In storefronts, restaurants and businesses throughout our community, the “Help Wanted” signs have lingered for months. Some organizations have cut back on hours of operation, some have increased starting wages or offered incentives to staff taking on extra hours, and some have even posted reminders to their clientele to be kind to their servers as fewer staff try their best to meet the demand.
We’re Empowering Iowans to Be the Voice for Kids
Iowans overwhelmingly support investing in our kids, and especially early education.
In 2021, SCAN advocates and volunteers sent over 1500 messages to Iowa lawmakers, submitted written and live testimony, and were featured in over 15 letters to the editor, opinion pieces, and on-camera interviews. We pushed for the passage of House File 302, and now parents can afford quality care for their children as they increase their self-sufficiency and exit public child care assistance. SCAN advocates also fought for a way to use federal emergency funding dollars to ensure over 2,600 children would not be denied a spot for a quality early education.
A new national poll by Save the Children Action Network found 87% of voters support providing enough federal assistance during the COVID-19 outbreak to make sure child care providers can pay their bills.
Hours before the CNN/Des Moines Register Democratic debate Tuesday, hundreds of people began lining up to get into Sheslow Auditorium on the Drake University campus.
Mobilization Manager, Iowa
E.J. Wallace brings a deep passion for social justice and community engagement to the SCAN team, fueled by his family and faith. He began his interest in advocacy and community organizing at Drake University in Des Moines, where he studied Sociology and volunteered with various community based organizations.
From 2010 to 2014, E.J. was a community organizer with the hotel workers union, UNITE HERE! in Honolulu, Hawai’i. In this role, he worked with hotel workers and community allies to use their collective voices to make positive, lasting change that benefited their entire community.
E.J. is an Iowa native, and is excited to work in his home state, mobilizing Iowans to hold policy makers accountable to children and families.