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The Arc of the Quad Cities Area will hold a Ribbon Cutting & Dedication Ceremony of its new group home. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maureen Dickinson   
Thursday, 18 October 2012 07:47
WHO: Individuals served, staff, board members, organization members and family of individuals
served will be in attendance. The Arc’s Board of Directors, Staff, and Quad Cities
Chamber representatives will conduct the ceremony. Mayor John Thodos and
Alderman Gary Almblade of the City of East Moline have been invited, as well as
project contractors. The event is by invitation only and is open to the media.

WHAT: Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony celebrating the licensing of The Arc’s newest
Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA group home). Additionally the
home will be dedicated and named the “LaSalle House,” in grateful memory of
Manita LaSalle, lifelong Moline resident and special friend of The Arc. A reception
offering light refreshments will follow.


WHEN: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
1 pm


Publicly announcing this major program expansion of The Arc’s residential services.

4013/4015 Kennedy Drive
East Moline, Illinois

The Arc of the Quad Cities Area serves more than 300 individuals with intellectual and other
disabilities. Programs foster the highest degree of independence possible, offering residential
services, developmental and vocational skills training, supported employment, and respite
care. From its humble beginnings in the home of a privately-hired teacher in 1952, The Arc has
evolved to a $13.5 million non-profit which employs a staff of more than 250.

The Arc is a CARF-accredited organization and a United Way partner agency.

The Arc of the Quad Cities Area
4016 9th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201

309-786-6474 –

U.S. Veteran Charities: Beyond Lip Service PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 09:43
SEAL Team 6 Author Discusses Value of Legit Nonprofits

With the war in Afghanistan set to end in 2014, and the Iraq war having ended two years ago, charities that help veterans and their families may be busier than ever – but without the public awareness generated by an ongoing conflict.

Support for the war effort in Afghanistan is on par with the unpopular Vietnam War during the early 1970s, according to a recent Associated Press-GfK poll; only 27 percent of Americans support the effort in Afghanistan. A fundamental difference between then and now, however, is Americans’ nearly unanimous support of U.S. troops, says J. L. Narmi, author of SEAL Team 6, bin Laden and Beyond (

“The vitriol expressed toward our Vietnam veterans by many was disgusting, but I think we learned from that injustice, and most Americans think the troops deserve much more support than they’re getting,” says Narmi, who comes from a military family. All proceeds from his book sales will go to support veterans’ charities.

“The problem is that funding, whether it’s through government or private charities, doesn’t match the expressed support,” he says. “And I worry that will only get worse as these soldiers move out of the public eye and try to take up peace-time lives.”

Narmi cites some good resources for Americans looking for quality charities that support the troops:

• The Wounded Warrior Project ( With advances in protective gear and life-saving medical technology, fewer troops are coming home in coffins than in previous wars, but more are coming back with lifelong injury. This charity seeks to foster a generation of well-adjusted wounded service members, and to raise public awareness about their needs and how fellow military men and women can help each other.

• The Navy SEAL Foundation ( As detailed in Narmi’s novel, SEALs are among the most physically and mentally talented individuals in the world. But they, along with their families, endure enormous stressors, many of which are never discussed due to the nature of their duties. This charity supports these elite warriors and their families.

• Charity Navigator ( Whether or not you think you know about the legitimacy of a charitable organization, it doesn’t hurt to take a few minutes to verify an organization’s status. This site is widely recognized by investigative reporters to be a reliable resource in reporting a nonprofit’s activity. The above two groups, in which Narmi has donated money, have been verified via Charity Navigator.

• Still not sure? … Skepticism is understandable. It seems the more we hear or read about charities, the more we learn that we shouldn’t simply take their word for how donations will be spent. Media coverage spotlights those outlier groups that are clearly fraudulent; however, most charitable organizations are absolutely streamlined, with workers donating their time or receiving a minimal wage. It has never been easier to verify a charity’s reputation. Additionally, for those with the time and willingness, individuals may create their own nonprofit. Narmi is working to set up his own, called Hire the Vets!

“If everyone who said they support the troops gave just a modest amount to help a veteran that has risked his or her life for our freedom, we would come across far fewer tragedies on the news about vet-related joblessness, homelessness and suicide,” he says.

About J. L. Narmi

J. L. Narmi comes from family with deep roots in the military; his brother, retired Rear Admiral Ronald E. Narmi, worked closely with SEAL teams throughout his career. Narmi’s fascination with the Navy SEALs resulted in “”SEAL Team 6, bin Laden and Beyond,” which was completed just eight days before the real-life mission that resulted in bin Laden’s death. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and earned his MBA from Creighton University. Narmi is a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute of the Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania.

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Written by Linda Martin   
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:35

East Moine Mayor John Thodos will join representatives of the East Moline Foundation on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 to announce the kickoff of a new program to benefit the citizens of East Moline and the surrounding area. The announcement will begin at 10:00 a.m. outdoors at the Quarter in East Moline at the intersection of 7th Street and Beacon Harbor Parkway.

The Quarter is a residential/commercial development located along the riverfront at the western edge of East Moline.

In celebration of their one year anniversary, the East Moline Foundation will also announce the status of their fundraising efforts. One year ago tomorrow, the East Moline Foundation was officially unveiled to the community. Since then, the Board has initiated several fundraising activities, met with financial advisors , and added two new Board members. Today, the campaign continues. Donations to the East Moline Foundation may be mailed to: Bill Phares, P.O. Box 457, East Moline, Illinois 61244 or call (309) 796-0170.

In remarks made today, East Moline Foundation Board Chairman noted, “Hungry children will be fed, the poor will be housed, and the needy clothed, thanks to the many gifts that have been received, and those yet to come.”

East Moline Foundation Announces New Program

The East Moline Foundation, founded in 2011, is affiliated with the Moline Foundation as a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, workforce development, the arts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of East Moline and the surrounding area, including the Quad Cities region in both Iowa and Illinois. The East Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts & works with citizens to achieve their dreams to improve the community.

Officers and members of the East Moline Foundation include: Doug Reynolds, Chairman, Bob Baecke, Vice Chairman, Bill Phares, Secretary-Treasurer, Pat VanBruwaene, and Larry Anderson.


NCCC Hosts Community Workday at Camp Courageous PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Camp Courageous   
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 08:16
Monticello, Iowa – On Saturday, Oct. 27, AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) members are collaborating with Camp Courageous to do trail maintenance at the camp’s ropes course. The community day is being held from 9 am to 1 pm at 12007 190 Street in Monticello, Iowa.

Volunteers are coming together to clean up brush to make the woods, specifically the ropes course, as safe as possible and more easily accessible for campers. In the event of rain, volunteers will clean the pool, lodge, cabins and a closet with costumes used for weekly dances. AmeriCorps NCCC invites residents from throughout the area to participate in this collaborative event.

“I’m very excited to meet community members and spread the word about Camp Courageous,” says NCCC member Callie Keeney.

Tools and snacks are being provided. Volunteers are encouraged to dress warm. For further information about the community day please email serviceproject. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 319-529-0587.

Camp Courageous serves over 6,000 individuals with disabilities annually. Their mission is to provide exceptional year-round recreational and respite care opportunities for individuals with special needs and their families. The camp is run primarily on donations, giving all individuals the opportunity to give through gifts of time, materials, money and other means that support the camp.

AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, residential, national service program in which 1,100 young adults serve nationwide each year. During their 10-month term, NCCC Members – all 18 to 24 years old – work on teams of eight to 12 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. Members mentor students, construct and rehabilitate low-income housing, respond to natural disasters, clean up streams, help communities develop emergency plans, and address countless other local needs. The North Central Region campus in Vinton, Iowa is one 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 Perry Point, Md.; Sacramento, Calif.; Vicksburg, Miss.; and Denver, Colo.

In exchange for their service, NCCC 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, visit the website at


Washington County 4th Annual Cook-Off for Charity PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Anderson   
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 07:53
Area Chef Competition Benefits Washington County Charities

WASHINGTON, Iowa - The Community Foundation of Washington County (CFWC) will host its Fourth Annual Chef
Cook-off on Tuesday evening, November 13, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Parish Life Center in Richmond,

This year’s chefs will be Stacia Bontrager, of Stacia’s Catering in Wellman and Jaron P. Rosien, of JP’s 207 Club in
Washington. Each chef will prepare a 4 course dinner. Attendees will judge each course and the overall winner
will be announced that evening during an awards presentation. Last year’s winner was Jerry & Margie’s Catering
of Riverside. Stone Cliff Winery of Dubuque will have wine for sampling and purchase beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased from any Community Foundation Board member or by calling
Millie Youngquist, CFWC Executive Director at 319-653-4673. The number of tickets is limited and they should be
purchased by November 1st.

The Community Foundation of Washington County works together with many individuals, families, businesses and
organizations to establish and grow endowment funds that provide support to charitable causes in Washington
County for years to come. The CFWC is led by a local board of 10 directors who are active in the communities
of Washington County. Members are: Bob Freeman, Wellman, President; Robert Youngquist, Washington, Vice-
President; Colleen Sojka and Mary Jane Stumpf, Riverside; Steve Reif, Kalona; Jeff Johnston, Crawfordsville; Mary
Jo Roberts, Ainsworth; Steve Olson, Al Olson and Millie Youngquist, Washington.

For more information about the CFWC and how it can help you achieve your philanthropic goals, contact Millie
Youngquist at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit their website:


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