About Us

About Us

The Freedom Foundation is a grassroots
501(c)3 Non-Profit Veterans Service
and Support Organization.

The Freedom Foundation was formed by a group of local military veterans who saw the need
for a “Veterans Helping Veterans” approach to navigating the challenges of everyday life
after serving our country. Our organization has now expanded to veterans and civilians
working together to make a difference in the lives of those who have served.

What We Do

Here’s a closer look at what our programs accomplished in 2021

 4,398 Veterans and General Public through our doors

  • Volunteers: 89 individual volunteers gave 5882.25 volunteer hours served
  • Employees: 1 just the Executive Director
  • Weekly Lunches- 1,850 served
  • 100- $25 Hy-Vee gift certificates distributed for Thanksgiving
  • 100 Bags of Thanksgiving meal items distributed
  • 100- $25 Hy-Vee gift certificates distributed for Christmas
  • 5 Veteran families sponsored with Christmas gifts, meal items and other necessities

 Veterans Assistance

  • Food Pantry: 1226 Veterans served and gave out 26,563 pounds of food and personal care items distributed.
  • Homeless Shelter: 10 Veterans were put in a local hotel that added up to $5820

Veterans Emergency Assistance Fund

  • Rent: 30 Veterans for a total of $15,013.81
  • Misc: 10 Veterans for a total of $1,771.04
  • Utilities: 31 Veterans for a total of $6,215.38
  • Auto: 11 Veterans for a total of $2,721.43

Our Veterans Center

Our Veterans Center is located at 609 Center Point Road NE in Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402. The Center has numerous amenities for our Veterans, which includes a pool table, two big screen TV’s, a small library, a computer lab, a poker table and a large conference table where our Veterans enjoy coffee, snacks and other refreshments, while reveling in the camaraderie of their fellow Veterans.

Freedom Foundation Board of Directors

FY - 2022

  • President: Jim Neal, Veteran; United States Navy
  • Vice President: Roger Jensen, Veteran; United States Marine Corps
  • Secretary: Randy Lambert, Veteran; United States Army
  • Treasurer: Brian Eschen, Veteran; United States Navy
  • Director: Amanda Brant, Real Estate Agent; Coldwell Banker Hedges Realty
  • Director: Matt Dlouhy, Community Volunteer
  • Director: Chris Wheeler, President; Pointe Builder
  • Director: Derrick Claye, Active member in Iowa National Guard

All donations benefit local veterans.

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