Post tornado news

Habitat for Humanity of Iowa has received a rebuilding donation of $75,000 from the First Congregation Church of Marshalltown to help with long-term disaster recovery efforts following July’s devastating tornado.


On July 19, 2018, an EF-3 tornado hit Marshalltown, significantly impacting residents in the northern half of the town. In the 12 work days following the tornado, Habitat organized 421 volunteers, staff and AmeriCorps members who completed projects at 103 homes, performed 157 home assessments, and met with 271 residents at the MARC (Multiple Agency Resource Center). Habitat has now taken a lead role in providing residents with assistance as they begin the rebuilding and recovery process.


We are happy to announce the First Congregational Church of Marshalltown has given a $75,000 donation to support our efforts to rebuild affected neighborhoods. This generous donation will help us provide assistance, repairs, and home upgrades specific to the designated neighborhood for victims of the Marshalltown tornado. Church representatives chose to work with Habitat because: “The church appreciates the wonderful work Habitat for Humanity did immediately after the tornado went through and the continuing investment in rebuilding our community.  Habitat for Humanity’s mission statement ‘Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope’ has been exemplified in Marshalltown.”


The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, located at 312 West Main, supports other local causes, including Compassionate Cooks, Adopt-a-Family, House of Compassion, and EMBARC as well as causes with broader appeal: Salvation Army, Mission Monterrey, My Kinsman Ministries, and Jonathan House.


Habitat for Humanity of Iowa will use this money to kick off a fundraising campaign for ongoing assistance. If you would like to donate to our relief efforts, please visit our website ( and click the Donate button.