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601 Second Avenue SE Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401 319-366-2651

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Ecumenical Community Center

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$8 - $10 gives the gift of an Iowa ID for someone to get back on their feet
$10 gets someone to work or the doctor with auto gas
$20 provides a 31 day bus pass to go to work reliably for a month
$20 - $100 gives a month of computer learning for a person with a disability
$100 helps with rent or prevents a utility shut off for a person
$150 helps with rent or prevents a utility shut off for a family

$225 would sponsor 300 critically needed single ride bus tickets
YOU could sponsor bus tickets each month and help prevent us from turning away 4 to 6 people each day.

YOU can help people get where they need to go. YOU can prevent evictions and shut offs. YOU can bring help and hope to neighbors.

A serious illness, a lay-off, a fearful break-in, or a bad car wreck, a dreadful escape from an abuser - Not one but a series of traumatic events. For low-wage neighbors, specks of inconvenience can turn into enormous wrecking balls. An eviction can be absolutely devastating.

Many people YOU can help have NEVER had to ask for help before.

Budgeting can be overwhelming if financial resources are extremely limited. Rent and utility assistance now always includes a compassionate household budget analysis. This can be overwhelming without a caring HHM mentor.

Please join ECCF! Assist Linn County residents with the most limited financial resources by volunteering as a mentor or in our office, as a guide to computer skills in our lab, or by providing a tax-deductible financial gift. Adopt bus passes for work, or a person or family who is struggling. Visit us, see wish lists for HHM or CompuPlace, or contact us by phone, mail, or e-mail.

Could you pledge to help us throughout the year? If so, please let us know how you prefer that we contact you. We can target your donation to a specific need if you wish. Unrestricted gifts to ECCF help HHM, CompuPlace, and support collaboration between all of the non-profit agencies renting low cost office and storage space at ECCF.

Check with your employer to see if they will match your gift to ECCF. You can designate ECCF as your charity of choice through your local United Way campaign. You can also give on Facebook.

Every Dollar Helps!

We would be happy to provide additional information to those wishing to help our low income neighbors via estate bequests or through ECCF and local businesses’ community good works programs.

Thank you for your prayers for the people who come to us for assistance. Thank you too for your confidence in our stewardship.

Endowment Fund

The Ecumenical Community Center Foundation (ECCF) is pleased to describe the creation of an endowment fund to be administered by the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. This endowment fund was made possible by the gift by Scott and Penny Olson of $10,000.00 to establish the fund. Scott and Penny have been generous in their support of ECCF, not only financially, but Scott has served on the Board of Directors, as President, and in other official capacities, since ECCF was created.

The endowment fund will provide a vehicle for gifts that will ensure for the long-term future and success of ECCF. In honor of their contribution, the ECCF Board of Directors voted to rename our large meeting space The Scott and Penny Olson Community Room. If you are interested in helping people who come to ECCF by making a gift to this endowment fund, please contact us or the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation for additional information.

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