Strong Communities Award

2021 Strong Communities Award Winners Announced

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Every year the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines highlights the leadership and work of our member financial institutions and their community partners by awarding the Strong Communities Award. In light of the far-reaching effects of COVID-19 on our communities, we are proud to offer the Strong Communities Award this year. The award recognizes collaboration and leadership in communities by measuring the results of these projects and their impact on creating stronger communities.

2021 Strong Communities Award

The following seven projects - four in the Rural category and three in the Urban category - were selected as finalists for the 2021 Strong Communities Award. 

The winners were determined through a public voting process which ran from October 4 through October 8, 2021.

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Rural Project Finalists

Vote for one of the following four projects in the Rural category.

Wright County Community Action (WCCA) Frozen Meals for Seniors

Wright County, Minnesota

Wright County Community Action (WCCA) Frozen Meals for Seniors

As part of a true community partnership, Wright County Community Action led an initiative to deliver frozen meals to older adults when demand skyrocketed during the pandemic.

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The Local Frequency

Juneau, Alaska

The Local Frequency

The Local Frequency is a customer loyalty and rewards program and mobile app that encourages consumer to shop locally and keep the dollars circulating in Juneau’s economy.

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Elevate Work

Branson, Missouri

Elevate Work

Elevate Work developed a workforce training program to work with those who are unemployed, underemployed, impoverished, and those who are experiencing homelessness.

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Salem R-80 Construction Trades Program

Salem, Missouri

Salem R-80 Construction Trades Program

To address the growing skilled workers gap, the R-80 Construction Trades Program equips students with the requisite skills to become the next generation of certified trades.

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Urban Project Finalists

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Real Estate Tax Assistance Fund (RETAF)

St. Louis, Missouri

Real Estate Tax Assistance Fund (RETAF)

The initiative will provide short-term financial property tax relief to homeowners along with financial coaching, financial education and access to resource safe banking products or grants.

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Central Iowa Shelter & Services (CISS) Building Expansion and Agri-Hood

Des Moines, Iowa

Central Iowa Shelter & Services (CISS) Building Expansion and Agri-Hood

Due to a shortage of affordable housing, Central Iowa Shelter & Services is working to provide homeless individuals the opportunity to focus on their health and goals.

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Kupu Aina Corps

Hawaii

Kupu Aina Corps

Kupu created the Kupu Aina Corps Program to address the drastic effects of COVID-19 on the local economy by matching displaced workers with companies in emerging industries.

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