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Started in 1999 with the help of Richard Maeglin, the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine (CFGM) has grown exponentially. To continue their work, the CFGM gave out $103,870 to twenty-seven area nonprofits at their Spring Granting Ceremony on May 7th in the First National Bank Walnut Room.
Rich Dwyer, Board President for the CFGM, opened the event by discussing the generosity he has encountered in Muscatine County. “I am simply amazed by Muscatine and the surrounding communities for the sheer generosity they show in so many ways,” he stated. His remarks set the tone for the rest of the morning.
Next, Charla Schafer, Executive Director of the CFGM, addressed what she found most inspiring about the group of nonprofits gathered for the Spring Granting Ceremony. “We’re making a difference. We’re designing the future, just like those who came before us. What we want to do is work and make sure that our neighbors and children have an even better Muscatine that what we grew up in.”
Following these opening remarks, the CFGM began giving out their grants. Mary O’Dell, a representative from the Muscatine Health Support Foundation (MHSF) gave out three grants. Founded in 1985 with guidance from Charles Coulter and Richard Stanley, the MHSF donates money to groups improving community health programs. O’Dell presented grants to the Muscatine Fire Department to pay for their LIFEPAK 15 defibrillator and monitor, the Fruitland Volunteer Fire Department to update their self-contained breathing apparatus, and the Friends of the Columbus Junction Public Library to build their health reference collection.
After these presentations, the CFGM gave out their remaining grants, using funds from the George Millet Endowment, Hilda E. Collitz Field of Interest Funds, Muscatine County Endowment Regranting Program, and the Ray Hockersmith Endowment. Recipients included the following groups:
Child Abuse Council, hygiene workshop
Citizenship Initiative Project Fund, growing West Liberty program
Diversity Center of Iowa, immigration services
Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre Company, summer neighborhood shows
Family Resources, support for the needs of trauma victims
Friends of the Historic Muscatine Jail, creating an archive and interior restorations
Friends of Pine Creek Grist Mill, interpretive programs
Grace Lutheran Church, ministry of literacy
Iowa College Access Network, Muscatine County FASA program
Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (IJAG), workforce readiness programs in Muscatine
Iowa State Extension and Outreach Muscatine County: IT upgrades in the community meeting room
Laundry Love, paying for laundry for low-income people
Lutheran Services in Iowa, behavioral interventions
Muscatine Center for Community Action (MCSA), renovations to men’s emergency shelter bathrooms
Muscatine Community Y, family services curriculum updates and professional development
Muscatine County Conservation Board, to host ICCS conference
Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency, Sunset Park summer program
Muscatine Orchestra Boosters, summer middle school orchestra camp
Muscatine Special Olympics, competing in the Iowa State Summer Games
Muscatine Symphony Orchestra, funding free holiday concerts
Riverbend Food Bank, mobile food bank visits to Muscatine
STEM Matters–Robots and More, attendance initiative program
United Way of Muscatine, summer school lunch program
We Lead, weather-related facilities damage

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