The Hartford Betterment Committee is a group of volunteers formed for the betterment of our city through the appearance of and pride in our community.

If you have an interest in volunteering and involvement in our community, this could be just the group for you! We meet the second Tuesday of the month at city hall at 6:30 pm. Please come and join us!

If you have questions, feedback, or ideas Caroline McNamar can be reached at 515-989-0149.

Our Recent Accomplishments

The Betterment Committee, through fundraising and grant efforts, purchased flower planters and several benches which have been installed in our City Park. Through donations from citizens and the local greenhouse, the committee maintains the planters and beds in the park throughout the year.

In addition to the community beautification, through those same fundraising and grant efforts, the committee has been instrumental in several improvements to the city park and playground equipment.

The Hartford Betterment Committee is pleased to announce they received a grant from Warren County Philanthropic Partnership for commercial holiday lights to go around the gazebo, arbor, and shelter in our parks. These new lights are commercial-grade LED bulbs with permanent clips. They should be easier to put up and take down each year. They should last longer in the weather than the strings we have been replacing yearly. So excited!! Can’t wait for Christmas!

WCCP has been investing money into Warren County communities since 2005. Money for grants comes from an endowment held by its host Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, as well as money from the County Endowment Fund Program. The County Endowment Fund Program, implemented in 2004, distributes a percentage of the state’s gaming tax revenue to qualified community foundations in the 84 Iowa counties that do not hold a state-issued gaming license. To learn more, visit www.warrencountypp.org.

The Hartford Betterment Committee is happy to receive a $500 grant from the Carlisle Greater Community Foundation for another load of pea gravel to be added to the city park.

The Greater Carlisle Community Foundation was established in 2005 for the purpose of fundraising and grant making for special projects impacting Avon, Carlisle, Easter Lake, Hartford and Palmyra. They focus on raising funds to support projects and programs that enhance education, community betterment, arts, culture, health and human services within our region.

Through donations individuals, families, businesses, and organizations help to create permanent charitable funds. Donations to the foundation qualify for the Endow Iowa Tax Credit which can help to reduced your Iowa income tax burden.

The GCCF is always looking for volunteers who are willing to share their time and talents. Please contact them at www.greatercarlislefoundation.org or visit their Facebook page.

Our Sponsored Events

Beyond assisting with local initiatives and beautification, there are several events throughout the year the betterment committee supports.

  • The Committee has been cooking and serving the Warren County Leadership Group a great home cooked meal in March for the past several years. The group enjoys chicken and noodles and awesome pies for this event.
  • The Easter egg hunt in the city park is also a fun event sponsored by the Committee. Special golden eggs and a visit by the Easter Bunny are a favorite on the Saturday before Easter.
  • Music in the Park made its first debut in the summer of 2018 at the gazebo on the third Monday of each month June through September. Many musicians have performed for an evening in the town gazebo that has been standing for over a century.
  • The annual city-wide garage sales are held on the first Saturday in June. The HBC manages this event while having a bake sale and serving lunch at the Masonic Lodge on the day of the event.
  • The group sponsors the festive tree lighting at the gazebo and Santa coming to town on the first Friday of December. Pictures, crafts and treats are enjoyed by all that evening.