About Us


This organization is established to provide support to families and individuals in need by providing assistance and linking them with resources that will enable them to become healthier in mind, body, and spirit.

Why have we set forth with this effort?

The number of families in need of such services in Clive has grown exponentially over the last decade. For example, eleven years ago 7% of Crestview School of Inquiry students were on free and reduced lunch. Now that number is about 73%. The east section of Clive has the largest percentage of these students and their families. Our location, within walking distance of Crestview School of Inquiry, is convenient for many in the neighborhood. As Clive continues to grow, we feel that we should be taking care of our citizens with services including food, clothing, educational services and a free clinic.

Clive Community Services was approved as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation on December 9, 2014. Monetary donations are tax exempt.

Our Beginning:

Clive Community Services opened its doors in 2016. It was founded by Linda Shanks, Chad Whitmore, and Stephanie Horak in response to a growing level of need in the Crestview School neighborhood.

Partner Agencies:

Clive Community Services is a DMARC (Des Moines Area Religious Council) food pantry and is a proud partner of Food Bank of Iowa.
Our Free Clinic is affiliated with Free Clinics of Iowa.
EMBARC (Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center) provides services to our mutual clients in our facilities.
We also work with West Des Moines Community Schools.


Executive Director Lisa Earles.

Board of Directors:

Clive Community Services Board of Directors provides strategic vision and monitors CCS’s fiscal and operational integrity. The current members of the board are:

Stephanie Horak, President
Chad Whitmore, Vice President
Lu Anne Gafford, Treasurer
Leslee Sheffield, Secretary
Linda Shanks, Past President
Jasna Beganovic
Julie Cirksena
Paul Doyle
Mary Ann Zug


Board of Directors Job Description
Board of Directors Application

Strategic Plan 2019

2017 Year End Annual Report
2018 Year End Annual Report
2019 Year End Annual Report