THE WALLACE CENTERS OF IOWA: sustainable food & civility initiatives


Generous Support from the Community

Since its inception, The Wallace Centers of Iowa has received generous support from the community in many ways: volunteer efforts, in-kind support, memberships/donations, and artifact donations. We are pleased to feature these generous contributions:

Support for Silent Auction

Donations from local artists, businesses and individuals made WCI’s third Silent Auction a success during the Fall Harvest. Products and gift certificates from Steve Campbell, Tippy Maurant, Lois Houghtaling, Sue Keller, Lisa Swanson, Lissa Kleven and Jensen Family Chiropractic and Wellness Center attracted numerous bids.

FCS provides volunteers and financial support

A great team of 23 volunteers from Farm Credit Services America in Perry, Iowa traveled to the Country Life Center in September 2017 to clean and sort a mountain of garlic bulbs. More than 1,200 pounds of garlic were sorted by size and later sold to Iowa farmers across Iowa. In addition to the hands-on volunteer work, Farm Credit Services match the hours of service with a $1,000 donation. In addition, WCI was awarded a $625 grant from the organization. Our sincere thanks to FCS America for all their support.

Capital Improvements

Two major gifts led to the grand opening of the Gathering Barn’s second floor meeting room in May, 2017. Formerly used as storage, a $150,000 gift transformed the space into a comfortable meeting room for about 45 people. The room’s vaulted ceiling and exposed beams are in keeping with typical barn architecture. A second gift of $10,000 from Bob and Patty Jester in memory of David Wallace was earmarked for an elevator in order to provide accessibility for all.



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