Local Community Cedar Rapids and surrounding areas

This page is dedicated to any organizations that help people in our local community. Send me a note if you know of a good one that needs added. *Page is a work in progress.*

Below you will find help for women business, food, volunteer opportunities, suicide information, local healthy eating and more. 

50 million people go hungry in the US - to find out how you can help locally at food banks view these websites. Also ask your local government, state and federal government to increase the allowance for children's lunches. Shop local to help your local neighbors eat! 

This link goes to a list of all food pantries in Cedar Rapids, IA. Click here. 

Cooking Matters. This is a great nonprofit that connects kids with food! Click here. 

Horizons, a family service alliance, also has many options for helping families in need. Review there website here, click. 

Are you a woman, business owner? Minority? This link will help you find resources for starting, growing and building a business! Click here. 

Farmers Markets; click the links to be taken to more information. More and more farmers are beginning to accept Snap benefits as well. 

Cedar Rapids Downtown Market, 2014 schedule is June 7th & 21st, July 5th & 19th, August 2nd & 16th, September 6th & 20th from 7:30-11:30. 

Noelridge Farmers Market, open May 2nd through October 18th every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 4-6pm in the Greenhouse parking lot and every Tuesday and Saturday at the 8th Ave SE parking lot. 

Hiawatha Farmers Market, open April 27th through October 26th every Sunday 11-2 in the Guthridge Park parking lot. 

NewBo City Market Outdoor Vendors, opens May 3rd until weather allows. Hours are Saturday 8-1 and Sunday 10-1. 

This photo is from the fundraiser in May 2014.

This photo is from the fundraiser in May 2014.

The Womens Build is coming up September 2014! This means women in our community coming together to build a house for a family in need. 

Here is the link for this amazing build, click here. 

Do you like to volunteer? These are other options to the food banks and Habitat. Check out this database of options! Click here. 


I've put together a list of resources in the area for grieving of a lost loved one to suicide. 

Support Groups across Iowa, click here. 

Depression and Anxiety Groups - click here. 

Suicide Survivors for Grieving Group - second and forth Tuesday of the month 6-7:30, c

*I also recently found a LOT of apps for depression and suicide. Most of them are free. Scope out your app store for options. 

Do you need help now?

Foundation 2 also has a Crisis Line for suicide, abuse, life stress, family conflicts, depression and anxiety. Call (319)362-2174 or 800-332-4224 24 hours, every day

They also have a mobile unit to come to you in an emergency. The Mobile Crisis Outreach helps with suicide assessment, psychiatric emergency and family conflict help at (319)362-2174 24 hours, everyday.