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Beginning Wednesday, March 30th, the intersection of 1st Ave N with 9th St N was closed for construction. The 1st Ave N and 7th St NW intersection was also closed.

This closure will last for approximately three months. A detour is in place routing traffic around the closure using Adventureland Dr., 5th Ave NW, and 2nd St NW.


Caring Hands Food Pantry is only accessible from the east, via 9th St NE.


Thanks to our friends at Altoona Walmart, Caring Hands received a $1,000 grant to help us mobilize compassion towards our neighbors in eastern Polk County.

We couldn't serve our neighbors without the faithful support of community partners like Walmart. 

If you have ever considered volunteering at Caring Hands Outreach Center, we would love to have you attend a volunteer training event. You'll learn about the different types of volunteer opportunities that we have, guidelines that we have to follow, and meet some of our other volunteers.


The next volunteer training session is:

May 11, 2022 from 9:00 - 11:00 am

602 3rd Street SW, Altoona

Advance registration is preferred, but not necessary. To register, please contact Barb Hoehne at or (515) 967-4533.


During the pandemic, we suspended our Clothes Hanger program which provided quality used clothing. We are pleased to announce that the Clothes Hanger will reopen on Wednesday, March 2 as part of our Secondhand Treasures thrift shop. 


We are now accepting freshly laundered clothing in usable condition at our new location (602 3rd St SW, Altoona). Please use the west driveway and enter through the marked entrance. Donations can be dropped off Monday - Friday between 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.