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Meet Board President Dr. Mike Hartwig


A strong board of directors is critical to a nonprofit organization’s success. Caring Hands is blessed to have board members who are passionate about our mission and willing to give of their time, talent, and treasure to help us mobilize eastern Polk County for compassionate service toward our neighbors. Our Board President, Dr. Mike Hartwig is a shining example of a mission-driven board member. Here’s what you need to know about Mike:


What do you do for a living? I’m a Financial Representative at Financial Architects in Clive.


Where does your family attend church?

First Family Church in Ankeny.


When did you join the Caring Hands board of directors?

June 2015


What inspired you to join the Caring Hands board of directors?

Isaiah 58:7 "Is this not the kind of worship I desire, . . . Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter?"


What do you wish people knew about Caring Hands?

There is a place in Altoona that cares about the physical and spiritual needs of its neighbors and that place is made of a broad spectrum of backgrounds. We have come together, laying aside our religious differences, and thereby demonstrating our love for Christ, to reach people in need.


What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?

I beat a chess grandmaster in a tournament at the famed Chicago Chess Club in the late 1980s. I didn’t win another game in the tournament!


Thank you to Mike and all of our board members who give generously of their time to help Caring Hands break the cycle of food insecurity and poverty in eastern Polk county.