting school supplies for our local Elementary, Middle, High School and Adult Basic Education programs. Ideas for supplies to donate:

  • Washable markers
  • #10 Pencils
  • Red/Blue/Black Pens
  • 3-Subject Spiral Notebooks
  • Wide Ruled Paper
  • Pocket Folders
  • 24 Count Crayons
  • 12 Count Colored Pencils
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Pencil Box/Case
  • Highlighters
  • 3x5 Lined Note Cards
  • Sticky Notes
  • Backpacks

Bring your donated school supplies to this month’s OpportUNITY Summit.


The Plan

The OpportUNITY plan has been led by a community leadership roundtable and informed by the 2014 and 2015 OpportUNITY summits, 16 months of research, and several priority workgroups focused on 4 distinct priorities. This effort aligns with our community goal to “Increase the percentage of central Iowans who are financially self-sufficient from 64.7% (2014) to 75% by 2020” - reducing poverty by 10% and increase opportunities for 20,000 central Iowans.

The following priorities, key to reducing poverty in central Iowa, include:

  • Education and Employment Readiness
  • Housing, Homelessness and Transportation
  • Change: Place Based, System and Individual
  • Food Insecurity



Earlier Event: July 25
City of Des Moines Council Meetings
Later Event: July 27
LGBT Support Group in Spanish