In response to overcrowding and the need for programming tailored to the special needs of women offenders, ICIW opened a new visiting area in October 2013.
Thousands of visits take place each year at ICIW. Furnishings and books for the new visiting space are minimal.
During a recent visit to the new site, the idea to provide support for offenders and visitors by providing quality books, equipment and furnishings came about. This idea is now known as the Visiting Mom Project. The Visiting Mom Project would save ICIW funds for other programming and foster healthy relationships for offenders and their families.
The Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys (I.O.W.A.), Polk County Women Attorneys (PCWA) and the Ashcraft Library Project are taking the lead in the fundraising efforts. The original goal stemmed from a 100-100 idea; 100 attorneys donating $100. Donations in any amount are welcome.
Brochure with donation form (PDF, 305KB)
I.O.W.A. is a partnering organization in 50-50 in 2020, a bi-partisan, issue-neutral organization that was formed for the purpose of electing women to 50% of the seats in the Iowa Legislature and half of Iowa's Congressional delegation and a woman to the office of Governor by the year 2020, the 100th anniversary of woman suffrage in the U.S. You can find out more about the organization, its principles and plans, by going to its website: www.50-50in2020.org.