This post is to give you a heads up about what has been going on in your Rebuilding Together Muscatine County.
- Your board has been searching for some new board members that will add a wider variety of outlooks to the processes used to operate RTMC.
- The executive board has been working on revamping the bylaws to better serve a community that is constantly changing.
- Term limits and rotations have been discussed and changed, giving more of our leadership different opportunities to serve.
Since COVID, there have been changes regarding the purchase of items used to build our ramps.
- Lumber has been scarce.
- Lumber that is on the market now, is three times the price.
On the bright side, Lowe’s, who is one of Rebuilding Togethers corporate sponsors has made it possible for us to purchase lumber to build all of the ramps that are on our current “to do” list.
Speaking of ramps – watch your email for news of upcoming dates for the building of these ramps.
Rebuilding Together Muscatine County is ready to get back work helping our community to be a better place to live, and we hope you will be able to join us.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
We at RTMC cannot thank this community enough!
Around 75 of our friends and neighbors spent much of their day volunteering on Saturday helping out others in our community.
Perfect weather helped us to be able to complete all the projects we had scheduled that day.
Keep an eye out for all the pictures that will be coming soon, and THANK YOU!
It’s time to mark your calendars and praying for sunshine!
National Rebuilding Day is Saturday, April 24.
For information on how to volunteer, feel free to message us directly, or visit https://rebuildingtogethermuscatine.org/volunteers/.
Did you ever wonder how Rebuilding Together Muscatine County came to be? Now you know.
April is National Rebuilding Together month. Watch here to see how you can help.
Rebuilding Together Muscatine County was the recipient of the fundraising efforts of Sunnybrook at Muscatine Assisted Living.
Sunny Brook held a drive-thru
“Lunch for a Cause”
Community members helped local residents in need of assistance by enjoying a lasagna dinner.
Rebuilding Together is Repairing homes, revitalizing communities, rebuilding lives.
Because “It Just Needs Done”.
When the Covid 19 quarantine began, everything, everywhere, came to a screeching halt.
Everything except need.
Need never takes a break.
One thing that the quarantine did very quickly, was to magnify where the need was the largest.
They called it “Food insecurities”.
feedingamerica.org defines food insecurities as “a household’s inability to provide enough food for every person to live an active, healthy life. Food insecurity is one way we can measure and assess the risk of hunger.”
With all businesses closed, and the inability to leave their homes, those affected, found themselves in worse condition than they were in before.
Rebuilding Together Muscatine County, like everyone else, had their ability to serve as usual, curtailed.
Rebuilding Together Muscatine County’s Executive Director, Frank Iliff, heard of this major need.
Looking to continue serving in the community, because “It Just Needs Done”, he began to seek where he could be the most help to the community.
Through his connections with United Way, he found that he could help in food delivery around town, redistributing overstock from HyVee and other local merchants to local food pantries.
MCSA, The Salvation Army food pantries have benefited from these deliveries, and many families have been helped through these efforts.
This Saturday, another opportunity will be made available to the public.
Rebuilding Together Muscatine County will partner with MCSA and the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box initiative.
All the details you need are as follows.
THIS SATURDAY – OCTOBER 24
Spread the word!
MCSA will be hosting a Free Food Box Distribution on Saturday 10/24.
Come get yours!
Locations & Times for Box Pick-Up:10am – 1pm.
Staff and volunteers will set up distribution stations at the following areas:
- Ripley’s Mobile Home Park in main parking lot
- Van Acker’s/L&B/Gaslight Mobile Home Parks in main parking lot
- M&W Mobile Home Park along entry road
- Louisa Court Mobile Home Park along entry road
- Downtown Muscatine in Richie Sound & Lights Parking Lot 818 E 8th St
- MCSA at 312 Iowa Ave
1pm – 4pm: Open community distribution at Crossroads, 1424 Houser Street.
This location is for folks who did not visit one of the other sites.
Please SHARE to get the word out to our community!
Remember when your momma told you that “Slow and steady wins the race”?
Well here at Rebuilding Together Muscatine County, we are taking that bit of wisdom to heart.
During the past month, RTMC has helped a homeowner with some gutter issues, assuring that their home will remain dry. We have also been able to supply a homeowner with a much-needed ramp for his home.
RTMC is being very cautious to abide by the current CDC guidelines for the COVID19 pandemic.
Slow is the most important part here. Slow enough to check what each guideline is, and how it can be met. Our goal is to keep our homeowners, and our volunteers safe.
Steady. Did I mention RTMC’s steady stream of financial donors? They are there. In the background. Every month. Quietly and steadily helping to keep RTMC running with their finances. We could not do what we do without them!
If you would like to join them, you can click the PayPal button in the top right-hand corner of the website.
Steady. The board of RTMC is steadily working behind the scenes with eyes toward expanding their reach to more of those requiring their services.
October 26 – 30, the board will be attending, via Zoom, the Rebuilding Together Training Institute.
They meet yearly to discuss different strategies for making Rebuilding Together affiliates nationwide more accessible and relevant to those it wishes to serve.
Getting together to share new ideas, and raise our sights is always an exciting time. Meeting via Zoom should be no different.
Winning the race!
Some things in life just happen, and you don’t see them coming. You get blindsided.
As with most of our new friends here at Rebuilding Together Muscatine County, these things happen, leaving people not knowing where to turn for help.
This is one such story.
This man’s beloved wife, although really quite young, had a stroke, and after going to the hospital for treatment, other complications arose, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down.
Their home was not at all accessible at all for their newfound reality.
Not knowing where to turn, he called his friend State Senator Mark Lofgren.
Mark has stood behind Rebuilding Together Muscatine County since it’s inception, and in turn gave him information on how to contact us.
So after the contacts were made, the planning began in earnest.
Frank took one of our volunteers with him to visit the home, to see what needed to be done.
Not able to use the front door due to accessibility issues, it was determined that the ramp would need to go around to the back.
In order to keep in line with state and city codes, ramps need a certain amount of “drop” for each foot that they are tall.
These numbers caused this to be the biggest ramp ever created by Rebuilding Together Muscatine County.
RTMC uses a ramp system that does not typically need concrete footings.
Our ramps are such that when they are no longer needed, they are disassembled, and put back in storage to be used on other projects when the need arises.
Due to the size of this project, footings were mandatory – Friday was spent placing holes for the footings
Saturday morning dawned cool and bright. A perfect day for a ramp building.
After a good breakfast provided by a nearby church event, the volunteers were ready to get started.
Some of the volunteers had worked with us before and were well versed in what and how things needed to be done.
The ones who have never worked with us before came alongside and had a great learning experience.
This team was amazing; troopers all!
Typically, our food and snacks are provided for us by the local Pizza Ranch.
But on this day … this day the family of the folks we were building the ramp for, decided to provide everything we needed.
Ice cold water, sandwiches, cold salads, chips, drinks, and amazing desserts!
What a treat to have these things available all day to our team of volunteers.
Of course, not all volunteers could stay all day, so they kind of came in shifts, each staying as long as they were able.
We believe that if everyone does their part, then the whole job gets done!
There is always more to do on a job this size.
Some who were unable to help physically, took up donations to give to RTMC.
We do not charge for our work, but we never say no to donations either!
At the end of the day, the entire ramp was installed.
Some volunteers will return next Saturday to install the handrails, and reinforcements underneath the structure.
Thank you to all who helped in ANY way!
We love helping our community, because “It Just Needs Done!”