While it may seem like good news is in short supply across the country, Iowa PBS has been highlighting uplifting, feel-good stories that share how Iowans are making a difference in their communities. Whether that’s through virtual dancing lessons, a service that helps those who need groceries but can’t go to the store, or a Facebook page that assesses needs from the community — The Helpers Next Door
series showcases Iowa good news.
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Adonica Struhar, director of The Spotlight School of Dance, transitioned her large studio classes into virtual sessions that help each dancer feel the same connection to their class. Watch the story here.
Iowa City Errand-ers
University of Iowa senior Allie Stutting took to Twitter to organize a group of volunteers who could run errands for elderly and immunocompromised groups. Within the first two weeks of her virtual offer, Stutting received interest from more than 400 people. Watch her story here.
Front Porch Project
Photographer Lisa Sawtelle saw a movement on social media called “The Front Porch Project” where photographers across the nation take family, couple and individual portraits on their front porch. Sawtelle took advantage of her free time to give back to her small town of Creston. Read more here.
Des Moines, How Can We Help You?
Kevin Williamson, a lifelong Des Moines resident, responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by creating the Facebook group “Des Moines, How can we help you?” The group offers encouragement, helpful resources, supplies and more. The group has grown to more than 12,000 members and has more than 150,000 posts and comments. Check out the Q&A with Williamson here.