Recent Events

Fishing Trip Sponsored by Scheels (8/14/2014)

The entire ManUp team and all program participants and their families were invited to go fishing at the West Des Moines Library pond sponsored by Scheels sporting goods. Scheels donated fishing poles and bait and tackle to all program participants. The Des Moines Register was also present to do a story on the event that will be featured in the Adventure Iowa series in the Iowa Life section of the Des Moines Register. This event was a huge success shown by having 36 ManUp participants and multiple family members participate in the event.  Furthermore almost every participant caught a fish! Thank you to Scheels sporting goods and everyone else that helped support this event!!!

Iowa Cubs Game (7/23/14)

Several ManUp team members and 11 program participants enjoyed watching the Iowa Cubs during a day game. Cubs Win!

Volunteer Events

“Back to School Bash” (8/17/14)

Several of the ManUp Iowa team members participated in this exciting back to school event. The team had a table along with about 20 other vendors providing information on our mission and how to enroll future participants in to the program. Most importantly we had three current ManUp participants volunteer in the event. The participants did very well at helping where needed.

(The two ManUp Iowa participants featured above did very well volunteering today by helping with the line outside the game truck. However, during break time they definitely enjoyed time inside the game truck.)

Sorting School Supplies and Backpacks for DMPS Students (8/11/14)

The Director of ManUp Iowa took three program participants to help volunteer with the DMPS to sort school supplies and backpacks for DMPS students.

“National Night Out” at MLK JR. Park (8/5/14)

ManUp Iowa team members and program participants volunteered and had a booth at the national night out event at MLK Jr. park.

Pictured above is the ManUp Iowa Director Zach Smith, ManUp volunteer Colin Farley and three ManUp Iowa participants that all helped volunteer on “National Night Out” at MLK JR park.

*If you would like to host a special event for the program or are interested in partnering with us, please contact the Director of the program, Zach Smith at or (515) 988-9358.