Social Responsibility | Heart Of America Group - Hospitality & Real Estate


Heart of America Group is committed to being more than just located in the communities our properties reside in – we want to be a part of them. Our participation involves both giving our time, and monetary donations to help charities and organizations that are also working towards a common goal of making the community a better place. Heart of America is proud to partner with Wildwood Hills Ranch and the United Way on a regular basis, if your charity or organization is interested in a donation please fill out our donation request form.

Cycles of poverty, abuse and neglect are a reality for thousands of Iowa children. Founded by Mike and Kim Whalen in 2001, the 400 acre Wildwood Hills Ranch has been committed to helping the children who need it most. Ranch programs prepare around 1,000 at-risk students every year ages eight to eighteen with new life skills, confidence and hope so they can go back into their community and have a transformational impact. We’re building a better world, one child at a time. Each year Heart of America contributes to the organization, as well as contributes 100% of their Thanksgiving Day sales at the Urbandale Machine Shed to the Ranch. In 2011 the National Restaurant Association awarded Mike with the Cornerstone Humanitarian Award for his commitment to community service at the Ranch.

United Way goes beyond temporary fixes to create lasting change in communities around the world. By bringing people and organizations together around innovative solutions, we impact millions of lives every year. Heart of America donates and participates in United Way activities this year – including the United Way Day of Caring.


Toys for Tots, Boys and Girls Club, Quad City Animal Welfare Center, Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin South East, Rachel House Kansas City, Project Search, QC Paws, Kings Harvest Animal Shelter, River Music Experience, Living Lands and Waters, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Iowa Public Radio, St Patrick’s Society Quad Cities, Camp Quality Heartland, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Puppy Jake Foundation, Junior Achievement, March of Dimes, Red Cross, Kiwanis Club, Gildas Club, Youth Emergency Shelter Services, Waukee Schools, American Liver Foundation, Race for the Cure, Center for Active Senior, Ramp, Living History Farms, Iowa Foundation for Agriculture Advancement, FarmHer, Iowa Best Buddies Chef Challenge, Iowa Food and Family Project, FFA, Iowa Cattleman’s Association, Iowa Egg Council, Iowa Pork Producers, Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever, Iowa Beef Producers, Blue Ribbon Foundation, Hand And Hand, American Cancer Society, March of Dimes and Rawhide Boys Ranch.

About Heart Of America

Starting with one, 100-seat restaurant in 1978, Heart of America Group has grown to include a portfolio of award-winning owned and operated restaurants, hotels and commercial developments. Noteworthy brands developed and operated by Heart of America Group include the Machine Shed Restaurant, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, The Republic on Grand, Hotel Renovo, Wildwood Lodge, Thunder Bay Grille, and The J Bar. We pride ourselves in building long-lasting properties that bring value to the consumer and to the communities in which we build.


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