Racial Justice Fund Grant Recipients

Muscatine – Tuesday, January 19, 2021 – The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine is pleased to announce the recent Racial Justice Grant recipients are UnityPoint Health-Trinity Muscatine, West Liberty Citizenship Program, The Next Level Basketball, and Salvation Army of Muscatine County Pathway of Hope.

The Racial Justice Fund was established earlier this year to further advance racial justice, equity, and inclusion in Muscatine and Louisa Counties. Granting funds are for qualified, charitable organizations whose work acts as an accelerator or reduces barriers towards racial justice, centered on those most marginalized in our service area.

UnityPoint Health-Trinity Muscatine

UnityPoint Health-Trinity Muscatine plans to use the funds for development of a Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager to reduce racial and healthcare inequities in the Greater Muscatine area through targeted outreach into communities of color, development of educational content/resources, and providing training to prevent discriminatory healthcare practices.

“The Manager will focus on efforts to address bias and health disparities within Trinity and throughout Muscatine,” Daniel Joiner, Diversity & Community Impact Officer, states. “The Manager will gather data, target outreach into communities of color, develop educational content/resources, and provide important education like implicit bias training.

West Liberty Citizenship Program

The West Liberty Citizenship Program began in 2019 to support immigrant families through focusing on building trusting relationships, integration, education, and leadership. It was created in collaboration between the West Liberty Chapter of LULAC, the West Liberty Education Association, and Clarity Guerra and Carolyn Colvin from the University of Iowa.

Funding will be used to help with naturalization application costs, supplies, and fees.

“Our program helps residents with the steps needed to obtain United States citizenship,” states Dan Stevenson, History teacher at West Liberty Middle School. “Volunteer teachers, community members, and West Liberty students work with immigrant community members to complete naturalization applications and prepare for the citizenship test and interview.”

Next Level Basketball

Next Level Basketball was established in 2009 with the mission to teach, develop, organize, manage, and offer youth players the opportunity to learn the fundamental skills of basketball while instilling life-lessons and values such as character, teamwork, discipline, respect, and sportsmanship.

They plan to use the funds to reduce financial barriers with basketball program scholarships to provide equitable opportunity and increase the percentage of minority participants.

“This program has brought players together from all different backgrounds; without this program many of these boys may have never crossed paths and become friends,” states Terrence Watson, Director. “When we took over the program in 2017 less than 10% of the participants were minorities. Today 16 of the 57 participants are minorities (28%). We would like to continue to provide equal opportunity for everyone interested in participating.”

Salvation Army of Muscatine County Pathway of Hope

The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope (POH) is a nationwide initiative aimed at intergenerational poverty. Salvation Army has been serving Muscatine County since 1892 and the Pathway of Hope initiative since 2018.

The funding will assist in support of a Family Advocate Case Manager and translator in West Liberty; as well as a provide some assistance for client utility, rental, and transportation.

“The intersection of race and poverty has created barriers to stability,” states Jacqueline R. Mccoy, Family Advocate. “Barriers include but are not limited to, education, housing, transportation, language, employment, and financial.”

The Racial Justice Grant application cycle is now closed and will re-open in May.

To learn more or donate to the racial justice project, please visit
https://www.muscatinecommunityfoundation.org/racial-justice-fund or call 563-264-3863.

The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine is a community-wide, county-wide charitable organization actively working to improve the quality of life in Muscatine County through philanthropy. For more information about applying for grants or establishing your own fund for granting purposes, call the Community Foundation at 563-264-3863 or visit the website at