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

Muscatine Living

MUSCATINE Iowa–Since Muscatine Center for Social Action’s founding, the Stanley family and their company, Stanley Consultants, have given them their support wholeheartedly. As responding to the COVID-19 pandemic has presented new challenges for MCSA, Stanley Consultants continues to offer them their support in innovative ways. July 10, Stanley Consultants presented MCSA with two checks worth a combined $25,700 and delivered them social-distanced style using a drone.

For time out of mind, Stanley Consultants’ Member Advisory Committee has led the company’s charitable and community outreach efforts. To help out the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Member Advisory Committee took suggestions for local organizations on the front lines of the crisis. They decided to support MCSA with a $21,700 donation. “We can see first-hand the wide variety of programs MCSA offers to support the vulnerable in our community,” outlined Mary Jo Finchum, of Stanley Consultants. “In many ways it’s a hidden jewel because MCSA is so much more than a homeless shelter, especially during this pandemic.”

Senior Technician Ginny Reeves, a Stanley Consultants’ member for 19 years, also decided to donate her $4,000 second place win from the company’s weekly work from home photo contest to MCSA. “I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for MCSA and the work they do,” she said. “We used to walk in the MCSA gym in the winter when it was cold and icy outside, and I met some of the residents; I figured with the pandemic and all the problems that was causing that they could really use some extra help.”

In the spirit of social distancing, Matthew Hill, part of the Member Advisory Committee, and Reeves affixed their donations to MCSA to a drone, which safely flew them across the street. MCSA Executive Director Scott Dahlke and Resource Development Officer Jennifer Leirness then retrieved the checks.

Dahlke gave his sincere thanks to Stanley Consultants: “I think this is a brilliant way to promote social distancing while still helping our neighbors. We are very proud of Stanley Consultants for having come up with the idea!”

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, MCSA canceled their annual New Beginnings Fundraiser, which provides the domestic violence shelter with most of the money it needs to remain open. Though MCSA continues to receive donations for the domestic violence shelter via mail at 312 Iowa Ave., Muscatine, IA 52761, as well on their website and Facebook, they appreciate the extra support Stanley Consultants gave them.

Additionally, while MCSA works to get those experiencing homelessness into new housing as quickly as possible to reduce their chances of contracting COVID-19, they must continue to protect those using their shelter facilities with enhanced sanitation and screening measures that meet or exceed those mandated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Stanley Consultants’ generous donations will help them continue to maintain the safest possible environemnt and place people in new homes without delay.

“We are honored to be thought of by Stanley Consultants,” stated Dahlke. “With them being our neighbor, we are especially touched that they believe so much in the work we are doing.”

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