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    Less than $1,000: Make a Difference for Iowans in Need by Donating to Embrace Iowa

    Title: Join Hands with Embrace Iowa to Transform Lives and Make a Difference in Your Local Community

    Once again, Iowans are given an extraordinary opportunity to be the change they wish to see in their friends’ and neighbors’ lives, creating an immediate and profound impact within their local communities. We invite you to dive into the Des Moines Register’s highly anticipated annual charitable program: Embrace Iowa. This program is now open and accepting financial donations, which will be magically transformed into grants, valued up to $750. These funds frequently serve as a lifeline for applicants, helping them tackle unexpected bills such as medical expenses, car repairs, and unavoidable debts.

    Let us shed light on the admirable work of Embrace Iowa, who, in conjunction with the Iowa Community Action Association, has been tirelessly offering relief to applicants with a gross annual income of 200% or less than the federal poverty guidelines for over three decades. What sets Embrace Iowa apart is their unwavering commitment to ensuring that every single cent donated goes directly towards providing aid to those in need. Not a single contribution dollar is diverted to pay for Embrace Iowa’s staff or administration costs, guaranteeing that your generosity has the maximum impact.

    Katherine Riley Harrington, the Program Executive Director, takes immense pride in her team’s efforts to alleviate financial hardships across the state. She emphasizes the importance of trust and vulnerability, explaining that people know they can turn to Embrace Iowa for assistance without judgment. Harrington is grateful that their agencies are recognized as trusted providers in the community and are able to extend a helping hand to those in need.

    Embrace Iowa’s support spans across all 99 Iowa counties, ensuring that grant candidates have access to assistance no matter where they reside. These candidates work hand in hand with one of the Iowa Community Action Association’s 16 Community Action Agencies, which act as invaluable resources in finding sustainable solutions. For instance, when faced with a medical invoice or a broken-down vehicle, agency staff members meticulously review receipts and take the burden of payment off the recipients’ shoulders. Instead, they directly pay the bill to landlords, hospitals, or creditors. This approach ensures that financial aid genuinely eliminates one significant burden from the daily lives of those in need.

    Now, the question arises, how can you contribute to Embrace Iowa and be part of this remarkable initiative? The campaign is set to run until January 31, 2024. However, if you wish to convert your donation into a charitable deduction, it is essential to make your pledge before the end of the year. Harrington exhibits confidence in the unwavering generosity of Des Moines Register readers and hopes to surpass their previous record by reaching an astounding $400,000 in contributions. Last year alone, donations amounted to $334,000, providing indispensable relief to 679 families.

    Making an online donation is a simple process, and step-by-step instructions are provided at iowacommunityaction.org/about/donate. Embrace Iowa also graciously accepts check payments as a preferred method by many donors. Your checks can be mailed to the following address: Embrace Iowa, P.O. Box 10611, Cedar Rapids, IA 52410-0611.

    It is essential to acknowledge that grants valued at less than $1,000 cannot solve all the challenges faced by the recipients in the long run. However, what matters is the opportunity these grants provide, enabling Des Moines Register readers and staff to make a tangible difference in the lives of those struggling. Offering even a small respite and making their days a little bit easier profoundly fulfills the mission of Embrace Iowa.

    It is clear that Embrace Iowa is not merely a charitable program but a beacon of hope for Iowans facing hardships. By joining hands with this incredible initiative, you have the power to transform lives, uplift your local community, and make a lasting impact. Embrace Iowa calls for acts of kindness, compassion, and generosity that ripple through space and time, leaving a legacy of love and support.

    Richard Lane is a freelance writer for the Des Moines Register.

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