About Us

Welcome to the Mentor Iowa Web Site!  The mission of Mentor Iowa is to provide trained volunteer mentors to at-risk children in need of a positive adult role model.  We will do this by working in partnership with the children, their families and the community.

Mentor Iowa is a 501(c)(3) Iowa Nonprofit corporation. Iowa Code Chapter 504A.  Tax ID # – 23-7329212.

Upcoming Events

March – Botanical Center – Saturday, March 16th

April – TBD

May – TBD








Ways You Can Help & Updates

Adopt-a-Family program

Mentor Iowa is once again hosting our annual adopt-a-family program.  We are on pace to adopt 375 children this year and need your help.  Adopt-a-family sponsors spend on average $100 per child adopted.  If you are interested in making a child’s holiday season a little brighter, please contact Marty Lester at 515-277-9797 or marty@mentoriowa.org to learn more about our adopt-a-family program.

VARIETY – the Children’s Charity grant award

Mentor Iowa is a recent recipient of a 2023 grant award from Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa!  This funding award from Variety will help sponsor five group events (Menagerie Stables – September, Howell’s Pumpkin Patch – October, STOMP performance – January, Iowa Wild – February, Iowa Cubs – May), Jeans for Teens/Clothes for Kids program, Mentor Activity Fund and Mentee Assistance Fund. These funds are instrumental for Mentor Iowa to provide a wide range of fun activities for our match pairs to participate in at no expense to our mentors.
Variety – the Children’s Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of children who are underprivileged, at-risk, critically ill or living with special needs. Grant funding is provided to programs and initiatives that directly impact the well-being of children in our community. For more information on how you can be a part of Variety’s work, please visit www.varietyiowa.com.
Thank you so much to Variety for their many ways of support to Mentor Iowa!


Mentor Iowa is honored to keep this post on our home page as this is our largest one day check we have received in our history.  We would like to thank O’Donnell & Friends Charities for selecting Mentor Iowa as the charity of choice from their golf outing in 2016.  As a result of their hard work and efforts, Mentor Iowa received $103,198.25 to help create the Dan & Dee O’Donnell scholarship. This scholarship will benefit Mentor Iowa mentees who are in their Sophomore, Junior and Senior years in college.


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