Community Action Agencies

The Division of Community Action Agencies addresses issues facing families by bringing resources for the elderly, disabled and the low-income to the community level.


CANCELLATION--The MLK event below is CANCELED due to icy weather and road conditions.  Updated January 15, 2017, 10:45 p.m.  

Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds to Join Iowans in Celebrating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Public ceremony on Monday, January 16, 2017

Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will participate in the State of Iowa celebration honoring the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16, 2017. The annual event is hosted by the Iowa Department of Human Rights’ Office on the Status of African-Americans and begins at 10:45 a.m. at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, 909 Robert D. Ray Drive in Des Moines.

City of Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission Director, Joshua V. Barr, will offer the keynote speech.  A youth dance theater from Waterloo will perform and winning students of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Call 2 Serve Contest will receive awards. Alfreda Emery of Des Moines and Police Chief Mark Prosser of Storm Lake will be recognized for individual achievement.

 The event is free and open to the public.

Commissions, Boards & Councils

The DHR is your partner in building better communities for all who live here. We open doors, find answers, meet challenges and develop resources. We provide a link among agencies, nonprofits and outreach groups within the state, and between federal and state programs. Our approach stems from a Commission, Board and Council structure to ensure the distinct voices of all Iowans are heard.  If you are interested in serving on a commission or board, go to to learn more about the application process.


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