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Grant seeks to address economic insecurity

September 11, 2017, Des Moines, Iowa – Domestic violence imposes many adverse effects and consequences on victims, one of which includes economic insecurity. With assistance of a grant recently awarded by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Children & Families of Iowa (CFI) seeks to provide victims of domestic violence with the services and resources necessary to help them become economically empowered.

“Financial security is vitally important for those recovering from domestic violence, and CFI’s program makes it a primary goal,” said Amy Stapp-Arpy, CDO/ VP of Development and Communications at CFI. “The tremendous support from Bank of America enables CFI to continue to help Iowans overcome domestic violence and live happier and healthier lives.”

Bank of America’s $5,000 grant will support employment education services including pre-employment assessments, financial literacy workshops, computer skills classes, résumé building assistance, job searching assistance, and interview preparation. CFI’s domestic violence advocates utilize these services combined with a one-on-one approach to help victims achieve financial success and sustainability.

“Only 14 percent of corporations in the United States have a program to support domestic violence and Bank of America is one of them,” said Heidi Parkhurst, Iowa state president, Bank of America. “We’re proud to assist local organizations like CFI whose experience and expertise help build awareness and provide support for those in need.”

To learn more about CFI’s domestic violence prevention and intervention services, visit To learn more about grant and sponsorship opportunities through Bank of America, visit


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