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Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kaaba Shriners   
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 13:28

Kaaba Shriners & Templar Chapter DeMolay Joint Fundraiser:

Spaghetti Dinner

Saturday, March 30, 2013

4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

To support the Kaaba & DeMolay Budget

Masonic Center

511 Veterans Memorial Parkway

Davenport, IA 52807

*Tickets are available in the Shrine Office.  Adults $5.00, Children ages 5 to 12 are $3.00, Children 4 & under are FREE.

*Please call the Shrine Office before March 27th to make ticket reservations at 563-386-2526.

Public invited to the Billy Davidson Breakfast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Donald Crow   
Friday, 01 March 2013 08:33

*** Reminder this Saturday, March 2nd ***

"Billy Davidson Breakfast"

-- Open to Public --

Bring your family and friends and have good fellowship

Bettendorf Masonic Center, 2412 Grant Street.

7:30 am - 9:00 am

$5:00 a person - children 6 years old or younger - $3:00

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.


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