As the Community Foundation has engaged with local partners to work on the efforts described above, we have recognized that not all demographic groups have had the opportunity to fully participate in the vibrant community we want to cultivate. We are committed to doing our part to ensure that everyone in our community can thrive economically and socially.
Our work with the MICRO loan program has helped provide a path of economic well-being to residents of core neighborhoods in Cedar Rapids.
The regional planning vision is to achieve a sustainable and equitable prosperity in East Central Iowa by adopting strategies in business development, workforce development and community development. The Action Team has intentionally sought strategies that will enhance inclusion for diverse populations, improve community resilience, promote educational success and address mobility constraints.
A thriving educational system is key to the future of our community. The Community Foundation has joined with other community partners to find ways to address the educational needs of all of the children in our community. Initiatives such as Reading into Success, Kids on Course University and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library follow research-based strategies. Particular attention is paid toward helping underperforming readers learn the skills they need to succeed in school and beyond, which includes addressing some of the barriers that leads children to fall behind in school.
Disaster Preparedness and Response
Community resilience efforts such as the Linn Area Partners Active in Disaster have given special attention to addressing the needs of socially vulnerable populations.