Derecho Response Information

Moving forward with our storm clean-up, we are partnering with a couple of different disaster relief organizations who specialize in mobilizing groups and volunteers for this very specific purpose.


If you’d like to help with derecho recovery, please check Matthew 25’s Facebook page for current volunteer opportunities. If you’re available between October 13-17, consider signing up for Transform Week when they will be doing a blitz of home repair projects.

Homes damaged by the derecho may be eligible for free repairs by Matthew 25 volunteers and partners. All applicants must:

  • Own your home
  • Have damage to your home that insurance won’t cover
  • Earn under 80% of median income

If you meet these requirements, please complete the online application. Work has already begun and projects will continue to be added as funding and volunteers become available. Contact Matthew 25 if you have any questions.

Samaritan’s Purse

Individual volunteers and teams welcome.  You can sign-up online or via phone (828-588-5711) though they do ask for 24-hrs notice from volunteers.  Volunteers meet and get oriented at Hillside Wesleyan Church, 2600 1st Ave. NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405.

Eight Days of Hope

Sign up on their website to volunteer.  They are planning an extended stay in Cedar Rapids until at least September.   Here is an FAQ page for their plan in Cedar Rapids.

Cedar Hills Community Church

As a church, we will also be collecting donations to our Caring Hands Fund and assisting our church body and local neighbors with clean-up. You can donate via check to the church office or by choosing “Caring Hands” from the fund menu on our giving page.

Please let us know if you still need help with tree removal, debris clean-up, food, shelter, etc.  We want to make sure all of church body’s needs have been addressed as best we can.

Local Resources

CR News Now – text alerts from the city of Cedar Rapids with latest storm updates

Cedar Rapids Storm Damage Page – a listing of all the recent news and updates from the city related to the derecho.