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Names & Notes

Child Abuse Prevention Services gets grant

Child Abuse Prevention Services has received an $11,000 grant from Variety-the Children’s Charity to fund The Nest program.

Child Abuse Prevention Services is a nonprofit organization serving Marshall County with a focus on supporting and educating families. Child Abuse Prevention Services has served Marshall County families for 38 years and reaches more than 6,000 children each year through home visits, school based programming, The Nest, and crisis intervention services.

The Variety grant will be used to purchase incentive items for The Nest store which will include feeding supplies, safety, health and hygiene items. These items are available for Nest participants to purchase using points that are earned through routine medical care, socialization opportunities and services that promote family health and well-being.

“The support received through Variety-the Children’s Charity is vital in keeping The Nest fully stocked with items that are essential for healthy children and families. There are approximately 300 to 400 families eligible to utilize the nest every year. Funding from Variety-the Children’s Charity ensures that we are able to assist these families in meeting their basic needs,” Executive Director Linda Havelka said.

Variety-the Children’s Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of children who are at-risk, underprivileged, critically ill or living with special needs. Grant funding is provided to programs and initiatives that directly impact the well-being of children. For more information on Variety grants and programs, visit varietyiowa.com.

Rebuild Marshalltown Fund announces second funding cycle grant award

The Community Foundation of Marshall County announced a $25,000 grant award from the second 2019 funding cycle for the Rebuild Marshalltown Fund.

The grant recipient is Youth and Shelter Services of Marshall County project to renovate its new location which was formerly the Marshalltown Police Department.

“This grant shows evidence of our commitment to rebuild Marshalltown and we are excited about the expanded services YSSMC will be offering the citizens of Marshall County at their new location,” CFMC Executive Director Julie Hitchins said.

In the spring of 2019 YSSMC entered into an agreement to purchase the former police station for $35. Each dollar represented a year they have served children and families of Marshall County. The grant award from the Rebuild Marshalltown Fund will allow them to begin Phase I which includes creation of an inviting vestibule and entry, reception area, family waiting room, a conference room and updated restroom. This new space will enhance and expand the services YSSMC can offer to the children and families of Marshall County.

The Rebuild Marshalltown Fund will accept letters of intent for another2019 funding cycle on Oct. 1.

Visit the Community Foundation of Marshall County’s website at www.cfmarshallco.org for more specific information on the letter of intent process.

“We are pleased that donors have recognized that the rebuilding of Marshalltown will be a long journey and continue to support the fund with donations,” fund co-chairs Heidi Dalal and Steve Troskey said.

Long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts in Marshalltown have only just begun. Contributions to the Rebuild Marshalltown Fund can be made online at www.cfmarshallco.org/rebuild-marshalltown-fund/ or checks can be mailed to the Community Foundation of Marshall County, 11 N. First Ave., Marshalltown, Iowa, 50158.

If you have any questions, contact Hitchins at director@cfmarshallco.org.

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