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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:

WQPT Announces PBS and Member Stations Mark 10 Years as America’s Most Trusted Institution and an “Excellent” Use of Tax Dollars PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Friday, 22 February 2013 15:41

National Research Again Confirms PBS KIDS as the Most Educational TV/Media Brand, the Safest On-Air and Online Destination for Children and the Top Provider of Content That Helps Children Learn Reading, Math and Essential Skills

Moline, IL – Today WQPT, Quad Cities PBS Interim General Manager Jamie Lange announced that an annual national survey conducted over the last 10 years has consistently confirmed that PBS and its member stations are ranked first in trust among nationally known institutions and are considered an “excellent” use of tax dollars by the American public. The yearly study has also called PBS the most fair network for news and public affairs 10 consecutive times. In the most current round of research, PBS KIDS was named the most educational TV/media brand, the safest destination for children to watch television or visit online, and the top provider of content that helps children learn reading, math and essential skills. In each question, PBS KIDS significantly outscored cable and commercial broadcast television.

The research was conducted in January 2013 by the independent, non-partisan research firm ORC International. Each year, PBS commissions research to measure its performance and value as judged by its most important stakeholder – the American public.

“For the past 30 years WQPT, as the local public television station, has worked to be a trusted resource, not only on our air, but in our community. We are proud of our PBS brand and of the work WQPT does locally,” said Lange.

PBS Ranks #1 in Public Trust – Nearly Twice the Level of Trust Than Courts of Law

More than 4 in 5 people trust PBS (85% “trust a great deal” or “trust somewhat”). The 2013 study marks the 10th time in a row that PBS was called the nation’s most-trusted institution among a consideration set that includes courts of law, newspapers, and others. The study found that respondents had nearly twice the level of trust in PBS (46% “trust a great deal”) over the nearest institution, courts of law (27% “trust a great deal”).

PBS Considered Top Use of Tax Dollars

·        Only military defense outranked PBS as the best value for the American tax dollar. Three-quarters (75%) of those polled called PBS an “excellent” (22%) or “good” (52%) use of their tax dollars. Military defense was described as “excellent” or “good” by 77% (27% “excellent” or 50% “good”).

·        Nearly 3 in 4 participants (76%) believe federal funding for PBS is money well spent.

PBS Named the Most Fair Network

More than 4 in 10 respondents (43%) called PBS’ news coverage, investigations and discussions of issues “mostly fair” (when asked to choose among “liberal,” “mostly fair” and “conservative”). PBS outscored all other sources in the “mostly fair” category, including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX News and MSNBC.

PBS KIDS Called #1 Educational TV/Media Brand, Top Builder of Critical Skills, and Safest
On-Air and Online Destination

·        More than 4 in 10 respondents (44%) named PBS KIDS the most educational TV/media brand, significantly outscoring the second most highly rated brand, Disney, which was considered most educational by 12%.

·        Eighty-six percent (86%) agreed “strongly or somewhat” that PBS “helps children improve their reading and math skills.” Cable and commercial broadcast television received this rating from 51% and 43% of respondents, respectively.

·        Eighty-one percent (81%) agreed “strongly or somewhat” that “PBS helps prepare children for success in school and life.” This statement was equated with cable television and commercial broadcast television by 48% and 44% of participants, respectively.

·        Eighty-eight percent (88%) agreed “strongly or somewhat” that PBS “is a trusted and safe place for children to watch television.” Fifty-one percent (51%) and 49% of respondents agreed with this statement regarding cable and commercial broadcast television, respectively.

·        More than 3 in 4 respondents (78%) agreed “strongly or somewhat” that PBS “is a trusted and safe place for children to visit online,” while this statement was attributed to cable television and commercial broadcasters by only 41% and 37% of the sample, respectively.

·        Eighty-one percent (81%) agreed “strongly or somewhat” that PBS is “the innovator” in children’s educational media. Forty-seven percent (47%) percent and 40% of participants also applied this statement to cable and commercial broadcast television, respectively.

Full results are available at

Survey Methodology

For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Jan McNamara, PBS Corporate Communications, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 703-739-5028.

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About WQPT

WQPT, serving 309,000 households in eastern Iowa and western Illinois, is dedicated to the concept of lifelong learning. The station went on the air in November 1983 and is a public media service of Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, located in Moline, Illinois.

Pastors on Parade RESCHEDULED! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kit Miller   
Thursday, 21 February 2013 08:50

Fareway Stores & Camp Courageous Working Together PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Charlie Becker   
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 09:34
With Camp Courageous serving over 6,000 campers with special needs each year, it takes a tremendous amount of food to feed that many hungry campers, along with meeting the needs of so many special diets.

Fareway Stores are giving the public the opportunity to purchase cases of selected foods at special case price as a donation to the camp.

A special coupon will be in the Fareway store ad for the week of February 11, 2013. The public can choose the number of selected cases of food they would like to donate to camp. The coupon can be used at 15 participating stores and the public can pay along with their other grocery items. Fareway Store employees will do the rest to make sure it reaches Camp.

Participating Fareway Store locations are: Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Dubuque, Dyersville, Hiawatha, Iowa City East, Iowa City West, Independence, Manchester, Maquoketa, Marion, Monticello, Muscatine, North Liberty, and Vinton.


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