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 Roofing Shingles
ECI-COG and Matthew 25 are excited to distribute shingles to approximately 60 homeowners who were adversely impacted by the August 10 derecho. These shingles were donated by GAF, courtesy of Good360, with additional funding through United Way of East Central Iowa, Alliant Energy and the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. These shingles are free of charge and available with minimum paperwork for anyone who had their roof destroyed during the storm. Giveaway will take place on Friday, April 16, 4-8 pm and Saturday April 17, 7 am-2 pm.
Please click this link to access the application. If you have questions about the program or application, please reach out to TonyaMarie at (319)804-9818 or PATCH@hub25.org.
Home Repair Assistance
Homes damaged by the derecho may be eligible for repair assistance by Matthew 25 volunteers and partners through the PATCH Program. To learn more or apply, please contact Waypoint at 319-366-7999.
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, Fridays and Sundays from 10:00-3:00.
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.
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. We secured 60+ generators and distributed them to the most vulnerable people. As power returned to homes, we collected the generators and moved them on to other families in need.
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.