Friends of Mahaska County Conservation Outline Fundraising Efforts

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The Friends of Mahaska County Conservation is a private non-profit organization that was created in 2011 to assist with fundraising efforts to support the Mahaska County Conservation Board and to support Conservation education throughout Mahaska County. Recently the Friends group has been an integral part of fundraising efforts for the Natural Playscape that is going to be built on the west side of the Environmental Learning Center.

Over the last year, the Friends group has raised approximately $11,000 in donations to go towards the project. Recently the Friends received a $97,000 grant through the Iowa Arts Council which exists within the Iowa Economic Development Authority for the Strengthening Communities Grant. The Strengthening Communities Grant was created to help support rural non-profit organizations that are committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Most recently on February 27th, 2024, United Way of Mahaska County which works to empower local communities by promoting education, promoting healthy living, and strengthening financial stability, granted the Friends of Mahaska County Conservation $25,000 to go toward the playscape project.

These fundraising efforts are being led by the Friends President Rodney Anderson and Ashley Utt from Pathfinders RC&D. Rodney’s leadership and hard work have tremendously moved the project forward.

The Friends of Mahaska County are always looking for new members to join their group to work towards enhancing the park systems and outdoor opportunities in Mahaska County.

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