Alliant Energy donates $70,000 to community actions programs

Alliant Energy’s Cedar Rapids building lit blue in honor of health care workers. [Submitted photo]

On Giving Tuesday Now, Alliant Energy through its foundation, is donating $70,000 to Community Action Programs (CAP) agencies in Iowa and Wisconsin. Giving Tuesday Now is a global day of giving and unity in response to the ongoing COVID-19 health pandemic.

The donation will allow 21 CAP agencies in Iowa and Wisconsin to assist low-income individuals and families. The funds will help them with necessities, including food, bills, hygiene and medical expenses.

“As a result of the pandemic, many people are facing financial struggles due to job loss or working fewer hours. We’re doing our part to bring them needed assistance,” said Julie Bauer, Executive Director of the Alliant Energy Foundation. “We will continue to work with our partners to evaluate and support community needs throughout this crisis.”

In Iowa, the CAP agencies will use the donation to launch a fundraising campaign.

“This donation will serve as a kick start in the fundraising efforts of our network, enabling us to leverage more resources as we respond to the needs of our fellow Iowans who have been impacted by COVID-19,” said Lana Shope, Executive Director of the Iowa Community Action Association.

In Wisconsin, some agencies are using the funds to deliver food in their communities.

“Because of the Alliant Energy’s support, individuals and families in southwestern Wisconsin are being fed. For that, we will be eternally grateful,” said Wally Orzechowski, Executive Director of the Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program.

Since the health crisis began, Alliant Energy has contributed $340,500 to organizations helping with emergency relief efforts. This includes donations in Iowa and Wisconsin to Feeding America Food Banks, the American Red Cross and United Way. In addition, the company made a $2 million donation to the Hometown Care Energy Fund. The fund assists customers who need financial help to pay their bill. It is supported annually with funds from Alliant Energy and voluntary contributions from customers.

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This story originally appeared on the Voice of Muscatine. Read More local stories here.

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