WAVERLY, Iowa (2/9/12)--The CUNA Mutual Foundation contributed $43,500 in community grants to help support activities at six Waverly, Iowa-area nonprofit organizations as part of its ongoing support for the Waverly community in 2011.
CUNA Mutual Group's Waverly employee philanthropy team, a group of local employees who help make foundation funding decisions for non-profit agencies in the Waverly area, recommended the funded grants.
"With these donations, our Employee Philanthropy Team has chosen six non-profit organizations that play a big role in their local community's quality of life," said Reid Koenig, CUNA Mutual Group vice president of customer operations. "Some of these grants are new, while others are renewals of previous contributions. They all represent CUNA Mutual's long-term commitment to the programs and organizations involved."
The grants will help the respective organizations with these initiatives:
Waverly-Shell Rock United Way--A $16,000 foundation grant supplements Waverly employee contributions for a total of more than $52,000, making CUNA Mutual Group the largest contributor.
Northeast Iowa Food Bank (NEIFB)--The $10,000 contribution is the second installment of a two-year commitment totaling $25,000 to fund construction of a new NEIFB building, which is underway.
Cedar Valley Friends of the Family (CVFF)--The $5,000 contribution continues support for the "client emergency fund" for persons affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. CUNA Mutual Group helped establish this fund with previous contributions. Unfortunately, the need for CVFF services continues to rise in the Waverly area.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters--Big Brothers/Big Sisters targets children ages 6 through 18 who live in single-parent homes, are in poverty or are coping with parental incarceration. Government funding for Waverly's program was reduced by $10,000 in 2010. CUNA Mutual Group's $5,000 contribution will help Big/Brothers/Big Sisters continue existing baseline programs.
Aspire--The organization's Therapeutic Riding program improves the quality of life for disabled individuals who benefit physically, emotionally and cognitively through animal-assisted activities, primarily through interaction with horses. The $5,000 foundation grant will assist Aspire as it begins a fund drive to upgrade its horse barn.
Larabee Center--$2,500. The Larabee Center operates Trinkets & Togs, a retail operation providing work for 44 disabled persons. Employees prepare goods to be sold and work in the retail store assisting customers. The $2,500 grant will help the Larabee Center address a long list of needs.
CUNA Mutual Philanthropy Team member Sue Jacobson spoke for all her colleagues when she said, "I love serving on this employee team. It gives us all a chance to make a real difference in the community."