DES MOINES, Iowa – September 4, 2012 — The Polk County Board of Supervisors took action today to award two community development grants. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Iowa received funding to assist with their Annual NAMI Iowa Walk. NAMI is dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. NAMI organizations provide support services through advocacy, research, support and education. The NAMI Walk, scheduled to be held on October 6th at the Farm Bureau Campus in West Des Moines, provides awareness within the community.
Rebuilding Together Greater Des Moines received funding to assist with their Helping Heroes and Senior Repair Programs. The program focuses on veterans and seniors 60 years and older that are in need of emergency home repair. The mission of Rebuilding Together Greater Des Moines is to provide educational opportunities and revitalization services to neighborhoods and low-income homeowners in promoting a safe and healthy community.
“The Board of Supervisors is pleased to be able to provide funding through Prairie Meadows dollars for these two worthy causes, stated Polk County Board of Supervisors Chair, Angela Connolly. “The work of these two organizations is making a difference in the lives of our citizens.”
The grants were awarded from the Polk County Community Development Grant Program. Funds for this program are from the revenues Polk County receives as part of the lease agreement between Polk County and Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino.