C1st Foundation Awards $5,000 to Sleep In Heavenly Peace

posted on Thursday, February 23, 2023 in General

Creston $5,000 donation

CRESTON, IA – The Community 1st Credit Union Foundation awarded a $5,000 donation to Sleep in Heavenly Peace IA-Union Chapter.  The C1st Foundation’s charitable giving focuses on education, community betterment, and the support of activities that involve and recognize the value of our members and employees.

The Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Inc is a charitable organization founded by Luke Mickelson in 2012 to fulfill a specific mission –to see that “No Kid Sleeps On The Floor In Our Town!”  Sleep in Heavenly Peace chapters utilize community volunteers to come together to build and deliver twin-sized beds to kids aged 3-17 that are currently sleeping on the floor or in other inadequate situations. Sleep contributes to a child’s best health by supporting their physical, emotional, and mental well-being.  Research has shown that children who do not get adequate sleep are more vulnerable to illness, struggle with behavior regulation, struggle with depression and anxiety, and are more likely to do poorly in school, among other issues.

The beds are fully furnished with frames, new mattresses, sheets, pillows, and blankets.  With this grant donation, Sleep in Heavenly Peace plans to make a minimum of 20 beds to deliver to kids in need in the region.  Community 1st is honored to partner with this organization to provide such a necessity for the youth in the region. 

“At Community 1st Credit Union, we want to help enrich the lives of our members and the communities we serve through charitable investments,” says VP of Marketing, Anne Hagen.  “We do this through programs such as Sleep in Heavenly Peace.  We’re proud to support a program determined to ensure Creston’s youth do not sleep on the floor.    We’re all about finding ways to strengthen the Creston community.”

C1st grant-funded project awards are made possible through the C1st Credit Union Impact Giving Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.