As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be felt in the heartland, United Way of the Midlands underscored the increasing importance of a $255,500 first quarter grant from the Iowa West Foundation to support UWM’s Community Care Fund.

 

The grant was not part of the Iowa West Foundation’s Southwest Iowa COVID-19 Response Fund.

 

In the Council Bluffs-Omaha area, more than 100,000 people are living below the poverty line, with an additional 300,000 living just one car accident, health challenge or paycheck away from poverty, United Way said.

 

As businesses reduce hours or temporarily close in response to COVID-19, more people than ever are experiencing financial hardship and struggling to meet their needs.

 

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