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How To Help

Get involved with Central Iowa Shelter & Services by volunteering or donating. CISS volunteers support our mission by serving meals, running our clothing closet and food pantry, helping at the front desk, and much more!


If you don’t have time to volunteer, consider donating to CISS! Both financial and in-kind donations are vital in meeting the needs of our clients. View our Top Needs to see what items we need most. 

Every year at Central Iowa Shelter & Services, we ask the community to help us collect items for holiday boxes that we give to clients on Christmas Day. Below are the encouraged items that we include in these gifts. If yourself, friends, family or co-workers would like to make their own holiday boxes for our clients, please contact us via Facebook and we would be happy to further coordinate! Help us provide a gift this holiday season to the ones who could use it the most. We are accepting donations until December 19!

Our Impact This Year

  • Number of People Served This Year


  • Lbs harvested from Mulberry Farms & Food This Year


  • Veterans Served This Year


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