Parish: 233-3092 | School: 232-5290 | Faith Formation: 232-3514 | 2900 Hoover Avenue, Ames IA

The Ames Human Relations Commission presents its annual Ames Humanitarian Award at the Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration each year. At this year’s celebration, on January 17, they presented two Ames Humanitarian Awards, both related to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Story County Immigrants. The first went to Anneke Mundel, the Community Impact Director at United Way of Story County, who convened a group of individuals from the community to address the issues faced by immigrants because of the pandemic and inspired them to form the COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Story
County Immigrants. She served as an advisor throughout the 20-month existence of the Fund. The second Ames Humanitarian Award was presented to the committee members who worked on the Fund during that time.

We feel this award really belongs to the Story County community, who donated over $374,000 which was used to pay rent and utilities for 125 different immigrant households! Your financial and moral support kept the Fund going through those long months. Many St. Cecilia parishioners were among the donors. Thank you! We also want to acknowledge the essential support provided by St. Cecilia Parish which served as the financial home for the Fund and wrote all those checks! There were a lot of staff hours donated to the Fund. Thank you to Fr. Don, Bill Klein, and Mary Sue Derks. I am proud to be a part of this parish and this community!

Nancy Heideman, on behalf of the COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Story County Immigrants