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Iowa West Awards $10,000 to each Volunteer Fire Department that Responded to Tornadoes in Southwest Iowa

May 16, 2024

A total of $114,000 is being awarded to 12 volunteer fire departments in southwest Iowa (Council Bluffs, IA) – Volunteers for local southwest Iowa fire departments went above and beyond in the aftermath of recent tornadoes that damaged homes and businesses in Pottawattamie County.  According to Jacob Nelson with the Minden Volunteer Fire Department, his colleagues […]

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Iowa West Celebrates Nine Women of Color Program Graduates

April 25, 2024

Professional development and mentoring opportunities support leadership growth for women of color who live or work in Pottawattamie County (COUNCIL BLUFFS) –The Iowa West Foundation recently celebrated the graduation of nine participants from its Women of Color leadership program. The program was designed to provide access to professional development and coaching opportunities, resulting in community […]

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Iowa West Foundation Awards $3.7 Million In Grants & Initiatives

March 26, 2024

Funding supports access to preschool, playgrounds, and financial freedom (Council Bluffs, IA) – A recent report from the Iowa Department of Education found that Pottawattamie County ranked No. 1 in Iowa for kindergarteners’ early literacy skills, a significant increase over the past five years. Since 2008, Iowa West Foundation has invested more than $18 million in […]

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Iowa West Welcomes New Staff, Board, and Advisory Committee Members

January 25, 2024

Solomon hired as Office Coordinator, Alford Elected to Board, and Forristall and German Join Advisory Committee The Iowa West Foundation recently welcomed several new members to the organization. Council Bluffs native Emily Solomon began her role on staff as the office coordinator and former advisory committee member Mike Alford was elected to the Iowa West […]

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Iowa West Foundation Awards $4.3 Million In Grants & Initiatives

November 15, 2023

Funding supports thriving rural communities in southwest Iowa The Iowa West Foundation Board of Directors recently approved $4.3 million in grant and initiative funding toward creating vibrant southwest Iowa communities where residents love to live, employees can learn as they earn, and places to play are plentiful. The cities of Avoca, Carson, Carroll, Denison, Dunlap, […]

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Iowa Legal Aid: Eviction Diversion Help Desk

October 9, 2023

Iowa Legal Aid: Eviction Diversion Help Desk From Crisis to Solution: Iowa Legal Aid’s Impact on Eviction Rates  Have you ever been so shocked by a statistic that it drove you to make a change?  Erin Planalp, an attorney with Iowa Legal Aid, was immediately alarmed when she learned Pottawattamie County had the greatest increase […]

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IWF Launches ASPIRE Workforce Program with Pottawattamie County School Districts, Education Partners

September 7, 2023

$1.1 million to fund job training opportunities and support for high school students (COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA) – Headlines across the country warn of a workforce pipeline problem in healthcare, childcare, and construction trades among other fields, but that is not the story in Pottawattamie County, where the Iowa West Foundation today launched ASPIRE. The new […]

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Iowa West Foundation Awards $3 Million In Grants

July 25, 2023

Funding supports students in and out of the classroom; Housing remains a focus of IWF’s work (Council Bluffs, IA) – When southwest Iowa students head back to school next month, they will have unique opportunities in the classroom and beyond thanks to Iowa West Foundation grants. A long-time supporter of arts & culture in southwest Iowa, […]

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Anawim Housing: A Housing First Approach

May 8, 2023

What is a Housing First approach?  If a person is hungry, you don’t ask them to purchase pots and pans and then learn how to cook. You feed them first, and then begin to address the root causes that led to hunger. Similarly, “Housing First” is a strategy rooted in the belief that all people […]

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