Greater Iowa Credit Union has donated $3,000 to help further develop the Iowa International Center’s Website to assist immigrants and international visitors to Iowa. Presenting the check to Iowa International Center’s Executive Director Judith Conlin were Jan Flick, who chairs the credit union’s corporate giving committee, and Scott Zahnle, Greater Iowa’s president and chief executive officer.
The new website (www.welcometoiowa.org) is available in 64 languages and is a resource providing content and links designed to help immigrants and international visitors negotiate daily life in Iowa. The site offers overviews on issues such as financial services, housing, transportation, medical services and employment, among many others. Greater Iowa’s staff was significantly involved in developing the section on financial services and is listed on the site as a primary sponsor of that section. According to Conlin, the financial services section is the most visited page on the site.
Zahnle noted that Greater Iowa is pleased to be able assist in the Iowa International Center’s work. “We have a significant number of Greater Iowa members who are recent immigrants to Iowa. We hear everyday how challenging daily life can be. In that respect, our gift to the Iowa International Center is in keeping with doing what we can to ease the burdens a bit.”
Headquartered in Des Moines, the Iowa International Center has a 70 history of working with immigrants, international visitors and those who assist them either in a professional capacity or as a volunteer. In addition to the Web site, the center offers translations and interpreter services, conferences featuring international speakers and facilitates international visits.
Greater Iowa Credit Union has $300 million in assets and serves 29,000 members in 33 of Iowa’s counties in central and western Iowa. The $3,000 gift emanated from the credit union’s corporate giving committee, Greater Iowa’s philanthropic program composed of credit union staff and members of the volunteer board of directors.
Pictured are Greater Iowa Credit Union President and CEO Scott Zahnle, the Iowa International Center’s Executive Director Judith Conlin and Jan Flick, chair of Greater Iowa's corporate giving committee.