Emergency Relief

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Emergency Relief Resources

Our southwest Iowa communities, as well as our neighbors in eastern Nebraska, are coping with heartbreaking loss and destruction caused by a series of tornadoes and storms that tore through the region in April and May.

We immediately received inquiries on how to help. This page will be a primary resource for community members impacted and who want to assist. We will be updating resources and volunteer opportunities as they become available. Please check this page often for updates.

Individuals, Businesses, and Nonprofit Funds Are Available
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The Southwest Iowa Emergency Relief Fund will provide funding to organizations and services in Pottawattamie County that are filling basic human needs, rebuilding communities, and providing direct support to individuals and families.

Nonprofit organizations, city and county governmental organizations, and church groups that are on the frontline of relief efforts and working with the communities affected are encouraged to APPLY HERE.

The city of Minden, Iowa suffered catastrophic damage and loss from the April 26 tornadoes. As a response to the devastation, Minden residents created a fund this week at the Community Foundation to support efforts specifically for their community. 

The Minden Iowa Community Fund will support clean-up, rebuilding efforts, and future community betterment projects in Minden, Iowa. Applications for this fund can be found HERE To learn more about the process for granting, please go here.

SUPPORT FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS
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If you are a community member impacted by the storms in April and May, find resources and information about agencies, FEMA, and other relief here.

References for those in need

HOW CAN I HELP?
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If you are a community member looking to help, find volunteer opportunities and resources on how to assist here.

References for how you can help

 

Donate to the emergency relief fundS



The Community Foundation for Western Iowa is here to support our southwest Iowa communities in gathering donations through the Southwest Iowa Emergency Relief Fund. Donations to the fund will support Iowa nonprofit partners, communities, disaster relief organizations, and public health organizations who are on the front line of disaster relief efforts.
 

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Southwest Iowa Emergency Relief Fund

 

The city of Minden, Iowa suffered catastrophic damage and loss from the April 26 tornadoes. As a response to the devastation, Minden residents created a fund this week at the Community Foundation to support efforts specifically for their community. 

The Minden Iowa Community Fund will support clean-up, rebuilding efforts, and future community betterment projects in Minden, Iowa. To support the fund with an online donation, please click here.

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Minden Community Fund