CISS’s Community Kitchen Program

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Central Iowa Shelter Services
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Since 2009, Mark Allen Hanrahan has been a managing partner at Markmel Co., LLC, where he uses his knowledge of the local and global markets to invest in commercial real estate and seed-stage startups. During his free time, Mark Allen Hanrahan supports the Central Iowa Shelter & Services (CISS) homeless shelter.

CISS has been providing free temporary housing and meals to homeless adults since 1992. The shelter serves more than 2000 people each year, helping them become more self-sufficient. To accomplish its goals, CISS runs several programs, including a Community Kitchen.

Funded by United Way, CISS’ Community Kitchen initiative provides employment and training opportunities for up to 15 homeless men and women annually. These workers prepare and deliver over 99,000 meals every year to several meal sites across the metro area. These meal sites are strategically located in Polk County neighborhoods with high poverty levels.

The United Way’s Tocqueville Society

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United Way of Central Iowa
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As the managing partner of the Markmel Company LLC, Mark Allen Hanrahan is responsible for accessing and capitalizing on commercial real estate and venture capital opportunities for the firm. Apart from his work, Mark Allen Hanrahan contributes to a number of charitable organizations, including the United Way of Central Iowa, and he is a member of the Tocqueville Society’s Ordre d’Egalite.

Inspired by historian Alexis de Tocqueville’s observation that Americans help each other in times of need and generously support the public welfare, the United Way of Central Iowa established the Tocqueville Society in 1984 to honor those philanthropists who annually contribute $10,000 or more in support of its mission to improve the lives of individuals and families in the community through its education, income, and health initiatives.

The Society recognizes nine levels of commitment based on contribution amount, named in terms of French orders. A donation of $1 million in a five-year timeframe grants a philanthropist membership in la Table Ronde des Millions de Dollars (Million Dollar Roundtable).