COVID-19 community donations

Grinnell Mutual and Grinnell College team up to aid community

The Grinnell Mutual Group (GMG) Foundation and Grinnell College, two of the largest employers in Poweshiek County, Iowa, have joined forces with other community groups to provide funding for both immediate and post-COVID-19 pandemic needs in the area.

“Our company’s core values have always included a commitment to serve the community we call home, and the pandemic has made that commitment even more important and urgent,” said Jeff Menary, president and CEO of Grinnell Mutual. “We intend to do our part to help the city of Grinnell and Poweshiek County get through this economic and humanitarian crisis and hope that our partnership with Grinnell College and other area foundations and nonprofits can be an example of community spirit that will encourage philanthropy at every level.”

Together the GMG Foundation and Grinnell College are donating nearly $100,000 to four area resources.

Grinnell Regional Medical Center

The newly-established COVID-19 Healthcare Heroes fund ensures doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers have the resources they need to meet the challenges of COVID-19. It is managed by the hospital’s foundation.

Non-profit Emergency Relief Fund

The Non-profit Emergency Relief Fund is a new county-wide fund for anticipated needs by both private and public nonprofit entities to continue operations through the crisis. It is managed by the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation.

Local Foods Coalition

Local Foods Coalition provides access to food and other resources for those experiencing persistent or sudden financial challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is managed by the Claude and Dolly Ahrens Foundation and Local Foods Connection.

Area schools

The newly created Internet Access for Families in Need fund provides access to Internet for students without so they can continue classwork. It is managed by the Grinnell-Newburg School Foundation.

Small Business Emergency Fund

In addition, Grinnell Mutual and Grinnell College have already contributed $50,000 to the Small Business Emergency Fund, managed by the Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Grinnellians have shown incredible patience, perseverance, dedication, and generous humanity to help each other get through this difficult time,” said Raynard Kington, Grinnell College president. “Grinnell College is proud to continue our partnership with Grinnell Mutual to support the many individuals and organizations who have rallied to meet a range of emergent community needs. As we live through this ‘new normal,’ these efforts reflect Grinnellians’ spirit of working together, event when we’re forced to be apart.”


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