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Written by Mark McLaughlin
Friday, 01 November 2013 14:37
MOLINE, IL – On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the Boys & Girls Club of the Mississippi (BGCMV) will hold their annual fundraising event, the 2013 Steak & Burger Dinner. The theme of this year’s event will be Open the Door to a Great Future and according to Tim Tolliver, the new Chief Professional Officer of the organization, “I can tell you from firsthand experience that opening doors for young people is what the group is all about.”
The fundraising event will be held at the iWireless Center, 1201 River Dr., Moline, IL. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and a program at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 each. Individual tickets and tables for groups are available by calling (309) 757-5777.
“The program for the event will include a new video featuring Club youth with their parents, teachers and other significant adults who shape a kid’s experience during a typical Club day,” Tolliver said. Club members representing the Davenport and Moline Clubs, as well as the Teen Center, will entertain with song, dance and skits. Adults will dine with the young performers and get to know more about their lives and club activities. Also, awards will be presented to volunteers, and staff members will be recognized for their dedication to the mission of the organization.
Tolliver, formerly of St. Louis, Missouri, was selected as Chief Professional Officer after the organization’s Board of Directors conducted a nationwide search to fill the position. “We hope that many Quad-Citians will come to our event to meet Tim and welcome him to the community,” said Chris Johnson, President of the BGCMV Board. “Tim was once a Club kid himself, as was his son. He truly represents how involvement in the Boys and Girls Clubs can help families and lead to a better future for young people.”
“The Boys & Girls Clubs helped to ensure my success in life,” Tolliver said. “I was raised in a dangerous neighborhood, and the Boys & Girls Clubs helped me to realize there was a big world beyond that neighborhood. It also taught me that life is about helping others.”
Daily Support for the Community
Johnson noted that the funds raised through the Steak & Burger Dinner help the BGCMV to continue to offer daily support to the community. “For some of the kids who come to our clubs, the food they get when they visit may be the only meal they can really count on that day,” he said. “The funds raised through this annual event do much to improve our community’s future and quality of life.”
The BGCMV is funded by individual and corporate donations, grants and special events. Proceeds from the annual Steak & Burger Dinner supplement the organization’s operational budget by approximately $40,000. Typically, the Clubs of the BGCMV serve about 250 kids each day.
Sponsors of the Steak & Burger Dinner include Founding Sponsor, Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc.; Leadership Partner, Modern Woodmen; Platinum Partners, DHCU Community Credit Union, IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union, iWireless Center, and McDonald’s; Gold Partners, UnityPoint Health, Willis, and Group O; and Silver Partners, the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Hanson Watson, Genesis Health System, First Trust & Savings Bank, and Bush Construction.
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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Boys and Girls Clubs?
The Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) is a national organization that provides affordable out-of-school programs for youth ages 6-18. Located in all 50 states and on military bases throughout the world, Boys and Girls Clubs is consistently ranked as one of the best organizations for youth in the country. Nationwide, BGCA serves more than 4 million youth in 4,000 Clubs. The local chapter in the Quad Cities is the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley (BGCMV).
Where are the Boys and Girls Clubs locations in the Quad-Cities?
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 St., Moline, IL 61265
What are the hours of operation for the BGCMV?
Davenport and Moline Club: After-school until 6:00 p.m.
The Club: After-school until 6:30 p.m.
Summer Hours, Early Dismissals, and No School Days vary.
What makes BGCMV different from other after-school programs?
There are characteristics that touch most youth agencies; however, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley demonstrates these unique characteristics:
Building Centered: BGCMV is a place, an actual building designed for youth programs and activities.
For All Boys and Girls: BGCMV serves all boys and girls, ages 6-18.
Daily Access to Programs: BGCMV locations are open when youth need them the most. They are open Monday through Friday, when youth have free time and need positive alternatives. They are also open on non-holidays when members are not in school.
Affordable: Members pay no more than $25 per program and no child is ever turned away due to inability to pay.
Accessible and Community Based: BGCMV locations are found in neighborhoods where kids need them the most and similar resources are not available.
Trained Professional Staff: Trained and caring youth development professionals provide daily guidance and supervision to Club members and serve as role models and mentors.
Tested, Proven Curricula: BGCMV members participate in a variety of programs in the areas of: Education and Career Development; Character and Leadership Development; Health and Life Skills; The Arts; and Sports, Fitness and Recreation.
Is BGCMV the same as Big Brothers Big Sisters?
No, Big Brothers Big Sisters is a mentoring program pairing adult volunteers with individual youth. BGCA is a comprehensive youth development program that serves all its members in one place during out-of-school hours.
What is a typical day at BGCMV like?
During the school year, all members are expected to complete their homework daily during Power Hour. Staff and volunteers are on hand to assist with any questions members may have.
After that, members participate in different activities. BGCMV has a wide variety of programs in five Core Program Areas: Education and Career Development, Character and Leadership Development, Health and Life Skills, The Arts, and Sports, Fitness, and Recreation. BGCMV also provides guest speakers, special events, and field trips to members.
After program time, members have Social Recreation time, where they can learn recreation games such as pool or ping pong, play video games, finish art projects, and have free time with their friends. All BGCMV clubs provide free snacks and meals to members daily.
Who can belong to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley?
Any child between the ages of 6 to 18 years old who is currently enrolled in school.
How much does it cost to be a member at the BGCMV?
Davenport and Moline Clubs: $12 per year
Teen Center “The Club”: $25 per year
Additional fees may apply to Summer Programs (generally $20)
Why are BGCMV fees so low?
Fees are kept low so that the BGCMV is accessible to all children. The target population is those who are most at risk.
How is the BGCMV funded?
All funding comes from individual and corporate donations, grants and special events.
How does the BGCMV keep so many children in its program?
BGCMV is NOT a court-ordered program. Members come to BGCMV locations because they want to. The number 1 reason kids come to Club is to have FUN. This is a drop-in program so they can leave at any time. The BGCMV keeps it fun so that kids want to stay.
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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 www.amyhelpenstell.org or call 563-326-2840. The Amy Helpenstell Foundation is administered by the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend.
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Written by Miriam Pritchard
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 07:40
You can help out a local group of young adults and get your small jobs taken care of, too.
Soon the leaves will be falling and homeowners will need to rake their leaves. Don't despair! Theplace2b youth have decided to offer their services and rake leaves and do other yard work for members of the community. After a youth council meeting, they have agreed to offer their services for free for the elderly and disabled. They request that those who do not fall in this category give a donation to their group fund. They are saving money for a new pool table and a new PS3 control for theplace2b. The youth will be supervised by staff and are available after school and on the weekends. If you need some help, please contact Miriam.
or 309-786-2030. Spread the word!
Theplace2b is a safe haven for homeless, displaced and at-risk youth in Rock Island and Scott Counties, located in the YWCA Annex in downtown Rock Island at 1600 2nd Avenue. The center is open from 3:00-9:00 pm, Monday through Friday, providing warmth, food, clothing, shelter, homework help, creative programming, and counseling for the youth.
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Written by Christina Coleman
Monday, 28 October 2013 14:50
Inaugural Event to be held on November 13, 2013
Athletes/Celebrities vs. Sponsors & Guests in Grand-Gaming Tournament,
sponsored by SONY Playstation and EA SPORTS
Major League Baseball All-Star outfielder and Chicago native, Curtis Granderson and the Grand Kids Foundation (501c3) will host inaugural Grand-Giving Fundraiser to benefit The Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Granderson, born and raised in Chicago’s south suburbs, is a life-long Chicagoan. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Curtis is one of approximately thirty-six current professional baseball players with a four-year college degree.
The Grand Kids Foundation will launch a series of Chicago-based community programs, starting with the Grand-Giving Fundraiser to benefit The Greater Chicago Food Depository’s Kids Café program, which provides children with nutritious meals at after-school programs and during the summer at sites throughout Cook County – as nearly 1 in 5 children are food insecure. Granderson will personally visit two Kids Café sites pre-event – Kelly Hall YMCA and Miguel A. Barretto Boys & Girls Club.
“Children should never have to worry about where or when they will have their next meal”, said Granderson. “Kids who go hungry can fall behind in virtually every way – physically, behaviorally and academically. The Grand Kids Foundation and our Grand-Giving event partners are dedicated to making a difference in Chicago this holiday season, and all year long.”
“We are very grateful to Curtis Granderson for his support of the Greater Chicago Food Depository and programs that provide food for Chicago’s children,” said Kate Maehr, executive director and CEO of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. “Curtis has been a philanthropic leader among Major League Baseball players, and we’re pleased to partner with him on this initiative.”
The inaugural Grand-Giving Fundraiser is an interactive event featuring a Grand-Gaming DreamSeat Lounge sponsored by SONY Playstation and EA SPORTS in which sponsors and guests can compete against athletes and celebrities. The event is supported by Pete’s Fresh Market, New Balance, SONY Playstation, EA SPORTS, DreamSeats, Uber, John Barleycorn and more.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
John Barleycorn River North
149 West Kinzie
Chicago, IL 60654
About the Grand Kids Foundation:
Established in 2007, the Grand Kids Foundation (501c3) focuses on aiding positive youth development via education, physical fitness and nutrition - providing tools and resources for educational and societal advancement. In 2009, Curtis released a children’s book, All You Can Be, which shares personal stories from his youth encouraging children to chase after their dreams. Proceeds from All You Can Be benefit the Grand Kids Foundation.
Curtis Granderson serves as a National Ambassador of the White House’s anti-obesity campaign Let’s Move, National Spokesperson of the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Drink Up water initiative and International Ambassador of Major League Baseball. In 2012, Granderson made a personal donation of $5 Million to his alma mater – The University of Illinois at Chicago – for the development of Curtis Granderson’s Grand Kids Youth Academy at UIC, which will serve Chicago’s inner-city youth (2014).
Social Handle: @CGrand14
About The Greater Chicago Food Depository:
The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository, founded in 1979, makes a daily impact across Cook County with a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile programs, children’s programs, older adult programs and innovative responses that address the root causes of hunger. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 66 million pounds of shelf-stable food, fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 150,000 meals every day. For more information, visit chicagosfoodbank.org
or call 773-247-FOOD.