The Community 1st Credit Union Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to 818 Forward with Faith of Pella and a $1,000 grant to the Pella Early Learning Center on Jan. 10.

The grant for 818 Forward with Faith of Pella will be used to help construct a family-style home, which gives adults with disabilities a chance to be neighbors, share experiences and relationships. The grant for the Pella Early Learning Center will be used for defibrillators.

The awards were among community projects in Pella and Fairfield that received foundation quarterly presentations on Jan. 8 and Jan. 10, totaling $10,000. The project awards are made possible by grants from the C1st Credit Union Impact Giving Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.

Through its charitable investments, the organization helps enrich the lives of its members and communities they serve. Charitable giving focuses on education, community betterment and the support of activities that involve and recognize the value of our members and employees.

The organization is a not-for-profit financial cooperative with more than $700 million in assets. The credit union, established in 1936, serves more than 59,000 members. The Community 1st Credit Union Foundation effort organized in December 2016 and made the first quarterly check presentations in May 2019.

Applications for grants are reviewed quarterly. Grants align with their charitable giving mission statement, including community betterment, financial literacy/education, and mental wellness/suicide prevention. Requests must be from a 501© (3) non-profit organization.

The organization has more than 250 employees and is headquartered in Ottumwa. The credit union has branches in Albia, Bloomfield, Cedar Rapids, Centerville, Chariton, Fairfield, Grinnell, Indianola, Knoxville, Mount Pleasant, Oskaloosa, Ottumwa, Pella and Washington.

Grant submissions guidelines and forms are available at For more information, call 866-360-5370 or visit

Emily Hawk can be reached at or by calling the newsroom at 641-628-3882.

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