The Center for Creative Justice is a community-based organization and as such, we strive to maintain vibrant partnerships with other organizations working to better the community. Listed below are some of the organizations with which we partner, engage, or collaborate.

Ames Chamber
We collaborate with the Ames Chamber staff to provide resource information to share with our clients about a workforce retraining program.

Ames Community School District
We have assisted with mock interviews in a Career Class and enjoy outreach with the youth population.

A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy (AMOS)
We participated in a house meeting to discuss barriers and challenges to employment. AMOS provided resource information about Project IOWA to share with our clients.

Central Iowa Service Network Against Human Trafficking
We are a member of a coalition of organizations working to end human trafficking in Iowa.

Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC)
We participate in the Boone, Dallas, and Story County partnerships working to improve child welfare processes, practices, and policies.

County Coordination Committee
We work with this committee to host Community ID drives.

Criminal Justice program staff at Des Moines Area Community College
We collaborate with the faculty and staff of the Criminal Justice program at DMACC.

Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART)
We are a participant in DART and meet monthly with other local criminal justice agencies to communicate in an effort to provide increased support for survivors of domestic abuse.

Iowa Businesses Against Trafficking
We are proud members of the Iowa Businesses Against Trafficking.

Iowa State University
We work with program staff from multiple departments to provide opportunities for students/future professionals (speaking events, tours, volunteer opportunities, work-study opportunities, internships). We also participate in the Non-Profit Protégé Program and the Ivy College of Business MBA Service-Learning Project to provide opportunities for students.

Iowa Veterans Employer Coalition (IVEC)
We participate in this coalition to collaborate with other employers about the hiring and retainment of Veterans.
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Mental Health Criminal Justice Task Force
Purpose: The purpose of the Task Force is to improve the system-wide response to serve mentally ill and co-occurring individuals. The task force is composed of individuals from across mental health, law enforcement and other community organizations. Vision: The vision of the Task Force is to bring about increased awareness and recognition of the mentally ill to ensure people receive the services they need, to provide better transitions and ensure compliance with case plans, and to address crisis situations more effectively and efficiently.

Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking and Slavery (NAHT)
The Network Against Human Trafficking is an Iowa-based organization focused on ending demand for sex and labor trafficking, through awareness-raising, prevention education, and working with organizations and communities to create trafficking-free zones across Iowa and beyond. Mission: To coordinate Iowa’s solution to end human trafficking and slavery through coalition building, raising awareness, and promoting education and advocacy. To end human trafficking in all its forms through providing a platform for collaboration between state and local agencies, advocating for effective investigation, rescue, and prosecution, leading and coordinating public policy and legislative efforts, strengthening collaboration between regional groups, nonprofits, law enforcement, faith communities, and community service providers, raising awareness and promoting education and training, and advocating for expansion of survivor services and best practice.

Rummage RAMPage
Assists with landfill diversion by offering a community sale to keep reusable items out of the waste stream.

Second Judicial District Department of Correctional Services Ames Advisory Committee
CCJ’s Executive Director serves on the Ames Advisory Committee for the Ames Probation/Parole Area Office.

Second Judicial District Department of Correctional Services Board of Directors
CCJ’s Executive Director serves as the Ames Advisory Committee delegate for the Board of Directors.

Second Judicial District Mental Health Court Planning Committee
Participating in assisting in the planning of a Mental Health Court for the Second Judicial District to improve the response to those with mental illness.

Story County College Access Network (SCCAN)
Vision: Story County College Access Network (SCCAN) will provide awareness and coordination among existing resources, identify gaps, and develop solutions that will better prepare individuals for post-secondary educational opportunities and ultimately, careers. Mission: SCCAN is a multi-sector collaborative network that engages individuals, guardians, and partners to improve outcomes for career readiness and post-secondary opportunities through systemic awareness and engagement.

Story County Prevention Policy Board (SCPPB)
Mission: Working to address issues impacting youth. Theory of Change: When a community comes together and implements multiple strategies to address youth in a comprehensive way. Coalition Process: Assessment, Capacity, Planning, Implementation, Evaluation

Story County Nonprofit DEI Group
Provides continued conversations, support, and accountability, around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work.

Story County Opioid Task Force
Provides opioid updates, training opportunities, resource information, agency updates, and hosts events.

UWSC Day of Caring
Volunteers help agencies complete projects in Story County.

UWSC Golf Fore Kids
Helps raise funds for child and family programs and initiatives in Story County.

Donation drop off location to collect need pantry items to support individuals in our community.