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Grants At Work

Since its inception, the Iowa West Foundation’s grant program has awarded more than $400 million to improve the quality of life in our region. The following Grants at Work stories highlight some of these grants and show the impact they make on our community.

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A night with Ballet Nebraska is one to remember

March 13, 2019

Five-year-old Samantha and her mom don’t get to spend much time together. Recovery from alcohol addiction and an ongoing custody battle make it difficult, if not impossible. And it weighs on 29-year-old Abby Poitier’s mind. So you can imagine how when the single mother talks about the time she treated her only daughter to a […]

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Pottawattamie County Recycling Center Now Open for Business

May 15, 2018

Milk. Water. Coffee. Ketchup. Salad dressing. Cottage cheese. Yogurt. What do all these foods and drinks have in common? They all come in plastic containers – containers that can be recycled. This is evidenced by the number of plastic items that have been dropped off at the new Pottawattamie County recycling center in Oakland since […]

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Sternhill Park Sign Pays Homage to Former Brick Factory

April 27, 2018

“Art in the Park” is an Iowa West Foundation initiative to replace weathered park identification signs at six community parks. The project is being coordinated by the Council Bluffs Parks, Recreation, and Public Property Department with assistance from the City Public Art Commission. These signs, all created by area artists, were developed with public input […]

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Joslyn’s Mentoring Program Sculpting this southwest Iowa Artist

March 15, 2018

It’s a beautiful spring Friday afternoon in March and teenagers across the metro are pouring out of their respective high schools’ front doors. One would assume they’d rather be anywhere else than stuck inside for another minute. Not Kellen Rief of Council Bluffs. The 16-year-old Lewis Central sophomore can’t wait to get back inside, to […]

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CB Community Chimes in to make Bell Tower Project Possible

October 11, 2017

The grant application started with this simple sentence: The City of Council Bluffs has a historical treasure stored in a warehouse, out of public view. The Council Bluffs Fire Department was referring to the 140-year-old centennial fire bell, which was collecting dust after being on display for nearly a century prior to the early 2000s. […]

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Without Meals on Wheels, Council Bluffs Resident Would Go Hungry

October 27, 2016

Every morning without fail, Jeannie Grim-Ford wakes up and makes two lists. Both are “to-do” lists, however, one is a “have to” and the other is a “want to.” For the Council Bluffs resident who prefers the term “recycled teenager” to “senior citizen,” energy is finite. So dishes “have to” get done, along with clearing the kitchen […]

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Field Trip to the Omaha Children’s Museum

March 31, 2016

In my position as the Director of Communications for the Foundation, I am privileged to tell the stories of how our grantees benefit southwest Iowans. In the past two years, I’ve written about a single mom who earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees thanks to a STARS scholarship, the Food Bank for the Heartland’s backpack program that sends meals […]

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