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Our Partners


Thank you to our wonderful partners who help Forest Ave. Outreach accomplish our mission!

Urban Ambassadors

“We help you clarify your sustainability goals, connect you with local resources, and make a positive impact in your community for a healthier planet.”

eatgreaterdmEat Greater Des Moines

“Eat Greater Des Moines’ mission is to identify, develop, and connect resources with the broader community to support the entire food lifecycle in central Iowa. They work to provide access to healthy food for all Iowans with a focus on central Iowa. Eat Greater Des Moines identifies and fills gaps within the food system, through efforts that include a directory of farms, a directory of community gardens and farmers markets a directory of free meal sites, information about starting community gardens, and an online calendar of events. Their food rescue initiative connects people and organizations with surplus food to people and organizations that feed hungry people, reducing food waste and helping ensure that everyone has enough healthy food to eat.”

reallocalgoodReal Local Good

” Like a buzzing beneficial insect, our mission is to spread the love of the Good life:  real connections and local choices. ”

theohballThe Oh Ball

“The Oh Ball is a small Iowa manufacturer of foot pain solutions who utilizes a unique model to create work for refugees, homeless and other underserved people groups within Des Moines and the surrounding area. The CEO of The Oh Ball has been involved with FAO and related inner-city outreach and ministries for 2 decades, and the mission of FAO is directly in line with the mission and vision of The Oh Ball, making it a natural partnership.”

“The Oh Ball is the single most effective device for relieving pain in the arch and heel, due to such ailments as Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Spurs. Its multi-position custom handles allow you to have pinpoint control over your therapy (get a handle on your foot pain today!). This product is also remarkably portable! It will fit unnoticed in a purse or backpack, and can be used in a waiting room, on an airplane, on a boat or with a goat. The Oh Ball is hand-made in the USA, with American materials.”

seedsaversSeed Savers of Iowa

“Our mission is to conserve and promote America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.”

isuextensionISU Polk County Extension Office

“Iowa State University Extension builds partnerships and provides research-based learning opportunities to improve the quality of life in Iowa.  Polk County citizens have benefited from this knowledge since 1916.”


“4-H youth programs provide opportunities for youth to develop skills they can use now and throughout their life. Iowa 4-H builds upon a century of experience as it fosters positive youth development that is based on the needs and strengths of youth, their families, and communities.”


“Children and Family Urban Movement: The mission of CFUM is to create a community that supports the potential of children, youth, and families through educational success, healthy living, and community engagement.”

blankparkzooBlank Park Zoo – Plant Grow Fly Program

“Whether you plant a single pot on your back porch or an entire prairie field, YOU can make a difference! Pollinators need our help… Let’s get down and dirty, plant the seeds and watch them grow and fly!”

cycCommunity Youth Concepts

“Community Youth Concept’s mission is to ensure all Iowa youth have access to high quality opportunities that prepare them for success in school, work, and life.”

wallaceWallace Center of Iowa

“The Wallace Centers of Iowa’s locations include the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center in rural Orient and the Wallace House in Des Moines. Together, the two historic sites produce organic fruits and vegetables, offers locally sourced meals, and provides educational programs and community services about sustainable agriculture, local food systems and civility.”