The Waterloo Community Foundation announces that the First Responders Fund, established in April has surpassed its goal of raising funds for local police, fire and health care workers.  Realizing early-on that the COVID-19 epidemic would pose a significant strain on local resources, the Foundation challenged the community with an initial $5,000 match.  Our community overwhelming responded by contributing an additional $29,325 to the fund.  Each of these agencies who help keep our community and families safe have received $6,865:  Waterloo Police, Waterloo Fire, UnityPoint, MercyOne and Peoples Community Health Clinic.

In addition to cash donations, funds were raised through the sale of t-shirts, donated by Image Point and a specially-created First Responder print donated and designed by local artist and Waterloo native, Michael Broshar.  In special presentation ceremonies during the week of September 28, each fund recipient and several local organizations who have provided outstanding and continuing services during COVID will receive a copy of the print.  Those organizations include the Waterloo Courier, KWWL, Northeast Iowa Food Bank and the Cedar Valley United Way.

Foundation President Wilfred Johnson states that “once again an urgent call was answered by our community, a show of our generosity for those who support the health and well-being of our community.  This project aligns with our mission of helping Waterloo remain a vibrant community.”

The Waterloo Community Foundation also contributed $10,000 to the Black Hawk County Disaster Fund, a community-wide effort that supports organizations coordinating pandemic response efforts, including the Black Hawk County COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster).

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The Waterloo Community Foundation is a nationally-accredited foundation established in 2015 to support Waterloo residents with the confidence that all gifts are being invested in our community efficiently and effectively.  Most importantly, we are here to help.