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UNDERWEAR COLLECTION TO BENEFIT THE NEEDY AND HOMELESS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grant Curtis   
Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:35
Underwear Because We Care is excited to announce the dates for this year’s underwear collection. The campaign will begin on October 6, 2013 and conclude November 3, 2013. The campaign will collect packages of new underwear; underpants, undershirts, bras and socks for Women, Children and Men. We will also collect clean, serviceable prosthetic bras for distribution to women in need.

The following places have agreed to be drop points: Trinity Episcopal Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Albans Church, Blue Grass Presbyterian Church, all Churches in the Catholic Diocese of Davenport. The following business has agreed to be collection points: The Hair Society, Bettendorf. Additional drop off points are being developed and will be announced prior to the beginning of the campaign.

The underwear will be distributed to organizations that provide shelter for the needy and homeless.

Additional distribution, subject to adequate collections, will be made to other organizations that serve clients who have a need for underwear.

Please call Grant Curtis at 563-528-0835 for information or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with a subject line of Underwear Donations.

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Food Drive at Modern Woodmen Park PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rick Martin   
Tuesday, 20 August 2013 06:54

This evening, volunteers from Churches United of the Quad City Area will be hosting Strike Out Hunger, a food drive at Modern Woodmen Park. 

Fans are asked to bring non-perishable food items with them to the game tonight and in return the River Bandits will give them 2 Bandit Bucks per item up to 5 items (10 Bandit Bucks) per family. 

All food collected will be distributed to many of the 24 local food pantries that Churches United oversees. The food collection will take place from 5:30 until approx. 7:30 this evening. Churches United thanks you for your support.

 
AmeriCorps NCCC Team: Fun in the Sun with Camp Courageous PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Charlie Becker   
Friday, 16 August 2013 14:27
Monticello, Iowa – An AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team is providing additional support to Camp Courageous from August 9 to September 27. The team is serving as camp counselors to help children and adults with disabilities have an enjoyable summer through camp festivities.

The NCCC team of nine from the Vinton, Iowa campus is assisting with activity scheduling, greeting campers, helping campers settle into camp, scheduling weekly activities, assisting with personal care, promoting activity participation, assisting campers in preparing to return home and performing maintenance work around the campsite.

Through their service work with Camp Courageous, the NCCC team is allowing the camp to host a greater number of campers and decreases the waiting list dramatically. Every year, over 6,000 individuals with disabilities are served by the camp but hundreds are left on a waiting list.

“The opportunity to impact individuals’ lives in a positive manner, such as the one we are being given at Camp Courageous, is really exciting. I look forward to our adventure,” says NCCC member Reilly Allen from Littleton, Colo.

Camp Courageous is year-round camp for recreational activities serving the disabled population. The camp enables disabled children and adults to grow socially and personally through the encouragement of a supportive staff. The camp was founded in 1972 with the donation of 40-acres of land dedicated to the establishment of a site to serve the disabled. Today, Camp Courageous serves over 6,000 individuals yearly, ranging from infants to elderly.

AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, 10-month, residential, national service program in which 2,800 young adults - all 18 to 24 years old- serve nationwide each year. The NCCC program oversees two service tracks – Traditional NCCC and FEMA Corps – and members in these programs serve in teams of eight to twelve on three to seven service projects during their service. NCCC Members serve on projects that address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. FEMA Corps Members focus solely on emergency management and long-term recovery projects through FEMA. The North Central Region campus in Vinton, Iowa is one of five regional campuses in the United States and serves Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The other campuses are located in Baltimore, Md.; Sacramento, Calif.; Vicksburg, Miss.; and Denver, Colo.

In exchange for their service, members receive $5,550 to help pay for college, or to pay back existing student loans. Other benefits include a small living stipend, room and board, leadership development, increased self-confidence, and the knowledge that, through active citizenship, people can indeed make a difference. AmeriCorps NCCC is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Corporation improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC programs, visit the website at www.nationalservice.gov/nccc.

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WQPT NAMES ALLISON FOSTER 2013 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Friday, 16 August 2013 13:33

MOLINE, ILLINOIS – WQPT honored its youngest Volunteer of the Year naming Allison Foster, a 14-year-old freshman at Rock Island High School, the 2013 recipient.

Foster was presented the award by WQPT General Manager Mary Pruess and WQPT Special Projects Coordinator Bea Brasel at a breakfast celebration Aug. 7.

“Allison became involved with WQPT as a member of our Kids Club. As the years have gone by, Allison has continued as a volunteer, including becoming our ‘go-to’ talent for costume characters,” said Brasel. "Volunteers are important to WQPT. In our 30-year history we have relied on more than 7,000 volunteers in various capacities doing everything from stuffing envelopes to serving as pledge talent.”

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois.

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Milan, Illinois couple establishes $2.8 million foundation to benefit Village of Milan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Anderson   
Friday, 16 August 2013 13:21

Milan, Illinois – The Grant W. Brissman and Virginia M. Brissman Foundation has been established to benefit the Village of Milan. The Foundation assets total $2.8 million, and it will make its first grants this fall. Applications are now being accepted from nonprofit organizations located in Milan.

Grant and Virginia Brissman were long time residents of Milan, Illinois. Grant Brissman was a graduate of Rock Island High School and the former Brown's Business College. He was a pioneer Milan business owner, having started Brissman's Auto Supply in 1948. The company served Milan and the surrounding communities for nearly 30 years before Mr. Brissman retired in 1978.

Virginia Brissman worked for the Illinois Bell Telephone Co. for 40 years before retiring from her position as a schedule clerk in 1977. They had been married for 60 years when Grant Brissman passed away at the age of 88 on April 3, 2004. Virginia Brissman was 94 when she passed away on January 23, 2010. The Foundation was established through their estate.

The mission of the Grant W. Brissman and Virginia M. Brissman Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the Village of Milan, Illinois by funding work to enhance youth development, foster community development, support cultural activities, and invest in ways to relieve the suffering of underprivileged people.

Grant and Virginia Brissman were active in their community, and cared about helping their neighbors. Grant was a World War II Army veteran and received a battlefield commission as a 1st Lieutenant. Together they were members of Calvary Lutheran Church in Moline, and the Holiday Ramblers R.V. Club, and the Pinnacle Country Club in Milan, where Grant was an avid golfer. He also was a Founding Director and Founding Shareholder of Blackhawk State Bank in Milan, where he has served on the board of directors for many years.

The Brissmans appointed a board of directors to oversee their Foundation. Grant applications are available on the Foundation’s website at www.brissmanfoundation.org and are due by October 15th. Nonprofit organizations located within the Village of Milan, Illinois, are eligible to apply. Organizations located outside of Milan may be considered if they provide significant services benefitting the Village of Milan and its residents. The administration of the Foundation will be conducted by the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend.

“This partnership between the Brissman’s Foundation and the Community Foundation ensures that the charitable wishes of Grant and Virginia will be carried out for years to come,” said Susan Skora, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend. “We are regional experts in philanthropy, identifying community needs, and the grant making processes, and will provide our support to The Grant W. Brissman and Virginia M. Brissman Foundation to create maximum impact in the Village of Milan.”

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