The Belmond Area Community Chest’s goal for the 2021 campaign is $22,640. The money will be divided between 23 different organizations and agencies that provide services in Belmond and the surrounding area.
The organizations, their requests and the amount initially awarded include:
Belmond Community Betterment Corp. ($3,000 requested, $2,000 awarded): The funds will be directed to youth sports programs. The money will be used help children who can not afford uniforms and to buy equipment.
Belmond Area Arts Council ($1,000 requested, $1,000 awarded): The arts council will use the money for new outdoor lighting at the Jenison-Meacham farm.
Belmond Boy Scouts Troop 16 ($165 requested, $165 awarded): The troop will use the money for scout trailer fees and outdoor adventure equipment.
Belmond Care Car ($500 requested, $500 awarded): The funds will be used for routine maintenance and upkeep of the van.
Belmond City Fireworks Program ($1,000 requested, $800 awarded): The money will be used to purchase fireworks and supplies for the July 4, 2022 program.
Belmond City Swimming Program ($3,500 requested, $2,500 awarded): The funds are used for the operation of the Luick Memorial Swimming Pool.
Belmond Cub Scouts Pack 16 ($500 requested, $300 awarded): The pack will use the money for insurance, camp fees, patches and awards, and registration.
Belmond Historical Society ($1,500 requested, $1,250 awarded): The funds will be used to pay utilities expenses at the museum. The group paid over $5,000 in utilities last year.
Belmond Hospital Auxiliary ($1,500 requested, $1,250 awarded): The money will be used to purchase items that are needed to promote and assist in the health care of the patients at Iowa Specialty Hospital - Belmond.
Belmond-Klemme Outdoor Classroom ($300 requested, $300 awarded): The money will be used to replace the sign at the site of the Outdoor Classroom.
Belmond Ministerial Association ($900 requested, $700 awarded): The money will be used for assistance with gas, rent, utilities, medical expenses, prescriptions, temporary housing, and the Mobile Food Pantry.
Belmond Park Restoration Committee ($125 requested, $125 awarded): The committee will use the funds for maintenance in the city’s park system.
Friends of the Belmond Public Library ($700 requested, $500 awarded): The money will be used to pay for prizes, supplies and guest speakers for the children’s summer reading programs.
Belmond Veterans of Foreign Wars ($500 requested, $500 awarded): The funds will be used for the upkeep and utilities for the Veterans Center.
Belmond VFW Auxiliary ($250 requested, $250 awarded): The money will be used for educational programs, such Patriots Pen, at B-K schools.
Children and Families of Iowa ($1,500 requested, $1,500 awarded): The money will be used in the area to provide behaviorial health intervention, youth work readiness, mental health therapy, and substance abuse services.
Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center ($1,000 requested, $1,000 awarded): The money will be used for clients’ immediate needs that are not covered by state and federal grants. Last year, 13 clients and 75 bed nights were provided to clients from Wright County.
Girl Scout Council of Greater Iowa ($1,000 requested, $500 awarded): The funds will support Girl Scout volunteers and provide assistance to members in the area. There are 21 girls and 12 adult volunteers in the Belmond area.
Sencar ($900 requested, $900 awarded): The funds will be used to pay accounting fees and volunteer staff expenses for Congregate Meals and home-delivered meals.
Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. ($2,500 requested, $2,500 awarded): The money will be used for client services, including utility and rent assistance and emergency food and non-food supplies. Last year, 23 people in five Belmond households and 173 people in 40 Wright County. households were helped.
Wright County Health Resource Fund ($1,500 requested, $1,500 awarded): This group provides public health services, including mental health medications, children’s programs, and vaccinations.
Wright County Public Health Navigation ($750 requested, $500 awarded): The organization provides assistance in navigating through health care services.
Wright County Senior Health Clinic ($500 requested, $500 awarded): The clinics include health education, blood pressure checks, foot care and immunizations.