Compassion is at the core of the thirty-plus programs offered to Iowans by HCI Hospice Care Services, Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa and Amanda the Panda Family Grief Center.
These three 501(c)3 non profits have come together to premiere The Art of Compassion to bring to the forefront the care, empathy and financial support needed for effective community-based care of Iowa’s individuals and families.

Human Kind, Be Both is the 2018 theme for this annual, signature event. Human Kind, Be Both is an initiative to change the way people see and experience the world. Throughout the year, we encourage you to engage in random acts of kindness –small gestures that have the potential to make an impact on the life of someone else. 

The campaign will culminate with The Art of Compassion's celebratory event on Thursday, October 11. Dinner, short program, silent & live auctions and sponsorship recognition will be held.


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MOre about the 2018 Theme - "Human Kind Be Both"

Pick a card. Take it home. Spread kindness. Our interactive public art installations will include individual cards for you to grab. Printed on each card will be a random act of kindness challenging the community to spread compassion to all—strangers, neighbors, family and friends. Help us make our community and our world a little brighter, one, simple act at a time. 

We Challenge You! Complete one act of kindness and share using #AOCiowa to be entered to win $100 and two tickets to Art of Compassion on October 11th, 2018! The more acts of kindness you do, the more chances to win!  

About Our Organization

HCI Hospice Care Services

HCI Hospice Care Services serves patients and families in 41 Iowa counties from locations in Des Moines, Centerville, Creston, Knoxville, Mount Ayr, Mount Pleasant, Osceola, Perry and Council Bluffs. Around-the-clock medical care is available in its hospice houses in Des Moines and Creston.

Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa

Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa provides numerous medical and social services for individuals and families of all ages across Iowa. Its comprehensive community-based services include home visits, family support, parent education, therapy and counseling, transportation, flu immunizations and many more.

Amanda the Panda Family Grief Center

Amanda the Panda Family Grief Center provides hope and healing to school-aged Iowa children, teens and adults who are struggling with the death of a loved one. Based in West Des Moines, Amanda the Panda offers a full year of free grief support, including family grief camps in the spring and fall, six-week grief support groups, monthly friends and family nights, and special fun days throughout the year.


These non-profits help clients and patients through life’s most difficult moments, providing access to healthcare and support services to improve the well-being and quality of life of all individuals. This year the lives of 60,000 Iowans are expected to be impacted by the services of HCI Hospice Care Services, Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa and Amanda the Panda Family Grief Center.