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Foundation creates disaster response fund

By Staff | Mar 31, 2020

The Emmet County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, has established a fund called the Emmet County COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on Emmet County. As communities and nonprofits serving the county’s most vulnerable populations face increasing challenges, the unrestricted fund will provide a flexible, responsive funding source.

“The establishment of this fund gives both the Community Foundation and the public an opportunity to support the local nonprofits serving Emmet County communities and residents,” said Tena Hanson, chair of the Emmet County Community Foundation Governing Committee.

Hanson said, “The intent of this fund is to offer support for basic human needs.”

The intent of the fund is to be responsive to nonprofits serving Emmet County that are providing basic needs services and organizations working with individuals and families who have been disproportionately impacted by the public health and economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

Laura Hoffman, board member of the Emmet County Community Foundation and also a member of the Emergency Services board, will act as the point person for the fund.

Hanson said, “The staff of the CFNEIA office has been working tirelessly to get the details of these emergency response funds figured out, not only for our county, but all those they serve that have a need for this. Right now, our fund is established and ready to take in donations. Once there are funds to distribute, the advisory group here in Emmet County will begin looking at how best to distribute those funds to aid those in need in our county.”

The funds cannot be granted to individuals, but will go to agencies in the communities providing services to those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, Hanson said. Agencies who are providing services will apply through a simplified process. Hanson said there is no timeline.

Grants from the disaster response fund will be administered in collaboration with organizations coordinating pandemic response efforts. 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.

The Emmet County COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund provides an opportunity for the public to give in response to the local aspects of the disaster with the reassurance their 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/emmetcovidfund 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 Emmet County COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund. Online gifts are strongly encouraged to have funds accessible for quick response to needs.

Emmet County residents seeking information due to the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic are encouraged to utilize United Way’s 211 service by calling 1-866-469-2211 or visiting www.211iowa.org. This service is a free, confidential referral source helping connect people to health and human services.

For more information about the Emmet County COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund, visit www.cfneia.org or contact CFNEIA at 319-287-9106.