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It Just Feels Good

p/c of Iowa Alumni Magazine

Giving back.

It just feels SO good inside.

Not to toot our own horn, but every month for the last four years, Stuff Etc selects a local organization at each location to raise money for.  At the end of the month, we give 100% of all donations collected to that charity.  One weekend a month, we center the sale around collecting donations while offering a discount.

To me.  Personally. Being involved with that … it feels good.

The customer giving a dollar to get  a discount; it feels good.

Presenting the check at the end of the month; it feels good.

Seeing the faces of who we present it to; that feels Ah – Mazing!

Knowing how grateful they are for every bit of help, every dollar, every cent; knowing we are helping the organization, helping the people they help; it feels AWESOME!

Today we had the opportunity to partner with a new group, 100 Grannies.

This group is organizing an effort to Ban the (plastic) Bag.  On Sunday, they will be hosting a rally in downtown Iowa City to raise awareness and support for the Ban.  They are asking community members to bring their plastic bags to the rally which they will tie together to create HUGE chain around the University  of Iowa pedestrian mall to demonstrate the amount of waste generated by plastic bags (read more about that here ).  All the bags will then be recycled and each participant will receive a fabric recycle bag donated from area businesses (while supplies last).

Stuff Etc has opted to donate 100 of our recycle bags.  We are very proud to be a part of this movement and partner with our friends at 100 Grannies!  We encourage you to join them in their efforts this Sunday and moving forward.

This weekend, you can also help these local organizations when you shop our Stuff Etc stores and save 20% off all full-priced items (excluding mattresses):

One last thought before we part for the weekend …

In August, I blogged about a random act of kindness (seen here)that really affected me emotionally.  Last week, I met a friend for a drink after work.  My ticket came to $5.85.  I gave our waitress a $20 bill and told her to keep it (not something I normally do since living on the Dave Ramsey plan, if you know what I mean). She questioned me like I must have read my ticket wrong.  I assured her the it was indeed her change to keep. She thanked me numerous times, all the while with tears in her eyes.

This was just a $14 tip and the poor thing welled up with tears.

I too welled up with tears.

And it felt good.


Happy Weekend!


Giving Back in June

Part of the Stuff Etc culture is giving back to the communities in which we serve.

Each month Stuff Etc chooses a local non-profit organization (or two, sometimes three, this month four) to feature in their stores to help raise awareness and much-needed funds.

In JUNE, we are sponsoring four very different but worthy organizations.

In Coralville & Iowa City, we are featuring 4Cs.

4Cs Community Coordinated Child Care promotes the well-being of children by assisting families, child care providers, employers and others with their child care needs. We address challenges to the community’s child care system and serve as a resource for the development of new programs.

  • We help parents find occasional child care (short-term care, typically provided by University of Iowa students in the family’s home).
  • 4Cs Home Ties Child Care Center provides free, temporary child care for families facing serious life issues.
  • Crisis Child Care of Johnson County provides short-term, emergency child care when families facing crisis are not able to provide regular care.
  • We provide support to Johnson and Washington County early childhood educators in developing professional, child-centered programs. This support includes, but is not limited to: state regulations, nutrition, child development and behavior, infant care, and meeting quality indicators.
  • We provide professional development and consultations to center and home-based child care providers.
  • We administer the Child and Adult Food Program (CACFP) to home-based child care programs in Johnson County.

In Cedar Rapids, we are featuring Bridgehaven.
Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center has been serving the greater Cedar Rapids area for over 25 years. Our services are at no cost to the patient, so there is no need to worry about billing or the hassle of insurance paperwork. You can feel comfortable knowing we do not benefit financially from your decisions.  All services are private and confidential. Bridgehaven does not offer abortion services or abortion referrals. 
We provide: Pregnancy Testing, Ultrasound, and Options Information; Post-Abortion Recovery and Support; Earn While You Learn Program; and Relational and Sexual Health Education.

In Waterloo, we are featuring The House of Hope.

The House of Hope is a Christian based organization under the direction of Christian Community Development. It is a two-year transitional housing program for homeless, single mothers and their children. The mothers are generally between the ages of 18 and 25 and the children are usually newborn to 8 years old. Those who apply to the program live well below the poverty level.

During the transition time, women receive support, guidance and assistance with employment, education and life skills. Safe housing, food, clothing, one-on-one counseling, community referrals and assistance in locating appropriate childcare is also provided for the women. Women are required to work and/or attend school full-time. They are also required to attend in-house groups and meet weekly with a case manager. With two years of support, guidance and stability, women are ready to make the needed changes in their lives and become self-sufficient individuals.

In Davenport, we are featuring Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

The promise of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

Since its inception in 1990, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® – Quad Cities has raised in excess of $4.9 million towards the fight against breast cancer. Unlike many other charities, up to 75% of the proceeds stay here locally in our eight-county service area to provide mammograms, ultrasounds, and prostheses for women who cannot afford them. The money raised also funds programs educating the entire community about breast cancer. Up to twenty-five percent of the Race proceeds are sent to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in Dallas, Texas to fund national breast cancer research and project grants.

This weekend is a WIN/WIN for both the shopper and the featured charity! Donate a DOLLAR at the registers when checking out and in return, you will receive 20% off your entire purchase of full-priced items Friday, Saturday and Sunday – June 1 thru June 3rd.

And all month-long, be sure to toss in your loose change, maybe a dollar or two, into the umbrellas when you shop our stores.

Every penny that is collected is donated to the featured organizations each month.

Thank you in advance for your support of this ongoing effort made by Stuff Etc to help our local organizations – organizations that never waiver in their support and give so much for the residents of our communities.

Giving Back in April

Part of the Stuff Etc culture is giving back to the communities in which we serve.

Each month, as you may already know, Stuff Etc chooses a local non-profit organization (or two, sometimes three) to feature in their stores to help raise awareness and much-needed funds.

We do this in a number of ways.

1) Share the organization’s story with our customers in the form of information, visual displays, handouts, etc.

2) Collect donations all month-long in the form of dollars and change. We offer a weekend special centered around the organization that encourages customers to donate a DOLLAR. In return, they will receive 20% off their entire purchase of full-priced items the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of each month.

3) Open a free charitable account in the name of the organization that continuously accepts the community’s clothing & household donations throughout the year on a drop-off basis.  This account helps raise funds for the organization to be used as they see fit or as needed. All donors will receive a tax donation receipt upon their request.

In April, we are sponsoring three different, worthy organizations.

In Coralville & Iowa City, we are featuring the Iowa Youth Writing Project.

The Iowa Youth Writing Project is a collective of like-minded individuals that aims to join Iowa City’s unique literary heritage with its community, fostering creativity and writing among the children of Iowa City and surrounding communities. It provides writing, tutoring, and publishing opportunities to Iowa’s school-aged children and teens. These opportunities are provided at little or no cost to participants through the volunteer work of Iowa City’s literary community and partnerships with local programs, organizations, and institutions.

In Cedar Rapids, we are featuring BUDS Community Garden Network.

The Community Garden Network supports efforts to grow and enhance access to fresh produce, including:

  • Connecting people and resources
  • Connecting individuals and groups to the natural environment
  • Assisting in securing space, skills and plans for sustainable community garden projects
  • Cultivating entrepreneurs and community action
  • Education on the rewards of self-reliance, health and community

 In Davenport & Waterloo, we are featuring NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Because mental illness impacts the lives of at least one in four adults and one in 10 children—or 60 million Americans—NAMI works every day to save every life

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

All of these organizations do so much for the members of our communities.

Please help us in our efforts this month by donating $1 while shopping this weekend, April 6 & 7th, 2012, at all five of our locations.

It’s a WIN/WIN for everybody!

And all month-long, when shopping in our stores, we encourage you to toss your spare change into the umbrellas hanging at the registers.  Your change can make a huge impact on the lives of others around us.

Our Coralville location is hosting extra Charity Umbrella sale dates … click here to see those dates.