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Farm Bureau members donate to Disaster Recovery Coalition

The Benton County Farm Bureau organization, and its members, donate to the Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition. The Farm Bureau board of directors reached out to the members in Benton County with an offer to match their donations, up to $1,000, made to the Coalition. Benton County Farm Bureau leader Matt Werner was happy to present to the group a total of $2,350 in donations. Pictured from left to right: Matt Werner, Scott Hansen, Linda Fischer, and Tina Eden at Benton County's Emergency Management office in Vinton.

To date approximately fifty families and farmers in Benton County have been helped with Coalition funds. The organization is limited by the amount of funds they have available. With insurance settlements still pending, and a lack of building materials, recovery efforts from the August 10, 2020 derecho are going slower than expected. The Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition will continue to assist as long as there are funds available.

The Coalition, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, still gathers for weekly meetings, is accepting applications for assistance, and continues to organize volunteer efforts and accept donations. As residents in Benton County continue to recover, after exhausting all other disaster relief and insurance proceeds; they are welcome to reach out to the Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition for unmet needs. The Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition - "We are here to help when all other help is gone. No income guidelines are required to apply for assistance. We are local and we care." Please call Benton County Emergency Management at (319) 472-4519 if you are still in need of assistance.

The Benton County Farm Bureau would like to thank the members that gave a donation to the Coalition. We are proud to be able to support the organizations that help our communities recover from disaster and make Benton County a better place to live.

Matthew Werner presented a check for $2300 to the Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition on behalf of the Benton County Farm Bureau. Farm Bureau challenged their membership to make a donation to the Coalition and they matched donations up to $1000. The donation will go to help farmers in need following the August 10, 2020 derecho. The Coalition has assisted 24 farm operations to date and 24 family homes.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to help families or farmers can send a check to: Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition, P.O. Box 125, Vinton, IA 52349 or Venmo: www.venmo.com/BentonCounty-DisasterCoalition. The Coalition is a 501c(3) organization.

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