Get Involved


You can support Friendship Ark Homes and Community Services in many ways!


Friendship Ark has a volunteer internship program. Earn college credit with your 500 hours of service and make an impact at the same time. You may find that you are as impacted as the organization and core members are.




If you are interested in serving as a board member, let the office know. The board is not selected based on an application process but is chosen to complement the strengths to create as diverse a group as possible to add value to the organization.


Attend/Donate to an Event or Become a Sponsor


Five on the Fourth

We gather at beautiful Ada Hayden Park in Ames every July 4th to kick off the holiday with a family friendly, professionally timed 5k run/walk to benefit Friendship Ark. New this summer was a 1.4 mile walk with our core members so you may get to know the people we serve! Race starts at 8:00 a.m. Free kids run at 7:45 a.m. Mark your calendar for 7/4/2020!


Fall Benefit

Plan to join us on November 8th, 2019 from 6-9 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel in Ames as we gather with the greater Friendship Ark family to raise funds to sustain and grow our services and shrink our waiting list. You will find links to the invitation and registration form below. Print and mail in or pay via the donate button on this website and list the names of your guests in the notes when making your payment.


Come and meet some new people or reserve a table and bring a group of your friends. You’ll hear about the difference our services make in the lives of those we serve and learn about current happenings and future plans for Friendship Ark. You’ll get to visit with our core members, our staff and all of the other wonderful attendees at the event, bid on exciting live and silent auction items (you can take care of some of that Christmas shopping while supporting Friendship Ark), and enjoy some fantastic food. See you in November!




Registration Form



Major Sponsors for 2019 Events


Lou and Cosette Scallon      Corey and Amy Schmidt




Friendship Ark is witnessing growing demand for both homes and community services at the same time that some funding sources are expected to decline. We encourage you to think about three ways you can support the meaningful work underway at Friendship Ark. (1) Donate to the construction of a new home, (2) Contribute to the endowment fund; or (3) Consider a deferred gift.
Click here to learn more.


Thank you for your support, be it financial or with your time. Both are valuable. You matter and we are very thankful to have so many caring individuals affect the organization and the core members.


For more information about supporting Friendship Ark through your time and talents or financially, contact
Executive Director, Jennifer Ellis at:

515.292.9556 or


Friendship Ark Homes and Community Services provides a variety of supports that allow individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to thrive.

Questions? Email Us