Women’s Funding Network announces ‘Signal for Help’ program for those trapped at home with abusers

The Iowa Women’s Foundation is proud to support the Women’s Funding Network in launching a new online initiative, “Signal for Help,” to assist those experiencing gender-based violence during pandemic stay-at-home orders. Signal for Help is a simple single-hand gesture that can be visually and silently displayed during video calls to alert family, friends, or colleagues

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LINK Grinnell Develops After-School Program and More

Grinnell, IA Community members and business leaders convened for months to address the childcare desert in Grinnell. A collaboration between the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, Pow-I80 and JMP Early Childhood Iowa yielded a feasibility study that confirmed the Grinnell area had a severe shortage of child care spaces to serve the community. Since the initial

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For Essential Workers, Nothing Is More Essential Than Child Care

This guest column from IWF Executive Director, Dawn Oliver Wiand was originally published in the Gazette Thursday, April 2nd. For the last three weeks, our country has grappled with the question, “In a crisis, what can’t we live without?” We’ve had to make tough calls in our attempts to answer this question—millions of Americans are

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The Montgomery County Child Development Association, Inc. Works Towards Opening the Red Oak Child Development Center

In the fall of 2018, after Red Oak was identified by CCR&R as having insufficient childcare availability, a small group of citizens joined to address providing quality, affordable childcare for our community. The group quickly expanded to form a board governed 501c3 non-profit corporation, the Montgomery County Child Development Association, Inc. (MCCDA). MCCDA is now

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25 Years of House of Hope

House of Hope turns 25 years old this year!  Since 1995, House of Hope has helped hundreds of women and families out of homelessness in the Cedar Valley.  In the last year, House of hope has expanded services and added multiple programs to help more women and families out of homelessness and poverty.  In the

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