Get Involved

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Each year, Heartland Senior Services continues to grow. As the Baby Boomer generation ages and the need for the resources we provide grows, we greatly appreciate community members like you. Without you, none of this would be possible. The generosity that keeps Heartland vibrant comes in a variety of ways:

Donate

Each year donations account for approximately 20% of Heartland’s budget. Your support allows us to continue providing quality services for the seniors we serve, 75% of whom need financial assistance to participate.

We realize there are many choices for your charitable giving. We are grateful for your choice to invest in the lives of seniors in our community, and to partner with us to pursue our mission to offer life-enriching opportunities for older adults and provide support for their families and caregivers.

There are several ways you can show your heart for those of Heartland:

Online Contributions

You can give securely online using this link. Link to online contribution page. If there is a specific program you would like to contribute to, just let us know.

Check Contributions

You can mail a check to our office:
205 S. Walnut Ave. Ames, IA 50010

In-Kind Donations

Gifts of nonperishable food, toiletries, craft supplies, and cleaning products are also welcome and needed. Contact our Outreach Department at Outreach@hsservicesia.com to inquire about needs.

Planned Giving

You can make a significant, enduring contribution to Heartland, as well as benefit from tax savings, by planning your donations with a tax advisor.

Planned Giving

Planned Giving is the process of making a significant, enduring contribution to Heartland after carefully considering the nature and timing of your gift, as well as the tax benefits to you, the donor.

Arrangement can be made for a planned gift either during or after your lifetime. The most common form of planned giving is a bequest, in which person’s will provides for a gift of cash, stocks, bonds, real estate, or other assets to Heartland. Please consult a qualified attorney or other professional advisor to enable you to maximize the tax benefits of your gift and have an immediate impact on the lives of Seniors in Story County.

Benefits of Planned Giving

  • Leaving a legacy of charity, generosity, and goodwill towards seniors
  • Providing improved health and services for seniors in Story County
  • Decreased liability of federal income and/or estate taxes

Heartland Senior Services Endowment Fund

The purpose for the Heartland Senior Services Endowment Fund is exclusively charitable and educational and will support and assist Heartland Senior Services, a non-profit, tax-exempt Iowa corporation.

Money Given to the Endowment

Donor specified gifts, as well as the annual income of the endowment from interest and dividends shall be distributed solely for grants, loans, and gifts that aid, support and assist Heartland Senior Services.

Deferred Gifts

A deferred gift from your estate will enable senior citizens to be served for decades to come. Identifying Heartland Senior Services of Story County as a beneficiary in your will, personal insurance policy or retirement policy, i.e. a 401 (k) ensures the sustainability of the agency. You could also designate a specific program or service to which your funds will be applied; alternatively, undesignated funds will be used for the greatest need of the agency.

IRA Charitable Rollover

The IRA Charitable Rollover provides donors age 70 ½ or older a unique opportunity to make tax-wise gifts to causes they care about.

What it is? Donors age 70 ½ or older can transfer up to $100,000 of IRA assets to public charities without being subject to federal income taxes on the distribution. Please think of Heartland as you do your tax-wise planned giving.

Volunteer

We need you to keep our programs and activities vibrant and running smoothly. It takes hundreds of volunteers to provide the high-level and personalized care for the seniors we care for, and a wide range of skillsets! Attending the myriad events and activities Heartland puts on is another great way to show your support and to personally connect with our amazing participants.

“I do so much more than ‘deliver’ a meal to seniors. I check on their safety and well-being. I bring them a hot and nutritious meal that gives them energy. Plus, I get to connect to some very special people. It’s the social interaction that really had me hooked from the first time I volunteered.”

Deb Fennelly, Meals on Wheels of Story County Volunteer, July 2017

Here are some of our volunteer opportunities:

Activities & Resources

Do you enjoy leading groups or teaching others a new skill? We need passionate individuals to lead our variety of programs, from bingo nights to computer classes, computer courses to Zumba.

Adult Day Center

We need caring individuals to facilitate daily activities, serve meals, and engage in one-on-one conversations with the participants who come to our Adult Day Center.

Bill Payers

We need trustworthy individuals to assist seniors with tasks such as writing checks, sorting bills, filling out forms, and completing paperwork. We do background checks and train all volunteers to be well-equipped for this job.

Friendly Lunch Bunch

We offer a hot and nutritious group meal, every weekday at our center at 205 S. Walnut Ave. We’d love your help with meal prep, serving, and clean up!

Friendly Visitors

Many elderly people struggle with isolation and have difficulty with home maintenance. Being a friendly presence and offering assistance with around-the-house tasks can be a huge blessing for homebound folks.

Meals on Wheels of Story County

For those unable to leave their home, we provide a hot meal, safety check, and social visit. We rely on volunteer drivers to deliver these lunches throughout Ames and greater Story County communities. Volunteers for Meals on Wheels of Story County should apply here link to MGMC MOW page.