EveryStep’s Art of Compassion Gala helps 65,000 Iowans


Des Moines Moms Blog regularly highlights local nonprofits. There are so many amazing organizations in our city dedicated to looking out for the well being of all who live here. We want to feature them and share ways you and your family can partner with them through volunteering, giving donations, and attending amazing fundraising events. If you know of a nonprofit we should feature, please email [email protected].


EveryStep, formerly known as HCI Care Services & Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa, is a non-profit health care and human services organization. It serves 65,000 Iowans across 47 counties. EveryStep’s family of community-based health care and support services offer compassion and guidance during life’s most challenging moments.

Organization-wide, EveryStep offers more than 32 programs and services that:

  • Support and educate young moms
  • Assist immigrants and refugees
  • Provide developmental screenings and referrals for children
  • Bring wellness services to communities
  • Deliver in-home care to people who are ill, injured or facing the end of life
  • Offer compassionate support to families during times of grief and loss.

Mission Statement

We empower individuals, support families and strengthen communities.

Get Involved with EveryStep

EveryStep’s more than 700 volunteers perform a wide range of tasks and support services to benefit the organization’s patient, clients, programs and mission. Details about volunteering opportunities can be found at on their website.

Through EveryStep Hospice, volunteers can choose a best fit for their skills and preferences. Some hospice volunteers provide companionship to patients, record their life stories, or record patients’ voices as they read favorite books for future generations.

Veteran-to-Veteran volunteers are military veterans who provide companionship and understanding to hospice patients who have served our country. Other hospice volunteers share their skills through music, baking, or office support.

Through EveryStep’s Grief & Loss Services’ Amanda the Panda program, volunteers facilitate support groups, assist at camps, and help with fundraising initiatives. They also help wrap and deliver “Cheer Boxes” to grieving families.

At EveryStep Giving Tree thrift store in Urbandale, volunteers help accept, clean, and prepare donations for the showroom. They assist customers and run the cash register, help pick up donations from homes, and help with store events.

EveryStep’s Senior Companion volunteers provide support and companionship to home-bound seniors.

Volunteers can also help support EveryStep by hosting a shower to help stock baby items in the organization’s Stork’s Nest, help out at EveryStep Foundation’s fundraising events, offer help with grounds-keeping or clean-up projects; offer in-kind expertise, or serve on the organization’s boards, workgroups or committees.

Ways to Give

Support EveryStep’s non-profit mission by donating here.

Host your own online fundraiser to benefit EveryStep’s, using EveryStep’s easy and secure DIY tools. 

Sponsor a “Cheer Box” for someone who has lost a loved one. Call EveryStep’s Amanda the Panda program at 515-223-4847 for details.

Donate new baby items to EveryStep’s Stork’s Nest. Call 515-558-9950 for details.

Donate gently used furniture, clothing, household items, home decor, shoes, accessories and more EveryStep Giving Tree thrift store, 3330 100th St. in Urbandale, Monday-Saturday. If you have a large donation, inquire about the store’s free pick-up services, at 515-270-2414.

EveryStep’s Art of Compassion Celebration

EveryStep Foundation’s signature fundraising initiative, the Art of Compassion, combines a passion for art with the compassion behind EveryStep’s more than 30 programs and services.

You can support or participate in the Art of Compassion in two ways:
Art of Compassion Community of Clubhouses public art project – enter a silent auction bid, purchase a raffle ticket or bid on live auctions of four custom clubhouses. Tour the clubhouses on Saturdays, September 7 through October 5, from 12-3 p.m., by the lake at Jordan Creek Town Center.

Learn how to bid or purchase raffle tickets here

Art of Compassion Celebration

Sponsor or attend this third annual gala event. The event offers dinner, artwork for purchase, live and silent auctions and a brief program, with all proceeds benefiting EveryStep. 

When: Thursday, October 10,  2019
Where: Ron Pearson Center, 5820 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines.

Register for the event or learn about sponsorship opportunities here

Questions about the Art of Compassion? Contact Jamie Nicolino, EveryStep Foundation events coordinator, at [email protected] or call 515-557-9015.

EveryStep’s Art of Compassion fundraising initiative brings to the forefront the empathy and financial support needed for effective community-based care. Every bid on one of our community clubhouses, every sponsorship dollar, and every ticket purchased for our event supports the concept that ‘it takes a village’ to create a community – and it takes a community to ensure EveryStep can continue to help people live their best lives.” — Jamie Nicolino, EveryStep Foundation events coordinator

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Stacie is an Iowa native, living in Urbandale with her tall, dark, and handsome husband, Kyle (May 2014). They share their home with the lights of their life, their son, Calvin (August 2015), and daughter Sylvia (April 2019). They have a dog, Heidi, a cat, Frankie, and a Beta fish, JoJo. By day, Stacie is the Director of Development for Animal Lifeline of Iowa. By night, she’s a kid-chaser, Pinterest-recipe chef, Instant-Pot meal creator, thrift-shop find make-over artist, DIY project amateur who enjoys reading, hanging out with her family...along with an occasional girls’ night out.


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