Due to the recent restrictions on small businesses and social distancing, many people are doing a significant amount of shopping online. While we always want to support small business, when you DO shop at, you can choose Serve Iowa as your charity, and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase amount to Serve Iowa. It's an easy way to get the things need AND donate to a great cause, with no additional cost on your part!



Request Funds

Does your child want to play Little League? Sing in a choir? Compete in Mock Trial or Debate? Do you need to buy tickets to the Daddy/Daughter dance, or pay for daycare registration fees? Ask your DHS or FSRP worker to help you complete the form. S/he will then send it to us for approval. We have a quick turnaround time, and can honor most requests. The only two hard and fast rules are that your case must be in Polk County, Iowa (even if you or your child live in a different iowa county), and you must have an ongoing, service-eligible case with DHS (but are not court-involved).

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Other Resources

Sometimes families need an actual "thing," rather than a "service." Serve Iowa has been able to help with everything from fuel cards to strollers, to beds. While we can't honor all requests, whether due to budget constraints or misalignment with our mission, we work hard to give families what they need to get past those smaller obstacles. Your DHS or FSRP worker can help you fill out the request form and get it submitted. We have a pretty quick turnaround time. If your case is in Polk County, Iowa and your case is a service-eligible one (i.e., not court-involved), we may be able to help.

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The blog its where we delve deeper into specific topics. You might see information about cases that are court-involved, to help you understand why you don't want to go down that path. You might read about how child support works in juvenile court vs. family law court.

But you might also hear about fun (and often free!) things to do with your kids; success stories, and other positive posts.

And again—if there's something you'd like to know more about, let us know!

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Serve Iowa is...

  • A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
  • We help fill in the smaller, family-specific gaps between what families need to be successful and what DHS can provide.
  • We stop smallish problems from turning into insurmountable barriers.

Serve Iowa is not...

  • DHS (or affiliated with DHS)
  • FSRP
  • a direct service provider; we help fund the small things you need, but we don't provide them.
  • able to do the BIG stuff; that's up to DHS to do or help you figure out how to do

Next Steps...

So if you have an:

  • Eligible/Voluntary case with DHS (Polk County, Iowa) and
  • need help solving some of the problems DHS can't help you with,

talk to your DHS or FSRP worker! If you have questions, you can email us at