Helping Kids Thrive

A Hug from Hunter
If something made Hunter upset, he would pace the floor and say the same thing over and over again, but he couldn’t express his feelings or successfully talk with friends or family. His mom, Angie, brought him to ChildServe to help him build communication skills through therapy: it was life-changing.

Hunter is now comfortable with many social tasks, like talking to other kids and voicing what he’s anxious about. Hunter gained many abilities from therapy, but Angie says the greatest gift was simple – a hug from her son.

“He used to put his arm around you, but his body was saying, ‘Please don’t touch me,’” said Angie. “Now he gives me real hugs; he will even initiate them! The difference is amazing. I can’t find the words to express my gratitude.”

How Your Dollars Help

Adaptive Equipment

Your gift helps children find independence and freedom through specialized equipment. Many times, this equipment increases their mobility in a way they haven’t experienced before. Gifts to ChildServe also allow us to update equipment as children grow.

Care Support

Your donation provides special equipment and opportunities to help children with special healthcare needs reach their full potential. Gifts may go toward items like enhancing bedside monitoring equipment, building adaptive playgrounds, or providing summer camp opportunities through our respite program.


Your gifts allow us to provide safe, convenient transportation for children and young adults with mobility difficulties. ChildServe’s wheelchair accessible vans and busses enable children to attend a variety of appointments and recreational activities. Zach even used our transportation to vote in the last presidential election!

Specialty Clinic or Program Start-up Funds

Many ChildServe clinics and programs that now serve hundreds of children each year began with the support of donors like you and address needs that were previously unmet.

Facility Repair and Improvements

Financial gifts allow ChildServe to utilize top-of-the-line equipment in spacious, updated facilities. For example, our Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) bike was made possible through donations to the ChildServe Foundation. It now helps children and young adults like Sarah regain strength in their muscles through our various therapy and rehabilitation programs.

Community Outings

Children and young adults love to explore and interact with their community. Your donations help them do so in a safe way. Some outings focus on educational aspects and helping children reach their goals for greater independence. Other trips allow children and young adults to go bowling, swimming, shopping and other recreational activities. We believe these are activities that all children should be able to experience and enjoy.

Personal Needs

Sometimes children and families can’t afford to purchase the “extra” things in life after years of expensive medical bills. From Christmas presents for a six-year old, to a new shoes for a high school freshman, your gifts help bring a smile to the faces of children and their families.

How to Give

Make a Gift
We help thousands of children and young adults each year, but all of our good work begins with support from our generous donors. Thank you!
Planned Giving
Looking for a way to make a lasting impact? Planned gifts allow you to organize your donations for the years to come.

Whether you’re enjoying a night of bubble wrap creations or an afternoon on the golf course, our events unite fun with an amazing cause: helping Iowa’s children live a great life.

Amazon Wish Lists

Make a difference for the kids we serve by purchasing an item from one of our Amazon Wish Lists.

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Erica Axiotis

Vice President of Development


​​If you have additional questions please email so we can connect you with the appropriate team members.


ChildServe improves the health and well-being of 5,200 children each year through specialized clinical, home, and community-based programs and services. We serve children with developmental delays, disabilities, injuries, and other special healthcare needs.

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