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Help us Give Back: March

“It’s easier to build STRONG CHILDREN then to repair broken adults.”    ~ Frederick Douglass

This month, Stuff Etc is working to help build strong children.  Please help us!

There are umbrellas hanging at the registers of all of our locations ready to collect your loose bills and change.  The first weekend of the month, THIS WEEKEND to be exact, we are offering a 20% discount on all full-priced purchases when you make a $1 donation.

It’s a win/win!

Our Iowa City, Coralville & Cedar Rapids locations are supporting:


{courtesy of The Daily Iowan, Jan 2011} Iowa City native Angie Jordan created Children of Promise — a mentor program for kids who have a parent on parole, on probation, or in prison — in 2008, when she was only 22. She had a dream of having an effect on kids who may not have many positive role models.

While studying anthropology and psychology at the University of Iowa, she said, she had many experiences in social work that gave her a passion for kids with difficult family lives.

 This led to her interest in helping children who grow up with parents in the corrections system, who are more likely to have problems with the law themselves. Children who have a parent in prison are five times more likely to be incarcerated than their peers, according to Women’s Prison & Home Association Inc.

All young people have the potential to succeed in life and contribute to society, but many do not get the support they need to thrive. Nearly half of the U.S. population of youth between 10 and 18 years of age live in situations that put them at risk of not living up to their potential. Without intervention by caring adults, they must navigate complex life situations and challenges on their own, leaving them vulnerable to poor decisions that can undermine their futures.

We at Children of Promise believe that we can help kids and youth by increasing the protective factors they have in their lives. By providing youth with caring adults to build relationships with, exposing them to positive community activities, and educating them about healthy life decisions, we believe that we can help to reduce the impact of negative factors like family history of incarceration, single parent homes, and various forms of transition.

“What’s cool about mentoring is you get to create a relationship based on reciprocity,” Jordan said. “So whatever you put into it, the kid just gives back. I’ve learned so much where sometimes I feel like I’m the protégé.”  The program currently has 35 matches, but it needs more mentors for unmatched children (there are hundreds of at-risk kids in Linn, Johnson and Jones counties needing matches).

Click here to get more involved with Children of Promise. 

 Our Davenport & Waterloo locations are supporting:

JR ACHIEVEMENT OF EASTERN IOWA (Waterloo)                                & JR ACHIEVEMENT OF THE HEARTLAND (Davenport)

{courtesy of the Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, May 2011} Teanna Steward nervously smiled as Junior Achievement of the Heartland honored her as its one millionth student served this school year.

Teanna, a seventh grader at Rock Island’s Edison Junior High, said Junior Achievement has given her a different
perspective on life and better prepared her for the road ahead.

Junior Achievement of the Heartland has been serving the Quad-Cities and surrounding communities since 1956. It covers 24 counties in eastern Iowa, western Illinois and southern Wisconsin, impacting more than 56,000 K-12 grade students this school year.

Nationally, it’s the 19th largest area in number of students served and fifth largest in market penetration.

Bobbie Grace, Teanna’s mother, said Junior Achievement helped her daughter mature and become more responsible. “It truly had a (positive) effect on her,” Ms. Grace said. “It has shown her what responsibility is about, money, and understanding finances. It really gave her a positive attitude and helped
her in the classroom with her grades. Because of Junior Achievement, Teanna “loves to mentor and help other children and is respectful of adults,” Ms. Grace said.

Kristen Holmberg, Teanna’s seventh-grade consumer economics teacher, says “Everyone needs to learn how to balance money. Students have learned parents have bills to pay, and they learn that when mom says not on this payday, they know why.”

Click here to get more involved with Jr Achievement of Eastern Iowa 

Click here to get more involved with Jr Achievement of the Heartland


Giving Back in January

(What I really wanted was an image of the Eastern Iowa Corridor embraced by a hand, but that was a little tricky to find/create, so this one will do)  

Let me explain …

Each month,

Stuff Etc selects LOCAL nonprofit organizations to support in our stores.

Traditionally, the first weekend of each month, we host a sale that encourages our shoppers to donate $1 to the “Charity Umbrella” which earns them 20% off their entire purchase of full-priced items.  Throughout the month, we continue to collect donations and share information about the organization with all of our shoppers.

At the end of the month, all the proceeds, including a kick from corporate, go to the organization(s) of the month.

Last year,

our shoppers helped us raise over $21,000 for area charities.


In January will are supporting THREE different organizations.

In our Coralville and Iowa City locations, your donations will help:

In Cedar Rapids, your donations will help:

In Waterloo, your donations will help:

In Davenport, your donations will help:

Shop our stores this weekend and SAVE 20% off your purchase of full-priced items when you donate $1 at the registers!

Thanks again for all your help!  We couldn’t do it without you!

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Resale.

We hear these words every day, don’t we? It’s all around us.  At the grocery store, in our schools, our workplace, on TV…but how many of us actually practice it?

I try to do my part…return my cans and bottles, food scraps go to the pigs, burn my paper goods, and consign/shop at Stuff Etc.  But after reviewing the facts, which I tend to avoid because it brings out my OCD, I’m still not doing enough!  Check these out:

  • The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the world’s people generate 40% of the world’s waste.
  • The highest point in Hamilton County, Ohio (near Cincinnati) is “Mount Rumpke.” It is actually a mountain of trash at the Rumpke sanitary landfill towering 1045 ft. above sea level.
  • The US population discards each year 16,000,000,000 diapers, 1,600,000,000 pens, 2,000,000,000 razor blades, 220,000,000 car tires, and enough aluminum to rebuild the US commercial air fleet four times over.
  • Out of every $10 spent buying things, $1 (10%) goes for packaging that is thrown away. Packaging represents about 65% of household trash.

So what can we do? We all know the basics as I mentioned in my own personal efforts.  But I suggest baby steps to making a bigger personal change, a larger commitment to reducing waste.

1. Get rid of the plastic!! Shop with reusable shopping bags.  More and more businesses are offering discounts when you shop this way. Recycle your water bottles, detergent bottles, etc. Plastic is one of the worst substances for our environment!

2. Reduce the amount of waste you send to the landfill by selling or donating your no longer needed items.  If Stuff Etc can’t sell them for you, there are numerous organizations that are always looking for clothing, shoes, and other items they can send to third world countries in need, and it that isn’t enough of a reason, you can usually get a tax donation receipt.

3. Buy recycled!  There are numerous stores dedicated to a green way of living.  If you shop around, you can find the exactly what you and/or your family needs that has been repurposed, resold, recycled…items that have rightfully managed to avoid our already exceedingly full landfills.

We can all do our part and an easy way to start is with Stuff Etc.  Good luck!


Cross Off TWO Resolutions!

Two of the most common resolutions on many top ten lists of resolutions are GET ORGANIZED and SAVE MONEY.  Am I right or am I right?
Guess what?!  I started yesterday!  I know. I know.  It’s only January 2nd, but shoot!  Why waste time?  I live in a very large farmhouse which comfortably allows for many things to gather without being too obvious.  But as I was trying to put away Christmas and our closets were literally bursting… I said to myself, “Sister, it is time to get to Stuff!”  (yes, I sometimes call myself sister, cause it’s fun, AND I am actually a sister so it’s applicable too) 🙂
I looked like I was heading into battle. I armed myself with a huge stash of recycle bags and pockets full of trash bags and went from room to room.  I organized and gathered items that we no longer use (or sadly never used).  I kept the Stuff Etc standards in mind and into the recycle bags went the items I can consign and as hard as it was, the other items went into trash bags that will go to donation.  And even further, the stuff NOBODY deserves to be burdened with went to the burn pile.
Talk about rejuvenating!  And even more exhilarating is reaping the financial rewards!  WHICH I have resolved to SAVE at the bank of Stuff Etc.  I mean, shoot, it’s like free money, right?  It’s not like I had to work too hard for it and if I just leave it there and let it build up, when it’s time to get the kid’s school clothes in the fall I won’t have to take it from my paycheck – just use my store credit.  Or if we want to take a little family trip (another resolution “spend more time with family”) that we probably can’t usually afford, then I will have some money that again, won’t have to come from my paycheck.   WIN/WIN!!
Looky there!  TWO, possibly THREE, resolutions I can actually check off my list this year.  Let’s face it, it’s hard to follow through with the resolutions year after year.  And being a goal-oriented person, it’s almost depressing when I’m unable to cross things off my list…seriously! I almost resolved to not even have resolutions, but when Stuff Etc makes it this easy…I am a happy person and a successful list crosser-offer!