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Big Grove Brewery & GreenState Credit Union have partnered to brew a Greener State of Mind - a refreshing citrus-forward pale ale with a goal for a greener and cleaner Iowa.

Proceeds will benefit the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit protecting and restoring Iowa's land, water, and wildlife.

GreenState Credit Union is Iowa’s largest financial institution and one of the top financial institutions in the country for returning profits to members in the form of better rates and lower fees. In addition to serving its members, GreenState exists to serve the local community as well. As they grow, so does their charitable giving. 

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Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is a conservation organization that protects and restores Iowa’s land, water and wildlife. They have helped protect over 190,000 acres of Iowa prairies, woodlands, lakes and rivers and blazed the way for Iowa’s trails.

Protecting and restoring Iowa’s land, water and wildlife. Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation helped protect over 190,000 acres of Iowa prairies, woodlands, lakes and rivers and blazed the way for Iowa’s trails.

In partnership with Polk County Conservation and the Brenton Family, INHF has purchased 1,113 acres located in Polk and Dallas counties commonly called the Brenton Slough. In an area undergoing rapid change and growth, conservation of properties with existing quality wildlife habitat, especially such a large parcel, is a rare opportunity.

With the purchase and eventual transfer to Polk County Conservation, the land will continue to attract bird enthusiasts and other nature lovers in perpetuity. It will serve as a quiet place to escape, a field trip venue and maybe even a scenic route to ride or walk between Granger and Grimes.

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Big Grove for Good

Giving back to our local community is central to our mission at Big Grove Brewery. We strive to be intentional with our “good giving” and have committed the majority of our charitable efforts to focus on three core categories -- Trees, Trails, & Water: The work to enhance our recreational green spaces, benefiting both our health and well-being and reviving our environment. Equity & Equality: Working towards a diverse and equitable community while being a good human to other humans. Our Backyard: Supporting local organizations that work to make our Johnson County community a better place to live, thrive, and have opportunity.

Swipe to read more about each of the 4 giving partners chosen for 2023. 

The Free Lunch Program (FLP) began in January, 1983 with a simple mission to have an open door, a full plate, no questions asked. Over fourty years later, the program has grown to 900 volunteers serving a total of 30,177 meals in Johnson County. Over 90-percent of meals served included fruit and vegetables servings last year.

Iowa City and Coralville's original boxing club (ICOR) continuously operated in the area since 2000. ICOR is a community boxing club where boxing is for everyone. ICOR has members as young as 5 up to people in their 90s. In addition to boxing training and competition, they are actively involved in the community hosting free workouts for non-profit organizations, like Big Brothers Big Sisters, UAY, and G!World.

In 2022, Central Iowa Shelter & Services (CISS) served over 2,000 people in need of an emergency shelter and over 100 people in our affordable housing. Our community kitchen program served over 165,000 meals to people living at the Mulberry Street location. CISS is committed to providing low-barrier shelter, meals, and support services at no cost to adults experiencing homelessness, while also facilitating their move towards self-sufficiency.

Ronald McDonald House (RMH) Charities of Central Iowa first opened its doors on August 29, 1981 and since has served over 17,000 families throughout Iowa, many other states, and countries. The Ronald McDonald House mission is to provide stability and resources for families in Iowa/across the nation who travel far from home to get the specialized treatment their child needs in Des Moines.

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