This grant to help students with basic education needs is the latest reason to feel good about Middletown

A Middletown nonprofit received a big boost to help its annual Back to School program.

Hayneedle, an online retailer of indoor and outdoor home furnishings with two facilities in Monroe, presented a $10,000 grant to the Community Building Institute in Middletown for its annual program to provide Middletown families with backpacks and school supplies to children ages 5 to 12.


David Woods, Hayneedle’s senior director of operations, presented the oversized check to Karin Maney, CBI’s executive director, on Thursday at the Robert “Sonny” Hill Community Center on Lafayette Avenue.

Walmart is the parent company of Omaha, Neb.-based Hayneedle and worked with the Walmart Foundation to provide the grant. Woods said the company has provided previous grants in communities in California and Nebraska where it has operations.

He said CBI plays “a critical role” within the Middletown community and to support them in delivering on that mission even further is rewarding.

Maney said many of the families CBI serves are unable to provide some of the “basic necessities” for their homes so the grant eases the financial stress at the start of the school year.

She said the grant also allows CBI to provide free fun activities, food and a community resource fair so that families receive the backpack and access to other needed resources.

The mission of Community Building Institute Middletown, Inc. is to be a primary force for creating and sustaining community revitalization; changing Middletown one family, one student and one neighborhood at a time.

Verlena Stewart, the center’s director and CBI’s Parent Resource Center manager, said the organization has received funding for the past three years through Walmart’s cybergrant program.

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