Resources for Diversity and Inclusion

The following resource list contains various ethnic, religious and cultural organizations that could be helpful in developing relationships in the community with others. We hope these resources (by no means considered complete) will trigger creative thinking and present ways to help individuals start learning about diversity in Indianola and the greater Des Moines area.


African-American Museum of Iowa

Creative Visions

National Black Child Development Institute

Urban Dreams


African American Leadership Forum of Des Moines

Iowa Commission on the Status of African Americans


BorWomen Association

American Indian

White Eagle Multicultural Pow Wow


Bhutanese Community in Iowa

Chinese Association of Iowa

Chinese Cultural Center of America

Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Research Center (EMBARC)

 Filipino-American Association of Iowa

India Cultural Association of Central Iowa (ICA)

Indo-American Association of Iowa

Iowa Asian Alliance

Iowa Chinese Language School

Iowa Nepalese Association

Japan American Society of Iowa

Korean Cultural Center of Iowa

Maharastra Mandal of Iowa

Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa

Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs

St. Peters Vietnamese Community in Des Moines

Tai Village

Vietnamese American Community in Iowa

Watlao Buddhavas of Des Moines

Tai Studies Center


Easter Seals


Iowa Office of Persons with Disabilities

Iowa Program for Assistive Technology

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Iowa’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Lutheran Services of Iowa

Mainstream Living

NAMI of Central Iowa


Community Support Advocates

Crest Services

Eyerly Ball

Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa

H.O.P.E. (Honoring Opportunities for Personal Empowerment)

Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS)

Iowa Division of Mental Health and Disability Services (MHDS)

Iowa Home Care

Link Associates



Greater Des Moines Partnership


Catch Des Moines Culture

Iowa Civil Rights Commission


Safe Schools Certification Program


Evelyn K Davis Center for Working Families

Des Moines Farmers’ Market

Des Mones Arts Festival

Immigrant Refugee

Lutheran Services of Iowa

Catholic Charities – Refugee Resettlement

Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center

Iowa Bureau of Refugee Services

Oakridge Neighborhood

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

Iowa International Center

Welcome to Iowa – Multilingual Resource Center

Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON)

Zion Lutheran Church


Societa Vittoria Italiana

Italian-American Culture Center of Iowa

Society of Italian Americans


Iowa Division of Latino Affairs

Hispanic Educational Resources, Inc

Los Oradores Toastmasters Club

Latinas/Latinos al Exito

Latina Leadership Initiative of Greater Des Moines

League of United Latin America Citizens of Iowa


First Friday Breakfast Club

Imperial Court of Iowa

Iowa Safe Schools

One Iowa

Iowa Pride Network

Human Rights Campaign

Lambda Legal

Cornhaulers L&L Club


Home Base Iowa

Veteran Employment Services

Easter Seals

Iowa American Legion

Department of Labor VETS

US Department of Veterans Affairs

Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs – Benefits, Resources

Federally Employed Women

Iowa Women Lead Change

Junior League of Des Moines


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

On With Life

Optimae Life Services

Progress Industries

REM Iowa

The Homestead

The Respite Connection


Sikhs of Iowa Khalsa Heritage Inc

Islamic Center of Des Moines

Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines

Muslim Community Organization Masjid An-Noor

Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC)

Hindu Temple & Cultural Center

Diocese of Des Moines