Oakridge Neighborhood



20th of March 2019

National Education Association for the Education of Young Children Press Release

Contact: Kristin Littlejohn 515.244.7702 Ext. 136 klittlejohn@oakridgeneighborhood.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Oakridge Neighborhood Services Earns Accreditation for Oak Academy from the National Association for the Education of Young Children   DES MOINES, IA, Mar. 14, 2018- Oakridge Neighborhood Services in Des Moines has received accreditation from The National Association for the Education of Young Children…


7th of September 2018

Oakridge Resident Becomes US Citizen

Oakridge Resident Becomes US Citizen During a time of heightened anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies, more than 14,000 immigrants across the country became America’s newest citizens. One of the 14,000 immigrants is 18 year old, Cicilia Awa, an Oakridge Neighborhood resident. Awa came to the states in 2006 with her family, just a year after the…


20th of August 2018

National Night Out Recap!

National Night Out Recap!   National Night Out is an annual community building campaign that promotes police-community relationships. It occurs every year on the first Tuesday in August. The goal of National Night Out is to enhance the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a real sense of community. To celebrate this…


Mobile Food Pantry Site Launches at Oakridge Neighborhood Media Release

MEDIA CONTACTS: Luke Elzinga, Communications and Advocacy Manager DMARClelzinga@dmarcunited.org, 515-277-6969 x10 Mobile Food Pantry site launches at Oakridge Neighborhood DES MOINES, Iowa (August 16, 2018)— Beginning next Monday, August 20, the DMARC Mobile Food Pantry will be on-site in the Oakridge Neighborhood near the basketball courts from 12:00-2: 00 pm every third and fourth Monday…


14th of August 2018

JAZZ, JEWELS & JEANS: Meet our Event Chairs

Jazz, Jewels & Jeans: Meet our Event Chairs Now in its ninth year, Jazz, Jewels & Jeans- the signature fundraiser event to support Oakridge Neighborhood- is dazzling brighter than ever. This is due to our excellent volunteer event chairs and their committees. Busy working and planning the upcoming event we had the chance to catch…


Youth Summer Employment Program Video

  Youth Summer Employment Program (YSEP) The Youth Summer Employment Program (YSEP) provides subsidized employment opportunities for low-income high school-age youth each year. YSEP offers eight weeks of paid part-time (20-30 hours) work experience at non-profit and public agencies throughout the community in conjunction with job skills workshops, career exploration, and development opportunities. The goal…


13th of August 2018

Oakridge Youth Summer Employment Program

  2018 Summer Youth Employment Program Recognition Luncheon On Wednesday, August 9th, 2018 46 students graduated from our Youth Summer Employment Program (YSEP). We celebrated at the Wakonda Club, to award our students with a certificate and to celebrate their achievements. YSEP provides subsidized employment opportunities for low-income high school-age youth each year. We provide…


7th of August 2018

Youth Summer Employment Program: Meet Lilly

Lilly & the Des Moines Social Club Every summer Oakridge Neighborhood provides employment opportunities for low-income high schoolers, including ten weeks of paid, part-time experience at nonprofit and public agencies. The Youth Summer Employment Program (YSEP) has immediate benefits- staying busy and earning a paycheck- but countless long-term benefits as well: YSEP participants know the value…


6th of August 2018

Youth Summer Employment Program: Meet Levo

Levo & the City of Des Moines Public Information Office Every summer Oakridge Neighborhood provides employment opportunities for low-income high schoolers, including 10 weeks of paid, part-time experience at nonprofit and public agencies. The Youth Summer Employment Program (YSEP) has immediate benefits- staying busy and earning a paycheck- but countless long-term benefits as well: YSEP participants…


2nd of August 2018

Blooming Hope in DSM, is Blooming Hope in Silver Oaks

How a new charitable floral delivery is impacting the Des Moines Metro. August 2nd, 2018- We are thrilled to announce a new business in the Des Moines area: Blooming Hope in DSM. Blooming Hope is a charitable floral deliver. The business has only been around for a short time; however, it has already accomplished its…