This fall proved an exciting time for the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine (CFGM). In addition to celebrating their twentieth anniversary, the group hosted one of its most important events of the year, its Fall Granting Ceremony. The CFGM uses its Fall Granting Ceremony to present numerous grants to non-profits across Muscatine County. This year, the CFGM had the pleasure of presenting $120,000 in the form of twenty-seven different grants.
In her opening remarks, CFGM Executive Director Charla Schafer shared her delight in the CFGM’s growth over the past twenty years as well as her joy that the CFGM continues to help local non-profits do good work throughout the community. “The better we can support you and your charitable efforts, the better you can support the community,” she shared.
From there, the CFGM began giving out their grants. They started with their Muscatine Health Support Fund grants. Created in 1985, the fund supports groups working to improve public health as well as those who grow the local healthcare system. These grants went to the following organizations:
- The Area Foundation– To fund renovations to make their building handicap accessible.
- Family Resources– To pay for parent-child interaction therapy. Family Resources also received an Impact Grant to support this effort.
- NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley-To aid their family support efforts and suicide prevention education.
- Vision 2020– To implement a plan to improve cooperation and communication between the Muscatine Welfare Association, Senior Resources, Crossroads, and Muscatine Center for Social Action.
Then, the CFGM moved on to their Impact Grants, which represents the largest class of grants they give out biannually. These grants went to the following organizations:
- The Alexander Clark Foundation-To convert Alexander Clark’s home into a museum and research center.
- Align Impact Muscatine– To fund their Course to College program which helps students take steps to get into college.
- American Red Cross-To pay for local disaster preparedness campaigns.
- Child Abuse Council-To update their client file system.
- Citizen Initiative Project-Which helps West Liberty residents obtain citizenship.
- Diversity Service Center of Iowa- To offer services and support to seniors throughout the county who do not speak English.· Flickinger Learning Center– To purchase reading, math, and attendance tracking software.
- Fruitland Community Lion’s Club– To build their All Veterans Memorial.
- Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois– To help them offer their character development program to low income girls.
- Junior Achievement of the Heartland-To allow volunteers to provide financial literacy education in eighty-eight classrooms countywide.
- Keep Muscatine Beautiful- To help keep Almost Friday Fest running though summer of 2020.
- Milestones Area Agency on Aging-To help fund their senior meal sites and delivery program.
- Muscatine Art Center– To help finance the National Endowment for the Arts “How the Other Half Lives” exhibit and related programming.
- Muscatine Community Y- This group received two impact grants to support their child abuse prevention and family strengthening program and their Kids’ Club respectively.
- Muscatine Symphony Orchestra– To offset the cost of the Masterworks V: Pasion Latina concert.
- Quad City Arts– To assist in bringing visiting artists to Muscatine Community School District.
- Riverbend Foodbank- To support their Bags of Blessing program, which gives students in need food for over the weekend.
- Salvation Army of Muscatine-To support Pathways of Hope, which breaks the cycle of generational poverty.
- United Way of Muscatine-To allow them to continue to hold their annual Days of Caring.
- UnityPoint Trinity Muscatine Public Health- To fund the Mental Health Connections program, which provides care to students who cannot afford it.
- Vision to Learn– To provide free eye exams and glasses to West Liberty Community School District students.