Cedar Valley United Way is monitoring the local impact of COVID-19. While this situation continues to evolve quickly, we will react and plan using the best information available. At Cedar Valley United Way, safety of the community is our top priority and we are focusing on how we can best prepare and support our staff, donors, and community partners.
To protect our community and residents, Cedar Valley United Way events have been cancelled through the end of April. Please note, our staff will be working remotely but will be available by email and will be monitoring voice messages in the office.
We ask all citizens to follow CDC recommendations below to help prevent the disease:
- Clean: Frequently wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soap and water. If unavailable, use hand sanitizer.
- Cover: Cover your cough or sneeze with your sleeve, elbow or tissue if available.
- Contain: Avoid contact with people who are sick. Stay at home when you are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using household cleaning sprays or wipes.
If you feel unwell, please call your healthcare provider before going to their office for medical advice.
Thank you for your understanding and support during this public health crisis. We are continuing to discuss and plan how to best respond to this situation.
We are continuing to offer support via monthly funding to our partner organizations (totaling nearly $150,000). Should you wish to offer your support, click here.
Below are community links dedicated to helping inform Black Hawk County citizens:
For individuals looking for assistance:
COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund Created to Provide Funding in Black Hawk County, More Than $200,000 Committed to Response
March 20, 2020 - A collaborative of Black Hawk County Funders has established a fund to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the country. The Black Hawk County COVID-19 Cooperative Disaster Response Fund has been established as a fund of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa (CFNEIA). As communities and nonprofits serving the county's most vulnerable populations face increasing challenges, the unrestricted fund will provide a flexible, responsive funding source.
CFNEIA has committed $50,000, the Otto Schoitz Foundation has committed $50,000, Cedar Valley United Way has committed $50,000 and the Guernsey Charitable Foundation has committed $50,000 to establish the fund. Other funders are continuing conversations regarding additional contributions to increase response dollars available through this collaborative community effort. The intent of the fund is to be responsive to nonprofits serving Black Hawk 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.
Grants from the disaster response fund will be administered in collaboration with organizations coordinating pandemic response efforts, including Black Hawk County COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster). 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.
Gifts to the Black Hawk County COVID-19 Cooperative Disaster Response Fund can be made by visiting www.cfneia.org/bhcovidfund and clicking 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 Black Hawk County COVID-19 Cooperative Disaster Response Fund. Online gifts are strongly encouraged to have funds accessible for quick response to needs.