Fort Dodge Resources


American Red Cross

The American Red Cross provides services to active duty military members and veterans and people displaced from their home due to a disaster. Training in CPR, First Aid, Swimming Lessons, Lifeguard Training and other safety courses is available.

Categories :   Clothing & Household Items, Crisis/Emergency Information, Financial Assistance, Food & Nutrition, Housing & Shelter, Military/Veterans Assistance

Phone Number :   712.252.4081

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Services :   Clothing Assistance, Emergency Shelter, Food Assistance, Housing

Bethany Christian Services

Bethany Christian Services provides free and confidential services to new and expectant parents facing an unplanned pregnancy. Our experienced pregnancy counselors can talk with expectant parents about their options by providing unbiased guidance and support, answering questions, connecting expectant parents to local resources and services, and planning for the future.

Categories :   Crisis/Emergency Information, Family Services, Financial Assistance, Pregnancy & Sexual Health

Phone Number :   712-737-4831

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Contact Person :   Trista Hodgson

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Services :   Achieving Maximum Potential, Adoption, Counseling, Crisis Intervention, Emotional Support and Care Coordination with Local Agencies and Providers, Pregnancy Prevention Education, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Education, Teen Pregnancy Support

Bridging the Gap

The Bridging the Gap program provides assistance to families that are in need of home furnishings. These may include (but not limited to) couches, beds, dressers, dinning room tables and chairs, dishes, cookware and bedding. To receive services from the program you must have a referral from an in-home counselor or case worker and there MUST be children in the home.

Categories :   Clothing & Household Items, Crisis/Emergency Information, Financial Assistance

Phone Number :   515.573.3170

Address :   United Way of Greater Fort Dodge, 24 N 9th St, Ste B, Fort Dodge

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Contact Person :   Tricia Winninger

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Services :   Financial Assistance, Household Items

Career Navigators – Iowa Central Community College

A team of Career Navigators is dedicated to helping students discover their own unique career pathway and connect¬ing students with the resources they need to achieve their career goals. Understanding that every person has a unique set of skills, experience, values, challenges, and goals, we help develop a career pathway that is customized for each student, which will include a combination of career exploration activities and career education training.

Career Navigators assist students with the following services: career and education guidance, training program placement, one-to-one advising, tuition assistance, transportation assistance, childcare assistance, soft skills development, job placement assistance, and much more.
Call 515-574-1972 for more information.
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Categories :   Education, Employment Services, Family Services, Financial Assistance

Phone Number :   515-574-1972

Address :   One Triton Circle, Fort Dodge

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Services :   Achieving Maximum Potential, Education, Education and Training, Job Placement, Job Training, Leadership Skills, Vocational Training

Family Financial Education Foundation

Family Financial Education Foundation is a nonprofit debt consolidation group dedicated to providing customized education and training to individuals and families helping them build critical money-management skills to better their lives. Their goal is to help people become financially stable, debt-free and better able to manage their financial resources.

Categories :   Financial Assistance, Financial Counseling

Phone Number :   877.789.4172

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Food Stamps/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Hotline

SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits. FNS also works with State partners and the retail community to improve program administration and ensure program integrity.

Categories :   Financial Assistance, Food & Nutrition

Phone Number :   877.347.5678

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Fort Dodge Housing Agency

The Fort Dodge Housing Agency is dedicated to providing and ensuring quality affordable housing by being an innovative leader in setting housing standards. We are committed to establishing creative partnerships and sound economic practices to benefit the entire community. Low-income rental assistance program, Section 8, HUD housing. We provide basic needs such as homeless shelter, housing, assistance in paying for private housing, and rental/utility deposit assistance. We also have a self-sufficiency program that supports individuals in becoming employed/educated and connects them to area/community resources. This helps clients in getting the help they need and ultimately using less public assistance in the end.

Categories :   Financial Assistance, Financial Counseling, Housing & Shelter

Phone Number :   515.573.7751

Address :   700 S 17th St, Fort Dodge

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Contact Person :   Celia Taylor

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Fort Dodge Noon Lions Club

The Fort Dodge Noon Lions Club provides eye screenings for all children birth - five years through day cares, pre-schools and schools. They also provide eye glasses for children through grade 12 through referral from school nurse.

Categories :   Financial Assistance, Health Services

Phone Number :   515.576.7183 ext. 211

Address :   3010 20th Ave. N., Fort Dodge

Contact Person :   Cliff Weldon

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Gene Giraffe Project

Gene Giraffe Project is a 501c3 charity devoted to raising awareness, and providing funds for rare and inherited diseased children and families. We devote our time to providing awareness for rare diseases and providing help for families who endure long hospital visits due to rare diseases.

Categories :   Education, Family Services, Financial Assistance, Foundations

Phone Number :   5155710228

Address :   206 2nd Street PO Box 174

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Contact Person :   Doug Passow

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Hawk-i (Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa) Insurance

Hawk-i is low cost/no cost health insurance for children. They offer two plans - a medical and dental plan and also a dental only plan. The cost per month is based on the family size and income. There are many services that Hawk-i covers such as doctor visits, hospital care, prescriptions, well-child check-ups, vaccines/shots, emergencies, surgery, dental care, vision exams, hearing services, mental health & substance abuse care, chiropractic care and speech therapy. This program is managed locally by the Webster County Health Department.

Categories :   Financial Assistance, Health Services, Youth Services

Phone Number :   515.573.4107

Address :   Webster County Health Department, 723 1st Ave S, Fort Dodge

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Contact Person :   Jamie Saxton

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Iowa Central Community College School Nurse

The Iowa Central Community College School Nurse provides health assessments, referrals, food pantry, hygiene supplies, over the counter medications, flu shots and a listening ear for students at Iowa Central Community College.

Categories :   Financial Assistance, Food Pantries, Health Services

Phone Number :   515.574.1047

Address :   One Triton Circle, AST 116, Fort Dodge

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Contact Person :   Amber Graves, RN

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Operation Christmas

Operation Christmas is an organization that helps to provide Christmas gifts, clothing and food to needy families during the holiday season. It is seasonal and only operating during the month of December each year.

Categories :   Clothing & Household Items, Financial Assistance, Youth Services

Phone Number :   515.571.6772 or 515.576.1549

Address :   Southwest corner of Crossroads Mall, 217 S 25th St, Fort Dodge

Contact Person :   Ruth Reed or Gwen Anderson

Prescriptions for Kids

Emergency funding for prescribed medication for the needy. This program is managed by the Webster County Health Department and the United Way of Greater Fort Dodge.

Categories :   Crisis/Emergency Information, Financial Assistance, Health Services

Phone Number :   515.573.4107

Address :   723 1st Ave S., Suite 220, Fort Dodge

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Contact Person :   Tricia Nichols or Jamie Saxton

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Social Security Administration

Cash benefits for the retired, disabled and survivors. Cash benefits for people with low income and resources who are either blind, disabled or over age 65. Assistance filing for Medicare and extra assistance for prescription drugs.

Categories :   Disability Services, Financial Assistance, Senior Citizens

Phone Number :   866.839.6193

Address :   2315 2nd Ave N, Fort Dodge

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Contact Person :   Mike Heiberger

United Way of Greater Fort Dodge

United Way of Greater Fort Dodge is a 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to supporting and uplifting families and youth. United Way of Greater Fort Dodge supports numerous organizations and agencies that help families become self-sufficient and stable for the long-term.

United Way of Greater Fort Dodge is also dedicated to ensuring the best possible future for our youth by promoting positive choices and behaviors and helping youth access available services and resources so they have a greater opportunity to achieve their full potential and pursue their goals and dreams. By providing leadership and supporting a coalition of organizations, agencies, services and programs, United Way is building a synergistic network that effectively connects youth to opportunities that will provide them with the chance to grow and develop in a positive and healthy way; and in doing so, help them create an optimistic future filled with hope.

Categories :   Crisis/Emergency Information, Family Services, Financial Assistance, Senior Citizens, Volunteering, Youth Services

Phone Number :   515.573.3179

Address :   24 N 9th St, Ste B, Fort Dodge

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Contact Person :   Randy Kuhlman

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Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. (UDMO)

As one of 18 Community Action Agencies in Iowa, Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. (UDMO) works in conjunction with general relief offices to provide emergency assistance programs and services to low income residents in need.

Categories :   Crisis/Emergency Information, Family Services, Financial Assistance, Financial Counseling, Food Pantries, Housing & Shelter, Parenting, Food

Phone Number :   515.576.7774

Address :   1325 1st Ave South

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Contact Person :   Alisa Schlief

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

The United Way of Greater Fort Dodge's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program provides free tax preparation for individuals and families who qualify based on our income guidelines and ensure taxpayers take advantage of every tax credit for which they are eligible such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Please call the VITA Director at 515.571.3381 with any questions or to make an appointment. If she is unavailable or out of the office, please leave a voicemail with your contact information and she will call you back to set up an appointment. Appointments are available Monday and Thursday 5-8 PM and Friday 12 PM - 5 PM and Saturdays 9 AM - 2 PM starting January 30 and going through April 15. More information is available at

Categories :   Financial Assistance, Financial Counseling

Phone Number :   515.571.3381

Address :   United Way of Greater Fort Dodge, 24 N 9th St, Ste B, Fort Dodge

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Contact Person :   Jess Martens

Webster County Health Department

Provides public health programs, home health services, nursing care, health counseling and immunizations and vaccinations. Additional services also include screenings, CPR/First Aid classes, nutrition programs, environmental health services, senior health, adolescent mental health, communicable diseases, maternal health, child health, developmental screenings, Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and a child care nurse consultant program. Other programs managed by the Webster County Health Department include: Family Foundations, Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (Hawk-i), I-Smile Dental Health, Prescriptions for Kids, Teen Information Pregnancy Prevention Program (TIPP), Tobacco/Smoking Cessation Program, Webster County Family Planning Clinic and the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program.

Call the Health Department with questions Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. An on-call nurse is also available 24/7 for questions/concerns.

Categories :   Child Care Services & Resources, Crisis/Emergency Information, Disability Services, Family Services, Financial Assistance, Health Services, Mental Health Services, Parenting, Pregnancy & Sexual Health, Senior Citizens, Smoking/Tobacco Cessation, Substance Abuse Services, Youth Services

Phone Number :   515.573.4107

Address :   723 1st Ave S, Fort Dodge

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Webster County Social Services

Webster County Social Services is the local access point for funding of mental health and disability services for residents of Webster County. The agency is part of a consortium of 22 counties in North Central and North East Iowa with a vision of connecting persons experiencing complex challenges with innovative resources and supports to assist them in moving toward hopeful and happy lives.

Categories :   Crisis/Emergency Information, Disability Services, Financial Assistance, Housing & Shelter, Mental Health Services, Senior Citizens, Transportation

Phone Number :   515.573.1485

Address :   308 Central Ave, Fort Dodge

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Contact Person :   Ken Hays

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