Tornado devastates communities in Iowa

See how you can bring help and hope to central Iowa as rebuilding begins

Downed trees and power lines, tarp-covered roofs and piles of debris. Fear, confusion and loss. That's what many people in towns in Iowa are dealing with today.

Tornadoes swept through central Iowa on Thursday, July 19, 2018, destroying 89 homes, damaging more than 1,000 homes and businesses, and injuring 17 people. Called a "humanitarian disaster" by the American Red Cross, the tornadoes caused massive destruction in the communities of Marshalltown, Pella and Bondurant.

The road to recovery

Thrivent members' hard work and generosity make a difference in communities as they begin to recover.

"The center of Marshalltown was devastated by a quick-forming EF3 tornado," says Laurie Gowdy, a Thrivent Financial representative in Melbourne, Iowa. "Thrivent members have been helping by removing fallen trees, cleaning up debris, and volunteering at distribution centers to aid people who lost homes, businesses and possessions. Thrivent members can certainly help by making personal donations, directing Choice Dollars® or by planning a Thrivent Action Team to benefit those who were underinsured or not insured because of limited resources."

Donations of time, talents and treasures are needed as families pick up the pieces and start rebuilding. Act today to deliver help and hope to the communities of Marshalltown, Pella and Bondurant.

Your actions make a difference: Donate, direct, volunteer


Mid-Iowa Community Action is actively working to support communities affected by the tornado. To make a personal donation or, if eligible, direct Choice Dollars®, simply click the appropriate button. Thrivent will pay all donation processing fees so 100% of your donation goes directly to help people in need.1

Mid-Iowa Community Action
Marshalltown, IA


Lead a Thrivent Action Team in your community to raise funds for people affected by the tornado damage. When applying for a Thrivent Action Team:

  • Use promo code "IA Tornadoes".
  • Enter your project date 21 days out from the day you apply.
  • Note: Due to the urgent need for support, we will expedite the approval process for your Thrivent Action Team application when you use this promo code. You will receive your Thrivent Action Team Kit (containing $250 in seed money, team T-shirts and promotional materials) within five to seven business days of approval.

Disaster Response

When tragedy strikes, many of us ask: "What can I do?" From charitable giving through hands-on support and personal donations to national grants, we're here to help when regional or national disasters happen.

3 ways you can help

Thrivent action teams

Personal Donations

Personal donations can be made through InFaith Community Foundation to help those impacted by natural disasters.

Thrivent choice dollars

Direct Choice Dollars

Eligible Thrivent members can direct Choice Dollars® to help provide disaster victims with support as they begin to recover.

Donate to the cause

Local support

Thrivent Action Teams bring people in local communities together to raise funds for regional or national disasters.