The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine awarded approximately $120,000 in grants to 27 different nonprofit organizations throughout Muscatine County during their 2019 Fall Grant Awards Ceremony.
The National Pearl Button Museum hosted the event.
“The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine is grateful for the imperative services provided by the 27 nonprofit organizations funded this granting cycle, and we look forward to the impact these programs and projects make within our community,” said Jamie Leza, Program Manager, Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine.
Organizations who received grants are:
NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley for Family Mental Health Access Points providing education, advocacy, and support to families to create an effective support network. Caregivers gain skills to improve coping and communication with their loved ones and healthcare providers.
Family Resources for Specialized mental health training for staff to provide increased capacity to offer Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. Which is a trauma-informed, evidence-based behavioral health treatment approach.
The Area Foundation for disability requirements that meet ADA standards for restrooms. The Area Foundation has helped individuals with substance abuse problems for 43 years.
Vision 20/20 for implementation and support to develop a more efficient and effective delivery system to better leverage resources in collaboration with Muscatine Welfare Association, Senior Resources, Crossroads, and Muscatine Center for Social Action.
River Bend Foodbank for the elementary and youth backpack program to provide weekend meals to 17 of the most vulnerable youth at schools in Muscatine. The Backpack Program fills a critical need for children when school dismisses for the weekend and its feeding programs are unavailable.
Keep Muscatine Beautiful for Almost Friday Fest which brings Muscatine County a family-friendly event on the riverfront in 2020. The event offers free live music and fun games activities for all ages, along with local food vendors and a beverage tent.
Trinity Muscatine Public Health to provide mental health connections for students enrolled in Muscatine Community School District in need of mental health services but do not have the financial resources to receive the services. The grant helps cover co-pays and assessment costs.
Diversity Service Center of Iowa for their minority senior citizen program which provides social services to senior citizens age 60+, with low income and non-English speaking skills residing in Muscatine County. The purpose of DSCI is to improve the quality of life through economic development by providing education, information and social services.
Muscatine Community YMCA for their family program services which is a child abuse prevention and family strengthening program serving Muscatine County, including Wilton, West Liberty and outside city limits.
Muscatine Community YMCA for their teen center programming for 5th – 8th graders including art, science, leadership, fitness and wellness, video games, strategy gamed, community service and much more.
Flickinger Learning Center for program software Sumdog, a math-based program that engages and monitors students’ gaps and progress, Renaissance Learning Academic Reader, a reading program, and Procare, an attendance software. The Flickinger Center after school program is for academically and behaviorally at-risk children in our community.
Muscatine Art Center for National endowment for the Humanities Jacob Riis Exhibition: How the Other Half Lives along with educational programs; and Creative Adventure Lab IDEAdash for public art discussion and idea gathering to lead to the development of a public art plan.
Junior Achievement of the Heartland for core-mission programs working with young people to help them better understand financial concepts and gain confidence in their ability to manage their financial futures. They will deliver programs in 88 classrooms serving 1,838 students (grades K-5 and 8th grade).
Muscatine Symphony Orchestra for their concert project MasterWorks V: “Pasion Latina” which will celebrate the vibrant musical heritage of various Hispanic influences with works that have never been programmed by the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra in the past.
Aligned Impact Muscatine for their Course to College program that will provide five different opportunities for high schools to promote post-secondary education and build a college-going culture – early college awareness, college application campaign, FAFSA completion initiative, college decision day, and summer transitions.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois for their leadership and character-building program dedicated to helping girls develop into citizens who are responsible, caring, and engaged – and prepared for a lifetime of leadership.
Family Resources for improving the mental and behavioral health of the Muscatine Community with mental health training for staff to provide increased capacity to offer Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. Which is a trauma-informed, evidence-based behavioral health treatment approach.
Vision to Learn for West Liberty Community School District vision screenings, eye exams, and if needed, eyeglasses. Funding will help provide approximately 211 eye exams and two pairs of glasses for approximately 171 students in need.
Milestones Area Agency on Aging for Muscatine County meals for low income seniors to reduce hunger and food insecurity, promote socialization, health and well-being of older adults, and delay adverse health conditions. In 2018 the Milestones Senior Nutrition Program served over 24,969 meals to Muscatine County seniors.
Quad City Arts for their 2019-2020 visiting artist series which brings accomplished and engaging artists from diverse backgrounds into our community to give educational performances to kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as community college students, and public performances.
Salvation Army Muscatine Corps for the Pathway of Hope Initiative to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty through addressing to root causes of poverty by using evidence-based intervention and measuring outcomes by shifting from treating symptoms to preventing the epidemic.
United Way of Muscatine to promote and facilitate 2019-2020 day of caring and hosting several annual events. Overall, Day of Caring provides approximately 3,000 volunteers to help the community.
Citizenship Initiative Project for the West Liberty citizenship program which helps residents with the steps needed to obtain United States citizenship.
American Red Cross for disaster services for people affected by disaster, including the Home Fire Campaign, an initiative to reduce the number of injuries and deaths due to home fires.
Child Abuse Council for Mississippi Valley Child Protection Center server project to improve client file security by transitioning to a system that would allow retention of digitally archived files. The Child Abuse Council leads community efforts to eliminate child abuse and neglect by strengthening children and families through treatment, education, and prevention.
Alexander Clark Foundation for the Alexander Clark House, located at 205-207 W. 3rd Street, preservation and foundation fundraising to prepare for the process of the house transitioning to an institutionalized, public access house. Alexander Clark was notable for his extensive activity in early civil rights and equality for black Americans in Iowa and the Midwest.
Fruitland Community Lion’s Club all veterans’ memorial which will honor men and women in Muscatine County for their love, dedication and sacrifice. Names will be engraved on black granite, and there will be granite benches to sit on and reflect on their participation.
Robert Young Center for Community Health to provide expedited connection and access to services needed to respond to youth in crisis, including: mental health diagnostic evaluations, psychiatric evaluations for medication, and weekly therapy groups for at risk youth and their families.
Grants were funded from six identified areas of focus:
Muscatine Health Support Granting Fund – Grants were given by the Muscatine Health Support Granting Fund in efforts to support Muscatine and its surrounding area’s healthcare systems. After 33 years and $5,000,000 in grants, the Muscatine Health Support Foundation chose to partner with the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine in 2018 to continue with its community health focus.
Muscatine County Endowment Regranting Program – The Community Foundation’s Muscatine County Endowment Regranting Program is funded through the Iowa Department of Economic Development and made available to distribute only by accredited, qualified community foundations like the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine. Grant funds were awarded to high impact charitable activities.
The Hilda E. Collitz Field of Interest Funds – for agency-focused efforts around the prevention of homelessness.
The Ray Hockersmith Endowment – for the benefit of blind, vision impaired or disabled children.
The George Millet Endowment – for the betterment of those with mental disabilities.
Pat and Jim Powers Endowment – for the benefit of mental health and nonprofit organizations actively engaged in providing programs or services for those with mental health issues and/or mental illness.
“During its 20-year history, the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine has grown to a $38 million dollar foundation consistently supporting charitable work, innovative ideas, and collaborative efforts through its granting dollars,” said Charla Schafer, Executive Director. “Last year our Community Foundation granted $1.7 million dollars in charitable grants from individual and organization funds, including $450,000 through open application discretionary granting opportunities. We are inspired daily by the good work going on in our County, led by our friends and neighbors.”
To see more pictures from our granting ceremony, please click HERE.