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Written by Linda Martin   
Monday, 19 March 2012 12:06
A grants submission deadline has been announced by the Moline Community
Foundation. Non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply if they serve the citizens of
Moline and the surrounding region, including the Quad Cities.
All materials necessary to receive funds are due in The Moline Foundation offices
by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 2012 or must be postmarked by or on Friday, April 13,
Any non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, including those who have never received
Moline Foundation funding in the past, is welcome to apply.

An application should consist of eleven copies of a written request stating the
name and address of the organization, its mission, names and addresses of Board
members, income and expense statement, balance sheet, and the specific purpose for
which any money received would be used including a project budget. The name,
telephone number, and email of a contact person must also be included. The requested
materials should be mailed according to the above deadline. Other important information
about grant submission is available on The Moline Foundation’s web site at
The Moline Foundation offices are located at the Deere-Wiman House, 817 11th
Avenue, Moline.
The Moline Foundation, founded in 1953, is a community foundation which
provides grants to health, human services, education, workforce development, the arts
and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of Moline and the
surrounding area, including the Quad Cities region in both Iowa and Illinois. The Moline
Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts and works with citizens to achieve
their dreams to improve the community.

The Redwood Movement: Augustana Students reaching out to the community PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Moselle Singh   
Monday, 19 March 2012 11:57

What is The Redwood Movement?

The Redwood Movement is a group of over 60 Augustana College students who are committed to connecting with and giving back to the community through creative means. We are creating a documentary film to tell the life stories of students, faculty, staff, and Quad City community members. Along with the documentary, we are composing an artistic stop-frame short film that brings all of the stories together, intertwining the roots. All of the music and all of the artistic short film is created and composed by Augustana students.

We will be hosting multiple screenings of our entire film this Spring of 2012 to raise money for two important organizations in the Quad Cities: 1) The Place2B and 2) The SBC Academy.

The Redwood Movement is a way for us to strengthen the human connection in our community by raising money to promote and encourage artistic and musical expression in the Quad Cities.

Why is The Redwood Movement important to our community?

The Redwood Movement’s mission is to strengthen connections in our community through storytelling and artistic expression, but why would these be effective measures to strengthen those connections? Here are some concrete statistics that reflect the positive influence of the arts on education and development:

While these statistics are indicative of the concrete benefits of artistic and musical expression, there are many more benefits that are not as easily measured. A 2005 report by the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research organization, finds that the visual arts are able to benefit not only the individual, but also the community within which that individual resides3:

Benefits for the individual:
1) Artistic expression creates a deeper connection to one’s surroundings and provides “new ways of seeing and experiencing the world”
2) Provides an effective nonverbal means of communicating and coping

Benefits for both the individual and the community:
1) Expanded capacity for empathy by experiencing and understanding other people’s realities through art
2) Cognitive growth through interpretative learning

Benefits for the community:
1) Shared experience of art intrinsically creates social bonds
2) Art has the ability to convey what whole communities wish to express

The Redwood Movement benefits the community and the individuals involved. Artistic expression and storytelling are effective means for healing, communicating, and developing stronger human connections and understanding. By providing those in our community with the opportunity and the materials to artistically convey their stories, we hope to open up minds and open up hearts through artistic expression and storytelling. We all have a story to tell, so let’s listen.

How are the proceeds being used?

1) ThePlace2B: We will purchase musical instruments and art supplies for the youth at ThePlace2B, a shelter for displaced and homeless youth in the Quad Cities. We will extend and share our passion for artistic expression to the community by providing the youth at ThePlace2B with the means to express their own passions through art. The Redwood Movement members will also dedicate volunteer hours at ThePlace2B.

2) The SBC Academy: We will also be benefitting The Second Baptist Church Academy, a program assisted by Dr. Janina Erhlich that connects Augustana musicians with students in Rock Island that might not otherwise be able to afford music lessons. These music lessons enable children and adults alike to learn how to constructively communicate their needs as well as their life experiences. Through The Redwood Movement, a scholarship fund will be established to give even more students the opportunity to study music with the dedicated and passionate students and faculty of Augustana College.

Why we need your support!

The Redwood Movement’s mission is to strengthen the connections in our community – this is why we need your help! Local businesses and organizations play a fundamental role in maintaining the stability of our community, and we, The Redwood Movement, need that support as well. Your participation will not only help us in providing artistic and musical materials to the people of the Quad Cities, it will also allow you and your business/organization to gain exposure in the community. Because we are completely student-run, your support and participation as a local business/organization is essential to the success of this project. Any and all support is greatly appreciated.

How you can get involved:

Come to our first screening April 1st, 7:30PM at Centennial Hall (Augustana College)

For our other screening dates and locations, visit our Facebook page or e-mail us to be added to our mailing list.

For donations, write checks out to Augustana College with “FBO CBR Redwood Movement” in the memo line.

For questions and further sponsorship information, e-mail us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thank you!

The Redwood Movement

News Releases - Not-for-Profit News
Written by Rev. Rich Hendricks   
Monday, 19 March 2012 07:35
Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities (“MCC QC”) invites the public to
its annual Chili Cook-Off fundraiser on Sunday, March 25, 2012 from 5 pm to 8 pm at
Connections Nightclub, 822 W. 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa.

There is no cost to enter your chili and a $100 first prize is being offered. Entries must
be delivered by 5 pm, with judging of entries taking place at 5:15 pm. All are invited
to all you can eat chili, fixings and homemade desserts for just $5. There will also be
silent and live auction items to bid on (including unique multi-colored stained-glass
art) and live entertainment provided by the group Armonia (see page following).

MCC QC is looking to sell its current facilities to locate to a handicap accessible space
that can also be used as a community center and all donations are most appreciated.

For more information, please call the Church office at 563.324.8281.

MCC QC tearing down walls & building up hope!

Rummage Sale at St. James Lutheran PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cora   
Tuesday, 13 March 2012 13:14

St. James Lutheran Church, 3145 - 31st Ave, Rock Island, will be holding a Rummage & Bake Sale from 9am until 5pm on April 12th and 13th (Thursday and Friday) and from 9am until Noon on Saturday the 14th.

Clothing, household items, furniture, toys and games... something for everyone!  All are welcome.

Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Margaret Thomas   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 08:03
Kathy Bowman and Ellen Kelley will co-facilitate a class called Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life on Thursdays, March 29, April 5, 12 and 19 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation. The class will be based on the book of that title by Karen Armstrong, one of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world. Her book is a practical one that can help people to make the world a more compassionate place. Ms. Armstrong suggests how to put compassion into every action. The class will use readings, a mini-lecture, a guided meditation, and a time for discussion. Participants are asked to obtain a copy of the book prior to the first session.  The class, which is open to the public, will begin at 7 pm in the Congregation hall, 3707 Eastern Ave., Davenport.  For more information, contact the church at 563 359 0816.

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