First impressions are important, but for Mo Grotjohn and The Meinders Foundation, the first impression left a lasting impact.
"It was clear to me on my first visit that On With Life was an amazing place. I was impressed with the enthusiasm demonstrated by all the staff, as well as the level of community support shown," said Grotjohn, treasurer of The Meinders Foundation. "The positive energy at On With Life radiates from every person. Observing the interaction between staff members, volunteers, and persons served is amazing."
The Meinders Foundation, established by Herman and LaDonna Meinders in 1993, is based in Oklahoma, but their connections link back to On With Life in Ankeny. The Meinders Foundation learned about On With Life through Grotjohn's sister, Janelle Conley, who started volunteering at On With Life in 2011. Since then, both The Meinders Foundation and the Grotjohns have been tremendous supporters to On With Life. Most recently, The Meinders Foundation made a large donation to the new therapeutic grounds on the Ankeny campus to name the butterfly sensory garden in honor of Janelle, On With Life's 2016 Volunteer of the Year.
"Herman and I hope our donations help demonstrate the support On With Life deserves, not just from supporters in Central Iowa, but throughout the United States," said Grotjohn.