Theisen’s Home • Farm • Auto awards grants in Jones 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 12 organizations serving Jones County that received $16,730. Jones County grant recipients are:
- Wyoming Public Library
$1,300 for Early Out Program
- Cedar/Jones Early Childhood Iowa
$1,000 for Promotion of Early Literacy in Jones County — Kindergarten Readiness
- Every Child Reads Jones County
$1,200 for Brush, Book, Bed in Jones County
- Jones County Food Pantry
$2,000 for Support for pantry items
- Jones County Public Health
$1,000 for Keeping Kids Safe - Safe Sleep & Car Seats
- Lutheran Services in Iowa
$1,000 for Jones County Parents as Teachers Program
- Anamosa Lunches for Youth
- Western Dubuque County Community School District - Cascade High School
$1,500 for Agriculture Mechanics Class Upgrade
- Jones County Family Council
$1,250 for Jones County Cares
- Creative Adventure Lab
$1,000 for Play Free(ly) Monticello
- Vision To Learn
$2,000 for Increasing Access to Vision Care for Midland Students
- Sacred Heart Catholic School
$2,250 for School Lunch Tables
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 dbqfoundation.org/theisens.
“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 theisens.com/about-theisens/we-give-back 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 dbqfoundation.org/theisens.
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 dbqfoundation.org 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.