A Very Successful Pay It Forward Pella Program Concludes

Apr 29, 2020 | Keeping PACE with Pella

THANK YOU, PELLA!

The Pay It Forward Pella program was a great success. The PACE Alliance office received $354,680.97 in receipts over five and a half weeks from 491 residents who shopped, ate, or had services provided to them by 131 local businesses.

As of Saturday, April 25, all of the funds allocated for this initiative to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19 have been distributed. We would like to thank everyone who participated in the program and encourage your continued support of your favorite local businesses.

“We put out a call for residents to support our local businesses during COVID-19, and you answered with overwhelming generosity to business owners who have been severely impacted by the shutdown of our economy,” said Karen Eischen, Executive Director of the PACE Alliance.

The PACE Alliance and the City of Pella launched the Pay It Forward Pella program on March 20, 2020, to promote local shopping during the Coronavirus pandemic. The program was simple, for every $100 spent here in Pella, $10 in Pella Bucks rebated back to those who submitted receipts to the PACE Alliance office.

After distributing the initial funds in free Pella Bucks, our banks generously donated another $14,500 to continue the program. Thank you to Bank Iowa, Leighton State Bank, Marion County Bank, MidWestOne Bank, and US Bank!

Receipt submittals were processed and fulfilled in the order received. Submissions received after Saturday, April 25, were not able to be funded. The PACE Alliance would like to thank everyone who participated in the program and encourages your continued support of your favorite local businesses.