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Written by Glenn Kass   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 11:53

Bettendorf Rotary sets October 1st deadline for grant requests from community

Bettendorf, IA – Thanks to proceeds from its 6th Annual Lobsterfest in June, the Bettendorf Rotary Club is offering grants up to a total of $20,000 for area charities and $6,000 in scholarships to graduates pursuing higher education.

The club will award individual grants of as much as $2,500 to any qualified non-profit organization in the Quad Cities. The application deadline is October 1st. Applications are available to download at Completed requests must then be postmarked by October 1st and sent to: Bettendorf Rotary Club, PO Box 133, Bettendorf, IA, 52722. Applications can also be obtained by mailing a request to the same address.

Grants are not awarded to groups for annual fundraising, organizational endowment funds, deficit financing, grants to individuals, scholarship funds, political groups or activities, Rotarians and their families or for sectarian purposes. Organizations that received funds last year are not eligible for the 2012 funding cycle. Applications are reviewed and awarded by the Bettendorf Rotary’s Charitable Giving Board with funds located at the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend.

Scholarships are administered through a different fund. Those are provided to deserving students at Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley high schools, Rivermont Collegiate and Scott Community College. Recipients are chosen by the educational institutions.

The Bettendorf Rotary Club (, chartered on May 22, 1957, has more than 100 members fulfilling the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” in a variety of local, regional and national community volunteer projects. The club meets each Wednesday at Noon at Fortune Garden Restaurant, 2211 Kimberly Road, Bettendorf. In addition to the website, you can find the club on Facebook (

Bettendorf Rotary Club is part of Rotary International (, founded in 1905 by Paul Harris, a Chicago businessman and University of Iowa alumnus. The international organization, now based in Evanston, IL, has more than one million members participating in 32,000 clubs located in more than 200 countries.


Help Churches United FEED & SHELTER and have a great dinner at Happy Joes! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jo Cohrs   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 11:36

Wednesday, September 5th & Thursday, September 6th

Visit Happy Joe’s in Aledo, Bettendorf, Colona, Coal Valley, 3 Davenport locations (Rockingham Rd, W. Locust Street, W.
50th Street/Jungle Bungle), East Moline, Eldridge, Geneseo, LeClaire, Milan, Moline and Rock Island

Happy Joe’s will be giving 15% of each purchase to Churches United as a fundraiser to benefit their 24 food pantries,
3 hot meal sites and woman’s shelter

Pick up, delivery or eat in

Void in conjunction with any other offer (no coupons.)

Donation will be good on any menu item purchase excluding buffet.

Present this flyer when you place your order!

Happy Joe’s will contribute 15% of your order to help support Churches United Hunger and Shelter Programs.

Carol Beeding receives YWCA ‘Hearts of Gold’ award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynnette Meincke   
Friday, 24 August 2012 08:48

(Rock Island, IL)— Carol Beeding, Aledo, IL, an employee of Royal Neighbors of America, was honored by the Rock Island YWCA with a “Hearts of Gold” award for her volunteer service. The award is given annually to women who give freely and unselfishly by volunteering their time to community activities; who empower and inspire women; and who make a positive impact on the direction and success of community projects.

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As president of her Royal Neighbors chapter in Aledo, Carol leads her members in a variety of

volunteer projects, including planting a vegetable garden and perennials at the Mercer County Nursing Home; assembling and donating patio furniture and holding a mini car show at the Aledo Health and Rehab Nursing Home; donating personal care items for the troops in Afganistan; raising money for canned goods for the Mercer County Food Pantry; and hosting a car cruise night with the proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald Home.

Royal Neighbors of America, one of the nation’s largest women-led life insurance companies, exists for the benefit of its members. It offers insurance products to fulfill financial needs of growth, savings, and protection. Members receive valuable benefits and can participate in volunteer activities through the organization's local chapters to help make a difference in their communities. The organization's philanthropic efforts are dedicated to changing women's lives through its national programs, including the Nation of NeighborsSM Program, and through the Royal Neighbors Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Headquartered in Rock Island, IL, with branch offices in Mesa, AZ, and Austin, TX, Royal Neighbors serves more than 200,000 members and is licensed to do business in 42 states and the District of Columbia.

For more information about Royal Neighbors of America, call (800) 627-4762, or visit

Dress for Success Quad Cities and Walmart Bring the Going Places Network to the Quad Cities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kim Woodward   
Monday, 20 August 2012 08:30

Dress for Success Quad Cities Helps Put More Local Women to Work with Implementation of Successful

Job Preparation Program

The Going Places Network by Walmart was created in response to the demands of today’s challenging economic climate and serves as a safety net for local women who have been unable to acquire a job. The program launched in 60 affiliates across the U.S. in 2011 and enjoyed great success during its first year. Highlights include:

  • Nearly 3,000 women participated in the Going Places Network by Walmart in 2011.
  • At least 41% of women who completed the program secured employment by the conclusion of their cohort.
  • All of the women who participated in the program gained valuable skills, knowledge and experiences to assist them with searching for employment, attaining their individualized personal and professional goals, and ultimately achieving self-sufficiency.

Walmart donated $2 million to help Dress for Success Worldwide support The Going Places Network and its 60 participating affiliate locations across the U.S. This program gives disadvantaged women across the country the added confidence they need to better compete in this challenging job market by providing women with very specific tools and resources that they need to successfully land a job.

Dress for Success Quad Cities is one of three new affiliates that is considered a “top performing” affiliate and was invited to join in the second year of the national program. Dress for Success Quad Cities is currently reaching out to recruit local unemployed women to join the first cohort group. The Going Places Network by Walmart will meet twice a week for six weeks starting in September 2012 and two cohort groups are planned.

The program is not available to the general public. Women must either be one of their previously “suited” clients who remains unemployed or be referred by one of Dress for Success QC’s approved Referral Partnering agencies. Referral Partners are nonprofit organizations or institutions that are helping low-income or displaced women with training, rehabilitation, transitional housing, or could be a local workforce development program such as Promise Jobs or Iow@ Work.

Dress for Success has more than 120 affiliates globally and served an estimated 65,000 women last year through its nationwide efforts. The Going Places Network by Walmart helps disadvantaged women gain professional skills, accelerate their job search and build confidence.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to funding opportunities that provide workforce training and development. Read more about the Walmart Foundation’s efforts to help people get back to work.

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About Dress for Success Quad Cities


Dress for Success Quad Cities initiative was started in July 2010 by Regina Haddock of Davenport, Iowa. Regina has an M.S. Ed degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and has worked in student support and career services, as well as program development and management. She was working part time as an advisor for the lia sophia jewelry company, a major corporate sponsor of Dress for Success, and was inspired to start an affiliate in the Quad Cities!

On November 1, 2011, doors opened to low resource women who were entering or re-entering the workforce. Referrals from agencies started to trickle in. We received a $2,500 equipment grant from the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend and were later awarded a $30,000 grant from the Scott County Regional Authority for supplies and equipment. In December 2011, our founder was awarded Royal Neighbors of America's Nation of Neighbors award for $7,500, to allow her to continue to develop this new affiliate.

Community support continues to grow! Early grants were followed in 2012 by a generous $30,000 match grant from the Hubbell-Waterman Foundation of Davenport, Iowa, and smaller grants by the following: Alcoa Community Chest, Modern Woodmen of America, Moline Foundation, King's Daughters Jane Addams Circle, and others.


Volunteers are always welcome and new board member positions are available. Visit our website for more information:



About Philanthropy at Walmart

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support initiatives that are helping people live better around the globe. In May 2010, Walmart and its Foundation made a historic pledge of $2 billion through 2015 to fight hunger in the U.S. The Walmart Foundation also supports education, workforce development, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness initiatives. To learn more, visit

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Written by Ann McVey   
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:36
King’s Harvest Golf Tournament Fundraiser is being held on September 14th at Palmer Hills Golf Course at 2999 Middle Road in Bettendorf, IA. Players will tee off at 8:00 a.m. This tournament will feature former University of Iowa Football great and NFL player Tim Dwight as a celebrity guest golfer. Tim was a wide receiver and return specialist in the NFL for 10 seasons. He played college football for the U of I, and was a two-time All-American. He played professionally for the Falcons, San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots, New York Jets and Oakland Raiders of the NFL. Players in the tournament will be given an opportunity to enter a drawing to play with Tim.

King’s Harvest is a non-profit 501c(3) organization that serves the poor and homeless in the Quad Cities and is located in Downtown Davenport. All funds raised will help King’s Harvest with their mission of feeding, clothing and sheltering many who have absolutely nothing including our Shelter for Homeless Mothers with Children.

The event includes 18 holes of golf with a cart. It will be a two person best ball format. The event will be followed by a lunch. It is $75.00 a person or $140.00 for a two person team. Entries are due no later than August 30th. Please call Grant Curtis for more information at 563-528-0835 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Help the poor and homeless with a fun day of golf!

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Anne McVey, Fundraising Coordinator for King’s Harvest Ministries, please call 563-508-4170.

If you would like to make a donation to the King’s Harvest please visit and use paypal or mail checks to King’s Harvest Ministries at 5837 Wisconsin Ave. Davenport, IA 52806.

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