The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine (CFGM) awarded $4,800 in grants to five different nonprofit organizations through the West Liberty Community Endowment Fund (WLCEF). The West Liberty Public Library hosted the event during the West Liberty Holiday Open House. “The [WLCEF] is a vital part of community development in West Liberty, and we look forward to the impact these programs and projects will make,” said Jamie Leza, Program Manager for the CFGM. The following organizations received grants:
·West Liberty LULAC Citizenship Initiative Project for the West Liberty citizenship program, which helps immigrant residents obtain United States citizenship. Volunteer teachers, community members, and West Liberty students work with immigrant community members to complete naturalization applications and prepare for the citizenship test and interview.
·West Liberty Backpack Program to provide extra food each week, including small meal items, healthy snacks, and fresh fruit for over 100 students in the West Liberty Community School District that counselors, nurses, and teachers have identified would benefit from additional nutritional support.
·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.
·Sheltered Reality for a positive youth development anti-bullying assembly program for West Liberty Community School District grades one through eight, which utilizes music to reach youth and address the needs for accomplishment, self-confidence, acceptance, and empathy for others. Each assembly includes an age-appropriate message that includes strategies to counter negativity and promote kindness and respect toward others.
·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 thirty-six classrooms in the West Liberty School District during the 2019-2020 school year; serving 812 students (grades kindergarten through fifth, eighth, and ninth through twelfth). The CFGM encourages individuals, businesses, and organizations to contribute to build these granting dollars by donating to the WLCEF held at the CFGM. This fund directly impacts area residents by addressing important needs and enhancing their quality of life.
You can easily donate by visiting www.muscatinecommunityfoundation.org and direct your contribution to the West Liberty Community Endowment Fund; send a check to the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine at 208 West Second Street, Muscatine, IA 52761; or call them at (563)-264-3863. For more information on the WLCEF, visit www.WLCommunityFund.org