Claude W. & Dolly Ahrens Foundation

Claude W. & Dolly Ahrens Foundation logo with tagline "Leave it Better Than You Found It"


Mission: The Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation is a unique and innovative family foundation striving to help meet the needs of the Greater Grinnell community through ongoing support services and resources by maintaining and perpetuating an endowment. Our purpose is to provide improved and enhanced quality of life for present and future generations with interest in the areas of parks & recreation, education, and health with our collaborative partners.

Location: Grinnell (various locations)

Needs: The Ahrens Foundation coordinates many community programs, please see the linked programs to learn more about serving them specifically, or contact us for specific Foundation needs.



  • One-time events: Yes
  • Ongoing: Yes
  • Groups possible? Groups are welcome, especially for Imagine Grinnell tree planting, and for Giving Gardens

When is service needed: Activities throughout the year, especially during the school year.  Currently, spring and fall are busiest with Imagine Grinnell Tree planting.

Number of hours: Flexible, as much or little as is possible for the volunteer

Modality:  in-person only

Equipment/logistics needed: Dressing for the activity (planting), garden gloves and boots if desired.

Training supplied: Training would be for some of the specific activities- garden work; compost help; etc.


How to apply: Apply by email, phone, or through the website.

Contact: Jennifer Cogley, 641-236-5518 ext. 109, (or info@)


Operation information: The Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation is also serving as an umbrella organization, financial manager, and service coordinator for the following partner program funds: Giving Gardens, Grinnell Area Mental Health Consortium, Grinnell Food Coalition, Imagine Grinnell, SHE Counts, Tiger Packs, and Healthy Readers.

Address: 1510 Penrose St, Grinnell, IA 50112

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