A United Methodist ministry was a beneficiary of donations from the annual Flood the Run event in Cedar Rapids this summer. Volunteers from Matthew 25 stuffed 1000 goody bags for more than 800 runners who participated in the event on Saturday morning, August 15. KCRG-TV9 featured the event in a story they ran last month.
Flood the Run began in 2009 as a way raise money after the worst flooding in the city’s history the previous year. The proceeds have always gone back into the community for flood recovery and to raise awareness for the rebuilding effort. In 2014 Matthew 25 became a recipient of the fund-raising effort because of their continuing work in neighborhoods affected by the flood.
Matthew 25 has a mission to empower people to transform neighborhoods. They envision “a thriving, connected community where people are valued and talents are multiplied; where neighborhood families have access to safe, affordable housing and healthy food; and where youth are empowered through reading and the creative arts.”
One of their programs, Cultivate Hope, has created gardens in cooperation with four area schools. They are teaching kids and families how to grow, eat and preserve fresh, high quality food right in their own neighborhoods. A grant from the East Central District, made possible by apportionment gifts from United Methodist churches of Iowa, has helped to support this ministry.