NAEIR Partnership assists seven Muscatine area non-profits

Margaret Hurlbert
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Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

MUSCATINE, Iowa–Along with vision and leadership, it takes many supplies to keep non-profit organizations up, running, and serving the people who need them most. From office supplies to complete clerical tasks, to special materials for hands on projects, and prizes for children, the cost to keep programs well-stocked adds up.

To help regional non-profits get the supplies they need without spending additional funds, the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine has brought the National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources program, or NAEIR, to Muscatine, allowing organizations to select overstocked products they could use for free. Products include all manner of office supplies, crafting materials, books, prize items, and more, depending on the year. Typically, organizations getting materials from NAEIR must pay the shipping and handling to have them delivered to their locations. However, for more than a decade, CBI Bank & Trust has generously covered the cost of packaging and delivering the supplies to Muscatine, making them completely free to the businesses that receive them.

Nov. 14, the Community Foundation opened the doors at its new location, 215 West Mississippi Drive, in the old Button Factory Restaurant building, for seven different non-profit organizations, Cedar River Haven, Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Muscatine County Office, the Muscatine Community Y, Muscatine County Amateur Radio Emergency Services, STEM Matters Robotics and More, and the Wilton Public Library to pick up their supplies.

Niki Moore Nienhaus, programs manager for the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, elaborated, “They are able to order quality supplies needed to support their programs, benefiting hundreds of kids in the Muscatine Community, and the very generous sponsorship from CBI Bank & Trust makes that possible.”

Bob Long and Niki Moore Nienhaus with voluneers collecting their supplies from the NAEIR program. Photo by Margaret Hurlbert.

The volunteers who came to pick up the supplies shared their gratitude as well as how the items would benefit the people they work with in the next year. Ronda Brown, a librarian at the Wilton Public Library, collected a variety of craft supplies and prizes to utilize as part of the library’s children’s programming. “I think it’s awesome because we’re on a limited budget,” she shared. “It is very helpful when we can utilize stuff for free.” Brown especially looked forward to using a variety of bright string bags as a giveaway during the library’s upcoming Storytime with Santa.

While the different organizations came and collected their supplies, Bob Howard, president of CBI Bank & Trust, came to see how the bank’s ongoing support of the program impacts the community. He felt pleased to see how CBI’s annal donation brought so many needed materials to groups that could use them. “I feel like it’s a great way to leverage a financial contribution and leverage it 10-fold to help many non-profits,” he said.

Each year, the Community Foundation of Muscatine welcomes non-profit organizations to reach out to them to see if any of the items available through NAEIR could assist them in helping the people they serve. Moore Nienhaus invites any organizations interested in learning more about the program to contact her by email or by calling 563-264-3863. Interested groups may also visit the Community Foundation’s website to learn more about their grant opportunities as well.

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