Saturday Salutes

Saturday Salute Program provides local non-profit and charitable organizations promote learning opportunities, downtown events, and community resources each Saturday.

The Great American Milk Drive - September 27

Join representatives from Anderson Erickson, Hiland Dairy, Land O’Lakes and the Midwest Dairy Council near 5th & Court Ave. for THE GREAT AMERICAN MILK DRIVE!

While milk is one of the top nutritious items requested by food bank clients, it’s rarely donated. The Great American Milk Drive is a national campaign to give much needed nutrient-rich milk to millions of hungry families.

Visit the Great American Milk Drive booth to learn more and donate to the cause, have a MILK MUSTACHE PHOTO taken and spin to win a variety of prizes!

Youth For Understanding USA - June 14

Youth For Understanding USA is here to distribute educational information related to host families, volunteers, and American overseas students. They will have map to flag matching, learning to count in other languages, and global “where are you from” map!

Young Professionals Connection of Des Moines - September 20

Stop by this booth to learn more information about becoming a member of the Young Professionals Connection of Des Moines. Also information regarding the Non-Profit Fair coming up.

World Link Inc. - May 17 - May 24 - May 31 - June 7 - June 14 - June 21 - June 28 - July 12 - July 19

World Link Inc. is a placement agency looking for families to host foreign exchange students. Go to the DSM Farmer’s Market and come home with a foreign exchange student!

The Des Moines Astronomical Society - July 12 - September 13

Come check out club information, brochures, and handouts at The Des Moines Astronomical Society booth. Learn more about the hobby of stargazing/astronomy!

The ALS Association, Iowa Chapter - June 28

Come out and stop by The ALS Association, Iowa Chapter booth who will be promoting the Walk to Defeat ALS and helping to spread awareness of ALS!

Polk County Master Gardeners - May 17 - June 21 - July 19 - August 16 - September 20

Do you have gardening questions? At the Market you can talk to a Master Gardener who can provide current home horticulture information on various topics! Also learn more about upcoming events and pick up educational information.

Peace Corps - July 19

Visit the Peace Corps booth if you’re interested in becoming a volunteer. They will also be handing out a variety of things like pens, buttons and stickers!

Paws & Effect - May 31

Are you an animal lover? Stop by the Paws & Effect booth to see some of current service dogs in training and interact with them! Paws & Effect will have information about the upcoming 5K fundraiser they are having on June 8th in West Des Moines!

Orchard Place - May 31

Come learn about Orchard Place and its various services. They will be promoting their summer fundraising event, the 2014 Moonlight Classic. This night bike ride through the streets of downtown Des Moines will take place on Saturday, June 14th.

Meditation Around Town - June 7

Meditation Around Town will be promoting the upcoming Meditations by passing out a flyer with dates and locations!

Lupus Foundation of America, Iowa Chapter - September 6

Come visit the Lupus Foundation as they promote advocacy by distributing educational information about lupus, as well as, inviting people to participate in their major fundraiser – Walk To End Lupus Now.

Iowa State Fair - July 12 - July 19

Come check out a coloring page opportunity for children. The Fair will provide information promoting the upcoming event to get you excited about this years Iowa State Fair!

Iowa Resource for International Service (IRIS) - May 17 - June 14

Interested in foreign exchange students and being a host family? IRIS will have a booth regarding information about a program and the U.S. Department of State to place foreign exchange high school students in Iowa for one academic year. They will have a world trivia activity focusing on the countries where our exchange students come from at the booth.

Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary

Visit the Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary booth which will be distributing brochures with information and are here to chat with Market patrons to help build awareness!

Iowa Department of Public Health - June 7 - September 6

Are the children wanting something to do? Stop by the Iowa Department of Public Health booth for free face painting! They will also be giving out information about Hawk-i and PRAMS.

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement - June 21 - July 19 - August 16 - September 13

Check out a free clean water photo tree and story board activity! Market customers young and old a like can draw a picture or write a story or statement on why clean water is important to them. Then they will create a photo tree with all participants holding their story or drawing.

Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers - May 24 - July 5 - August 30

IAF will be providing free information on the group and their activities. They are available as a resource to religious non-believers.

Iowa Asian Alliance / CelebrAsian Festival - May 24

Learn about IAA’s annual event, CelebrAsian, where IAA showcases many Asian cultures and villages that reside in Iowa. There will be information to pass out to market patrons. Sidewalk chalk will be available and will have entertainment.

First Unitarian Church-Human Rights Action Group - July 26 - October 4

Come visit this booth to learn more about First Unitarian Church-Human Rights Action Group. There would be a straw poll type voting box in which people could indicate the level of support for or against a Death with Dignity Law in Iowa after they have learned about it at the booth.

Drake Pharmacy Unified Group of Students (DRxUGS) - June 7 - June 28 - July 26 - August 23 - September 27 - October 18

DRxUGS will discuss with Market customers various health care topics along with distributing educational fliers. They will provide multiple educational events for the Market patrons which range from sunscreen recommendations and summer skin care to how to properly dispose of prescription medications.

Des Moines Y Camp - May 17 - May 24 - May 31

Visit this booth for information on the Des Moines Y Camp’s summer programs, outdoor education programs, and group retreats. They may have a climbing rope to teach knot tying or possibly animal furs to start the conversation about conservation and wildlife!

Des Moines Water Works - July 19

Thirsty? DMWW staff will have a mobile water filling station! They will also be giving away free water bottles to visitors (while supplies last) and providing free water to all visitors, including a dog dish for thirsty pooches!

Des Moines University - May 17 - May 31 - June 14 - June 28 - July 12 - July 26 - August 9 - August 23 - September 6 - September 20 - October 4 - October 18

Wanting to learn more about your diet? Take a quick questionnaire about your diet and medical students from Des Moines University will provide advice about nutritional adjustments. Also learn about benefits from eating certain Market foods!

Des Moines Social Club - August 9

Come visit the Des Moines Social Club booth and do an interactive art opportunity they will be putting on! Get your photo taken and learn more about the on going photo series.

Des Moines Rowing Club - May 24

Interested in rowing? Grab information at the booth about the club and upcoming events to get involved in. Maybe even try out some of the equipment and if you have time, participate in a training session!

Des Moines Onstage - August 2

Learn about upcoming events and pick up information at the Des Moines Onstage booth. They will be providing an entertainment act, including singing and possibly dancing!

Colon Cancer Foundation of Iowa

Want to support the fight against Colon Cancer and spread awareness? Pick up information here about the annual walk coming up on August 23rd!

ChildVoice International - August 23

Check out ChildVoice International and learn more about the organization and an educational “walk” they

Central IA Blues Society - June 7 - July 19

Looking to learn more about Central IA Blues Society? Visit this booth to learn about upcoming events and entertainment at the Market! They will be having a solo/duo act performing music.

Camp Fire Heart of Iowa

Get excited about Camp Fire Heart of Iowa’s upcoming programs and events, especially Summer Camp for 2014! Market patrons can stop by and plant seeds in cups.

Brenton Skating Plaza - October 25

Stop by Brenton Skating Plaza booth and learn information about this years skating season. Including skating lessons, birthday parties, broom ball, and much more! There will be coloring pages for kids and an item for them to take home!

Blank Park Zoo - May 17 - August 2 - October 4

Visit the Blank Park Zoo booth for some fun and to meet some Zoo friends. Learn about the Zoo’s volunteer opportunities, events, & membership.