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 year, 1.4 mile walk with our core members. Get to know the people we serve! Race starts at 8:00 a.m. Free kids run at 7:45 a.m.


Fall Benefit


Save the Date

Plan to join us this fall as we gather with the greater Friendship Ark family to raise funds to sustain and grow our services and shrink our waiting list. Watch the website and Facebook page for date and location.

Become a Sponsor
Consider becoming a business or private sponsor of our events. Several levels of sponsorship are available and sponsors will be recognized on event promotional materials. Contact our office at 515.292.9556 or for more information.

Donate a Live or Silent Auction Item
If you or someone you know would like to contribute a unique item or experience for our live and silent auctions to benefit Friendship Ark and help us in raising funds to continue our mission of meeting the needs of adults with intellectual disabilities, please contact our office at 515.292.9556 or Donors will be listed on event materials.


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.
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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