(Mason City) – The United Way of North Central Iowa- Disaster Relief Fund is accepting donations by check, and on their website starting today. As of right now the funds will be distributed to Cerro Gordo Emergency Management and local agencies to distribute to individuals or other disaster related programs not covered by the government COVID-19 assistance. The non-profits receiving the donations will be able to help individuals and families as well.

“Opening this fund aligns with our mission to assist those affected by disasters such as the COVID-19 Pandemic by distributing much-needed funds to nonprofit partners, emergency management, and public health organizations to help meet the immediate needs not covered by government programs or other traditional relief sources,” said Jen Arends, CEO of United Way of North Central Iowa. “100 percent of donations will be used to alleviate need within the counties of Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Hancock, Kossuth, Mitchell, Winnebago, and Worth Counties.”

The funds donated to United Way and local partners will be best able to assist vulnerable populations, such as:

  • Seniors and home-bound individuals
  • Families and individuals facing loss of income due to business and school closures
  • Individuals without health insurance, sick days or family medical leave
  • People experiencing homelessness and who do not have the resources they need to stay safe
  • College students already facing barriers as they complete their education

Cerro Gordo County Emergency Management is looking for volunteers to deliver meals, groceries and answer calls in the call center. If you’re interested in volunteering your time, please call (641) – 421-3066.

To donate, please visit https://www.unitedwaynci.org/covid-19-disaster-relief-funds or mail your check to United Way of North Central Iowa, PO Box 1465, Mason City, IA 50402.

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