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Downtown Waterloo Rotary Club donates $9k to non-profits during pandemic

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - The Downtown Waterloo Rotary Club has donated $9,000 to Cedar Valley non-profit organizations. The funds are from what normally come from their weekly Monday lunch fees, as lunches are cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a news release, $1,000 has gone to the following and for the purposes, as explained:

Northeast Iowa Foodbank:  The Foodbank is having fewer volunteers and less food. They are serving many more families, working class individuals, seniors, and ultimately, those affected by COVID-19 directly.

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley:  Funds will support mobile lunches for the lunch delivery program.  They have been providing an outlet for youth in the Cedar Valley for years. 

Salvation Army:  The heavier current demand has Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays seeing an increase in attendance and our assistance will help  them deal with the larger need.

Peoples Community Health Clinic:  As many of you know, many of their clients are from Tyson Fresh Meats which has been particularly hard hit during this crisis. The Clinic is dealing with staff shortages, increased demand, communication barriers, and added stress of providing services to those most in need.  Our grant will assist them in converting their dentistry area to provide more protection to patients and staff.

Allen / MercyOne Foundations:  In response to the COVID-19 crisis our District 5970 decided to award each Club a $1,000 grant to provide assistance to organizations of their choice. $2000 will be split between both hospital foundations to assist in providing adequate PPE to staff as they provide clinical and hospitalization services for the Cedar Valley. 

Foster Graduate Gifts:  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, an open house for youth in foster care will not be held this year. To provide support and to assist the graduating youth in starting their independence our Board agreed to provide $100 gift cards to each of the 9 graduates.

2 more $1,000 gifts will be awarded this month.

Learn more about the Downtown Waterloo Rotary Club by visiting their website: https://www.waterloorotary.org/

Abby Turpin

Evening Anchor

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