Extension News

Special Iowa 4-H Foundation Fund to Help 4-H’ers Recover from Tornado

5/29/2008

AMES, Iowa -- The Iowa 4-H Foundation has established a special fund to assist with relief efforts for 4-H families dealing with the aftermath of the tornado and severe storms that devastated parts of northeast Iowa over the Memorial Day weekend.

“Many 4-H families have been affected by the storm. Some are mourning family, others have lost their 4-H livestock projects and many have lost their homes and, indeed, their entire community,” said Joe Leisz, Iowa 4-H Foundation executive director. “4-H families in Parkersburg are just now beginning to deal with the shock that comes with an event like this, and others from the surrounding area -- Dunkerton and Aplington and other communities in Grundy, Butler, Blackhawk and even Buchanan and Delaware counties -- are working to take stock of what the winds left.”

The special Iowa 4-H Foundation fund will help 4-H families with relief and recovery efforts, community reconstruction projects, scholarships for 4-H’ers in the area to attend camps and other programs, and assistance to recover or repair 4-H projects damaged or destroyed by the storm, Leisz said.

To donate to the fundraising effort, visit the Iowa 4-H Foundation Web site at www.iowa4hfoundation.org and click on the “Donate Now” button. On the following webpage check the “Single Year Gift” button. Next, type “Tornado Relief” in the “Other Designation” box, and type in your gift amount; donations of any amount are appreciated. Then complete the contact and verification information sections of the online form. All gifts are tax deductible.

“When we checked the online donations on Wednesday, nearly $1,000 already had been donated,” Leisz said. “Your financial gifts will be deeply appreciated by the 4-H families who have been impacted by the tornado and storms.”

At this time, the Iowa 4-H Foundation is not able to handle donations of other needed items such as blankets, clothes, household items, food and water, but local shelters in the affected area are working on those efforts, Leisz said. He suggests contacting the American Red Cross for information on providing additional support.

The Iowa 4-H Foundation provides financial resources for youth development through 4-H, a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. Iowa State University 4-H Youth Development helps kids and teens develop communication skills, give back to their communities and learn to be leaders for Iowa’s future.

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Contacts :

Joseph Leisz , Iowa 4-H Foundation, (515) 294-1552, jleisz@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu