Hometown Pride is a program that brings community members together to enhance their hometowns. The program aims to strengthen the economic and cultural vitality of Iowa communities by furthering the implementation of community and county plans.
Hometown Pride provides each participating county, including Warren County, with a professional “Community Coach” who works with local leaders to build their base of skilled community volunteers, accomplish projects that make a difference in their hometown, and foster a sense of local stability and empowerment. The coach works to ensure that local plans and initiatives get developed, funded, and completed.
Warren County is one of 10 counties across Iowa that are part of Hometown Pride. Each participating community in Warren County has its own Hometown Pride team, comprised of local residents.
The program is operated by the non-profit Keep Iowa Beautiful, in partnership with the Iowa Economic Development Authority.
How and when did Warren County get involved?
Representatives of several communities in Warren County came together to apply for and fund the Warren County Hometown Pride program in 2017. The program officially started in October 2017, with the hiring of Warren County’s Community Coach.
Which communities in Warren County are participating?
Carlisle, Cumming, Hartford, Indianola, Milo, New Virginia, and Norwalk have agreed to participate.
Who is in charge of the Warren County Hometown Pride program?
A steering committee of representatives from participating communities oversees the program at a county level. In each participating community, a committee of volunteers directs all Hometown Pride activities. Warren County Hometown Pride also has a professional “community coach,” Lorin Ditzler, who works with the committees.
What has Warren County Hometown Pride accomplished so far?
You can follow the progress of our Hometown Pride teams here on our blog (on the home page of this website).
Can I volunteer for Warren County Hometown Pride?
Yes, you can! Interested individuals are invited to join the Hometown Pride volunteer team in their community (see list of participating communities above). Volunteer roles include serving as a committee member, participating in “work days,” fundraising, grant-writing, event planning, publicity, youth outreach and more. Contact the Warren County Community Coach, Lorin Ditzler, if you are interested in volunteering.
How is this funded?
Each committee seeks out their own funding to run their projects, through fundraising, grants, sponsorships and other means. Overhead costs for the county-wide program are covered by Keep Iowa Beautiful, Warren County Economic Development Commission, and contributions from the City government of each participating community.
Where can I learn more?
To learn more about the Warren County Hometown Pride program, and how you can get involved, click here to contact our Community Coach, Lorin Ditzler.
To learn more about the Hometown Pride program across Iowa, including which other counties are participating, click here to visit the Keep Iowa Beautiful web page.