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The Feinstein Foundation helps Churches United fight Hunger in the Quad Cities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Anne Wachal   
Thursday, 28 February 2013 11:03

Alan Feinstein Foundation to give away $1 Million dollars to fight hunger.

Churches United of the Quad City Area is one of those agencies that will receive a proportionate amount of the $1 million dollars based on what is raised between March 1 and April 30, 2012.

Help Us, Help Others...

Your donation between March 1 and April 30 will help us raise needed dollars to help feed the thousands of Quad Citians through our 24 food pantries on both sides of the river.

Mail your check to Churches United of the Quad City Area, 2535 Tech Dr, Suite 205, Bettendorf, Iowa.  Please indicate either Hunger or Feinstein Challenge in the memo line.  If sending cash, please enclose a note stating Hunger or Feinstein Challenge.

Many thanks for caring!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clinton Welcomes New Executive Director PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kellie Hillis   
Thursday, 28 February 2013 09:54

Clinton, IA (February 26, 2013) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clinton, a non-profit agency providing one-to-one youth service mentoring since 1982, welcomes Kellie Hillis as their new Executive Director.

“We are excited to have Kellie join us,” said Michael Vopatek, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clinton Board President.  “Her experience and expertise in event planning, fundraising and social media will help us expand our programs.”

Kellie’s resume includes over 12 years of event organization, administration, communications and marketing experience.  She also brings with her a knowledge of social marketing.   Prior to this appointment she was an entertainment and marketing technologies manager for Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf, developing and implementing social media branding campaigns, planning and organizing entertainment & events and creating revenue enhancing programs.  Kellie has also served as a board member of local nonprofit organizations.

“I look forward to using my knowledge and expertise to help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clinton grow,” remarks Kellie.  “Their programs provide a much needed service that gives area children the opportunity to succeed socially and academically.”

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clinton makes a difference in the lives of children and youth and empowers them to realize their highest potential by providing professionally guided one-to-one relationships with caring adults.  Through mentoring, we positively impact individuals, families, schools and communities.

Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, including educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships.  Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches in building safe, enduring relationships.  With about 350 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves nearly 630,000 children, volunteers and families. Learn how you can positively impact a child’s life, donate or volunteer or join a BFKS event near you at


Local churches helping immigrants learn the computer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nora Steele   
Thursday, 28 February 2013 09:07

Refugee students attending English as a Second Language classes at the Church of Peace in Rock Island are now learning computer skills….thanks to a cooperation among local churches

(Rock Island, IL)  The Rock Island County Regional Office of Education and the 21st CCLC grant funds the “Lights ON For Learning”  program at the Church of Peace which focuses on teaching English and basic life skills.  But according to the Church’s Director of Operations, Nora Steele, the students cannot even apply for a job without knowledge of a computer and she was determined to create a computer lab for them.

Steele approached the Council of Church of Peace and asked the members if a room could be refigured as a computer lab.  They agreed.  Then she wrote to a neighboring church, Edwards Congregational Church in Davenport, to help fund this.  It agreed to help.  So, with $2,500 six Gateway computers and printers were purchased, and a wall was put up in an existing  room to create the lab for the students at the Church of Peace.  Steele says the lab is helping the students learn so much. “When all 6 computers have someone sitting at them, it is so much fun to watch the students' faces.  They are usually working on website, and they are learning letters and numbers both.  They enjoy being able to teach themselves, and find so much joy in using the mouse!”

Steele says the students work every day on their computer skills with the help of Black Hawk teachers Brenda Kirby and Marilyn Nesbitt, and volunteer computer teacher Bill Coopman.

***The media is invited to see the computer classes in action on Tuesday, February 26th at 10:00 am at the Church of Peace (address).  Steele, the teachers and students will be available for interviews***

Church of Peace’s site coordinator, Lisa Viaene, says computers were something many of the refugees have never heard of let alone had the opportunity to use before this grant funded lab came about.  “Most of the students have never had any education in their own country and struggle with writing their names, addresses, etc.  For some holding a pencil correctly is a challenge, but navigating a computer mouse seems to be an easier task for them.  Being able to offer time to work with the computer on simply literacy programs has had such a positive impact on all the students.  It also allows them to learn at their own pace and with head phones they can hear the words more clearly than in a large classroom.”

Viaene says many students do not want to leave the lab each day.  She says some  students are working on their US Citizenship while others are doing basic literacy work.  She anticipate the teachers will see improved test scores by the end of the school year.


Christian Care to Participate in Feinstein Challenge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ann Ring   
Thursday, 28 February 2013 08:59
Rock Island -- For the 16th consecutive year, the Alan Shawn Feinstein Foundation in Rhode Island will divide $1 million among hunger-fighting agencies nationwide, including Christian Care.

Mr. Feinstein will provide a percentage of the million dollars to Christian Care, depending on the amount of donations the organization receives. Your donations can include cash, checks, food items (valued by the Feinstein Foundation at $1 per item or pound), or pledges. Many donors have found that pledging maximizes their efforts. For example, a $25 per month pledge for just ten months equates to $250, and Christian Care will receive credit for the full $250 amount. All monetary donations, food donations and pledges must indicate that they are designated for the Feinstein Hunger Challenge. The more donations Christian Care receives between March 1 and April 30, the more Feinstein Hunger Challenge money they will receive.

"Why am I doing this?" asks Mr. Feinstein. "Because I believe that each of us was put here on earth to do what we can to help those in need. You got this opportunity because we feel that you believe that, too. Your donation makes you a partner in it with me!" In fact, your donation toward this campaign makes you a partner in the most successful ongoing effort ever to fight hunger.

This help is vital to Christian Care. Last year, as a Feinstein Challenge participant, Christian Care received much-needed financial donations and added a significant amount of food to their pantry. This help enabled Christian Care to serve almost 60,000 meals to residents and needy members of the Quad Cities community. For questions or more information about Christian Care's participation in the Feinstein Challenge, contact Andrea St. Claire at (309) 786-5734 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Written by Charlie Becker   
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 15:19
MONTICELLO, IOWA. The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust has announced a matching gift of $157,521 for use in the Camp Courageous Pool Renovation HVAC Project (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system).

According to camp's director, Charlie Becker, the camp's indoor pool is one of the favorite activities for all individuals with special needs who attend camp each year. In addition to the over 6,000 campers with special needs using the pool each year, the pool is an asset to the area, offering an extensive after school winter swimming lesson program. Running from December until March, approximately 400 children participate in this program. The pool is also open daily to the public for open swim hours and pool rentals. Between campers and the public, it is estimated 100,000 individuals have used the pools since it was built.

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust funded half of the original cost of the pool… which represented $375,000 of a $750,000 project. The project grew to $1-million-dollars when many of camp's traditional volunteer contractors, who had never worked on a pool of this size, did not want to take the risk of a project of this magnitude.

In 2010, Aquatics International Awarded The Camp Courageous' Indoor Pool "2010 Best of Aquatics -Wellness/Rehab Center". The judge's commented, "The camp's commitment to its donors' dollars is very impressive."

Camp is now seeking funds, to be matched by the Carver Trust up to $157,521, for an HVAC system for the Camp Courageous Indoor Pool. The pool is about 12-years old, and due to the nature of chemicals and water used within the structure, the current ventilation duct system, housed within the cement deck that surrounds both pools, has substantially caved in. This has greatly limited the free flow of air, dehumidification, and the quality of air in the building. Currently only one of two dehumidification systems work. The camp decided it would be better to install a new overhead HVAC system, than spend thousands and thousands of dollars making repairs---just to get by for another year or so.

Gifts of $1,000 or more will have a block engraved in the pool to the donor's liking. Donations can be sent to: Camp Courageous Pool Project, PO Box 418, Monticello IA 52310 or go on-line at:

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