Grand View Announces Views Forward Project; Host Launch

September 18, 2017

Grand View University has been a proud member of Des Moines' East Side since its founding in 1896. More than $75 million in campus improvements in the last decade have enhanced the University’s footprint along East 14th Street and surrounding streets. The Views Forward Project recognizes the impact the University has had on the neighborhood and aims to bring continued positive change through genuine and sustainable projects, programs and events that involve area residents and businesses.

The project will work with neighborhood leaders representing Highland Park, Union Park, Capitol Park, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Neighborhood Associations to identify and develop initiatives that meet community needs and expand opportunities for Grand View students to serve, learn, and build ties to the east side of Des Moines.

Grand View's students, staff and faculty already generate more than 50,000 hours of community service each year. Grand View's commitment to community service and genuine community engagement is evidenced through Core II, a required seminar for each Grand View student that requires ten or more hours of community engagement for each student.

Views Forward will focus service efforts on our neighborhood and be an incubator for new efforts to provide positive improvement in our neighborhood.

Inaugural project activities include:

  • Viking Ticket Program: Grand View will give away 1896 tickets to sporting events, theater and music performances.
  • Neighborhood Advisory Committee: The project will bring neighborhood leaders together for planning sessions to gather input and provide feedback on project planning.
  • Neighborhood Volunteerism: The project will focus the power of our volunteer efforts within our neighborhood.
  • Taking it to the streets: President Henning will go door-to-door this fall to meet with students living off-campus and their neighbors to learn more about our impact in the community.

A Views Forward Project Launch was held on Monday, September 18 at 1:00 p.m. There were speakers, a Q&A, refreshments and social time.