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BCCF Encourages Generous Year-End Giving to Local Non-profits

With the holidays and year end upon us, many are thinking of how they can help others or support causes they care about. Now is a great time to consider a gift to a fund of the Benton County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. Giving a gift through the Foundation is an easy way to impact Benton County communities and the nonprofits serving the people who live there while also providing unique tax-benefits to the donor.

Center Point Historical Society Newsletter for December

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KEEP IOWA BEAUTIFUL TO AWARD SCHOLARSHIPS

Keep Iowa Beautiful (KIB) will award three $1,000 scholarships to Iowa high school seniors in 2021 who plan to enroll in an Iowa college or university. The scholarships are in honor of three pioneers in Keep Iowa Beautiful's 20-year history:Bob Byers--Educator. Through Bob's leadership, KIB's Litter-Free School Campus program was started in NW Iowa.

IOWA 4-H FOUNDATION AND HILLS BANK AND TRUST COMPANY OPEN 2021 LEADERSHIP GRANTS

The Iowa 4-H Foundation and Hills Bank and Trust Co. open its annual leadership grant program for students who will be seniors in the fall of 2021.AMES, Iowa- November 20, 2020 – The Iowa 4-H Foundation and Hills Bank and Trust Company 2021 Leadership Grant applications are now open for current high school juniors. For the past 20 years, Hills Bank & Trust Company has partnered with the Iowa 4-H Foundation to provide college scholarship opportunities for Iowa youth who reside in the bank's service area.

Trees Forever Announces Citizen Campaign to Replant Trees Devastated by Derecho

Organization asking citizens to join the effort to replant and care for a new tree canopy for the next generationTrees Forever, a local non-profit organization, today announced a citizen campaign to support replanting the trees devastated by the August derecho. The Planting Hope campaign will plan for the purchase and repopulation of trees in communities including Cedar Rapids, Marion, Hiawatha, Marshalltown and rural areas in the derecho's path.

Benton County Community Foundation Joins Nationwide Celebration

The Benton County Community Foundation will celebrate Community Foundation Week, November 12-18, 2020. This nationwide event recognizes the increasingly important role community foundations play in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges. The Benton County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa (CFNEIA), which is confirmed in compliance with national standards for U.

Kirkwood Community College Announces Summer 2020 Dean's List

Kirkwood Community College has released its Dean's List for the summer 2020 semester. These students have achieved a 3.3 grade point average or higher after completing 12 or more credit hours at the college.Kirkwood students from the area earning this distinction are listed below.Atkins, IA  Jennifer Davis, Benton Amy Jones, Benton Dylan Spina,

Let the Voyagers help “Jazz Up” your wardrobe

Looking to “Jazz” up your wardrobe?  Check out these “Hip” apparel items and you too can “kick” it with the Voyagers!Click here and here to view options!

Iowa PBS seeks stories of rural Iowa

Iowa PBS has launched a new initiative intended to celebrate the people, culture and stories of rural America by showcasing the diversity, traditions and richness of small town and rural life in Iowa. During this ongoing research project, Iowa PBS will conduct interviews with stakeholders from all across the state that serve rural Iowa as well as partner with local filmmakers and journalists to shine a spotlight on compelling, relevant and authentic stories.

Charitable Planning Key to Strengthening Communities

 We all are living in different times which present an opportunity to slow down and think about what truly matters most to us. October is National Financial Planning Month, an ideal time to reflect on one’s financial health and to review or establish a personal financial plan. Reviewing household expenses and creating a budget, building up your savings, consolidating or paying off debt and planning for retirement are just a few components of developing a financial plan.
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