UDMO says thanks for grant

To the editor:

Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc. would like to thank Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way for the recent Community Impact Grant in the amount of $3,900. These funds will be used to support the UDMO Back to School event this year. The event will be held in conjunction with National Night Out, which will take place Aug. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Fort Dodge.

UDMO for years has seen the importance of offering low-income children the same opportunity to be prepared for learning as other children in the community when it comes to their school needs. Our Back to School project allows low-income children, to receive a new backpack filled with most of the necessary school supplies that they will need for the appropriate grade they will be entering for the 2014-2015 school year. The program allows parents less financial stress when it comes to the extra expense related to starting their child into the new school year. For the teachers in the school, it allows them less distraction as children will come to school well-prepared for their educational experience. Last year, UDMO provided over 600 backpacks to low-income children in grades pre-K through 12. This year … need continues to grow in Webster County. UDMO estimates the cost to have one child start school to be $30 for a backpack and necessary school supplies. The Community Impact Grant that UDMO received will provide a good start for this year’s Back to School project in Webster County.

UDMO can’t offer programs like this without support from the community and agencies such as the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way. If you are interested in making a donation towards this project you can mail your contributions to UDMO 900 Central Ave, Suite 11, Fort Dodge, IA 50501.

If you know of someone in need of assistance in Webster County for Back to School supplies have them contact our office at 576-7774.

Together we are making a difference.

UDMO is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and one of 19 community action agencies in Iowa. The agency helps prepare children for lifelong learning, helps families become more self-sufficient, helps communities improve and expand housing opportunities and helps local governments by working in conjunction with general relief offices to provide emergency assistance programs and services to residents in need.

Mary Ohrtmann


Fort Dodge