Annual Events

Annual Events: Two annual events are organized and sponsored. The goal of these events is to strengthen families and improve the general well-being of Cedar Rapids youth and the youth enrolled in the program.

  • Easter Egg Hunt: This annual event is sponsored by The Henry Davison Youth Center and is a fun way for families to get together and have some fun! Registration is NOT required. The event is frenzied, fast and free, and is open to the public.
  • Backpack & School Supply Distribution: The greater Cedar Rapids business community really comes together to collaborate to give children the supplies they need to start school. The HD Youth Center works closely with Cedar Rapids Rotary West, Salvation Army, Olivet Mission, and countless others to purchase, organize and distribute nearly 2000 backpacks full of school supplies. This event is free and is open to the public.

Summer Meal Program: The Henry Davison Youth Center has partnered with the Oak Hill Jackson Neighborhood Association, Horizons Meals on Wheels and a number of businesses to provide lunch and activities to students all summer long, from the day after school is out to the end of the summer, just before school starts again. This program is free and is open to all children, ages 0-18. Enrollment is not required in order to receive the free lunch that is offered. The program runs from 11:30-1:30, Monday through Friday.  Enrollment IS required to participate in activities after lunch. Children who were enrolled in the summer activity program and who had good behaviors and regular attendance will be allowed to enroll before others. Summertime enrollment will be limited to 50 children.

Chili Challenge: Please visit the following link, The Chili Challenge, to learn about another annual event which is an important fundraiser for the HD Youth Center.

Check out our Events page to see what is coming up either at The Henry Davison Youth Center or to assist the Center.

For recent news on what The Henry Davison Youth Center has been doing, check out our News page.