Helping Strengthen Our Communities

We are proud to be associated with such fine communities in which we live and work. In fact, we believe that we have a responsibility to our communities to give back. Our firm encourages and supports its attorneys and staff to be actively involved in their neighborhoods and with causes of interest – and we do so in a variety of ways.

Firm's Charitable Action Committee
Iowa Legal Aid
United Way
Wellness Initiatives
Individual Attorney Involvement

Firm’s Charitable Action Committee

Through the leadership of our firm’s Charitable Action Committee, our attorneys and staff collectively work together on activities throughout the year in support of our designated charity. We believe that engaging in activities together as a firm fosters great teamwork and rapport amng our colleagues.

Every few years, the attorneys and staff select a new charity to support both financially and with volunteer hours. With full-office participation, we are able to make a nice impact in the community, as well as have fun working together on important causes.

Our current designated charity is YESS, Iowa' largest emergency shelter for kids, which supports more than 800 children (newborn through age 17). We work on a variety of projects throughout the year, whether it's coordinated activities with the children, or providing maintenance/landscaping at the facility. We will raise money for YESS by allowing attorneys and staff to wear jeans to work one Friday each month.

In past years, we have supported Meals from the Heartland, where we packaged meals on several occasions to help feed the hungry, and raised monies on monthly jeans days at the office.

We have also supported Children & Families of Iowa (CFI) with our collective volunteer efforts. Activities included food & healthcare drives, and painting, landscaping and yard projects at CFI housing facilities.

Iowa Legal Aid

Many of our attorneys provide pro bono services through Iowa Legal Aid and its affiliates. The attorneys at the firm provide intake support for Iowa Legal Aid every Thursday afternoon, with 35 attorneys assisting in this endeavor.

Ahlers & Cooney also serves as a “Premier” sponsor of the Iowa Legal Aid Foundation’s annual fundraiser, Equal Justice After Hours.

United Way

Our firm supports and contributes to United Way on an annual basis. In 2004, we formalized our efforts and assembled a committee made up of attorneys and staff to lead this annual initiative.  

More importantly, our attorneys and employees are better educated about the needs of our community and look forward to the campaign each year as an opportunity to work together to improve our community.

We have a lot of fun throughout the process, too. We build the firm’s annual campaign around a theme aligned with our designated charity and provide some fun incentives for our attorneys and staff as we engage them in the process for United Way Week.

Wellness Initiatives

As part of our Wellness Committee’s efforts, many of our attorneys and staff participate in community-wide wellness initiatives in support of such fine charities, such as the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure, the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb, Drake’s Grand Blue Mile run, and the Healthiest State Initiative’s annual walk.

Individual Attorney Involvement

Individually, members of our firm serve on boards and committees and volunteer their time for a wide range of civic, professional, non-profit and community organizations. We are proud that our attorneys and staff are currently involved with so many fine organizations and activities in our community and our profession.

Attorney Involvement in Community

Animal Lifeline of Iowa

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation

American Bar Association

Iowa State Bar Association

Ankeny Izaak Walton League

Iowans for Fair and Impartial Courts

Ashcraft Library Project

Junior High Mock Trials

Beaverdale Little League

Knights of Columbus

Central Iowa Aquatics

Link Associates

Children & Families of Iowa

Luther College Alumni Council

Christ The King

Lutheran Church of Hope

Dallas County Board of Adjustment

National Association of Bond Lawyers

Dallas County Compensation Board

 Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Church

Des Moines Community Playhouse

P.E.O. International

Des Moines Golf and Country Club

Pi Beta Phi Des Moines Alumnae

Drake Adult Literacy Center

Polk County Bar Association

Drake Moot Court Program

Polk County Juvenile Drug Court Collective

Drake University Law School

Polk County Judicial Nominating Commission

Faith Lutheran Church

Polk County Women Attorneys

First United Methodist Church

Raccoon Valley Little League

Greater Des Moines Partnership

Rotary Club of Des Moines AM

Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

Hospice of Central Iowa

St. John’s Lutheran Church

Iowa Council of School Attorney

St. Joseph Food Shelter

Iowa Correctional Institute for Women

The Wall that Heals

Iowa Defense Counsel Association

United Way of Central Iowa

Iowa Events Center Hotel Board

Youth Emergency Services & Shelter

Iowa Legal Aid

Young Women’s Resource Center