Donate to Embrace Iowa to help Iowans meet basic needs
When Iowa families need help with things like food and heating assistance, they can apply to their local Community Action Agencies for help. But those funds can’t be used for other unexpected expenses – maybe the car won’t start, an appliance breaks, or an elderly Iowan needs new glasses or dental work, which typically aren’t covered by Medicare.
This is where Embrace Iowa comes in, providing much-needed assistance thanks to donations from hundreds of Iowans each year.
The Embrace Iowa campaign — sponsored by the Ames Tribune, Burlington Hawk Eye, Des Moines Register and Iowa City Press-Citizen — has been helping Iowans in need for more than 30 years. In previous years Iowans could apply for grants of up to $500. Future grants are being raised to $750 to pay for the rising costs of things like appliances, household goods, medical equipment and car repairs.
In 2020, the Embrace Iowa campaign raised $407,000 and was able to help more than 1,000 Iowa families, including car repairs for 197 households, new beds for 162 households, and rent assistance for 155 households. The remaining grants went to expenses ranging from home repairs to dental work to rent and utilities for families who have gotten behind. The Ames Tribune, Burlington Hawk Eye, Des Moines Register and Iowa City Press-Citizen partner with Iowa Community Action Association to help Iowans in need.
How you can help
This holiday season, you can make a difference in the lives of your Iowa neighbors by helping Embrace Iowa reach its goal of $410,000 in the 2021 campaign.
You can donate to Embrace Iowa online at https://iowacommunityaction.org/about/donate. Or checks can be mailed to Embrace Iowa, P.O. Box 41608, Des Moines, IA 50311.
One-hundred percent of donations are used to help the applicants, not to pay staff or agency costs. Donation receipts will be provided upon request, or will be automatically generated for any donation over $250.
New name, same mission
Earlier this year, Iowa Community Action Association combined with its sister organization, Iowa Association of Community Action Directors, and merged the two entities as Iowa Community Action Association, which then re-organized as a 501c(3).
The reason for the merger was simple — the organizations wanted to reduce their overhead burden and be more efficient and effective in their operations. Leaders of the organizations also felt that there was brand confusion in having the two separate entities. The mission remains the same: to advocate for policies and services that benefit those thriving for economic security and to be the premier force ensuring those with less achieve more.