2021 grant recipient | southwest iowa leadership academy

In its second grant cycle in December 2021, the Southwest Iowa Impact Fund awarded a $500 grant to the Southwest Iowa Leadership Academy.

Southwest Iowa Leadership Academy is a 33-year-old program designed for seventh graders going into eighth grade in West Pottawattamie County. Students participate in this four-day leadership development camp to hone team building, communication and problem solving skills, as well as service learning and goal setting. Participating schools include Treynor, Underwood, Kirn, Lewis Central, Wilson and Saint Albert. This past summer, over 100 seventh grade students interacted with business speakers and community leaders as part of their experience. This upcoming camp in June 2022 will have a residential camp experience for students.

inaugural 2020 grant recipient | new visions homeless services

In its inaugural grant cycle, the Southwest Iowa Impact Fund -- a fund at TS Community Foundation -- awarded $500 to the New Visions Homeless Services Community Wide Christmas Celebration. The funds helped New Visions fulfill an immediate community need in such a difficult year.

To create a safe atmosphere for the community and its employees and volunteers, New Visions revised their annual celebration to a 3-day drive-through event which offered 5 stops for families: 1. diapers (optional); 2. a ham or turkey with additional food items in partnership with Whispering Roots; 3. eggs and bread in partnership with Open Door Mission; 4. a gift station for children to get a gift for their parent(s) or guardian(s); and 5. a sack full of presents for the children.

“The Southwest Iowa Impact Fund's mission is to assist more families in need, create economic viability, and help ignite community impact," said Mick Guttau, TS Community Foundation Board President. "Helping our community, one child and one family at a time, is our ultimate goal. This year, more than ever, grants to organizations like New Visions Homeless Services are critical to southwest Iowa.”