Community Involvement

At the Des Moines General Office, we do more than work in the community, we're part of it. Many of our Agents have local roots-some even go back generations. That's important, because it gives them a vested interest in the people and businesses that make up the community. We believe there's no greater job than helping our friends and neighbors succeed.

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Habitat for Humanity

The staff of the Des Moines General Office are proud volunteers and supporters of Habitat for Humanity: Greater Des Moines (GDM Habitat). Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that started in 1986 with the belief that everyone should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. They are able to build houses through “...volunteer labor and donations of money and materials."

Amanda the Panda

Amanda the Panda

The Des Moines General Office is a proud supporter of Amanda the Panda. Created in 1980, Amanda the Panda focused on children living with cancer, and Amanda would visit them at hospitals and schools until 1987. Since then, the organization “...offers the most comprehensive and ongoing services for children, teens, adults and families struggling with a death of a loved one in the state of Iowa.”

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Children’s Cancer Connection

The Des Moines General Office is a proud supporter of Children’s Cancer Connection. Since 1988, the non-profit organization mission has been to “connect families affected by childhood cancer by providing programs for education, recreation and support.” Following a diagnosis the organization offers “support, education and recreation for the entire family for the entire journey.” All the support and services they provide the families are at little-to-no cost.

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Maddy Cunningham's Classic Volleyball Tournament

The Des Moines General Office is a proud supporter of the Maddy Cunningham's Classic Volleyball Tournament, benefiting Children's Cancer Connection. The tournament started in 2007, after the cancer diagnosis of an agent’s 3-year old niece, Maddy. Each year, the group hosts a tournament with the help of volunteers from Coconut Castaways. Since 2007, the tournament has raised $178,000 for Children’s Cancer Connection.  Plus, through New York Life Foundation grants, the Des Moines General Office has been able to contribute an additional $50,000 to Children’s Cancer Connection since 2010.

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Special Olympics

Des Moines General Office is a proud supporter of Special Olympics. Since the start of the Special Olympics in 1968, their mission has been to "provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities by giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community."

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Meals From The Heartland

The Des Moines General Office is a supporter of Meals from the Heartland. Meals from the Heartland is a nonprofit organization made up of volunteers who package meals for delivery to malnourished people in Iowa, as well as across America, and around the world. “Since 2008, Meals from the Heartland has provided over 83 million meals to the hungry in Iowa and around the world.”

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Child ID Program

New York Life Des Moines' Child ID Program is designed to help children in our community stay safe in the home, at play, or wherever they happen to be. Tens-of-thousands of children have participated over the years in our child ID cards, providing their families with peace of mind knowing that if something should ever happen to their children, they will have an ID with vital information to distribute to the local authorities.