#IowaStrong: Places to Donate or Volunteer for Derecho Relief

Cedar Rapids and surrounding areas are devastated by the recent derecho storm. If you’re reading this, you’re probably hoping you can help contribute to the recovery effort. Not sure where to start?

Here is a list of places where you can donate or volunteer for Derecho Relief:

#IowaStrong: Places to Donate or Volunteer for Derecho ReliefDonate

– Keller Williams is coordinating daily volunteer efforts by serving hot meals and distributing items in CR. Venmo (iowaderecho) or PayPal (info@derecho2020.com) Join the Iowa Derecho Storm Resource Page for updates on how to help!
EMBARC helping apt complexes that were destroyed (mainly full of refugees). Include CR Derecho Relief in your memo at donation.
Horizons (Meals on Wheels)
HACAP (food assistance)
– Purchase a t-shirt from Raygun
– Willie Ray’s Q Shack serving hot meals free of charge! Venmo (willieraysqshack) to help support his efforts!
Operation BBQ Relief serving meals throughout the city.
Catherine McAuley Center coordinates resources and relief for immigrant populations and is temporarily housing people from destroyed apartments. They also sustained great damage.
– Provide rakes, gloves, etc to a young boy cleaning up CR
– Feed Iowa First is a local nonprofit that gives Iowans in need fresh produce. You can donate to them here.
– Table 2 Table is a nonprofit that redistributes food to populations in need. You can donate or sign up to volunteer via their site here.
– IC Compassion is a faith-based organization that provides services for immigrant populations. They’ve been coordinating COVID-19 relief. You can donate here.
– The American Red Cross is organizing disaster relief. You can donate to them via their website.
– The Salvation Army of the Heartland is organizing disaster relief efforts as well. You can donate here
– The Eastern Iowa Diaper Bank is donating diapers and wipes to families in need during the disaster. You can donate here. Or you can purchase supplies off their Amazon wish list.


-Sign up to help with community cleanup August 22/23 at JustServe.org
-Work w/members of the Iowa Derecho Storm Resource Page on FB at 5001 1st Ave SE 102A Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Serve meals (CR)  at one of 11 locations in town. Lunch and dinner shifts are available.
– Vets Memorial Shelter downtown needs daily volunteers. Shifts are 8 AM-12 PM, 12 PM-4 PM, 4 PM-8 PM. If interested, email p.pestel@cedar-rapids.org and show up (brief training required)
– Serve meals w/ Mercy Chefs (CR)
His Hands, a faith-based, nonprofit that offers free medical services in Cedar Rapids, is in need of volunteers for indoor cleaning (refrigerator from stuff that went bad), painting metal doors from items ripped off in the storm, reinstalling signs and picking up debris. Contact is Kim Junge, kim@hishandsclinic.org or calling 319 200-5078
-Be the Light Iowa is a faith-based non-profit that is working to deliver aid to areas of Linn County in need. You can volunteer or find ways to donate through their website.

Donate Supplies

– 5001 1st Ave SE 102A Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403 from 9 AM – 8 PM
– Food donations at the Salvation Army
– Teamsters Local 238-5000 J Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
– 1105 7th Ave in Marion Square Plaza beginning at 8:30 AM
It’s been amazing to see Iowans pull together and help contribute to the derecho relief effort. We are #iowastrong, but with each other, we can make it through and come out on the other side even stronger!

Make sure you never miss out on a parenting or community-related blog post: sign up to receive Cedar Rapids Moms posts in your inbox.  While you’re at it, join our VIP List to ensure you’re one of the first to know about upcoming Cedar Rapids Moms events and promotions!!


Where to Celebrate National Donut Day in Cedar Rapids

Celebrating National Donut Day in Cedar Rapids is such a treat! Our local bakeries whip up the most delicious donuts, from classic glazed to creative, gourmet flavors. Honestly, it's so much fun that we...

Summer Bucket List | In & Around Cedar Rapids

Embark on an unforgettable summer adventure in Cedar Rapids! From vibrant festivals to serene nature trails, Cedar Rapids offers a plethora of activities that promise to make this season one to remember. Join us...

2024 Summer Reading Programs | In & Around Cedar Rapids

Discover the joy of summer reading in and around Cedar Rapids! Dive into a world of adventure, imagination, and learning with Summer Reading Programs. From captivating stories to exciting activities, there's something for everyone....

Splash Pads | In & Around Cedar Rapids

Discover the joy of outdoor water fun for all ages with splash pads in and around the Cedar Rapids area! From vibrant water features to interactive play areas, these refreshing spots offer a perfect...

Summer Movies | In & Around Cedar Rapids

Welcome to a summer filled with fun for kids and families in and around Cedar Rapids! Get ready for exciting indoor and outdoor movie screenings, perfect for enjoying the warm weather and creating lasting...
Join our community.
Be the first to know about new resources, can't-miss happenings, and new blog articles! 
Yay, we're so glad you're here! Keep an eye on your inbox