(from the PACE Alliance)
The PACE Alliance announced today the Pay It Forward Pella program has distributed all of the Pella Bucks allocated for the program back to our residents.
The PACE Alliance office received $354,680.97 in receipts from 491 residents who shopped, ate, or had services provided to them by 131 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.