Grinnell, IA (PRWEB) December 03, 2013
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company will award $3,500 for winning community projects in its Working Together, Making It Better grant promotion. Based on votes from Facebook users, Grinnell Mutual will distribute grant funding to the following non-profit organizations: Luverne Street Music in Luverne, Minn.; Northeast Nodaway Partners in Education Foundation in Ravenwood, Mo.; and the Iowa Food Systems Council’s Cultivate Iowa project in Des Moines, Iowa.
“On behalf of Grinnell Mutual, we thank participants for their involvement in Working Together, Making It Better. Whether you submitted a local community project for consideration or voted for a project finalist, your participation celebrates the efforts of people working together for community improvement,” said Grinnell Mutual Director of Advertising and Community Relations Barb Baker.
Grinnell Mutual received 34 project submissions from nine Midwest states. More than 2,500 Facebook users voted for their favorite project among 10 finalists. The three grant recipients were chosen based on the number of votes received.
Luverne Street Music receives $2,000 to upgrade equipment, refurbish music lesson space, develop a website to coordinate lessons, and provide subsidies for school-aged students. Luverne Street Music is a non-profit, community-driven music school that provides an opportunity for children and adults to access affordable music instruction previously not available in the community.
“This will take Luverne Street Music to a whole new level,” said Jane Wildung Lanphere, executive director of the Luverne Area Chamber of Commerce. “Right now they are charging a small amount per child for use of the space. They have been borrowing pianos, music stands, metronomes, and everything to make it work. Now they’ll have the resources to purchase equipment.”
Northeast Nodaway Partners in Education Foundation receives $1,000 toward a new practice field on city park ground located adjacent to the school. Funds will be used to purchase bases, build a backstop, and field maintenance.
“Our baseball program has boomed in the last few years. Nearly every student is involved. Summer ball and school ball, tee-ball through high school, kids are practicing on the field from early morning to late at night,” said Pam Spire, a Parnell, Mo., resident who submitted the project for consideration. “We’re able to solicit help from the entire community. We will have farmers with their tractors and skid loaders. Everybody brings a shovel. It brings everybody out.”
The Iowa Food Systems Council’s state-wide Cultivate Iowa campaign receives $500 to support an intensive launch of the Cultivate Iowa campaign in spring 2014. Cultivate Iowa encourages Iowans to try food gardening and encourages gardeners to donate extra produce to food pantries to ensure that high quality, healthy foods reach those who need it most.
“Cultivate Iowa is a marketing campaign that encourages people who are food insecure or who don’t have access to healthy food to think about gardening as a way to increase their household’s access to fresh, local, healthy, high quality produce,” said Betsy Richey, project coordinator for Cultivate Iowa. “We also encourage people who already garden to plant and harvest a little extra and donate that produce to a food pantry or other organization within their communities. We like to think of ourselves as a dating service for growers and food pantries.”
Cultivate Iowa works with nearly 400 partners across the state that are engaged in issues of hunger and food access. The number of gardeners who donated produce to local food pantries in Iowa doubled in 2013 among those who saw the campaign.
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About Grinnell Mutual
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, in business since 1909, provides reinsurance for farm mutual insurance companies and property and casualty insurance products through more than 1,600 independent agents in 12 Midwestern states. Grinnell Mutual is the 123rd largest property-casualty insurance company in the United States and the largest primary reinsurer of farm mutual companies in North America.