News & Press Releases

School Supply Drive at Operation Threshold’s Grundy County Office

July 23, 2020

Operation Threshold is collecting school supplies for low-income families in Grundy County. Donated supplies must be dropped off at Operation Threshold by Friday, August 7th, 2020 (please call 319-824-3460 to schedule an appointment to drop off donations)

Donations can be dropped off at:
1606 G Ave.
Grundy Center, IA

If your family is in need of school supplies, you can download an application here or call Operation Threshold to request an application by mail or schedule an appointment to pick one up at the office. Applications to receive school supplies must be received at Operation Threshold by Friday, August 7th.

Distribution of supplies to households in need will be August 12th & 13th.

Operation Threshold Receives Grant from National WIC Association

July 21, 2020

See full announcement here.

Flood Clean Up Kits Available in LaPorte City and Waterloo

Friday, June 26, 2020

See full announcement here.

Disaster Assistance For Black Hawk County Flood Victims Available At Operation Threshold

Friday, June 26, 2020

Governor Kim Reynolds has issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Black Hawk County in response to a severe storm June 20, 2020 and continuing. The Governor’s proclamation allows State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of the severe storms and flooding. The proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program. Residents with damage resulting from the severe storm occurring on June 20, 2020 have 45 days from the date of the proclamation, or until August 10, 2020, to submit an application to Operation Threshold. Read the full press release here.

Operation Threshold Receives $10,000 Grant from Bayer Fund

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Operation Threshold announced today it received a grant for $10,000 from Bayer Fund, which will be used to purchase food to help stock the Grundy County Food Pantry. The food will be distributed to low-income Grundy County households in need of food to supplement their monthly food budget or those in need of emergency food assistance. Read the full press release here.

Iowa Utilities Board Warns of Utility Scams

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

The Iowa Utilities Board is aware of potential payment scams during the public health emergency from the COVID-19 outbreak, including calls or unscheduled visits by persons targeting utility service and claims of service disconnection. With many people working from home — and possibly answering calls from unfamiliar phone numbers, be aware these might be from a robocaller or scammer. The following webpage provides customers with information and tips to avoid being a target of a utility related scam. 

Households Facing Job Loss or Reduced Hours May Be Eligible for Energy Assistance

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Many households had their income drastically reduced due to lay/offs and staff reductions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Households whose employment situation has recently changed may now be eligible for a grant to help pay their energy bill. Read the full press release here.

Iowa Utilities Board Extends Moratorium on Disconnects to May 1, 2020

Monday, 16 March 2020

The Iowa Utilities Board has extended the moratorium on disconnecting utilities through May 1, 2020. Read the full press release here.

LIHEAP (Energy Assistance) Applications will be Accepted November 1, 2019

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Operation Threshold will be taking general applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) beginning November 1, 2019.

Households with elderly or disabled residents and/or those with a disconnect notice may be able to apply early, beginning October 1, 2019.

For more information please read the full press release.

LIHEAP (Energy Assistance) Applications Accepted November 2nd

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Operation Threshold will be taking limited applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) beginning November 2, 2015.   Each applicant will need to provide proof of social security for all household members (unless proof is already on file with Operation Threshold).  Applicants will also need to bring proof of all household members’ gross income for the past three months and copies of their most recent heating and electric bills.

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WIC 2014 Income Guidelines

Monday, 5 May 2014

WIC Announces New Income Guidelines WATERLOO- Operation Threshold’s WIC program implemented new income guidelines on May 1st.  These income guidelines are 185% of the federal poverty guidelines and are updated annually.  Applicants with a gross income equal to, or less than, than the amounts listed are income eligible for WIC services. The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a program available in every county in Iowa and throughout all 50 states.

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Operation Threshold’s Executive Director Interviewed by KWWL about the Barn Dance!

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Our Executive Director, Barb Grant, was interviewed by KWWL about the upcoming Charity Barn Dance.  Check out her interview at here!

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2013 Charity Barn Dance to Benefit Operation Threshold

Monday, 7 January 2013

Come join us for an evening of fun!  Attend the annual Charity Barn Dance and benefit Operation Threshold programs!  This year the annual Charity Barn Dance will be held Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Electric Park Ballroom.  Each year the Barn Dance offers members of the community a chance to dance while benefitting local community service agencies.

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Operation Threshold Offices Closed Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Operation Threshold’s offices in Waterloo, Independence, and Grundy Center will be closed on Thursday, December 20, 2012, due to inclement weather.  Currently, we plan to be open normal business hours (8:00 am to Noon in Waterloo and Independence and 8:00 am to 4:30 pm in Grundy Center) on Friday, December 21, 2012.  For further information watch KWWL or check back to our website.

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Nest Class October Calendars Available Now

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

The October calendars for the Black Hawk County Nest program are now available.  Click her for a link to the lastest calendar (Español).

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Grundy County Share The Warmth Coat Drive Begins

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Due to economic changes, many individuals and children in Grundy County are in need of new and gently used winter outerwear.  Operation Threshold’s Share the Warmth program helps meet this need. Donations of new or gently used winter items including coats, snow pants, boots, hats, and mittens/gloves are now being accepted by Operation Threshold.

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Grundy County Food Pantry Participating in the Feinstein Challenge

Friday, 2 March 2012

The Grundy County Food Pantry, administered by Operation Threshold, is once again participating in The Feinstein Foundation Challenge.  All monetary and food donations made to the food pantry from March 1st through April 30th will be eligible for match dollars from the Foundation.

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Feinstein Foundation Challenge Spurs Donations for the Grundy County Food Pantry

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Grundy County, Iowa (October 3, 2011): Between March 1st and April 30th, Operation Threshold participated in the Feinstein Challenge with the goal of increasing donations to the Grundy County Food Pantry. Thanks to our generous donors and the Feinstein Foundation Challenge, Operation Threshold’s Grundy County Food Pantry took in more than twice the donations between March 1st and April 30th,   when compared to previous months.

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Share The Warmth Coat Drive in Buchanan County

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Help provide qualifying individuals and families with winter coats and attire by donating to the Annual Share the Warmth Coat Drive. Monetary donations and new or gently used clothing are now being accepted through October 14th.

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Operation Threshold Holds Open House

Waterloo –  Operation Threshold will be holding an Open House to celebrate the construction of its new central office building located at 1535 Lafayette Street, Waterloo.  The Open House will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2011, with a short program at 3:30 p.m.

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