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River Bend Foodbank receives $15,000 grant from The Amy Helpenstell Foundation in support of the Backpack Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Schroder   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:20

Davenport, IA— On October 15th, The Amy Helpenstell Foundation presented River Bend Foodbank with a check for $15,000 to support the Backpack Program. This is the 4th year The Amy Helpenstell Foundation has awarded a grant to River Bend Foodbank.

Tom Laughlin, River Bend Foodbank Executive Director, said, “This is an incredible donation and insures that children will not go hungry on the weekends throughout the school year. We are so thankful for the continued support from The Amy Helpenstell Foundation.”

The Backpack Program provides children at risk of hunger with nourishing food to take home on Fridays to get them through the weekend when programs like school breakfasts and lunches are not available.  The Backpack Program targets pre-school, elementary and middle school children who are at risk of chronic hunger.  These children are identified by name by their school staff.  Each child receives a weekly food pack on Fridays to put in their Backpacks and take home for the weekend.  The food is child friendly, easily consumed and vitamin fortified. The bags contain about eight items and include two “entrees” like stew or soup, two servings of fruit, cereal, milk, and juice. The Foodbank partners with the schools to select the children and distribute the food. Currently RBFB serves 47 schools and 1,700 of the neediest children in the Quad City Area.

4 Reasons Giving is Good for You PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:17
Philanthropist Says Money CAN Buy Happiness – But Only When You Give It Away

Many Americans are choosing to hold onto their money these days, a lesson learned from the 2008-09 financial crash.

It’s good to have savings – but not to the point of hoarding, says entrepreneur and philanthropist Tim McCarthy, author of “Empty Abundance,” (

Americans are saving at a rate of 5.30 percent, well above the record low of 0.80 percent in 2005, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The world’s billionaires are holding an average of $600 million each in cash, which is more than the gross domestic product of Dominica, according to the new Billionaire Census from Wealth-X and UBS. That’s up from $60 million the previous year, signaling that the very wealthy are keeping their money on the sidelines and waiting for an optimal investment time.

“All of us could invest part of our ‘fortune,’ great or small, on something that gives back on a deeper human level, such as non-predatory loans to individuals from impoverished communities,”

McCarthy diverts all of his business profits annually to his foundation, The Business of Good, which invests in socially conscious businesses and scalable nonprofit concepts.

He reviews what everyone has to gain from mindful giving.

•  Money buys you happiness – up to $75,000 worth. Life satisfaction rises with income, but everyday happiness – another measure of well-being – changes little once a person earns $75,000 per year, according to a 2010 Princeton study. Another widely published survey by psychologist Roy Baumeister suggested that “happiness, or immediate fulfillment, is largely irrelevant to meaningfulness.” In other words, so many who finally achieve financial excess are unfulfilled by the rewards that come with that.

•  Remember the wealth disconnection to overall fulfillment. A Gallup survey conducted in 132 countries found that people in wealthy countries rate themselves higher in happiness than those in poor countries. However, 95 percent of those surveyed in poverty-stricken countries such as Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan and Sierra Leone reported leading meaningful lives, while less than 60 percent reported the same in wealthier countries.

“While more investigation to wealth, happiness and well-being is certainly in order, I think it’s clear that while money is important, it cannot buy purpose, significance or overall satisfaction,” McCarthy says.

•  Giving money reliably equals happy money. Two behavioral scientists, Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton, explore in their recent book, “Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending,” what makes people engage in “prosocial behavior” – including charitable contributions, buying gifts and volunteering time. According to Dunn and Norton, recent research on happiness indicates that the most satisfying way of using money is to invest in others.

In 2010, multi-billionaires Warren Buffet and Bill and Melinda Gates co-founded The Giving Pledge, a long-term charitable effort that asks the wealthiest among us to commit to giving more than half of their fortunes to philanthropy. Among the first to join, Michael R. Bloomberg wrote in his pledge letter: “If you want to do something for your children and show how much you love them, the single best thing – by far – is to support organizations that will create a better world for them and their children.”  To date, 115 of our country’s 495 billionaires have pledged.

•  Anhedonia, amnesia and the fallacy of consumption. Anhedonia is the inability to enjoy activities that are typically found pleasurable.

“After making my wealth, I found that I suffered from anhedonia,” McCarthy says. “Mindful giving – intelligent and conscious giving to those who need it – turned out to be my best therapy.”

Everybody has experienced the limits of consumption, the economic law of diminishing returns. One cookie is nice and so, too, is your first $1 million. But at some point, your ability to enjoy eating cookies or earning millions diminishes more with each successive one.

“Everyone learns this lesson, yet the horror is that so many of us succeed in forgetting it,” McCarthy says. “I think that, in every moment, we need to remind ourselves that continually reaching for the next ‘cookie’ is not in our best interest.”

About Tim McCarthy

Tim McCarthy’s first business, WorkPlace Media, eventually built a permissioned database of 700,000 gatekeepers who reach more than 70 million employees with incentives for clients such as Coca-Cola, Lenscrafters and McDonalds. He sold the company in 2007 and recently bought it back. In 2003, he partnered with his son, Tim Patrick McCarthy, to open Raising Cane’s of Ohio, which had 13 stores with over $30 million in revenue in 2013. McCarthy, author of “Empty Abundance,” (, earned his bachelor’s in political science and MBA from Ohio State University. In 2008, he received the Fisher Alumnae Community Service Award and was named an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

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Written by Rhonda Johnson   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 09:43

Churches United of the Quad City Area has received a $20,000.00 grant from the Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund, in support of Winnie’s Place.  We are extremely grateful for this gift.

Winnie’s Place is a shelter serving women (and their children) who are homeless and/or victims of domestic violence. Last year, Winnie’s Place served a total of 119 women and 147 children residentially, provided 4151 lodgings, 8229 meals, and answered 859 crisis calls.

Churches United has a 53-year history of reaching out to our community. Its 134 member churches represent 50,000 people from the Quad City Area. As well as Winnie’s Place, Churches United operates 25 food pantries and 3 hot meal sites in the Quad City Area. For information about services offered, or ways to support Churches United, call 563-332-5002, or visit our website at


Cold Weather Clothes for Children Are Needed! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 15:23

The Salvation Army Announces the 2014 Project Bundle Up Collection Event

Quad Cities, USA: As families find it harder and harder to make ends meet, The Salvation Army asks the community to step in and help children stay warm this coming winter. The Project Bundle Up Event hosted by KWQC TV-6 makes donating easy. This heart-warming event is sponsored by Floor Trader.

WHERE: KWQC TV-6 at 805 Brady Street, Davenport, IA

WHEN: Thursday, October 16, 2014

HOURS: 6:00am – 6:30pm

The Salvation Army will deliver thousands of cold weather clothing items to Quad Cities’ elementary & middle schools to fill the needs of students who arrive at school without these essential items. School teachers are on the frontlines watching for children who come to school without mittens & gloves, hats, socks, underwear, and scarves, and Project Bundle Up fills this need.


“The need increases every year. Last year’s delivery to 27 schools was over 7,000 items, and that was a really cold winter – we know they were put to good use!” stated Patty Mixdorf, Event Coorindator at The Salvation Army.

Donations can also be mailed, marked “Project Bundle Up,” to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 3972, Davenport, IA 52808. A gift of any size by October 31, 2014 will greatly help!

In From The Cold of the Quad Cities, Inc. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Harvey Wiley   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 09:14

In From The Cold is celebrating our 22nd year of presenting our Mayors Hunger Luncheon. We would like to cordially invite the press and the public to attend our announcement of this year’s grant recipients. This will take place at LeClaire Park in Davenport in front of the band shell on Monday, October 20th at 12 noon.

This year’s Mayors Hunger Luncheon will be November 5th in the Golden Leaf Banquet Center at 2902 East Kimberly Road in Davenport. Doors open at 11 with a meal at noon.

Over the years, IFTC has raised almost $500,000 to help fund homeless service providers and related agencies in the Quad City area.


Contact: Harvey Wiley

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563-386-7477 x254

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