Our southwest Iowa communities, as well as our neighbors in eastern Nebraska, are coping with heartbreaking loss and destruction caused by a series of tornadoes and storms that tore through the region on Friday, April 26.

The Community Foundation for Western Iowa (givewesterniowa.org) is here to support our southwest Iowa communities in gathering donations through the Southwest Iowa Emergency Relief Fund. Donations to the fund will support Iowa nonprofit partners, communities, disaster relief organizations and public health organizations who are on the front line of disaster relief efforts. To donate to the Southwest Iowa Emergency Relief Fund, visit: givewesterniowa.org.

Additionally, SHARE Iowa – an initiative of the Community Foundation – is a resource to access information on how you can assist our communities through relief efforts. Many nonprofit organizations and individuals have arranged donation drives and volunteer opportunities in support of individuals and communities impacted by the tornadoes, and SHARE Iowa will update its resource website as information is received: sharegoodiowa.org/emergencyrelief.

The Community Foundation for Western Iowa is a tax-exempt public charity, 501(c)(3), that serves thousands of people who share a common interest in improving the quality of life in western Iowa. For more information, go to givewesterniowa.org.