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St. Paul the Apostle Church Supports Local Shelter PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ann Ring   
Friday, 25 July 2014 15:09

Rock Island, IL – St. Paul the Apostle Church in Davenport has provided Christian Care with a $500 grant. Funds will go toward purchasing books for its men’s and women’s programs, as part of the program’s therapy curriculum.

Christian Care is transforming the lives of homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of prison, and those with mental illness. Its two facilities—a domestic violence shelter for abused women and children and a rescue mission for homeless men—provide safe shelter, nutritious meals, clothing, counseling, referrals and guidance to those in need. Its services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the goal of nourishing the bodies, minds, hearts and souls of the men, women and children who come seeking a new way of life. If you know someone in need, call the Christian Care crisis hotline any hour of the day or night at (309) 788-2273.

 
Trivia Night at All Saints Episcopal in Moline PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kimberly Hochstein   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 08:57

Time to put your thinking caps on and join the folks over at All Saints Episcopal Church, at 2420 41st St. in Moline, Illinois, in a trivia night!

On Saturday August 16th they will be hosting a night of fun, featuring Mister Trivia, to raise money for their upcoming mission trip to Belize. There they will be volunteering their time and efforts at Holy Cross Anglican School where they will help in providing education for the poorest residents.

Entry fee for the trivia game is $10 per person, raffle prizes will be available, a 50/50 raffle will be held, and there will be food and beverages available for sale.

Doors open at 6pm and the games begin at 7pm. Reserve your table of 8 today by calling 309-797-2515 and make plans to have a great night while supporting a wonderful cause!

 
Rebuilding Together Seeks Home Repair Applications from Local Vets PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 08:20
Quad Cities/IA-IL: Rebuilding Together Quad Cities, a volunteer based home repair organization, is seeking applications from military veterans who will need assistance with major home repairs this fall.

The organization is currently working with two generous corporate donors on a fall 2014 project that would provide home repairs for local veterans. To qualify for the free assistance, veterans must:
•       Have received an honorable discharge from their branch of the service;
•       Own their own home in either Scott or Rock Island Counties,
•       Meet Rebuilding Together Quad Cities income guidelines, and
•       Show a need for major repairs that would provide a safer home environment or otherwise add to the veteran's quality of life.

Applications are available to owners of standard (stick-built) homes. Mobile homes do not qualify. Repairs should be ones that the veteran or their family are either physically or financially unable to do on their own. Repairs  will be provided at no cost to the selected homeowners.

Applications are available on the group's website at www.rebuildingtogetherquadcities.org. For all other questions, please call 563-322-6534.

The veteran-assistance project is an addition to the group's standard fall workday on Sept. 27, where Rebuilding Together volunteers from local corporations, churches and civic organizations will provide home repairs for elderly, low income and disabled homeowners. Rebuilding Together Quad Cities was founded as Hearts and Hammers in 1990, and, with the help of generous community volunteers and supporters, has completed more than 800 home repairs in the Quad Cities and surrounding area.

Rebuilding Together is the nation’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to providing a safe home for every person.

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Nick Teddy Foundation announces 5k website PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Larson   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 13:46
PORT BYRON, IL - The Nick Teddy Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its new event website, www.nickteddy5k.com. The “Nick Teddy 5k”, to be held September 13, 2014, includes races, kid’s games, food and entertainment, and a silent auction and raffle. This year cash prizes will be offered to overall male and female winners. At the new site, participants can browse photos, learn about The Nick Teddy Foundation and its mission, and register online.
This annual family event is held in memory of Nicholas Theodore Strub, a native of Port Byron, Ill., a 2000 graduate of Riverdale High School, and a 2004 Alumnus of Iowa State University. Nick fought a courageous battle against the pediatric cancer, Ewing’s sarcoma, for more than 5-years, until he died at age 29.
Proceeds from the “Nick Teddy 5k” will benefit the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative (www.sarcomahelp.org), which works to award sarcoma research grants to expert investigators around the world. In 2013, the event registered more than 400 runners and raised over $25,000.
In its first two years, The Nick Teddy Foundation has raised more than $42,000 for research, and to support local Ewing’s patients and their families. Currently, several area children and young adults are affected by this disease.
Race Directors: Holly Larson 309-798-3081 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Boys and Girls Clubs to Launch Great Futures Literary Challenge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:58
UPDATE: members of the community can start dropping off their donations of new or gently used books for young people at Boys & Girls Club locations and at Lagomarcino's in Moline. The Book Rack in Davenport has agreed to donate a big box of books, and more from the community would certainly be welcome.
IA/IL QUAD-CITIES – On Thursday, July 31, Boys and Girls Clubs across the country will celebrate the launch of the Great Futures Campaign to mobilize the community in support of today’s young people. As part of that campaign, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley has issued a community literary challenge, encouraging Quad-Citians to donate in support of young people, their reading habits, and the future of the community.
At 3 p.m., July 31, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley (BGCMV) will introduce the Great Futures Literary Challenge at their Davenport Club, located at First Presbyterian Church, 1702 Iowa Street, Davenport, IA.
“The community is invited to the event,” said Tim Tolliver, Chief Executive Officer of the BGCMV. “Quad-Citians will be asked to support literacy by donating new or gently used age-appropriate books for young people, ages 6 to 18. Each of our Clubs will conduct a reading contest from July 31 to December 12, with the winners of each club announced at our Holiday Ball event on December 13. Community members, companies and organizations are also welcome to donate to the general funds of the Boys and Girls Clubs, to help support our day-to-day operations.”
To prepare for the event, Quad-Citians are asked to drop off books before July 31 at any Boys & Girls Club location:
  • Moline Club, 406 7th Street, Moline, IL
  • Teen Center, 1122 5th Avenue, Moline, IL
  • Davenport Club, First Presbyterian Church, 1702 Iowa Street, Davenport, IA
  • Administrative Office, 338 6th Street, Moline, IL
At the July 31 event, the books that have been donated so far will be given to members of the Boys and Girls Clubs in attendance. People can continue to support the Great Futures Literary Challenge by dropping off books at the above locations until December 12.
Tolliver added that the BGCMV has started a Wish List on their Amazon.com account for donations of books, e-books, e-magazine subscriptions and gift cards. To locate the Wish List, go to Amazon.com, click on the Wish List tab in the upper right-hand corner and choose ‘Find a wish list or registry.’ On the next screen, enter BGCMV in the space provided to reach the page.
“At the Holiday Ball, we will reveal how many books were donated and read by Club members, and we will also share this information with the media,” Tolliver said.
The Needs of Today’s Children
Through the Great Futures Campaign, the BGCMV is joining Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide in bringing attention to the needs of today’s children. According to Tolliver, the BGCMV has multiple goals for the campaign, including:
  • Increase membership and access to Clubs for young people who need a safe place to go after school and during the summer.
  • Encourage regular reading habits and increase access to age-appropriate reading material.
  • Motivate kids to be healthy through better nutrition and health education, more access to healthy foods, avoidance of risky behaviors, and a lifelong commitment to fitness.
  • Ensure successful transitions to middle and high school, and foster college- or career-readiness with 21st century skills.
  • Engage youth in taking action in their community.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, one out of three children nationwide leave school every day with no place to go, putting them at risk of being unsupervised, unguided and unsafe. Statistics from the Afterschool Alliance show that during the summer, three out of four children in America lack access to summer learning programs, increasing their risk of learning loss and putting them at a disadvantage before the school year starts.  

Statistics from other sources show that today’s children also face additional problems:
  • The U.S. Census Bureau has found that one in five American kids live in poverty.
  • National Center for Health Statistics has revealed that three out of 10 kids nationwide are obese or overweight.
  • According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, our nation’s graduation rate ranks 22nd among 28 countries.
Tolliver is asking the public to help the BGCMV to reach more kids and put them on the path to a great future. “At the Boys & Girls Clubs, we’ve seen the positive impact that occurs when young people have access to a safe place with caring adult mentors and enriching programs during out-of-school time,” he said. “We want today’s generation to be successful in every aspect of their lives, so they can become future leaders for our country.”
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley, as a chartered member of Boys and Girls Clubs of America, is a tax-exempt organization, duly qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and contributions are tax-deductible in accordance with Federal law.
For more information on the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley, call (309) 757-5777 or visit www.bgcmv.org.
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