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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

    Community cleaning supply and hygiene closet opens

    United Way of Muscatine
    United Way of Muscatine
    The mission of United Way of Muscatine is to strengthen the collective capacity of the people of the greater Muscatine area to care for one another. We believe that every child deserves a quality education, and every individual has the right to high quality health care and to be financially stable. We are working with the community to make sure that we are making a difference.

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    MUSCATINE, Iowa–Aligned Impact Muscatine County (AIM), Early Childhood Iowa Muscatine County, Muscatine Center for Social Action, Trinity Muscatine Public Health, and The Salvation Army of Muscatine County partnered to supply households with cleaning supplies and hygiene items. The identified households with a COVID-19 positive family member, child care facilities, and housebound individuals who receive free food deliveries represent possible recipients. The Salvation Army will house the donation closet:

    “Our community is once again coming together to address a need during this crisis. We are fortunate to live in a community where our nonprofit agencies work so well together that we can leverage resources to have the biggest impact on our residents.”, said Kim Warren, AIM Director. “We can always accomplish more together than we can do alone.”

    “Upon initial Public Health Department COVID-19 investigations and ongoing monitoring, we have identified that individuals are in need of basic hygiene, health, and nutritional needs while they are in self-isolation”, explained Christy Roby Williams, director of public health: “Through our COVID-19 resource coordinators, we are meeting the individual household needs of each person. They are able to complete a social determinants of need screening to deliver a comprehensive assessment of resource gaps. Once identified, the resource coordinators connect each household to the sources needed, including home deliveries of the identified hygiene, health, and nutritional items.”

    The most requested items include the following:

    ● Disinfecting cleaner

    ● Rubbing alcohol

    ● Toilet paper (commercial okay)

    ● Thermometers

    ● Paper Towels (commercial okay)

    ● Dish soap

    ● Bleach

    ● Hand soap

    ● Laundry detergent

    ● Empty spray bottles

    ● Adult Depends style briefs

    ● Femine Hygiene items

    ● Shampoo and Conditioner

    ● Body soap

    ● Toothpaste

    ● Children and adult Tylenol

    CBI Bank and Trust and Bayer, in partnership with the Community Continuity fund established by the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine and United Way, will provide start-up funding for the Community Cleaning Supply and Hygiene closet. “We are always looking for ways to help our community.” explained Bob Howard, President/CEO of CBI. “CBI has always been committed to investing in our community and responding to local needs.”

    The Community Continuity Fund will assist nonprofits in supporting the immediate and emerging needs of our neighbors in Muscatine County caused by coronavirus containment efforts.

    You may make financial contributions to support emerging community needs, such as the supply closet, through the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine. They will match gifts received dollar for dollar up to $70,000. Call 563-264-3863 or visit https://www.muscatinecommunityfoundation.org/donate/ to make a contribution.

    “We would like to express a huge thank you to HyVee Main Street.”, said Scott Dahlke, Executive Director of MCSA: “They helped us order cleaning products that were in stock quickly. They are always willing to help the community out in any way they can.”

    Community members and businesses can drop off new items in their original packaging to the Salvation Army of Muscatine County at 1000 Oregon St, Muscatine, IA 52761. Please call 563 263-8272 to schedule contact free drop off.

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