Help a child feel seen

December 1, 2021

How many places in the world do you feel totally, unconditionally accepted?

Many of us are fortunate to feel this way at home with our family, perhaps at work, and in the company of friends. Outside of our inner circles, however, these spaces can be hard to find – especially for youth.

Our kids and teens are not immune to feelings of sadness, hopelessness, of not being enough, of being different…More and more we are hearing from our families, and youth themselves, that they feel “othered,” unappreciated, and unwelcome at their school or in their community. This is why inclusion is foundational to every Camp Fire program.

“Camp is the only place I feel like I can truly be myself.” – Summer ’21 Camper

It’s hard growing up today. And it’s only getting tougher. It’s for this reason, and so many more, that we continue to work to expand our programs – so every child and teen has a safe, enriching, and supportive space to make friends, create memories, and be the best version of themselves. We guide kids and teens of all ages and backgrounds to boost their confidence and unlock their potential so they can thrive—where they are now. But we need your help to make it happen.

We urgently need to raise $20,000 by January 1 to continue providing our inclusive, welcoming programs for kids and teens in central Iowa – and we’re counting on your help!

Each year, thanks to your vital support, more than 1,000 central Iowa kids and teens are able to experience a welcoming and inclusive community by participating in one of our school year or summer camp programs.

Your gift will help a child feel seen, safe, wanted, and welcome. Help us change the lives of central youth for the better!

Give Online

Making a gift online is easy and convenient. You can choose to make a one-time gift or set up a recurring gift through our easy-to-use online platform.

Make a gift by mail

Send your gift by check, made payable to:

Camp Fire Heart of Iowa
5615 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50310

Make a gift by phone

If you’d prefer to make a gift by phone, please call 515.274.1501.

Make a Legacy gift

Legacy gifts made through a will, trust, life insurance, annuity or other financial planning vehicle allow donors the opportunity to make a meaningful gift with a lasting impact that will support Camp Fire for many generations to come.

If you have questions about your donation or our programs, please contact us!