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Through our programs, we meet the basic needs of these children who find themselves in crisis situations, where they suddenly have no home, few possessions, and an uncertain future. Our goal is to meet the basic needs of children in the foster care community immediacy, reliability, and the spirit of hope and dignity.

More than ever, your support is needed at Families Helping Families. We are dedicated to helping foster care children in our community by pairing them with programs, opportunities, and scholarships to help them thrive at home and in school.

Every day opens a new opportunity to help these children gain self-confidence, security and redefine their human potential, no matter what their circumstances.

Ways to Give

  • Monetary Donations

    When you support Families Helping Families, you have the option of designating your gift. If you want to donate specifically to a program or event, let us know with your donation, or, leave your gift undesignated and we’ll put your donation toward the program with the highest need. Monetary donations can also be made anonymously. If you would like to donate to Families Helping Families there are two easy and convenient ways to do this.

    Donate Online: Donate online!

    Donate Via Mail: Donations can be sent via mail to our office at: Families Helping Families of Iowa – 6000 7th Street SW – Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

  • Gifts in Memorium

    If someone has impacted your life or the life of someone else, consider an In Honor gift. You can also honor the memory of a loved one through an In Memorium gift. Memorium and honor gifts are great for honoring someone you love during the holiday season.

  • Sponsorships

    Join our growing list of supports and sponsors, supporting the mission of Families Helping Families of Iowa, Inc. Your sponsorship supports our operations, events and community resources that assist families across the state. Learn more about sponsorships and how you’ll benefit from becoming a sponsor.

  • Stuff Etc. Donations

    From old furniture to gently used home decor, you can support Families Helping Families. If you’re cleaning out your house and want to donate your loved furniture and home goods, drop off your items at Stuff Etc. at 252 Blairs Ferry Road in Cedar Rapids, where we have a registered account. Just tell the associate that your donation is for Families Helping Families and you’ll collect a tax receipt for 50 percent off the total value of the items.

    And remember, children’s items are always welcome at our office to help support the Clothing Closet. Large items from beds and bureaus to lamps and loungers can be donated to Stuff Etc. For more information, contact us.

  • Can Shed Donations

    Families Helping Families is pleased to announce we have formed a new fundraising partnership with Can Shed! You can now drop off your empty cans, glass and plastic bottles at any of their three area locations and FHF will receive the proceeds from your donations.

    Cedar Rapids
    4121 16th Ave SW
    Hours of Operation:
    Mon – Fri 7am to 6pm
    Saturday 8 am to 4pm
    Iowa City
    611 Hollywood Blvd
    Hours of Operation:
    Mon – Fri 9:30am to 6pm
    Saturday 8 am to 4pm
    370 44th St
    Hours of Operation:
    Mon – Fri 9:30am to 6pm
    Saturday 8 am to 4pm


    For more information, call Can Shed at 319.366.1300 or email customer-service@canshed.com.

  • Amazon & eBay Giving Works

    When you shop for eligible items with Amazon Smile or eBay Giving Works, you can opt to have a portion of your purchase donated to Families Helping Families. It’s a great way to make a difference through online shopping.

  • Volunteer

    Volunteering your time and talents is just as valuable as supporting our mission with monetary donations. From supporting our Clothing Closet to coordinating and planning our annual events, your energy is appreciated.

  • Donate Your Gift Card

    Did you know more than $2 billion is left unused on gift cards every year? If you’re one of the 40 percent of gift card receivers who never get around to using the total, consider gifting your card to Families Helping Families. There are plenty of ways to donate your remaining balance to Families Helping Families to continue supporting our mission:

    Donate your balance online – Find hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants and donate your balance today

    Host a card party – Invite friends and families to donate their unused balances, too, and help make a difference in your community!