Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity

Decent and affordable housing are well documented needs in Waterloo. This project will focus on the Walnut Neighborhood and the old Irving School site by helping to rehabilitate existing homes and providing critical home repairs. Over 2,000 volunteers, dedicating 24, 000 hours supported Habitat’s work in 2017. Together, neighborhood stability and safe, decent and affordable homes result ($5,000).

Hawkeye Community College

If left unchecked, mental health problems cause a myriad of academic, social, legal, and safety issues for individuals and families across our community. Hawkeye Community College, in collaboration with the Cedar Valley United Way and others will host the 2019 Cedar Valley Mental Health Summit. Designed to equip service delivery professionals with tools and best practices to support Waterloo’s mental health challenges, the Summit includes a cultural perspective theme, focusing on racially and ethnically diverse populations’ mental health ($5,000).

Black Hawk County Sheriff

Those with autism, Alzheimer’s or related mental or physical disorders pose particular communication problems to law enforcement, especially when they become lost or disoriented. LOST (Loved Ones Safe Together) is a newly created safety initiative that encourages families to voluntarily create a profile that is confidentially held at the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s office. Law enforcement teams will be trained to better communicate with these vulnerable individuals and to use electronic tracking equipment ($5,000).


Purchases winter wear for low-income elementary-age students ($2,500).




Provides adults with disabilities an opportunity to showcase their talents in a performance of “Pinocchio” at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center ($5,000).


Black Hawk Children’s Theatre 

Exposes elementary-age students to live performances by offering daytime performances for $1 per child ($5,000).


Quota International of Waterloo

Promotes literacy through the purchase of books distributed to youth by Waterloo Police officers ($5,000).


Northeast Iowa Food Bank

Allows purchase of food products from local producers for the Cedar Valley Food Pantry ($3,500).


Silos and Smokestacks

Promotes value of agri-tourism and its positive impact on the local economy. Promotion efforts will include a kiosk at the Waterloo Regional Airport, updates to mobile site and production of short videos that promote local historic sites in Waterloo ($5,000).

Youth Art Team 

Encourages youth to develop their creative potential, empowering both personal and social change through art. Youth-led art projects result in youth seeing themselves as leaders and agents of change in their community ($5,000).

Eye of the Needle

Assists those struggling to meet basic needs such as clothing, transportation and household essentials.  Serves and connects economically or mentally challenged, the elderly, families, incarcerated, immigrants or anyone needing access to a community resource through its motto:  “Mobility, Mobility, Increases My Abilities” ($10,000).


Together for Youth

Prevents teen pregnancies and strengthens young families by partnering with the Waterloo Schools in presenting an evidenced-based sexual health education program to all middle school students and 10th graders ($5,000).

Waterloo Leisure Services

Enhances Lincoln Park, a highly-used downtown park with lighting, signage, walkway and landscape improvements, in partnership with the R.J. McElroy Trust ($1,000).

Boys and Girls Club

Provides safe spaces for youth to be empowered, achieve more, dream higher, and stay connected. ($1,000).

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