The Southwest Iowa COVID-19 Response Fund, a partnership between the Community Foundation and the Iowa West Foundation, will support the many and varied ongoing local efforts of our nonprofit partners to address challenges brought forth by COVID-19, as well as focus philanthropic efforts to ensure resources are available to the nonprofit organizations serving our community.

As the local impact of the pandemic unfolds, our community's desire to help has been inspiring. Contributing to the Southwest Iowa COVID-19 Response unmet needs fund is one of many ways in which everyone can make a difference.

Individual donations may be made online or by check made payable to the Community Foundation. Staff members are available to answer questions by phone at 712.256.7007.

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Photographs courtesy of Ciera Dorris of the Iowa West Foundation, and Family Inc.


FAMILY, Inc. debuted their new Mobile Wellness Unit on Saturday, February 27 and conducted 19 oral health screenings and fluoride treatments, and 12 vision screenings to area youth during their annual Dr. Seuss Literacy event held at the Charles E. Lakin Human Services Campus.

The new unit was funded in part by the Southwest Iowa COVID-19 Response Fund, a partnership between the Community Foundation and Iowa West Foundation. We are happy to have supported such a wonderful project that will benefit hundreds of families in our community.

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jennie ed, chi mercy collaborate to receive covid grant dollars

Two health care facilities in Council Bluffs recently received sizable grants from the Iowa West Foundation and the Community Foundation in an effort to mitigate issues stemming from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital and CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs were each awarded $75,000 through the coordinating organization’s Southwest Iowa COVID-19 Response Fund that was jump-started last year shortly after the pandemic reached Iowa.

Both facilities applied for funding last year and received a comparable gift through the fund that assisted with immediate facility coronavirus needs, said Donna Dostal, president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Western Iowa.

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Photograph courtesy of Abby Jares, CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs
Photograph courtesy of Dan Stinman, Council Bluffs Schools

foundations connect to expand free wi-fi in council bluffs

Phases 6 and 7 of BLink will be completed four years ahead of schedule.

Thanks to grant funding from the Southwest Iowa COVID-19 Response Fund – an initiative of Community Foundation for Western Iowa and the Iowa West Foundation – along with contributions from the Peter Kiewit Foundation and the City of Council Bluffs totaling $400,000, the school district is able to leverage CARES Act funding to accelerate completion of the network in the Rue and Longfellow Elementary School neighborhoods. 

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