Share My Smile has been a growing part of our community since its inception in 2010. We were founded to serve as a supportive organization for foster and adoptive families and children for Southwest Iowa. We currently serve 17 counties in Iowa and Douglas County in Nebraska.
Our founder, Chelsea Best, has been involved with foster care and adoption in some fashion or another for nearly fifteen years and is devoted to providing the best overall service to the families and children we serve.
We are committed to continuously evaluating our program to grow, evolve, and become more effective as the years continue. We believe in building community partnerships and making family connections to best serve our families and our community at large.
Our Funding: We have a responsibility to our community and our donors and work hard to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization. We are funded through fundraiser proceeds, individual donations, and business sponsorships and grants. We make our IRS Form 990 available for review, as required by law. IRS Form 990
SMS DREAM TEAM
From left to right:
Michelle Irions, Executive Director
Chelsea Best, President
Michaela Harrington, Program Specialist
Our mission is to provide family strengthening events and care programs for foster families to encourage true, honest, and happy smiles in children.
Our Core Values:
S - Support our Communities
M - Make a Difference
I - Inspire Children
L - Lead with Integrity
E - Encourage Families
Our vision is that foster care families have the resources to become successful which encourages more individuals to become foster parents and positively impact a foster child’s life.
Our board and staff are committed volunteers who believe in our mission, our vision, our purpose, and our goals.
Michaela "Mickey" Harrington
Mickey joins Share My Smile as our program specialist. She is a Nebraska native and holds a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from Wayne State College and earned a master of arts degree in communication from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her best job to date was being a stay-at-home-mom for her two children. She is an active volunteer for her church and neighborhood association and has volunteered with TeamMates, Boys Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts. She brings a wealth of marketing and public relations experience to her position and is excited to be a part of Share My Smile and the wonderful families we serve.