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


The Bill Bergan Five on the Fourth

Join us 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. Next year's race will be the 20th anniversary of our run/walk and we will be commemorating the occasion with a special T-Shirt release. Watch our social media channels for information.


Annual Fundraising Event

Mark your calendar for April 20th, 2024, the date of our second Tropical Sangria Escape. We will be gathering at a new venue to provide us with more space and will be bringing you exciting new entertainment to enjoy. Watch our social media channels and, if you are on our mailing list, your mailbox for details as they are announced. We can't wait to bid winter good-bye at our tropical getaway with you.


Last year our re-imagined annual fundraising event, the first ever Tropical Sangria Escape presented by Todd & Sargent took place on March 3, 2023. The evening featured music by the Burnin Sensations, a social hour and dinner, signature sangria, wine and beer options, dessert auction and program as well as live and silent auctions.


We are excited to share that the evening resulted in over $40,000 raised in support of Friendship Ark's mission.    If you would like to contribute an item to our live or silent auctions for next year's event, please contact our office at [email protected] or (515) 292-9556.


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.


Presenting sponsorship opportunities are available for both, the Tropical Sangria Escape and/or The Bill Bergan 5k on the 4th.  Please contact our office for more information about how we can work together to provide your business with excellent brand visibility at our evens.


Information about annual supporting business partnership opportunities throughout the year can be found in our our Partnership Brochure, here.



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 [email protected]


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

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