Derecho Disaster Relief

On August 10, 2020, a strong derecho with 130+ mph winds swept through eastern Iowa, leaving destruction throughout Cedar Rapids and neighboring communities. Since this disaster, Matthew 25 has been working with the city and other nonprofits to deliver resources.

Free Home Repairs

Homes damaged by the derecho may be eligible for free repairs by Matthew 25 volunteers and partners. All applicants must:

  • Own your home
  • Have damage to your home that insurance won’t cover
  • Earn under 80% of median income

If you meet these requirements, please complete our online application. Work has already begun and projects will continue to be added as funding and volunteers become available. Contact us if you have any questions.

Generator Program

While doing door-to-door wellness checks, Matthew 25 staff and volunteers identified a significant need for generators for people with medical conditions, so we decided to step in to help fill this gap. Since then we have secured 60+ generators and distributed them to the most vulnerable people. As power returns to homes, we collect the generators and move them on to another family in need.

If you are still without power and in need of a generator, please contact us through Facebook or call/text Tim at (815) 901-5896 to request to borrow a generator. Please note, we will be prioritizing people who have medical conditions that rely on power, but will do our best to fulfill all requests.

Free Produce

If you are looking for some fresh produce but have limited funds, come to our Cultivate Hope Produce Rescue at 604 Ellis Blvd NW where we give away free produce on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00-3:00.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you’d like to help with derecho recovery, please check our Facebook page for our current volunteer opportunities. If you’re available between October 13-17, consider signing up for our Transform Week when we will be doing a blitz of home repair projects.

Donations

If you would like to make a donation to aid us in our disaster recovery efforts, you can do so on our website, Facebook page, or by sending a check to: Matthew 25, 201 3rd Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404. You can also purchase tools and supplies that will help with our derecho home repairs from our Amazon List.

Our Building – 201 3rd Ave SW

The roof of our main building, which houses our office and Groundswell Cafe, Coworking & Events, was partially blown off and there is extensive water damage throughout. The building will need to be closed for several months as we work to repair the damage. All staff will be working remotely while we set up a temporary office elsewhere. Groundswell Cafe, Coworking & Events will also be closed for the duration of the repair work.

Urban Farm – 437 G Ave NW

Our Cultivate Hope Urban Farm also had damage from downed trees and the greenhouse roof is gone. We hope to clear the debris and make the necessary repairs soon. In the meantime, we will still be having our weekly Cultivate Hope Market at the urban farm on Thursdays from 4:00-6:00 PM.