The Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation and Grinnell College, two of the largest employers in Poweshiek County, have joined forces with other community groups to provide funding for both immediate and post-COVID-19 pandemic needs in the area. Together, the two organizations are donating nearly $100,000 to four area resources. Jeff Menary, president and CEO of Grinnell Mutual, said he hopes his organization’s partnership with Grinnell College and other area foundations and nonprofits “can be an example of community spirit that will encourage philanthropy at every level.” Contributions have made possible a COVID-19 Healthcare Heroes Fund for Grinnell Regional Medical Center front-line workers; a countywide nonprofit Emergency Relief Fund; a Local Foods Coalition for those experiencing financial challenges; and an Internet Access for Families in Need fund. In addition, Grinnell Mutual and Grinnell College have already contributed $50,000 to the Small Business Emergency Fund, managed by the Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce.