Bang for their buck: MCSA to hold fireworks fundraiser

Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

MUSCATINE, Iowa–As the Fourth of July approaches, Muscatine Center for Social Action will help people celebrating at home this year get fireworks and support a good cause for the fourth year in a row. Until July 5, MCSA will operate their fireworks tent in the Hy-Vee parking lot and encourage you to support them through purchases or volunteering.

One of their most innovative fundraisers of the year, MCSA Resource Development Officer Jenny Leirness says staff anticipate it with excitement every summer. “This fundraiser is unique and gets us out of the office in the nice summer weather and engaging with volunteers and community members,” she shared. “I think it is a great way to meet new people, see some familiar faces, and work together to benefit a great cause.”

Last year, MCSA raised $17,044 from fireworks sales. This year, they hope to raise even more and believe that more people putting on at home shows will give them a boost. “We know that many area fireworks shows have been cancelled, so we expect more people will be celebrating at home, which may drive more traffic through the tent, Leirness stated.

Currently, the tent needs both volunteers and shoppers in order for it to succeed. If you would like to sign up for any of the volunteer shifts available (each lasts two hours) Leirness encourages you to email Marie Franke at [email protected]. If you would like to purchase fireworks this year, you may shop the tent between 8 a. m. and 11 p. m. every day through July 5. Leirness emphasized, “the higher amount of product sold results in a higher percentage of proceeds going back to MCSA.”

In order to keep shoppers safe from COVID-19 transmission, MCSA has implemented several social distancing measures at their fireworks tent. These include having tent staff wear face masks and requesting shoppers and staff alike maintain at least a six foot distance between each other at all times.

Leirness hopes that everyone in the market for fireworks this year will consider buying from MCSA’s tent, as the proceeds benefit the most vulnerable in Muscatine County. “Our tent, located in the 2400 2nd Ave Hy-Vee parking lot, sends a portion of all proceeds directly towards addressing homelessness, domestic violence, food insecurity, and more in our local community,” she elaborated: “MCSA offers an emergency overnight shelter, family shelter, men’s dorms, domestic violence shelter, homeless prevention program, food pantry, off-site affordable rentals, and more. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go to these areas and ensure the programs can still be offered,” Leirness added.”

While you prepare for your Fourth of July festivities this year and think about putting together a fireworks display, the MCSA fireworks tent offers unique opportunities to get the fireworks you would like while making a difference locally. “Our neighbors are able to continue to access quality services to help them get on track to self-sufficiency because of this fundraiser; purchasing with a purpose really makes a positive impact in Muscatine County through this fundraiser,” reiterated Leirness.

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