MidAmerican Energy Joins Cooperative Response Fund Effort in Black Hawk County
April 13, 2020
MidAmerican Energy Company has joined the cooperative effort to respond to Black Hawk County nonprofits as they provide critical services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company has contributed $25,000 to the Black Hawk County COVID-19 Cooperative Disaster Response Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.
“The pandemic has put strains on our customers, businesses and non-profits everywhere,” Kathryn Kunert, MidAmerican Energy vice president, economic connections and integration, said. “We live in the communities we serve and are proud to not only provide the reliable electric and gas service that people need now more than ever, but to support the organizations that are on the frontline meeting other essential needs, such as food security and emotional well-being.”
The Black Hawk COVID-19 Cooperative Disaster Response Fund was established by CFNEIA, the Otto Schoitz Foundation, Cedar Valley United Way and the Guernsey Foundation to support nonprofits serving Black Hawk County that are providing basic needs services and/or working with individuals and families who have been disproportionately impacted by the public health and economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. To date, grants totaling over $208,000 have been made from the fund supporting nonprofits serving Black Hawk County.
“MidAmerican Energy is a community-minded partner and we are thankful for their contribution to COVID-19 response efforts here in Black Hawk County,” said Kaye Englin, CFNEIA president and CEO. “This gift allows the Community Foundation and our funding partners to provide even more grant support to nonprofits working on the front lines of this pandemic.”
Thank you to all funders and those donating to this fund!
Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the COVID-19 disaster, making it possible to move resources quickly and to adapt to evolving needs in subsequent phases of the crisis recovery efforts. Nonprofits can apply for grants from the fund online at cfneia.org/bhcovidgrants.
Gifts can be made to the Black Hawk County COVID-19 Cooperative Disaster Response Fund to provide more grant opportunities for nonprofits serving Black Hawk County. Donations will be used to quickly move resources to where they are most needed and to adapt to evolving needs. Gifts can be made to the fund by going to cfneia.org/bhcovidfund and clicking on the Give Today button. Gifts can also be directed to the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, 3117 Greenhill Circle, Cedar Falls, IA 50613. Checks should be made out to Black Hawk County COVID-19 Cooperative Disaster Response Fund. Online gifts are strongly encouraged to have funds accessible for quick response to needs. CFNEIA encourages individuals to also donate to local nonprofits during this pandemic as the economic impact and increased need for services add financial stress to organizations providing Black Hawk County communities with crucial services.