Time is Running Out to Play It Forward

Time is running out to sign up for our fall signature event, the YESS Human Foosball League Tournament presented by Space Simply - Cy Phillips . We are TWO weeks out from the event and only a few team spots remain for this one-of-a-kind fundraising event.
Click here to learn more and register your team today before the last couple of spots sell out!

Do you want to lend a hand as a volunteer? There are a few volunteer spots still available. To learn more, email Jana at daisyj@yessiowa.org.


  • Mercer held a PRIDE drag show in September with proceeds benefiting YESS. This was the fourth year the team has hosted the event, raising more than $2,000 in just one night. We are so thankful for community partners like Mercer that organize efforts to support YESS' mission to protect children and empower families.

  • Volunteers from Principal Financial Group came to YESS for United Way of Central Iowa's annual Day of Action. They spent time helping out with the young children in our Crisis Nursery and playing outdoor games with some of our older youth. Both our staff and youth appreciate when volunteers set aside time from their busy schedules to spend time at the shelter.

  • YESS is honored to be the recipient of a Prairie Meadows' Community Betterment Grant in 2019. This grant helps fund our Emergency Shelter Meals Program, making sure our youth have access to nutritious meals each day. Providing healthy food to kids in shelter not only gives them the energy they need to thrive, but it allows them to focus on their healing journeys.

  • New Chapters Libraries for At-Risk Youth held a party at the YESS library this week to kick off the new school year. The library was part of YESS' expansion in 2015 and encourages a love for reading among our youth with weekly library hours and fun incentives. There were outdoor games and Fini's Italian Ice came to serve up some cool treats for the kids.

  • Volunteers from KPMG came to YESS this week to help with lunch preparation and other projects around our facility. We are appreciative of having the extra helping hands!

In-Kind Needs at YESS

Looking for a way to help the children at YESS? We are currently in need of these in-kind donations . Please email Jana Daisy to coordinate an in-kind donation drive or drop-off.

  • Similac Sensitive Formula (unopened)
  • Baby food (jars or pouches of fruits and/or veggies)
  • Diapers – sizes 3 & 4
  • New underwear for teens (adult sizes S-XXL), both men’s and women’s
  • New athletic socks for teens (adult sizes), both men’s and women’s 

Team YESS is Hiring

When you join YESS, you aren't just taking a job, you're becoming part of a team. A team that is committed to making the community a better place by protecting children and empowering families.

Do you or someone you know want to make a difference in the community and help kids build brighter futures? We have many opportunities to join Team YESS!
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