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The Salvation Army Announces they are Ready for Volunteer Sign Up PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:50

Soon you’ll be hearing the bells again!

Quad Cities: The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities is seeking energetic individuals and groups to spread Christmas cheer as volunteer bell ringers for the 2014 Red Kettle Campaign. Ringing sites are available in Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island, Moline, East Moline, Silvis and Milan.

Beginning Wednesday, October 1st, interested volunteers can register by going online to www.ringbells.org or by calling Patty Mixdorf at 563-570-2072. Volunteer shifts are two hours at a variety of ringing locations; some locations offer in-door bell ringing. Bell ringing shifts are available from Nov. 7 through Dec. 24, excluding Sundays.

Those who are unable to volunteer their time as a bell ringer this Christmas season, but wish to support The Salvation Army can sponsor a kettle for $100 per day.

Funds collected at the red kettles go toward The Salvation Army’s 2014 Red Kettle Campaign. Donations collected will allow The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities to continue to Do the Most Good® by providing shelter, clothing, meals, and a wide range of programs and emergency services throughout the year to those in need within the community.

To make a tax deductible contribution to The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign:

• Visit www.salvationarmyqc.org

• Call 800-SAL-ARMY

• Send a check or money order payable to The Salvation Army to: 301 W. 6th Street, Davenport, IA 52803

Donations collected during the Red Kettle Campaign are used for the following services: 80,000 freshly prepared meals served and 31,000 nights of shelter provided at the Family Service Center; 2,300 Christmas Food Boxes and 5,000 toys for families and individuals in need; nursing home visits to lonely seniors; and weekly character building programs serving hundreds of Quad Cities youth, and much, much more.

 

 
Fall Fundraiser for Food Pantry PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCCVB   
Friday, 26 September 2014 11:13
As a kickoff to the student hunger drive season, the artists of Bucktown Center for the Arts in Davenport will be hosting a fall fundraiser on behalf of the food pantry on Friday, September 25th from 6-9 p.m.  A percentage of the sales from this night will go to the Central Community Circle food pantry.  There is no cost for the event, but any donations of hygiene products or non-perishable food items will be greatly appreciated. www.bucktownarts.com

 
BARK FOR LIFE EVENT TAKES A BITE OUT OF CANCER PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mary Schenck   
Thursday, 25 September 2014 08:46

American Cancer Society plans unique fundraiser for dogs, owners

Davenport, Iowa) – The fight against cancer has gone to the dogs as the American Cancer Society’s Bark For Life event takes place this October. Area pooches, with owners in tow, will take to the track to dig up a cure for cancer. Bark For Life adds a twist to the Society’s traditional Relay For Life event, serving as a fundraising activity to honor the care-giving qualities of canine companions while supporting the mission of the American Cancer Society.

This noncompetitive walk is planned for October 4, 2014 at Centennial Park, Davenport Iowa and will include an opening ceremony at 9:00am. Our Honorary Dog Team K-9 Deker and K9 Hawk will lead our first lap followed by best dressed contests, vender booths and demos from QC police.

“Many pet owners consider their dogs a part of their family, especially those furry friends who lend a great amount of comfort and support during a loved one’s cancer battle,” said Mary Schenck. “Bark For Life is the canine counterpart to Relay For Life, a very family friendly movement that celebrates our canine caregivers, just as we honor other family members who support their loved ones who are fighting cancer during Relay For Life.”

Event organizers are still recruiting dogs and their owners to take part in this year’s Bark For Life. To register, contact Mary at 563-503-0068 or visit www.RelayForLife.org/BarkScottCountyIA.

A special thanks to the generosity of our 2014 presenting sponsor Nestle’ Purina as well as the community support for this year’s event

Funds raised through Bark For Life support the American Cancer Society’s comprehensive cancer-fighting mission to help people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, to help people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis, to find cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery, and to fight back against cancer by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.

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The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end cancer for good. As a global grassroots force of three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping you stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, helping you get well by being there for you during and after a diagnosis, by finding cures through groundbreaking discovery and fighting back through public policy. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.8 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, an estimated 13.7 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

 
Knock Out Hunger campaign is River Bend Foodbank’s largest corporate sponsorship to date PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amber O'Brien   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:03

Modern Woodmen sets the tone for corporate involvement, feeds thousands

Modern Woodmen of America’s four-month long campaign to support River Bend Foodbank is the food distribution center’s largest corporate volunteer campaign to date. River Bend Foodbank made the announcement after the completion of the campaign during Modern Woodmen’s Race to Knock Out Hunger on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Modern Woodmen, a fraternal financial services organization based in Rock Island, Ill., kicked off the Knock Out Hunger campaign in June. Campaign efforts included:

·         A home office food drive.

·         A home office farmers’ market.

·         A ‘Pack the Truck’ event at Modern Woodmen Park.

·         Sponsorship of three mobile food pantries.

·         Sponsorship of 14 after-school backpack programs for local children.

·         A massive meal-packing project, where Modern Woodmen employees packaged 50,000 meals for hungry families in just one day.

·         Quad City community 5K.

Beyond sponsorship of the volunteer projects, Modern Woodmen collected more than 2,500 pounds of food and donated $15,609.49 to River Bend Foodbank. Modern Woodmen employees also spent more than 965 hours volunteering during the Knock Out Hunger campaign.

One of the most impactful projects was Modern Woodmen’s sponsorship of three mobile food pantries. “One Mobile Food Pantry distribution costs approximately $1,500 to $2,000 to hold, but that’s just operational expenses. That number doesn’t cover the cost of food, which has a retail value of $10,000 to $15,000,” said River Bend Foodbank marketing director Caren Laughlin. “With Modern Woodmen’s help, thousands of families were fed this summer through the mobile food pantry programs.”

River Bend Foodbank is the largest hunger relief organization in the Quad Cities and surrounding communities, distributing more than 8 million pounds of food annually to feed the hungry. The Foodbank serves more than 10,000 individuals every week through its distribution network of 300 charitable feeding programs in a 22-county service area in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

Founded in 1883, Modern Woodmen of America touches lives and secures futures. The fraternal financial services organization offers financial services and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States.

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Modern Woodmen raises $15,609.49 for River Bend Foodbank PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amber O'Brien   
Monday, 22 September 2014 15:02

On Saturday, Sept. 20, more than 300 runners and walkers participated in Modern Woodmen of America’s Race to Knock Out Hunger, a 5K charity run/walk to support River Bend Foodbank. In a pre-race ceremony, Modern Woodmen presented River Bend Foodbank with a check for $15,609.49. The donation includes proceeds from participant registration, additional donations and money donated by employees during Modern Woodmen’s Knock Out Hunger campaign.

Modern Woodmen, a fraternal financial services organization, planned the Race to Knock Out Hunger to serve as the grand finale of its Knock Out Hunger campaign to support River Bend Foodbank.

“I am extremely proud of the way Modern Woodmen employees and the community took the initiative to support River Bend Foodbank,” said President and CEO Kenny Massey. “This is what being ‘Fraternal’ is all about.”

Modern Woodmen volunteers spent over 865 volunteer hours participating in the summer-long campaign to fight local hunger.

“What Modern Woodman has done to support the Foodbank’s mission through the Knock Out Hunger Campaign is fantastic. We know that 40 percent of our food ends up on the plate of a hungry child and without the help of wonderful community partners like Modern Woodmen, we could not do what we do.” says Tom Laughlin, executive director of River Bend Foodbank.

 

About the Knock Out Hunger campaign

In 2014, Modern Woodmen selected River Bend Foodbank to support through a Knock Out Hunger campaign. Modern Woodmen employees and members donated time, money and food to the food distribution center.

Some of the efforts included sponsoring multiple mobile food pantry events, a home office food drive and farmer’s market and sponsoring backpack programs for local children. In August, Modern Woodmen employees packaged 50,000 meals for hungry families in the Quad Cities in just one day!

River Bend Foodbank is the largest hunger relief organization in the Quad Cities and surrounding communities, distributing more than 8 million pounds of food annually to feed the hungry. The Foodbank serves more than 10,000 individuals every week through its distribution network of 300 charitable feeding programs in a 22-county service area in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

Founded in 1883, Modern Woodmen of America touches lives and secures futures. The fraternal financial services organization offers financial services and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States.

For more information about the Knock Out Hunger campaign or the effort to support River Bend Foodbank, contact Amber O’Brien at 309-793-5660 or visit modern-woodmen.org.

 
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