MEDIA ALERT: The Amy Helpenstell Foundation’s Fall Grant Reception to award $357,000 in grants to local nonprofits (a Foundation record) Print
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Written by Natalie Anderson   
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 16:00
DATE: Wednesday, October 30th at 8:30am

LOCATION: Stoney Creek Inn, Moline

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – Twenty-eight area nonprofit organizations will be awarded $357,000 on Wednesday, October 30th during The Amy Helpenstell Foundation’s Fall Grant Reception at 8:30 a.m. at Stoney Creek Inn in Moline. This is the largest amount of funding awarded by the Foundation in a single grant cycle.

Nonprofit guests will be present to receive their grants from Amy’s father, Franz “Bud” Helpenstell. In addition, the following nonprofit leaders will speak on behalf of their organizations to share how they will utilize the grant money received from the Foundation.

Michael Woods, Casa Guanajuato

Regina Haddock, Dress for Success Quad Cities

Ben Loeb, QC Symphony Orchestra

Diane Sonneville, Supplemental Emergency Assistance Program

Among the causes and organizations it supports, The Amy Helpenstell Foundation promotes awareness, understanding, diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders in the greater Quad Cities area. Amy Helpenstell passed away in 2003 from complications related to an eating disorder. Ms. Helpenstell created the Foundation through her estate to support causes related to health, education, youth development, community development and cultural activities within a 60-mile radius of Rock Island, where she lived and worked.

“Amy’s Foundation has given nearly $4.9 million back to the community since 2005, all to causes that she cared about very much,” said Bud Helpenstell, Amy’s father and President of The Amy Helpenstell Foundation. “With the full impact of state cutbacks to nonprofits being especially noticeable now, we are happy to support these organizations in every way we can. The important work they do can be felt in the lives of real people every day.”

• Casa Guanajuato Quad Cities - Si Podemos (Yes We Can) Latina Development Project, $10,000

• Christian Care - Domestic Violence Shelter Counseling and Case Management, $20,000

• Churches United of the Quad City Area - Winnie's Place Emergency Homeless Shelter, $20,000

• Dress for Success - Empowering Women with Job Search and Employment Support, $10,000

• Family Resources - Core Mission Support - Matching Grant, $15,000

• Genesis Health Services Foundation - Genesis Flu-Free QC, $6,000

• Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities - House Build #85, $10,000

• Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. - Transitional & Permanent Supportive Services for Adults Experiencing Homelessness, $15,000

• Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. - Emergency Shelter, Housing, and Supportive Services for Adults Experiencing Homelessness, $15,000

• Martin Luther King Center - King Center Youth Programming, $20,000

• Metropolitan Youth Program, $15,000

• Project Renewal - After School Program, $13,000

• Quad City Arts - Galumpha Visiting Artist Series Residency, $5,000

• Quad City Botanical Center - Children's Garden Phase One - Construction & Operations, $10,000

• Quad City Symphony Orchestra - K-12 Education Programs for 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-14 school years, $10,000

• Rebuilding Together - Home repairs for low income homeowners, $20,000

• RICO Extension & 4-H Education Foundation - Rock Island County 4-H Teen Leadership Program, $5,000

• River Bend Foodbank - Backpack Program, $15,000

• St. Joseph the Worker House Association - Touching Families, $10,000

• Supplemental Emergency Assistance Program - Client Emergency Financial Assistance/Related Costs, $10,000

• Thomas Merton House (Café on Vine) - Daily Readiness for meal program, $10,000

• Transitions Mental Health Services – Palm Pilots, $10,000

• Trinity Health Foundation - Behavioral Health Crisis Stabilization Unit, $10,000

• Two Rivers YMCA - Technology/ Helping Pre-schoolers be Successful, $10,000

• WVIK Augustana Public Radio - WVIK Public Broadcast Fellowship, $10,000

• Youth Service Bureau of R.I. County - Family Therapy, $20,000

• YouthBuild Quad Cities - Hands-on Job Training for Youth - $18,000

• YWCA of the Quad Cities - Youth Programming, $15,000

For more information about The Amy Helpenstell Foundation, visit or call 563-326-2840. The Amy Helpenstell Foundation is administered by the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend.

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