Current Projects

East High's Junior Football Program

East High Youth Football is a non-profit organization who's mission is to provide an opportunity to 5th-7th graders interested in learning how to play tackle football.  Their mission is to provide a safe and positive place for kids to learn a skill, compete, build confidence, learn how to be part of a team and follow the directions of their coach.  The goal is to allow the kids a chance to fall in love with the sport and to build up the East Scarlet football program. 

Currently the equipment being used is set to expire next year. That means shoulder pads and helmets.  By CDC and NAERA standards it is recommended these items be updated every ten years. The manufacturer of the currently used helmets follows this 10 year expiration.  Some experts say regardless of whether an item visibly wears down or winds up torn, it’s a good idea to replace a piece of football gear every 3 years. Beyond that timeframe, a helmet or pad is less likely to have sufficient shock absorption due to the number of times the item will have incurred blunt impact and may be outdated due to updated safety standards and  improvements in design. On March 9, 2011, NAERA announced that it would longer accept helmets more than 10 years old for reconditioning. These items are very important to the safety of the players and unfortunately they are expensive items to replace. 

We are partnering with this organization to help raise funds to get these much needed, and very necessary, items replaced so that the kids can continue to play safely and the program can continue to thrive.  We do not want to see programs like these die out.  If you are interested in helping financially please contact us or visit our donations page.  If you have equipment such as shoulder pads, helmets, cleats, or padded football pants to donate, give us a call at 515.745.6312 or email us at

Holiday Help

Every year we team up with a school or organization to find families in need of some holiday help.  This year we will be working with an Elementary School to help make the season bright for families that could use the help.  If you would like to donate to this program to help us expand our reach please use the donation page here or reach out to one of our team members.

East High Post Prom Help

East High School's post prom will be held at the school in April. They are needing help with donations and volunteers.  To see how you can get involved please see EHS Post Prom under our Join Us tab or get in touch with us!

Earth Day Clean Up

We are currently working on a putting together a team to participate in the City of Des Moines' annual Trash Bash.  This year's  Trash Bash will take place on April 20th.  The schedule of events is as follows:

  • 12:00-1:00 Kick-Off Bash/Team Rally (Cowles Commons, 221 Walnut St.)
    Gather your team for food, music, educational booths 

  • 1:00-1:30 Commute to Assigned Site, Group Photo & Safety Talk

  • 1:30-4:30 Earth Day Volunteer Projects (Greater Des Moines Metro Area)

  • 4:30-5:00 Clean-up, Collect Tools/Supplies, Post-Project Photos & Award Submissions

Join us for all day or just part of the time, whatever your schedule will allow. If you are interested in joining our team and cleaning up a portion of the east side please visit our volunteer tab or get in touch with us via email or phone. Learn more about the Trash Bash here

E University Ave State Fair Clean Up

Every year we get together to beautify East University Ave creating a welcoming first impression for many fairgoers. Clean up takes place the Saturday before the Fair.  More info on this year's clean up to come.  If you would like to make sure we update you on the clean up, please visit our volunteer page under our Join Us tab and choose the beautification/clean up button or join our mailing list and stay up to date on all our information including meeting reminders.

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