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Grant for Masks Clears Up Communication Challenges

September 24, 2020

Sometimes one person is all it takes to get the ball rolling. Or in this case, the needle threading. Terri Ann Fetz on Shenandoah was frustrated. With more people wearing masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, her world grew quieter. As a member of the deaf community, she relies on her ability to read lips. […]

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Funders work together to bring play to River’s Edge Park

September 15, 2020

Belle’s Play Garden Coming to Council Bluffs in 2021 (Council Bluffs, IA) – Council Bluffs’ River’s Edge will soon be home to another attractive amenity for area families with the announcement of an outdoor children’s playground. Named “Belle’s Play Garden” after the lead donors’ daughters, the 2,000 square-foot area will feature interactive play elements in […]

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Foundations Connect to Expand Free Wi-Fi in Council Bluffs

August 7, 2020

Phases 6 and 7 of BLink will be completed four years ahead of schedule More students in the Council Bluffs Community School District will be able to access the internet for free following a recently announced expansion of BLink Wi-Fi. Back in March, the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the challenges for students and families without internet […]

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Mainwaring, Brenda

Iowa West Foundation Hires Next President & CEO

July 27, 2020

Council Bluffs native Brenda Mainwaring is the first female to lead the organization Following a nationwide search, the Iowa West Foundation (IWF) Board of Directors recently named the organization’s new leader. Council Bluffs native Brenda Mainwaring was selected to serve as the next President and CEO beginning in September. With the announcement, Mainwaring becomes the […]

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Iowa West Sports Plex Now Open

July 8, 2020

(Council Bluffs, IA) – The latest addition to the Mid-America Center Entertainment District, an $8.5 million indoor turf facility for southwest Iowa athletes of all ages, is officially open for business this week. Located off of 23rd Avenue and adjacent to the Iowa West Field House, the Iowa West Sports Plex adds to the sports […]

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From Ivory Tower to Open Book

July 6, 2020

Iowa West Foundation Earns National Transparency Designation An ivory tower. These are the words people used when referring to the Iowa West Foundation in a survey conducted by an outside vendor nearly a decade ago. The phrase references a metaphorical place where people are cut off from the rest of the world. Looking back, I […]

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IWF Commits Another $500,000 to SWI COVID-19 Fund

April 30, 2020

(Council Bluffs, IA) – The Southwest Iowa COVID-19 Response Fund, a partnership between the Iowa West Foundation and Pottawattamie County Community Foundations, continues to grow and provide for area nonprofits and their clientele affected by the pandemic.  The Iowa West Foundation announced it has committed another $500,000 to the cause for a total of $1 […]

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How Iowa West is Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis

April 28, 2020

It’s been one month since the COVID-19 crisis began. While sometimes it seems like the world we once knew was a lifetime ago, on a positive note it’s truly inspiring to see how our community has come together. Still, so much changed for the Iowa West Foundation in just the past 30 days. First, we […]

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