Close this search box.
Previous slide
Next slide

Our Children.

We have a heart for the children in our community and are dedicated to seeing them thrive!

We provide afterschool programming, summer programming, and meals.  We collaborate with others to provide backpacks, vision testing and other resources for our students to be more successful. 


Backpack signup is open now for those in need of a backpack and school supplies in Linn-Mar or Marion schools.

Click here to sign up for a backpack and/or school supplies for the 2024-2025 school year.

Signup ends July 4th, 2024.


Son-Seekers is our Summer Connection Program. At Son-Seekers, we have three main components. We exercise our minds through STEM and educational projects, we exercise our hearts through Vacation Bible School, and we exercise our bodies at the park, splash pad, and field trips!

Summer Connection is hosted in Marion Village and Squaw Creek Village weekly.

Sign Up here

After School Programming

After School Programming

The children's programming provides a safe and supportive environment with a positive and trusted adult mentor. During programming we provide games, STEM activities, crafts and bible lessons with the focus to foster the relationships and love for our children and their families. Programming is provided in the Marion Village and Squaw Creek Village communities.

Meet Weekly
We will meet weekly on Wednesdays for excursions. Participants age K-12 must be registered and space is limited due to transportation limitations. Pick up is at Marion Village and Squaw Creek Village.
We will attend VBS at Marion Methodist for a week in June.
Activities Include
Activities will be Old McDonald Farm, Indian Creek Nature Center, summer movie, Kernels game and more.
Previous slide
Next slide

Summer Connection

Summer Connection is our free community-wide summer program focused on broadening kids’ horizons and offering unique opportunities for continued learning through play and mentorship.

Marion Cares Back to School

Backpack to School

Any student in need who attends a Marion Independent or Linn-Mar school is welcome to sign up for a free backpack with school supplies! Local families anonymously adopt students and shops specifically for them!

Registration is open from May 2nd-July4th, 2023

Registration to recieve a backpack for the 2023-2024 is now closed. 

Previous slide
Next slide

We partner with the schools to brighten the holidays for children in need! Any student in need who attends a Marion Independent or Linn-Mar school is welcome to sign up. Contact your local school office for questions about registration.

Donate Today!

Join the Marion Cares Movement!

We’re on a mission to make a real impact for our kids and families in the Marion Community by providing basic services, spreading love, breaking down barriers, and creating equal opportunities for those in need.

Donate Today! 

Help us go paperless.

In an effort to save money and the environment, we are going paperless. Please sign up for our e-newsletter. 

Join our mailing list.

* indicates required