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Otto Schoitz Foundation announces Fall 2020 Grant Awards

The Otto Schoitz Foundation is pleased to announce the award of $690,865 to the following organizations aligned with our mission of improving the health and wellbeing of the Cedar Valley. Click on each organization to review their grant details.

Catholic Charities - $50,000

Catholic Charities was awarded for Operation Help, a program designed to coordinate with other agencies to best meet the service gaps for those economically impacted by COVID-19.

Cedar Valley Angels - $35,000

The Cedar Valley Angels was awarded to continue supporting children in foster care and their foster families through positive caring relationships as well as material supports, an area of need that has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Communities in Schools of Mid-America - $10,000

Communities in Schools of Mid-America was awarded to continue their work at George Washington Carver Academy and Central Middle School connecting at-risk students with community resources to overcome barriers and stay in school.

EMBARC | Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center - $67,000

EMBARC was awarded to engage youth from the refugee and immigrant community in becoming Youth Navigators. These Navigators will help families with digital literacy, online learning, and access to basic resources.

Eye of the Needle - $25,000

Eye of the Needle was awarded $25,000 to support those experiencing economic challenges or other serious hardships in their lives by providing emergency relief ranging from food and transportation assistance to work attire and school uniforms.

Family YMCA of Black Hawk County - $60,000

The Family YMCA of Black Hawk County was awarded to support their operations and their ability to respond rapidly and effectively to the growing childcare needs resulting from the COVID-19 crisis.

Friends of the Family - $45,000

Friends of the Family was awarded to support survivors of violence from experiencing homelessness and/or help shorten the time spent in homelessness by providing rapid rental and utility assistance.

iJAG | Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates - $20,000

iJAG was awarded to support underserved students through daily tutoring, counseling, and mentoring as they progress towards graduation as well as career and post-secondary planning.

Jesse Cosby Neighborhood Center - $100,000

The Jesse Cosby Neighborhood Center was awarded to increase staff capacity and provide essential assistance to families in need of safe and stable housing during the COVID-19 crisis.

Love INC of the Cedar Valley - $10,000

Love INC of the Cedar Valley was awarded to help individuals in need of medical supplies, eyeglasses, and transportation to medical appointments as well as provide support with utilities and other essential needs.

North Star Community Services - $15,000

North Star Community Services was awarded to support technology and equipment updates that will allow them to better serve their clients through virtual means during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Northeast Iowa Food Bank - $50,000

The Northeast Iowa Food Bank was awarded to help meet the growing meal gap and need for nutritious food for households in Black Hawk County that have been negatively impacted by the current public health crisis and subsequent economic downturn.

Operation Threshold - $50,000

Operation Threshold was awarded to provide more in-depth assistance, case management or home visitation programming to help struggling households identify, prioritize, and access needed services.

Riverview Center - $33,865

Riverview Center was awarded to continue providing important services for survivors of sexual or domestic violence including 24/7 in-person crisis response and intervention at police stations and emergency rooms as well as ongoing advocacy, therapy, and gap assistance for basic needs.

SuccessLink - $20,000

SuccessLink was awarded for the Young Parents Together program, a program that supports teen parents experiencing food insecurity, barriers to transportation, mental health concerns and a lack of prenatal and parenting education and support.

Waterloo Schools Foundation - $100,000

The Waterloo Schools Foundation was awarded to support the increased needs of students and teachers during this time, through adequate technology, social-emotional support and classroom supplies needed to ensure a safe learning environment for all.

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