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$16.50 Campaign, presented by Slumberland Furniture

Special May Appeal

During the 2019/20 season, Slumberland Furniture, 1650 The Fan, and the Waterloo Black Hawks spotlighted good causes in the Cedar Valley.

Each month, you learned about organizations doing good work, then YOU and your fellow fans and listeners had the chance to make a difference through a $16.50 contribution to that organization.

NOW WE ASK FOR YOUR HELP ONCE AGAIN.  The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched the capacity of some charities at a time when they are needed most.  This month, please consider a donation to any of three causes: the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, The Salvation Army of Waterloo/Cedar Falls, and the Cedar Bend Humane Society.

The goal has been for 100 fans to make the modest contribution of $16.50 each.  If that happens, each of these organization will receive an impactful total gift of $1,650!

Thank you for being the greatest fans in all of hockey!

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Northeast Iowa Food Bank

The Northeast Iowa Food Bank works with a network of local food pantries and an array of programs focused on children, the elderly, and other segments of the population dealing with hunger, Northeast Iowa Food Bank is efficiently able to deliver meals at the rate of four-per-dollar.  The organization typically serves 18,600 people per month, and distributed 20.6 million meals last year.

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM THE FOOD BANK...

As unemployment continues to skyrocket across Iowa and COVID-19 begins to penetrate our communities, we have seen an increase of over 20% in need for our hunger relief efforts. While the need for food assistance rises, we are faced with the challenge of sourcing food in a climate where depleted store shelves are now a normal occurrence, and we can no longer largely rely on donations as the primary way we acquire food. We are looking at different avenues of obtaining food, like purchasing it and traveling greater distances to obtain supply; that comes with a significant cost increase. Lastly, while costs to maintain operations continue to increase, the volunteerism that supports the majority of our operation has seen a sharp decline on the heels of social distancing guidelines. With more work to do, less help to do it, and an increase in costs to get that work done, we continue to rely on the community’s support to help us keep feeding northeast Iowans during this difficult time.

Click here to make an electronic $16.50 contribution to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.

Or to contribute by check, send a contribution directly to:

Northeast Iowa Food Bank, P.O. Box 2397, Waterloo, IA 50704-2397

The Salvation Army of Waterloo/Cedar Falls

Although the bells and red kettles have been stored away, The Salvation Army of Waterloo/Cedar Falls is very busy fulfilling its year-round mission of helping vulnerable families in northeast Iowa.  The organization provides a wide variety of services: sheltering the homeless, feeding the hungry, creating recreational activities for youth, responding to disaster situations, and more. 

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM THE SALVATION ARMY...

The Salvation Army of Waterloo/Cedar Falls is working hard to support the community amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These efforts are all above-and-beyond the usual scope and pace of those we serve year-round in our social services.

We have stepped up our local food assistance operations from two days to four days a week. Sack lunches are available from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Monday and Saturday. Hot meals are provided on Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. There has also been an increase in perishable goods pantry distribution on Tuesday and Thursday.  The number of people now needing assistance is growing beyond that which we traditionally serve.

With the spike in services, there are many ways that the community can help us continue to provide hope and serve the community during these troubling times. Currently we are also in need of personal hygiene items and bed pillows for our two housing shelters.

Captain Shannon Thies, Commanding Officer, added, “Our focus will be on serving the long-term basic needs of our most vulnerable neighbors in the community.”

Click here to make an electronic $16.50 contribution to The Salvation Army of Waterloo/Cedar Falls.

Or to contribute by check, send a contribution directly to:

The Salvation Army, 89 Franklin Street, Waterloo, IA 50703

Cedar Bend Humane Society

Over 4,000 animals come to the Cedar Bend Humane Society each year,and the organization helps to life better for those cats, dogs, and other creatures.  CBHS describes its mission with the acronym P.E.T.S and strives to: Place animals in lifelong, loving homes, Educate on the issues of humane care, Teach responsible pet ownership, and Shelter the stray, neglected, and unwanted. 

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM THE HUMANE SOCIETY...

Cedar Bend Humane Society is still continuing with our commitment to assist our community by taking in dozens of stray, sick, and homeless animals. With many animals coming in each day, but minimal numbers going out and funding dwindling, we fear for the future of the lives that we are trying tirelessly to save. Without revenue from adoptions and general services, and as donations from the community slow dramatically, we simply do not have the resources to support the facilities and staffing. These funding sources are what provide us with a majority of our vaccinations and medical care needed for sick and injured animals, and we are now struggling to offer that care.

Click here to make an electronic $16.50 contribution to the Cedar Bend Humane Society.

Or to contribute by check, send a contribution directly to:

Cedar Bend Humane Society, 1166 West Airline Highway, Waterloo, IA 50703