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The following is a current list of projects and programs sponsored by organizations and individuals in honor of Cady Day of Public Service.

You can review volunteer opportunities by clicking the link in the left navigation menu. If you are interested in organizing your own program or project, please register your event so we can include it on the list below.

Remote/Virtual Programs and Projects

Virtual Food Drive to benefit the Food Bank of Iowa - Sponsored by McKee Voorhees & Sease, PLC

Sponsored by McKee Voorhees & Sease, PLC 

McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC, is hosting a virtual food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Iowa now through Oct. 22. 

Make a donation here.

Expungement and Employment Barriers Clinic - Sponsored by Iowa Legal Aid and Shuttleworth & Ingersoll PLC * NOTE: All volunteer needs are filled. Thank you.

Sponsored by Iowa Legal Aid Racial Equity Project and Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, PLC
**All volunteer needs are filled.

To honor Chief Justice Cady’s commitment to civil rights and racial justice, the Iowa Legal Aid Racial Equity Project and Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, PLC, will hold Expungement & Employment Barriers clinics. The clinics, which will be run remotely via Zoom, will serve approximately 100 clients from around the state, and will utilize the services of volunteer attorneys from Shuttleworth & Ingersoll and Iowa Legal Aid staff, as well as other law student and non-lawyer volunteers. On the day of the clinic, clients will receive advice and assistance with drafting pro se forms dealing with collateral consequences issues such as expungement and sealing, court debt, licensure and vehicle registration, and issues with private background checks. Some clients may receive extended representation with their collateral consequences issue, resources permitting. Our clients will be direct referrals from the Race Equity Project’s many pre-existing community partners throughout the state, such as the NAACP, BLM, Iowa Workforce Development, the faith community, and others. 

Appointing a Power of Attorney - Webinar - Sponsored by Hope Wood, JD

Sponsored by Hope Wood JD, PLLC
Oct. 22, Noon - 1 p.m.

Get all of your questions answered about appointing a power of attorney.

The live lunchtime webinar will be hosted on Zoom .

Participants who register 24 hours in advance will receive a power of attorney form in advance of the presentation.

Open to all participants. Approved for 1 hour of Iowa Continuing Legal Education.

Attendees will learn the following:

  • How to appoint a power of attorney.
  • How to create a legally valid power of attorney document.
  • Available authority granted under a power of attorney.
  • Removal of a power of attorney.
  • Cross application of guardianships and conservatorships.

Information presented is drawn from Iowa Code Sections 144B and 633B.

All participation is free in honor of the Mark S. Cady Day of Public Service. 

Participation is limited to the first 100 registrations.

Register here.

Virtual Diaper Drive to benefit theStart Small Project - Sponsored by Drake Christian Legal Society and Health Law Society

Sponsored by Drake Christian Legal Society and Health Law Society
Now through the end of October

The Drake Law School Christian Legal Society and Health Law Society are hosting a virtual diaper drive to benefit the Small Start Project. The Start Small Project is a diaper distribution serving refugee and immigrant families in the Des Moines metro area. The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted these families and the Start Small Project has been helping meet their needs in a big way!

Click here to see the Start Small Amazon wish list and to make a donation now.

Physical donations are also welcome. More information to follow.

Do you want to learn more about the Start Small Project? Find them on Instagram and Facebook.

 

Live Events - Des Moines area

Kick-off Coffee - Sponsored by Drake Law Public Interest Law Association

Sponsored by Drake Law Public Interest Law Association
Oct. 22, 8-9:30 a.m.
Carwright Hall, Room 206

The Public Interest Law Association is hosting continental breakfast for law school students, faculty, staff and Cady Day of Service volunteers.

 

Volunteer for Vets - Sponsored by Professor Robert Rigg, Drake Law School

Sponsored by Professor Robert Rigg, Drake Law School
Friday, Oct. 22, 1 p.m.

 

Join Professor Bob Rigg at the Des Moines Vets Center to interview veterans for referral to Polk County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project. Contact Prof. Rigg to sign up (robert.rigg@drake.edu). 

 

Halloween Hoops - Sponsored by Drake Public Interest Law Association

Sponsored by Drake Public Interest Law Association
Friday, Oct. 29,  5-7 p.m.

Drake Law PILA is looking for volunteers to help at the annual Halloween Hoops event. Volunteers will help at various stations or games for safe trick or treating with kids in the community. It is a very interactive volunteer event with the Drake Community and a lot of fun! Contact Clara Avenarius at clara.avenarius@drake.edu to sign up. 

 

 

FREE Clinic - Financial and Medical Powers of Attorney and Living Wills - Sponsored by Drake Law School and Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project

Sponsored by Drake Law School and Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project
Friday, Oct. 22
Choose one of three sessions: 10 a.m., 1 p.m., or 4 p.m.
Neal and Bea Smith Law Center, 2400 University Avenue, Des Moines

Drake Law School will present a public clinic for financial and medical powers of attorney as part of the Cady Day of Service. The clinic will begin with a brief overview of the importance of having a financial power of attorney and medical power of attorney. At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will meet on-on-one with a Drake Law student to execute a simple version of power of attorney or living will documents.

The clinic will be held in the Courtroom at the Neal and Bea Smith Law Center. Sessions will be offered throughout the day.

Food Bank of Iowa - Food sorting and distribution - Sponsored by Drake Agriculture and Environmental Law Association

Sponsored by Drake Agriculture and Environmental Law Association
Oct 22, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Food Bank of Iowa, 2220 E 17th Street, Des Moines
Limit: 15 participants

Volunteers will help label, count and box food donations. 

Bill Riley Trail Clean-up event - Sponsored by Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation, and Drake Law School

Sponsored by Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation, and Drake Law School
Friday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m.-noon
Bill Riley Trail, Greenwood Park, Des Moines

Volunteers will remove invasive plants from the Bill Riley Trail in Greenwood Park. Equipment and tools will be provided.

LifeServe Blood Drive - Sponsored by Drake Law Delts

Sponsored by Drake Law Delts
Friday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Carpenter Avenue - Cartwright Hall

Sponsored by the Drake Law Delts.

DMARC Resource Drive - Sponsored by Iowa Department of Public Safety

Sponsored by Iowa Department of Public Safety

The Iowa Department of Public Safety is sponsoring a resource drive (food and personal items) for their pantry.

Donation Drive to benefit Children & Families of Iowa - Sponsored by the Iowa Attorney General's Office

Sponsored by the Iowa Attorney General's Office
October 22

The Iowa Attorney General's Office is holding a donation drive to benefit Children & Families of Iowa.

Immigration Clinic - Sponsored by the Drake International Law Society, Drake Refugee Clinic, Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice, and EMBARC

Sponsored by the Drake International Law Society, Drake Refugee Clinic, Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice, and EMBARC
Saturday, Oct. 23
8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Drake’s Refugee Clinic is partnering with Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice and EMBARC (the Burmese refugee support organization) to hold an Immigration Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Volunteers will work directly with resettled refugees applying for green cards and/or review documents produced through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests in preparation for naturalization.

Volunteer here.

Construction project for Habitat for Humanity - Sponsored by Nyemaster Goode, PC

Sponsored by Nyemaster Goode PC

Nyemaster Goode PC is planning a construction project with Habitat for Humanity.

Donation Drive to benefit Dorothy's House - Sponsored by Nyemaster Goode, PC

Sponsored by Nyemaster Goode PC

Nyemaster Goode PC is holding a donation drive to Dorothy's House.

Donation Drive to benefit Children and Families of Iowa - Sponsored by Nyemaster Goode, PC

Sponsored by Nyemaster Goode PC

Nyemaster Goode PC is holding a donation drive to benefit Children and Families of Iowa.

Animal Rescue League Pet Food Drive - Sponsored by Iowa Department of Public Safety

Sponsored by Iowa Department of Public Safety

The Iowa Department of Public Safety is sponsoring a pet food drive (dog and/or cat food) for the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL). The food is inteded for the ARL's pantry wehre they provide pet food to people who can no longer afford to feed their pets.

Urban Dreams Volunteer Work - Sponsored by Dickinson Law Firm

Sponsored by Dickinson Law Firm
Oct. 22

Volunteer attorneys and staff of the Dickinson Law Firm will help with food distribution and orgnization/clean-up the Urban Dreams headquarters.

Habitat for Humanity - Rock the Block - Sponsored by Dickinson Law Firm

Sponsored by Dickinson Law Firm
Oct. 22

Attorneys and staff with the Dickinson Law Firm will assist with "Rock the Block" to make needed repairs on existing homes.

Support for Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc. - Sponsored by Fredrickson & Byron, Des Moines

Sponsored by Fredrickson & Byron, Des Moines
Now thru October 22

Fredrikson & Byron's Des Moines office will support the Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc's (UDMO) location in Fort Dodge. Justice Cady was from Fort Dodge, and Fredrikson & Byron associate attorney Natalie Williams grew up in Webster County, so we think it is fitting to support an organization in that area. The UDMO assists low-income families, and many of their programs are donation-driven. The firm will do a donation drive to support an area the UDMO designates as most-needed, for example, their Baby Room (where parents of children birth to 2 years old can get items that they need for their child for the first two years); the Food Pantry (food drive); Coats for Kids; or the Birthday Room (offers parents/caregivers for children 1-8 supplies to have a birthday party for their child along with a gift). Natalie Williams will serve as point-person for the project.
   
Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc: 1325 1st Ave S, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501 515.576.7774 www.udmo.com

Recreation Trail Cleanup - Sponsored by Whitfield & Eddy Law

Sponsored by Whitfield & Eddy
Birdland Marina, Des Moines
Friday, Oct. 22
10 a.m. - noon

Whitfield & Eddy attorneys, staff and other volunteers will hold a recreation trail clean up with Des Moines Parks and Recreation. 

Contact Marc Hollander at hollander@whitfieldlaw.com for more information or to volunteer.

   

Donation Drive to benefit Ellipsis - Sponsored by Ahlers & Cooney, PC

Sponsored by Ahlers & Cooney, PC
Supply drive to benefit Ellipsis (fka YESS/Youth Homes of Mid America)
October 18-22

The firm will collect donations of the most-needed supplies to support the mission of the organization in providing a physically and emotionally safe space for youth in need.   

Grab-n-Go Pizza Fundraiser to Benefit Starts Right Here - Sponsored by BrownWinick

Sponsored by BrownWinick
Friday, Oct. 22; all day

BrownWinick is hosting a Grab 'n Go Pizza Fundraiser to benefit Starts Right Here. Starts Right Here works with at-risk youth in the DM Public School District. In conjunction with the fundraiser, BrownWinick is sponsoring a hoodie drive for the kids that are served by Starts Right Here. As the weather changes, the kids could use some sweatshirts in a variety of colors and sizes.

Service Project to benefit Beacon of LIfe - Sponsored by Belin McCormick

Sponsored by Belin McCormick
Friday, Oct. 29, 3-6 p.m. 

Volunteers will assist Beacon of Life staff with facility improvement projects including tearing down old furniture, pulling weeds, raking, power washing, fixing landscaping fixtures, etc. 

Crafting for a Cause - Sponsored by Dorothy's House and Drake Law School

Sponsored by Dorothy's House and Drake Law School
Monday, October 25
Time TBA
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
8301 Aurora Avenue, Urbandale

Volunteers will work with project leader DeAnn McCue to create items that will be sold to benefit Dorothy's House at the annual Christmas with a Cause event. 

Donation Drive to benefit DMARC - Sponsored by Polk County Attorney's Office

Sponsored by Polk County Attorney's Office
Sept. 13 - Oct. 22

Food and personal item donations are being collected to help stock DMARC's Pantry.

 

Donation Drive to benefit the Animal Rescue League - Sponsored by Polk County Attorney's Office

Sponsored by Polk County Attorney's Office
Sept. 13 - Oct. 22

Pet food donation drive to help stock ARL's pantry.

Meals from the Heartland - Meal packaging - Sponsored by Drake Law Women

Sponsored by Drake Law Women
Oct. 22, 1-3 p.m.
Meals from the Heartland
West Des Moines

Volunteers will package food for distribution in Iowa and beyond.

PLEASE EMAIL JACQUE JUDICKAS AT  jacque.judickas@drake.edu TO SIGN UP.

Mystery Swag Bag sale - Sponsored by Drake Student Bar Association

Sponsored by Drake Student Bar Association (SBA)
Tuesday, September 21

SBA sold Cady Day Mystery Swag Bag, with proceeds going to Iowa Legal Aid. Bags were filled with a variety of Drake Law items. Approx. half of the bags included a GOLDEN TICKET - a cold call pass students could use in class. 

Live Events - Outside of Des Moines

BETTENDORF - Free Clinic: Preparing and Using Powers of Attorney and Living Wills - Sponsored by Iowa Department on Aging and Milestones Area Agency on Aging

Sponsored by Iowa Department on Aging and Milestones Area Agency on Aging
Luther Manor
3118 Devils Glen Rd.
Bettendorf, IA 52722

Oct. 19, 10-11 a.m.

Join us for an in-depth conversation about power of attorney documents and how they can be used to bring clarity and guidance at any stage of life. Participants will be empowered to complete power of attorney forms themselves or may schedule a free consultation with a legal provider to complete the documents.

In honor of the late Justice Cady, THE PROGRAM IS FREE BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Attendance will be limited to allow for social distancing.

Reserve your seat by calling Milestones Area Agency on Aging at 855-410-6222.

Powers of Attorney and Living Wills Clinic flyer-Bettendorf

CEDAR RAPIDS - IOWA CITY - MONTICELLO Food Drive to Benefit HACAP - Sponsored by Bradley & Riley

Sponsored by Bradley & Riley
Oct. 12 - 31

Donations can be dropped off at Bradley & Riley's Cedar Rapids (2007 First Ave SE), Iowa City (Tower Place, One South Gilbert) or Monticello (114 South Cedar Street) offices.

Bradley & Riley PC is conducting a food drive to benefit Hawkeye Area Commujnity Action Program (HACAP)'s Food Reservoir. HACAP serves seven counties in Iowa. In east-central Iowa, 37,640 people face the impossible choice between buying groceries and paying for other necessities. As a Feeding America member food bank, HACAP Food Reservoir leads the fight against hunger in east-central Iowa by providing food access, advocacy, education, and disaster response. The Food Reservoir distributes over 10 million meals annually through partner organizations in seven counties. HACAP's Food Reservoir programs include the BackPack Program, Mobile Food Pantry, and Diversity Food Program.

DAVENPORT - Fill the Truck drive for Family Resources, Inc. - Sponsored by Betty, Neuman & McMahon, PLC

Sponsored by Betty, Neuman & McMahon, PLC
Monday, Oct. 18 through Friday, Oct. 29

Betty, Neuman & McMahon is sponsoring a "Fill the Truck" donation drive for Family Resources, Inc. (FRI). 

Contact Jean Dickson, Jean.Dickson@bettylawfirm.com, for more information.

FORT DODGE - Loomis Park Trail Clean Up - Sponsored by First Presbyterian Church

Sponsored by First Presbyterian Church
Oct. 22, Noon - 1 p.m.

Member of First Presbyterian Church and friends will walk the trails at Loomis Park and clean up litter. Please meet in the parking lot by the shelter house/playground and wear sneakers and work gloves. Bags will be provided. All are welcome. Questions? Please call the office at First Presbyterian Church at 515-576-2091.

MARSHALLTOWN - Downtown Clean Up - Sponsored by the Marshall County Bar Association

Sponsored by the Marshall County Bar Association
Oct. 22, 3 p.m.

Volunteers will meet outside the Max Building to do some clean up in the downtown area. Depending on numbers, cleanup will include the area around the courthouse and temporary court facilities at the Max Bldg and Orpheum Theater.  If you have extra push brooms or tools for clean up, bring them along. We'll want to pick up trash, sweep sidewalks and curb gutters, and do anything else we see that needs done to improve the appearance of our downtown areas.    

Following the clean up, volunteers are invited to a mixer with hors devours and drinks compliments of the YLD at Wayward Social.


WASHINGTON, IA - Free Clinic: Preparing and Using Powers of Attorney and Living Wills - Sponsored by Iowa Department on Aging, Iowa College of Law Clinical Law Programs and Heritage Area Agency on Aging

Sponsored by Iowa Department on Aging, Iowa College of Law Clinical Law Programs and Heritage Area Agency on Aging
Immanuel Lutheran Church

Fellowship Hall
1226 East Washington Street
Washington, IA 52353
Oct. 21, 10-11:30 a.m.

Join us for an in-depth conversation about power of attorney documents and how they can be used to bring clarity and guidance at any stage of life. Participants will be empowered to complete power of attorney forms themselves or may schedule a free consultation with a legal provider to complete the documents.

In honor of the late Justice Cady, THE PROGRAM IS FREE BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Attendance will be limited to allow for social distancing.

Reserve your seat by calling Heritage Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-332-5934.

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