Ames Main Street Announces New Event Supporting Small Business and Non-Profits

Ames, IA – Ames Main Street, the organization that oversees Downtown Ames, is excited to announce their newest community event dedicated toward supporting both local business and non-profit organizations: Shop For A Cause. The inaugural Shop For A Cause event will take place all day in Downtown Ames on November 7 in honor of National Philanthropy Month.

Shop For A Cause will pair Downtown Ames businesses with local non-profit organizations for the day, providing an opportunity to increase awareness and advocacy for the non-profit while shoppers check off their holiday wish lists in their favorite Downtown Ames shops.  Businesses and non-profit organizations are collaborating in many different ways, including some businesses donating a small percentage of sales to their non-profit sponsor, while others are setting a workshop table up to create items for the non-profit organization, hosting a donation box, or even encouraging the non-profit to set a table up to talk with customers while they shop.

“I am very excited to bring this new event to Downtown Ames,” says John Hall, Executive Director of Ames Main Street. “Ames is a very philanthropic town, and Downtown is the heart of Ames. What better way to support our local non-profit organizations and small businesses than through a community event? We’ve only just started reaching out to our businesses to host non-profits and already have a great number of participating locations!”

The community is encouraged to shop and dine in Downtown Ames on Saturday, November 7 to support local and support non-profits.

Non-profit organizations and businesses looking to get involved with Shop For A Cause can sign up to participate on the Ames Main Street website,


Ames Main Street was established on January 1, 2009. Its mission is to advance and promote downtown as the destination district in the heart of our community. To keep updated on AMS happenings, become a fan of Ames Main Street on Facebook, bookmark, or contact our office at 515-233-3472. AMS is an affiliate organization of the Ames Chamber of Commerce.


John Hall | Executive Director, Ames Main Street | 515-232-2310 |

Sarah Dvorsky | Events Coordinator, Ames Chamber of Commerce | 515-232-2310 |