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Our students and families are valued, and we truly believe in and live out our Waukee motto to #GiveLove. If your family would benefit from connecting to a service or resource, please reach out to your building counselor. They are happy to connect with you and make sure you get the support you need.

Click on the headings below to expand information about each resource area.

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FOOD
Waukee Area Christian Services
Website | Phone: 515.987.5523 | Email: hello@waukeechristianservices.org
Waukee Area Christian Services offers many supports to the community in regards to food and health needs:

    • Waukee Food Pantry: The pantry’s mission is to provide nonperishable food and personal items to meet the short-term needs of those living in the Waukee Community School District.
    • Waukee Area Community Garden: The Fruitful Vine Garden was started in 2009 to provide fresh produce to patrons of the Waukee Area Christian Food Pantry.
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CLOTHING
Dallas County Closet
Website | Email: waukeecommunitycloset@gmail.com
Dallas County Closet is a community-run, nonprofit that accepts clothing donations in order to provide clothing to those in need. The shopping link to sign up for an appointment is posted monthly via Facebook.
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HEALTH
Dallas County Health Navigators
Website | Phone: 515.993.3750
The Health Navigation program is available to all Dallas County residents. Health Navigators connect clients with resources to meet their needs. This may include filling out paperwork, completing phone calls, or learning how to navigate the healthcare system. The program aims to help clients improve their overall quality of life and advocate for their own health needs.

Free Clinics of Iowa
Website | Phone: 515.954.7508
The Free Clinic is a nonprofit outreach that serves the health needs of the uninsured and underinsured in the community.

    • Waukee Free Clinic: Walk-ins are welcome or call 515.987.5523 to schedule an appointment.
      • Open Monday: 5:30-7:00 pm
      • 1155 SE Boone Drive, Waukee, IA 50263
    • Valley Junction Free Clinic
      • Open Tuesday: 7:00-9:00 pm (must check in by 7:30 pm)
      • 139 6th Street in the West Des Moines Human Services building

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DENTAL

EveryStep
Phone: 515.288.1516
It can be difficult to find a dental provider who accepts Medicaid and other types of dental insurance. Whether you have insurance or not, you can download the flyer to find a dental provider. If your child is under 21 years of age and does not have dental insurance, look for information on the Dental Voucher Program through EveryStep in the flyer below.

Hawki
Iowans are able to access dental insurance at a very affordable cost and sometimes free through the Hawki Dental Only plan. Check out the flyer below to find out how to apply.

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INSURANCE
EveryStep
Website | Phone: 515.558.6243
EveryStep assists uninsured and underinsured children and pregnant women sign up for health insurance through Medicaid or Hawki to find a doctor and dentist. Assistance from EveryStep is free and available year-round. Staff who serve families in Polk and Dallas counties speak English and Spanish. Other languages are served by interpreters from EveryStep’s Interpretation Program.
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HOUSING
Dallas County General Relief
Website | Phone: 515.993.1731
Dallas County General Relief may be able to help with emergency food assistance, shelter, or utilities. They offer an online application to complete for eligibility.
Iowa Finance Authority
Phone: 515.993.1731

    • Renter’s Programs: Programs help locate housing according to budget and section 8 availability.
    • Homelessness: Programs provide support for families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Iowa Housing Search
Website
A free resource to help you find a rental home that fits your needs and budget.

Finding Help: Have you noticed a change in your child’s mood or behavior? Has your child’s behavior become too challenging to manage on your own?

WCSD is partnering with the following provider agencies to offer onsite mental health services for students needing additional support. This partnership allows students to access professional mental health counseling during the school day. These are partner-based services that are not part of the standard school counseling program. These professional services are billed through insurance and require parent or guardian consent. If you would like to find out if your student is able to access onsite services, reach out to your student’s school counselor.

Click on this step-by-step guide for answers on where to get started: Local Resources for Children with Mental Health Needs

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MORE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Student Assistance Program
Website | Phone: 515.244.6090 or 800.327.4692
Employee & Family Resources (EFR) offers a Student Assistance Program (SAP) designed to assist students, families, and schools with a wide variety of personal and family issues that can impact student behavior and achievement. SAP provides support to students and their families through in-person counseling, telephone counseling, as well as written and online resources.
Heart of Iowa
Website | Phone: 515.993.5869 | Email: dccs@dallascountyiowa.gov
Heart of Iowa Community Services is a community-based brain health, disability, and social services organization. Heart of Iowa specializes in coordinating provider access and financial assistance for a range of human service needs.

    • Your Life Iowa: When you don’t know who to turn to about a problem with alcohol, drugs, gambling, suicidal thoughts, or mental health.
        • Call: 855.581.8111
        • Text: 855.895.8398
    • Mobile Crisis Response: Provides emergency crisis assessment and intervention services in conjunction with law enforcement.
988
Website | Phone: 988
If you or someone you know needs support now, call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org.
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FRL DISCOUNTS FOR FAMILIES
Free & Reduced Meals
Website | Phone: 515.987.2719 | Email: nutrition@waukeeschools.org
Waukee Community School District has made it easier for families to apply for free or reduced-priced meals. Parents or guardians can now apply and submit online in minutes anytime using an internet-enabled computer. Eligibility criteria for Free and Reduced Meals can be found here. All applications will be processed online. If you qualify for Free & Reduced Meals, you may also access:

Apply for Free & Reduced Meals

(Student ID number required to apply)

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AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Community Education
Website | Phone: 515.987.2761 | Email: communityed@waukeeschools.org
Waukee Community Education classes provide opportunities for learning, service, and fun to people of all ages. We look to serve the needs of our community by connecting people, ideas, and resources. Each year, Waukee Community Education continues to improve by offering new and community-favorite classes in the fall, winter/spring, and summer.

    • Intramurals provide students the opportunity to participate in a variety of recreational activities after the regular school day. Intramural activities are conducted within the district and do not involve events with other school districts.
CAN Play
Website | Phone: 515.421.4021 | Email: info@can-play.org
Courage League Sports and Opportunity On Deck have joined forces to increase the positive impacts on youth through the growth and evolution of adaptive and no-cost recreation programs. Both organizations have created programs for underserved youth to give them the opportunity to play and build self-confidence.
Picnic & Play
Website | Phone: 515.987.2719 | Email: nutrition@waukeeschools.org
The Waukee Community Schools Nutrition Services Department will provide an opportunity for families to pick up free breakfast and lunch for children under the age of 18. This program runs from June through August each summer. Visit the website for additional details about pick-up locations, days, and times.
City Parks & Recreation

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CHILDCARE
Beyond the Bell
Website | Phone: 515.987.2761 | Email: rmiller@waukeeschools.org
Beyond the Bell (BTB) programs are offered for students currently enrolled at these six school sites: Grant Ragan, Maple Grove, Radiant, Shuler, Walnut Hills, and Woodland Hills Elementary. Our programs provide a safe, fun, and positive environment for children. We provide open communication between the staff, parents, and schools to ensure that each child’s needs are met on a daily basis.
DHS Child Care Availability
Website
This website offers a statewide list of registered child care providers. Individuals can search by address to find options near them and then click on those options to access contact information and additional details about the child care provider.
YMCA
Website | Phone: 515.868.0507
YMCA Before and After School Programs are offered for students currently enrolled at these three school sites: Brookview Elementary, Eason Elementary, and Waukee Elementary. A trained staff of childcare professionals provides specific activities, each of which is balanced throughout the day or week.

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