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

May – Smash Park (Saturday, May 29th)

June – Iowa Cubs (Friday, June 25th)


Ways You Can Help & Updates

Mentor Iowa’s 18th annual auction, presented by GreenState Credit Union

Starting Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 through Sunday, April 25th, 2021 we will host our 18th annual Mentor Iowa auction through our specially designed auction portal.  We have decided to host our auction virtually again this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our online auction portal will allow Mentor Iowa to recognize all sponsors along with honoring our Tidrick Honors recipient and Mentors of the Year.

Mentor Iowa is in need of auction items to help us reach our financial goals.  If you would like to help Mentor Iowa this year by donating an item(s), please contact Executive Director, Marty Lester at 515-277-9797 or marty@mentoriowa.org.


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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