We are a national company with local pride. Our passion to serve supports the communities in which we live—and may benefit an entire generation. We’ve seen firsthand how the collective efforts of employees, communities, and residents across the country can spur others in their local communities to take action and support a cause.
With Alzheimer’s disease affecting one in three seniors, LCS is committed to supporting efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. As a proud National Team of the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, LCS forms teams and raises funds for Walks across the country. The funds raised advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Team donations play an important role in improving the lives of people living with Alzheimer’s, their families and caregivers.
In 2016, LCS ranked seventh in the Top 50 teams in the nation for our participation in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. In fact, more than 1700 participants on 114 teams raised $365,855.15 to support the fight against the disease. Again this year, LCS will support the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s as a National Team with plans to increase our team participation and our financial support. Click here to learn more.
In support of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, LCS, Iowa’s only Gold National Team, kicks-off its Alzheimer’s speaker series on June 14. The four-session series will take place in the Register Media Community Room located on the first floor of Capital Square at 400 Locust St. in Des Moines.
Speaker topics will include the signs of Alzheimer’s, promising disease research, caregiver challenges, and caregiving tips and methods. All events begin at 11:30 a.m., and are free and open to the public.
Since 1917, United Way of Central Iowa has brought together individuals and organizations from every corner of central Iowa to create and implement initiatives focused on producing real results in the areas of education, income and health. LCS is a proud supporter of United Way as evidenced by our tremendous growth in both employee giving (up 28 percent) and special events fundraising (up 38 percent) over the past two years. The LCS campaign committee of our employees planned and executed a series of events during the one-week campaign to engage employees and create excitement for United Way raising over $200,000 in our 2017 campaign. LCS is recognized by the United Way of Central Iowa as one of 23 companies in central Iowa that have achieved Chair’s Group status this year. Chair’s Group companies lead local campaigns with each organization raising more than $200,000 for United Way of Central Iowa. Not only does LCS raise significant funds for United Way, our employees are heavily involved in volunteer and advocacy efforts throughout the year.
United Way’s work is “Collective Impact,” which means pulling together donors, volunteers, businesses, non-profits, community leaders, elected officials, subject matter experts and those in need in central Iowa to leverage collective resources and make real and lasting change for the community. United Way focuses on comprehensively tackling the community’s most pressing issues at their core, and addressing systems changes for long-term impact.
Hammers and Heels is a hands-on opportunity for women to build a home and break the cycle of poverty. It empowers women to take the lead in making affordable homeownership a reality for families in Polk County.
Since 2005, women have worked together to build nine houses in Des Moines. In 2016, they will build the 10th home in the Des Moines community.
LCS Material Girls, the LCS team, raised $15,000 resulting in the top fundraiser for a build in 2015.
The inspiration for the Meals from the Heartland effort began with a 2007 food-packaging event held during Lent by a church in West Des Moines, Iowa. The success of that event encouraged leaders to organize a community-wide food-packaging event that would involve more volunteers to feed hungry children and families. It was that leap of faith that brought Meals from the Heartland to Des Moines in 2008, resulting in 12,000 volunteers who packaged more than 4 million meals in a week’s time at the first Annual Hunger Fight. The success of that first event led to the development of a year-round meal packaging effort. LCS employees are proud to be among the thousands of volunteers who come together to package millions of meals year-round.
As Iowa’s largest provider of emergency services for youth, newborn through age 17, YESS touches the lives of nearly 1,900 children every year through a range of programs, including emergency shelter, crisis nursery care, crisis intervention and stabilization, mental health counseling and therapy, and care coordination. YESS is a nationally-accredited nonprofit organization that meets the physical, mental, and social health needs of children and creates an environment where families can thrive. In 2015, LCS donated supplies to ensure that 50 kids were ready for the upcoming school year.