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40 recipients receive grants

Although the annual grant award ceremony was cancelled the Community Foundation of Marshall County is pleased to announce 40 grant awards totaling $85,000 were delivered to organizations that serve Marshall County.

“Although our method of delivery for grant awards was different this year, I am confident these grant awards will positively impact how the citizens of Marshall County live, learn, work and play,” Jerrod Leffler, Community Foundation president said.

Community Foundation executive director Julie Hitchins said all of the money would have been given at the Tuesday ceremony. However, the event was canceled due to the COVID0–19 pandemic. Instead, grant checks were sent in the mail last week and the recipients have already received them.

“I am bummed the event was canceled and my heart breaks for the students,” Hitchins said. “It’s really about the students who worked so hard and wrote great grant applications and took their time to do that. The pinnacle of this process was going to be the ceremony, handing them the checks and meeting them face–to–face.”

Hitchins said while she knew the students were disappointed in the cancelation, there might be a small grant award ceremony so they don’t miss out. However, that is not confirmed.

Twenty Marshall County recipients of grants totaling $70,000 and the projects were:

• Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support — Emergency Housing Program

• Child Abuse Prevention Services — Crisis Child Care

• City of Marshalltown — Renovation of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum

• Community Foundation of Marshall County — High School Student Philanthropy Program

• East Marshall Elementary School — Mustang STEM

• Elim Children’s Center — Playground Renovation

• Friends of the Orpheum Theater — Live after Five B2WINS, also known as Brazil 2Wins

• Gilman Public Library — Opening Our Door

• Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa — Girl Scout Space Camp

• Gutekunst Public Library — Community Room A/V System

• Heart of Iowa Big Brothers Big Sisters — Modeling Social Emotional Learning

• House of Compassion — Stuff the Bus

• Iowa Valley Leadership — Susie Sower House Beautification

• Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance — Marshalltown Mural Program’s First Mural

• Marshall County ISU Extension & Outreach — Youth Garden and Healthy Living Education

• Marshalltown Central Business District — Downtown Metal Receptacle Refurbishment

• Marshalltown YMCA–YWCA — World’s Largest Swim Lesson

• Marshalltown Youth Foundation — Musical Lending Library

• Mid Iowa Community Action — Bobcat University Pupil Transportation

• Northeast Iowa Area on Aging — Congregate and Home Delivered Meals Program

• Rapha Reins — Horse Mounting Ramp

• Rhodes Volunteer Firefighter & EMS Assoc. — New Rhodes Fire Station

• St. Francis Catholic School — Junior Achievement Program

• State Center Fire and EMS — Power Loading Cot System

• YSS of Marshall County — Transportation Vouchers

LUCC grants

The West Marshall High School Student Philanthropy group — Leaders Uplifting our Community with Charity, also known as LUCC — awarded four grants totaling $5,000.

Recipients and projects were:

• Child Abuse Prevention Services — Crisis Child Care

• State Center Fire and EMS — Power Loading Cot System

• State Center Rose Festival — University Mascot Event

• West Marshall High School — Digital Portfolio Studio.

SEAL grants

The East Marshall High School Student Philanthropy Group — Students Empowering And Leading also known as SEAL — awarded six grants totaling $5,000.

The recipients and projects were:

• East Marshall Elementary School — Walking Club Reboot

• East Marshall Middle School — New Band Instruments

• East Marshall Middle School — Strong Girls, Strong Leaders

• East Marshall High School — Mental Health Training and Action

• Gilman Public Library — Imagine Your Story

• Rapha Reins — Youth Equine Therapy.

STEP grants

The Marshalltown High School Student Philanthropy group — Students Teaching and Empowering Philanthropy, also known as STEP — awarded six grants totaling $10,000.

Recipients and projects were:

• Child Abuse Prevention Services — Crisis Child Care

• House of Compassion — Stuff the Bus

• Marshalltown Lenihan Intermediate School — Ricochet School Supply Shop

• Marshalltown Lenihan Intermediate School — Ride to School Program

• Marshalltown Youth Foundation — Get the Word Out

• Mid Iowa Community Action — Bobcat University Enrichment–Swim Lessons.

Hitchins said the public can visit the CFMC website site www.cfmarshallco.org as well as following social media pages. A different grant recipient will be featured every day for 40 days.

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