Theisen’s Home • Farm • Auto awards grants in Jackson County


The Dubuque-based retailer’s More for Your Community grant program, a partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, supports organizations addressing the basic needs of children and families.

As inflation impacts people across the country, Dubuque-based retailer Theisen’s Home • Farm • Auto is helping address issues like food insecurity, housing support and access to health resources through its More for Your Community grant program.

This month, Theisen’s announces that 188 nonprofits in 23 of its store communities across Iowa and Wisconsin have received a total of $350,326 in More for Your Community grants. That includes 14 organizations serving Jackson County that received $9,969. Jackson County grant recipients are:

  • St. John's Lutheran Church - Preston Manna Center - $500 for We Strive to Help Those in Need
  • Bernard Rescue Unit Electric - $969 for hydraulic rescue tools by Hurst
  • Hospice of Jackson County - $500 for Safety for our patients
  • Jackson County Campaign for Grade-Level Reading - $500 for Books from the Beginning
  • Marquette Catholic Schools - $500 for Competency Based Education (CBE) Pathways Program
  • Vision To Learn - $500 for Increasing Access to Vision Care for Maquoketa, Andrew, and Easton Valley Students
  • Andover Community Ambulance - $750 for Tire Replacement
  • Iowa College Access Network - $750 for Raising Attainment Levels in Education & the Workforce - Jackson County
  • Jackson County Sheriff's Office - $750 for Remote Surveillance Camera
  • Maquoketa Community School District - $750 for Cardinal Backpack Club
  • Maquoketa Farmers Market - $750.00
  • Miles Community Improvement Group - $750 for Miles Park Project
  • Preston Fire Company - $750 for Fire Boots
  • Dolly Parton Imagination Library – Jackson County - $1,250 for Jackson County Book Distributions

Successful grant applicants demonstrated that their projects would serve basic needs, be matched strongly with local funds, and provide opportunities for others to give back to the community.

“People are struggling, and this grant program is our way of supporting residents of the communities we serve in their time of need,” says President and CEO Chris Theisen. “We are so proud to support organizations providing food, shelter, health care, safety and education to children and families in and near our store communities.”

Celebrating its thirteenth year, the Theisen’s More for Your Community grant program has given away nearly $3.4 million to support local nonprofits and the people they serve. Based on estimates in nonprofit grant applications, this year’s grants are expected to impact more than 630,000 people.

Theisen’s Home • Farm • Auto is a four-generation, family-owned business. Three generations of the Theisen family support this grant program, taking active roles in evaluating each year’s many applications. They also make annual site visits to nonprofit grantees to learn about community needs and to meet the nonprofit leaders serving children and families.

The Theisen’s More for Your Community corporate giving program is a partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. The Community Foundation administers the grant program, accepting applications and making funding recommendations as part of its mission to strengthen communities and inspire giving. This year, 343 applications were received totaling more than $1.1 million. To view a list of grantees, visit

“Nonprofits and local businesses like Theisen’s play critical roles in building strong communities,” says Peter Supple, director of nonprofit relations for the Community Foundation. “We are grateful to Theisen’s for facilitating the More for Your Community grant program and to the organizations receiving funding for the important work they do each day.”

Visit to learn more about the Theisen’s More for Your Community grant program.


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To learn more about the Theisen’s More for Your Community grant program and its partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, visit


About Theisen’s Home • Farm • Auto 

Theisen’s Home • Farm • Auto serves its customers by offering top quality brands at an excellent value, focusing keenly on exceptional customer service. Theisen’s currently operates stores in 24 locations across Iowa, including: Ames, Anamosa, Cedar Rapids N.E., Cedar Rapids S.W., Charles City, Coralville, Davenport, DeWitt, Dubuque, Dyersville, Grinnell, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Maquoketa, Marshalltown, Monticello, New Hampton, Newton, Pella, Tipton and Vinton. There are three stores in Wisconsin, located in Jefferson, Sparta and Black River Falls. 

Opened in 1927 by the Leo and Kathryn Theisen, the four-generation company is supported by the corporate headquarters and distribution center located in Dubuque, Iowa.


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About the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque envisions a vibrant and inclusive Dubuque region where everyone can thrive. Since 2002, we have inspired people to give back to their community, and we turn this generosity into lasting change across our region, increasing access to resources and opportunities that help all people succeed.   

Visit to learn about the many ways we are building a strong, thriving Greater Dubuque for all—and how you can donate your time, talents, and dollars to transform our region.