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    Customers and fairgoers encouraged to submit favorite community organizations online for chance at CARES $1,000 daily donation, grand prize drawing of $10,000
    DES MOINES, Iowa – (August 10, 2021) – The MidAmerican Energy Foundation has released its second-quarter grants, awarding 23 organizations a total of $569,720. The carefully selected recipients work to address critical needs like food insecurity, provide education and workforce support, or are improving arts and community spaces across the state. 
    Through the MidAmerican Energy Foundation and CARES corporate citizenship program, the company assists nonprofits in the communities it serves. CARES stands for Community Enhancement, Arts and Culture, Environmental Respect, Education/STEM and Safety. Investments made in these categories of giving are funded by company shareholders.
    “Supporting organizations that are working to meet critical needs of residents, or adding amenities that help sustain vibrant, growing communities is what our CARES program is all about,” said Kathryn Kunert, MidAmerican’s vice president of economic connections and integration. “We are much more than a utility provider; we provide resources, including our employees’ time and talent, to partner and support the sustainability of our communities –because these are the places our customers and employees call home.”
    Some of the donations include $250,000 awarded to the YWCA of Quad Cities to help build a new childcare center and expand at-risk youth programming, including the addition of a new STEAM lab. Grimes will receive $25,000 for a new public library and $10,000 will help the Fort Dodge Community Foundation restore its performance auditorium.
    Daily CARES donations at the Iowa State Fair
    During the Iowa State Fair, customers and fair attendees can submit their favorite nonprofit or community organization for the chance at another $20,000 in donations. Community and nonprofit organizations falling into one of the focused categories of giving with operations in the company’s service territory can be submitted online or at the MidAmerican Energy Building through August 21.
    For the first 10 days of the fair, a qualifying organization will be selected at random for a $1,000 donation. Each daily winner will then be eligible for the grand prize drawing of $10,000. This random drawing will happen on Sunday, August 22, at 3 p.m. at the MidAmerican Energy Stage.
    Nonprofit organizations can be nominated online. The full sweepstakes rules can be accessed here.
    The company will have a full slate of activities at the Iowa State Fair, including a major presence on the grand concourse for MidAmerican Energy Day on August 12. Employees will promote electrical and natural gas safety, showcase the impact and recovery efforts from the 2020 derecho, highlight electric vehicle rebates and the state’s DC fast-charging network, and provide energy efficiency program information.