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Hawthorne contributes to organizations that help families

Jan 02, 2018
SUBMITTED PHOTO From left, Cindy Roush from Sieda Community Action accepts a donation from Sheila Peck and Jordan Appel, representing Hawthorne’s Community Causes.

Hawthorne’s Community Causes recently donated to two community organizations that help families in need: Sieda Community Action and The Lord’s Cupboard.



Hawthorne’s Community Causes donates to Sieda Community Action annually to help with the Sieda Adopt-a-Family program, providing holidays gifts to children in families with need.

Sieda Community Action, a private non-profit organization, was established July 7, 1965, as a Community Action Agency. It is one of the 17 Community Action Agencies covering all 99 counties in Iowa. Sieda implements a range of programs designed to provide advocacy, access to supportive services, and service coordination. The programs strengthen families, promote child development, and help individuals and families with basic needs. With the strong foundation Sieda provides, individuals are more likely to become self-reliant and contribute positively to their families and communities.

Community Action Agencies are charged with the responsibility of identifying the unique needs of the poverty population within their communities and designing programs to meet those needs. Although Community Action Agencies across the nation administer several similar programs, each agency has the ability to tailor its services to the needs of local communities.

Sieda provides services to the core area of Appanoose, Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Van Buren and Wapello counties as well as limited services in Lucas, Marion, Monroe, and Wayne counties.

Sieda’s programs are funded by a combination of federal and state grants, local funds, donations, client fees and private resources. Because much of Sieda’s funding comes from government grants, it is a common misconception that it is a public agency, not the private agency it has always been. The agency is governed by a board of directors composed of elected officials, representatives elected by the low-income sector, and members of the private sector.

For information about Sieda Community Action, visit the website at www.sieda.org.


Lord’s Cupboard

Hawthorne has been committed to annually donating to The Lord’s Cupboard, especially around the holidays.

The Lord’s Cupboard is Jefferson County’s emergency food panty. Jefferson County residents who meet income guidelines can receive bread and rolls once a week, plus, once every three months, families also can receive a full food order, which includes nonperishable foods, bakery and meat items, and supplies, such as paper products, laundry soap, and shampoo.

Each holiday season, The Lord’s Cupboard distributes nearly 500 boxes of food to families in need.

For more information about The Lord’s Cupboard, call 472-8457 or visit the website www.lordscupboard.org.


Community Causes

The Hawthorne Community Causes Committee is part of Hawthorne’s larger Corporate Social Responsibility program which makes monthly contributions to the Fairfield community as one of its initiatives.

The committee was inspired by founder Tim Hawthorne’s dedication to the local community over the past few decades and made possible by the continued generosity of Jessica Hawthorne-Castro.

The Hawthorne Community Causes Committee is responsible for the usage of the agency’s monthly allocated community charitable contributions and selections.

Those interested in having their community- related needs considered for contributions can email Hawthorne at: dbanks@hawthornedirect.com.

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