About Us

Welcome to the Mentor Iowa Web Site! The mission of Mentor Iowa is to provide trained volunteer mentors to abused, neglected, and delinquent children who are under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court. We will do this by working in partnership with the children, their families and the community.

Upcoming Events

June – Iowa Cubs (Friday, June 25th)

July – Blank Park Zoo (Saturday, July 17th)

August – Back to School Bash (Saturday, August 14th)

Saturday, August 28th – 2nd annual Miles for Mentees charity bike ride

Friday, September 24th – Annual Divots & Dimples charity golf outing (Toad Valley golf course)

September – Menagerie Horse Stables (Altoona) – (Sunday, September 26th)



Ways You Can Help & Updates

Mentor Iowa’s 16th annual Divots & Dimples Charity Golf Outing

On Friday, September 24th, 2021 we will host our 16th annual Divots & Dimples charity golf outing at Toad Valley Golf Course.  

Mentor Iowa is in need of hole sponsors to help us reach our financial goals.  If you would like to help Mentor Iowa this year by golfing in our outing or being a hole sponsor (or both) please contact Executive Director, Marty Lester at 515-277-9797 or marty@mentoriowa.org.


Mentor Iowa’s 2nd annual Miles for Mentees charity bike ride

The 2nd annual Miles for Mentees charity bike ride will take place on Saturday, August 28th.  The bike ride will feature 2 routes to best suit you bike riding endurance.  We will feature a 4-mile ride along with an 11-mile ride.  The fee to ride in the Miles for Mentees charity bike ride is $25.  The fee includes the bike ride, t-shirt and Eggs & Jam breakfast sandwich.  Deadline to sign up is Tuesday, August 10th (to receive shirt at ride).  After August 10th, you will receive your t-shirt a few weeks after the ride.  The bike ride will start and end at Eggs & Jam located at 1907 EP True Pkwy #102 in West Des Moines.

If you are interested in riding or becoming a sponsor, please contact Marty Lester at marty@mentoriowa.org or call 515-277-9797.


VARIETY – the Children’s Charity grant award

Mentor Iowa is a recent recipient of a grant award from Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa!  This funding award from Variety will help sponsor six group events (Back to School Bash – August, Smash Park – September, Pumpkin Patch – October, Iowa Wild – January, “Cats” performance – March, 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. Funding is provided to programs and initiatives that directly impact the well-being of children throughout Iowa. 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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