To support its local communities during the COVID-19 crisis, Bank Iowa has launched Bank Iowa Helping Hand, a crowdsourcing initiative to identify both big and small needs across 23 Iowa communities. Through the initiative, anyone can submit a community-focused idea, task or charitable cause, and if selected, Bank Iowa will lend a helping hand through financial sponsorship and/or volunteer manpower to bring the request to fruition. Bank Iowa’s seven regional presidents will select a minimum of seven ideas based on the overall impact each concept offers the greater community and the number of people who can be positively affected by the support. “Helping in a meaningful way begins by listening,” said Jim Plagge, Bank Iowa president and CEO. “We may have our own ideas for supporting local causes, but we’d rather hear what our neighbors think and let them help us determine the best use of the bank’s resources.” No specific dollar amount has been set for the Helping Hand program, as the bank anticipates looking at ideas that range from small to large in terms of overall scope.