MUSCATINE, Iowa–The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine met its $100,000 matching commitment of donations to the Community Continuity Fund. Created in mid-March, the fund addresses the immediate needs of our community. The Community Foundation Board leadership team committed $50,000 in matching money when establishing the fund and made decisions to increase funding as needs in our community continued to emerge.
The United Way of Muscatine donated $20,000 in early April to the Continuity Fund. The Muscatine Health Support Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation, committed $20,000 in mid-April to the matching funds in memory of Chuck Coulter, a 40-year director of the fund. This donation brought the matching money total to $70,000.
The Community Foundation Board and Muscatine Health Support Fund committed an additional $30,000 in early May to raise the total matching money available to $100,000 as needs in the community continued to grow.
Businesses, organizations, churches, and individuals were extremely generous in their donations to the Continuity Fund, as gifts from donors with Muscatine roots came from as far away as Nevada, Washington D.C., Tennessee, and Colorado to support local efforts. 100% of all donations to the Continuity Fund go to address Muscatine County needs.
The generosity of these donors contributed $213,000 to the fund. The Community Foundation’s matching money brought the total dollars to support community needs to $313,000.
“These are really difficult times and the Community Foundation’s efforts to craft a coordinated response are inspirational,” a Continuity Fund donor remarked.
The Community Continuity Fund disburses money where an impact or need arose due to COVID-19.
Granting funds have been distributed to several organizations:
- Trinity Muscatine Hospital Foundation – protective equipment and supplies.
- Pearl City Outreach – food supplies.
- Wilton Community School District – assistance feeding students and help providing internet access.
- Senior Resources – protective equipment and staff support.
- West Liberty Early Learning Center – day care and cleaning supplies.
- Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) – support local outreach to at-risk high school students.
- Trinity Muscatine Public Health – supplies for COVID-19 positive patients and their families.
- Muscatine Center for Social Action (MCSA) – food for the pantry.
- Iowa Legal Aid – remote technology support.
- Salvation Army Muscatine – food for the pantry and assistance.
- Aligned Impact Muscatine (AIM) – supplies for Community Cleaning Supply and Hygiene Closet.
- Lutheran Services Iowa (LSI) – tele-health and virtual home visitation facilitation.
- Family Resources, Inc. – tele-health and related services.
- Muscatine Diaper Bank – purchase diapers.
- Wilton Retirement Community – offset costs of the expanded equipment and supply needs related to COVID containment efforts.
- West Liberty Area Ministerial Association – Assist families with rent, utilities, gasoline vouchers, car repairs, medicine, etc.
- West Liberty Food Bank – Increased need for food supplementation for current enrollees and for new families.
- L&M Falcon Locker – Replenish food supply for backpack program depleted by COVID-19.
- United Way – Meal kits to families.
- Riverbend Food – food for school’s food pantry.
- Island United Methodist Church – food and supplies.
“The outcome of disruption is growth and the illumination of the stark goodness that exists. This goodness is displayed through our friends and neighbor’s actions in both quiet and visible ways,” said Charla Schafer, Community Foundation Executive Director: “We have been overwhelmed by the sharing of treasure, time, and support. We have found the speed of the non-profits response to adapt and address the growing and changing needs of food, health, hygiene, and shelter for our neighbors simply remarkable.”
Granting money remains available for immediate needs.
The Community Foundation still accepts donations to the Community Continuity Fund. You may donate online at www.muscatinecommunityfoundation.org, or by mail to 208 West Second St., Suite 213, Muscatine, IA 52761.
The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, a county-wide charitable organization, actively works 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 office or call at 563-264-3863.