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 Business Partner


Five on the Fourth

Join us as we come together in person at Ada Hayden Park in Ames for our signature July 4th event. Alternatively, sign up for the virtual option which you complete by running or walking a 5k route anytime between June 24th and July 4th. Watch our social media channels for information about this year's event as it becomes available.


Annual Fundraising Event

We are proud to present our re-imagined annual fundraising event, the first ever Tropical Sangria Escape presented by Todd & Sargent on March 3, 2023. The evening will feature music by the Burnin Sensations, social hour and dinner, signature sangria, wine and beer options, dessert auction and program as well as live and silent auctions.


Don your favorite tropical attire and join us as we bask in an island inspired setting at Prairie Moon Winery, enjoying a delicious spread of charcuterie and several beachy food options, while listening to the tunes of one of the area's most beloved bands, the Burnin' Sensations. Round out your evening by scoring a one-of-a-kind dessert created by local artisans during our dessert auction, pick up an auction item or two and dance the night away. All this while helping us to continue our mission of supporting adults living with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community. Don't miss Ames' best new event for 2023!


Tickets and more information here.


Silent Auction starts on Friday, February 17, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. and can be accessed here:


Become a Business Partner

Our business partners are crucial in providing the community support needed for us to continue to fulfill our mission of celebrating the uniqueness of adults living with intellectual and developmental disabilities and helping them reach their fullest potential through faith, family and friendship. To learn more about business partner marketing opportunities at our annual event, the Tropical Sangria Escape, on March 3, 2023, see here.


For continued partner recognition opportunities throughout the year, see our Partnership Brochure, here.


Our Business Partners




Beautiful Land Market




Fareway Meat and Grocery


First National Bank


Greater Iowa Credit Union

Knapp Tedesco Insurance

Mary Greeley Medical Center


Prestige Builders




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 friendshipa[email protected]


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

Questions? Email Us