Community Involvement

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Fraternal Organizations

Many of our staff members are involved in organizations geared toward helping people and the community we live in.  These include a variety of Masonic Lodges, The Des Moines Consistory, Za Ga Zig Shrine, and Royal Order of Jesters.

Community and Charitable Organizations

As a company and individuals, we have a desire to support organizations that make our community strong.  These would include the United Way, Hospice of Central Iowa, Amanda the Panda, Variety Club of Central Iowa, Alzheimer’s Association, Hops for Hospice, Salisbury House, Better Business Bureau of Iowa, Heart Ball benefiting heart disease, Metro YMCA, Rotary Club, High Twelve, Breakfast Club, Ltd,  Reciprocity  Club, Des Moines Pioneer Club, Executive Association, Civic involvement in the metro area, Dallas Center and Madrid.

The Arts

We feel a vital aspect of any community is a strong presence of arts and cultural events.  We proudly support the arts in our community including:

  • Des Moines Performing Arts
  • Des Moines Symphony
  • Des Moines Metropolitan Opera
  • Des Moines Art Center
  • StageWest Theater Company
  • Des Moines Play House
  • Repertory Theater of Iowa
  • Bravo Greater Des Moines

Iles Funeral Homes is a local family owned company.  As such we have a vested interest in each of the communities we serve, because we live here too.  We offer our time, talent and resources to many organizations.  Here are a few of the things we are involved with.

Community Education

Iles Community Support Specialist, Jan Mathews, draws from her own experience and education in hospice care, ministry and grief support to meet the educational needs of care-givers in our community.  She offers free literature, continuing education seminars, funeral home tours and GriefPerspective newsletters as well as many other educational tools.  She promotes funeral service as a support partner to the work of healthcare providers, social workers, chaplains and teachers.  Contact Jan with your educational needs and ideas by calling her at 515.205.7540 or emailing her at

Religious Organizations

We have a large and diverse staff that are involved with many churches, synagogues and religious groups.  We support these institutions in a variety of ways.  In addition to individual churches, we also support larger organizations that help the community at large.  These include Knights of Columbus, Serra Club, Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines, Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center, Dowling Catholic High School, and Bishop Drumm Care Center.