Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine Awards Over $165,000 In Grants

The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine awarded more than $165,000 in grants to 26 local organizations through the Impact and Racial Justice Granting Programs.

Funding came from the County Endowment Re-granting program, as well as through individual funds held at the Community Foundation. Individual funds include the Hilda E. Collitz for the Homeless, George Millett Memorial, Ray Hockersmith Memorial, KNG Gives, Pat and Jim Powers Endowment, Joe W. and Betty L. Rauch Memorial Endowment, the West Liberty Community Fund, and the Racial Justice Fund.

Grants support the essential work of charitable organizations in our community focusing on areas such as arts, education, human services, culture, environment, heritage, health, and furthering racial justice, equity, and inclusion.

Organizations who received grants include:

Alexander G. Clark Foundation to elevate the Alexander G. Clark House national register listing to the level of national significance. (County Endowment Re-granting)

Aligned Impact Muscatine County for Courses to College Program, to increase early college and career awareness, FAFSA completion, post-secondary applications, student participation in Decision Day and support services for students during the summer. (Joe W. and Betty L. Rauch Memorial Endowment and West Liberty Community Fund)

American Red Cross for the Service to the Armed Forces Program, to provide critical assistance and resources to service members, veterans, and their families. (County Endowment Re-granting)

CHADD of Iowa – Muscatine Site to provide summer camp scholarships to families with financial need, tutoring at-risk students, and for training sessions for parents and legal guardians with children who have special needs. (County Endowment Re-granting and Ray Hockersmith Memorial)

Child Abuse Council: Mississippi Valley Child Protection Center to expand facility space by renovating the garage to enhance and build upon services provided to child abuse victims and their supportive family members, and for the Spanish document translation project. (County Endowment Re-granting and Racial Justice Fund)

Crossroads, Inc for the Senior Resources Chore Program to address safe lawn maintenance and snow removal for senior citizens and adults with disabilities, and Senior Resources Community Outreach Program to help provide valuable connections for seniors to agency and community resources. (County Endowment Re-granting)

Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre Co. for Remembering Buxton Through Puppets, an interactive puppet performance telling the story of Buxton, Iowa, a coal mining town in southern Iowa. (West Liberty Community Fund)

Iowa Jobs for Americas Graduates (iJAG) Inc for Creating Inclusive Career Pathways for Underserved Youth. The program provides tutoring, counseling, and mentoring to support progress towards graduation, as well as career and post-secondary planning. (County Endowment Re-granting)

Iowa Legal Aid for Muscatine County Housing Stabilization Project, to provide free civil legal services to low-income residents to avoid homelessness, and for the Muscatine County Expungement and Employment Barriers Clinic. (County Endowment Re-granting and Racial Justice Fund)

Iowa State University Muscatine County Extension and Outreach for Cultural Literacy and Drumming, to begin a pilot summer drumming program for at-risk students at West Liberty High School. (Racial Justice Fund)

Junior Achievement of the Heartland for Economic Literacy Programs for K-12 Grade Students. The program connects students to career and work readiness exploration. (West Liberty Community Fund)

LULAC 317 for Fiesta de Frida, an event to promote and increase the number of people who attend the Frida Kohlo exhibition at the Muscatine Art Center. (Racial Justice Fund)

Multicultural Development Center of Iowa for STEM Diversity in Muscatine and Louisa County. STEM Kits will be provided to students of color to support the basic components and building blocks to develop interest and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. (Racial Justice Fund)

Muscatine Center for Social Action (MCSA) for Homeless Prevention Program Support, Food Panty Support, Domestic Violence Shelter Program Support and On-Site Shelter Program Support. (County Endowment Re-granting and Hilda E. Collitz for the Homeless)

Muscatine Community YMCA to provide a Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion orientation for Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteers, staff, board members, parents, and littles. (Racial Justice Fund)

Muscatine Independent Film Festival for the MuscaPalooza Music Festival. MuscaPalooza is a two-day music festival that will occur along the Muscatine Riverfront. (County Endowment Re-granting)

MWA III for ceiling lift replacements for Harmony Place. (George Millet Memorial)

Pearl City Outreach for the Youth and Families Food Program, to provide hot meals and food baskets to families in need. (KNG Gives)

Riding for Success to provide upgrades to the tack and equipment for riders with special needs. (Ray Hockersmith Memorial)

River Bend Foodbank for the Mobile Food Panty Program. (County Endowment Re-granting)

The Diversity Service Center of Iowa for the Educational Outreach Program to provide consultations, preparation of immigration forms, and representation of individuals, as well as the Minority Senior Citizens Program (County Endowment Re-granting and Racial Justice Fund)

Trinity Muscatine Public Health for Mental Health Connections, to provide financial support to families in Muscatine County who are seeking mental health services. (County Endowment Re-granting and Pat and Jim Powers Endowment)

United Way of Muscatine for the Children & Adult Care Food Program to provide healthy snacks to at-risk kids. (KNG Gives)

West Liberty Area Arts Council for Plein Air Event, where participating artists of all ages will paint outdoor scenes in and around West Liberty. The paintings will be displayed for public viewing and judged for cash prizes. (West Liberty Community Fund)

West Liberty High School Band for Los Cometas Mariachi, to continue the growth of the ensemble. (Racial Justice Fund)

West Liberty Youth Dream Catchers for Summer Learning Trips to help reduce the opportunity gap faced by children in the program. (Racial Justice Fund)

“Over the last two decades, the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine and its donors have consistently supported charitable innovation, collaboration, services, and programs that improve the quality of life in Muscatine County through our granting dollars and the dollars of our donors,” said Charla Schafer, Executive Director. “We have been inspired daily by the good work going on in our County, led by our friends and neighbors.”

The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine is a county-wide charitable organization actively working to improve the quality of life in Muscatine County through philanthropy. For more information about establishing your own fund for granting purposes, applying for grants, and more about the Community Foundation, visit our website muscatinecommunityfoundation.org, or call 563-264-3863.

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