Muscatine Charities Inc. responds to COVID-19 with granting

MUSCATINE, Iowa–The Muscatine Charities, Inc. Fund recently awarded $50,000 to local non-profit organizations to meet the immediate needs of the community caused by ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Muscatine Charities, Inc., established in 1999, efficiently raises and distributes money to charitable causes in our community. To date, Muscatine Charities has raised and distributed over $3 million directly to local charitable endeavors.

“The Muscatine community members who give year-round to Muscatine Charities made this donation possible,” a representative from Muscatine Charities stated: “Thank you to all who have given in the past and continue to give today. The organizations that have received funding as part of this $50,000 grant make a positive impact on Muscatine daily. Muscatine Charities is proud to help during a time in which our community is at a need due to COVID-19; we are grateful to have the resources, and partnership in the Community Foundation, to try to make a difference in an effective and efficient manner to better this city we love to call home.”

The following organizations received grants:

  • Aligned Impact Muscatine – for preschool transportation scholarships.
  • Muscatine Center for Social Action (MCSA) – for the Adult Vision Clinic , Muscatine Domestic Violence Shelter, MCSA Housing Stability Program, and sheltering services.
  • Lutheran Services in Iowa – for support of client programs and services.
  • Muscatine Community School District Parents as Teachers – for Parents as Teacher Group Events and online staff training.
  • Muscatine Community YMCA – for the Kid’s Club, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Special Olympics, and YMCA scholarships programs.
  • Riding for Success – for safety equipment and outdoor sensory lesson expansion.

“It means so much to us at MCSA to receive ongoing support from Muscatine Charities, especially during the pandemic,” states Jennifer Leirness, resource development officer at MCSA: “Our Domestic Violence Shelter, Emergency Overnight and Family Shelter, Homeless Prevention program, and Adult Vision program were all positively impacted by the recent funding received, and we are grateful to be able to continue to offer these resources to our community. In 2019, over 900 individuals were served across these programs, so it is reassuring to know that the grant funding will help us be there for those who may need services in the future.”

To learn more, visit the Muscatine Charities website at