5th Year for Successful Backpack Drive for Rural Iowa
August 13, 2013: Celebrating another successful backpack program for rural communities across Iowa. Over 400 backpacks were distributed to families in need (we doubled our goal this year). Thanks to everyone who contributed, you made a difference!
 
Goodwill Donations
August 29, 2012: Dan and Molly Lopez picked up 50+ bags of clean bedding and towels from the Comfort Inn and Suites when their hotel brand changed. Donations were delivered to Goodwill Industries of Des Moines. Special thanks to the Iowa Soybean Association for their use of the SoyBiodiesel sprinter van to transport donations. Visit: http://www.iasoybeans.com/index.php
 
 
Backpack Drive for Rural Iowa
August 20, 2011: Dan and Molly Lopez were actively involved in the Iowa Full Gospel Churches backpack drive for rural communities across Iowa. Over 100 backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed to families in need. Dan Lopez is the current State Superintendent of Iowa Full Gospel Churches. Visit: http://iowafullgospel.com/.
 
CelebrAsian!

AML representative Dan Lopez volunteers as an Emcee at the Iowa Asian Alliance’s 9th Annual CelebrAsian Festival. (Photo #1: Dan Lopez Emcees the CelebrAsian Festival with Som Baccam, Photo #2: Dan introduces the Philippine Dance Troupe of the Quad Cities, Photo #3: CelebrAsian Festival Crowd.)

 
 
 
AML- Hope Ministries

AML’s continued efforts to go green, reduce paper, create efficiencies, and save files in digital formats, offered our company the opportunity to donate many file cabinets to Hope Ministries. Visit: http://hopeiowa.org/

 
(Photo: Kelly Kipping, AML’s Administrative Director, and Rodney Sloan, Hope Ministries’ Production and Warehouse Assistant.)
AML - Feeding the Spirit of our Community!

The staff team at Association Management, Ltd. (AML) selected the Ronald McDonald House of Central Iowa as the location for a volunteer opportunity to prepare a home baked meal for the twelve families staying at the House. The Ronald McDonald House is a place for families to stay whose children are being treated at area hospitals.

Visit http://www.rmhdesmoines.org.

According to Darcy Watson, CAE, AML’s staff team volunteer coordinator, “The group had a great time team building and felt really good about giving back to a fantastic cause. We had fun making chicken chalupas and decorating cookies and we hope the families enjoy our meal.” The team selected the Ronald McDonald House from several charitable options on: http://www.volunteermatch.org.

(Photo #1: The AML staff team volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House. Photo #2: Ali Ryan, Jennifer Richey and Heather Tamminga are chefs at work. Photo #3: Kim Johnson chopping away. Photo #4: Lynn Harkin frosting cookies.)

 
 
 
 
Tots for Tots 2010 Program
November 19, 2010: This is what it’s all about – giving back! Dan Lopez and the AML staff team coordinated toy distribution efforts for the Toys for Tots Program. The Marines of Des Moines, IA, work with local community leaders to provide gifts to needy children throughout Central Iowa. Our involvement allowed children from 60 families identified by local churches and veterans’ homes to receive donated toys from year’s Toys for Tots Program. (Photo #1: Heather Tamminga, Dan Lopez, Kelly Kipping, Molly Lopez and Sharyn Baudler sorting the toys. Photo #2: Dan Lopez ready to distribute toys to families in need.)
 
 
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

October 23, 2010: Lynn Harkin and Jennifer Richey and their friends and families participated in Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. With 23,000+ participants, the Des Moines event is one of the largest of its kind nationally. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Today, they are a grassroots international organization with a network of volunteers working through local Affiliates and Komen Race for the Cure® events to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment. The Foundation runs one of the most innovative and responsive grant programs in breast cancer today. In addition to funding research, the Foundation and its Affiliates fund community-based targeted breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment projects for the medically underserved. Visit: http://www.komendesmoines.org/aspx/AboutUs.aspx. (Photo #1: Lynn Harkin, fourth from the left, and Photo #2: Jennifer Richey, far right.)

 
 
Children’s Miracle Network Golf Tournament
August 25, 2010: Kelly Kipping participated in the 16th Annual Partners In Miracles Golf Tournament along with over 150 other individuals.  The tournament was established to benefit chronically ill and disabled children treated at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. One hundred percent of the funds raised for CMN go directly to the hospital.  Since 1984, Children's Miracle Network and University of Iowa Children's Hospital have worked together to improve the lives of pediatric patients. Locally, Children's Miracle Network is dedicated to raising funds that benefit UI Children's Hospital patients and their families each day. (Photo: Kelly Kipping, second from the left, 8-10.)
 
Golfing in Memory of Logan Nunez
August 7, 2010: Kelly Kipping participated in the 5th Annual Logan Nunez Memorial Golf Tournament along with over 90 other individuals.  The tournament was established as a benefit tournament in 2004 to raise money and to support the Nunez family in their daughter Logan’s fight against brain cancer.  In April 2005 Logan who was 10 years old lost her fight.  Friends and family continue to keep her memory alive by participating in this Memorial Golf Tournament.  The monies raised each year are donated to the local Iowa Dollars for Scholars – P.E.A.C.H Chapter for a scholarship in Logan’s name to help students from her local community pursue postsecondary education. (Photo: Kelly Kipping, third from the left/center, 8-10.)
 
WWII Army Reunion – Company E – Hosted in Des Moines

May 1 – 3, 2009: An annual three-day WWII Army Reunion for “Company E” was hosted in Des Moines, IA, by Dan and Molly Lopez. This is the third reunion (out of 25 reunions) hosted in Des Moines in honor of the late John R. Lopez, Dan’s father, who passed away in 2007. Attendees came from California, Minnesota and Ohio. The Reunion received local media attention. (Photo: WWII Army Reunion – Company E – Hosting 5-09.)

 
Des Moines Back to School Bash – Backpack Program

August 22, 2009: Dan and Molly Lopez were actively involved in the development, marketing and implementation of a Des Moines Inner City “Back to School Bash Backpack/School Supplies Program.” Over 200 needy families received donated backpacks filled with school supplies and enjoyed an afternoon of free hot dogs, sodas, cookies and entertainment. This was a true community effort and a beautiful day. (Photos: Inner City 2009 Back to School Backpack Program 8-09, Backpacks for Des Moines Supplies Drive 8-09, Des Moines Back to School Backpack Program 8-09, Family Attending Back to School Bash in Des Moines 8-09, Rev. Dan Lopez and Sergeant Joe Gonzalas at Des Moines Bash 8-09.)

 
 
 
 
 
Trick or Treat in Des Moines Inner City

October 30, 3009: The city of Des Moines celebrates “Beggar’s Night” the day before Halloween. Over a two hour period, 50+ kids and their parents stopped by to enjoy treats (even in the rain). Dan and Molly Lopez volunteered to staff the Trick or Treat table outside of Faith Church of the Nazarene. Visit http://www.faithfriends.org. (Photos: Des Moines Inner City Trick or Treat 2009, Trick or Treaters 2009.)

 
 
Donating Food to Families in Need

December 9, 2009: Due to the “winter storm of the century” in Des Moines, IA, (accumulation of 16 inches of snow and 50 mph winds), attendance was lower than anticipated at the Iowa Taxpayers Association (an AML association client) Annual Meeting. The host hotel for this meeting boxed up the extra food and Dan and Molly Lopez delivered the meals to several families in need. (Photo: Lopez delivery to families in need.)

 
Feeding Families in Need

December 18, 2009:   AML Administrative Director Kelly Kipping was involved in packing food baskets for 38 needy families from the Carlisle, Iowa area, along with other members of the St. Vincent DePaul Committee at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church.  The donations included fresh fruits, vegetables and turkeys.

Be a Santa to a Senior Program

December 13, 2009: The Be a Santa to a Senior Holiday Program collects and distributes gifts to 1,000+ Des Moines area seniors. Some of the most popular gifts are toiletries, socks, towels, puzzles and classic DVDs. Dan and Molly Lopez joined other local volunteers at The Lodge of Ashworth to wrap gifts for the program.

Visit:http://www.beasantatoasenior.com

(Photos: Molly Lopez and her mother Sandy Beukelman wrapping gifts for senior citizens, Enjoying gift wrapping, A lot of volunteers to make gifts special.)

 
 
 
Toys for Tots Volunteer

December 19, 2009: The Toys for Tots Program is one of the most nationally recognized non-profit programs in the United States. The Marines of Des Moines, IA, work with local community leaders to provide gifts to needy children throughout Central Iowa. Dan and Molly Lopez volunteered to coordinate the toy distribution program at Faith Church of the Nazarene in Des Moines, IA. More than 54 families (81 boys and 100 girls) received 198 donated toys from Hassel Family Chiropractic and the Toys for Tots Program. Visit http://www.desmoinestoysfortots.com. (Photos: Toys for Tots at Faith Church, Merry Christmas – Toys, Receiving Toys, Toys for Tots – Dr. Hassel and Daughters Donate Toys.)

 
 
 
 
Youth With a Mission: Matalan, Mexico – Homes for Hope Volunteer

January 3 – 9, 2010: Dan and Molly Lopez visited the headquarters of Youth with a Mission (YWAM) Homes of Hope in Mazatlan, Mexico. Launched in 2006 to provide adequate housing for needy families, Homes for Hope works with local churches in these poor communities to coordinate home construction (in three days) using short term Outreach Teams from around the world. To-date over 400 people have worked to build 43 homes. Visit http://www.ywammazatlan.com/page/homes-of-hope  for more information. (Photos: Molly Lopez in Front of a Homes for Hope built home, Dan Lopez and Pastor in a home in construction in Mazatlan, Families in need of a new home, Happy kids in Mexico, In need of a New Home.)