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Operation Gratitude and Team Rubicon Announce Partnership Supporting First Responders PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Operation Gratitude   
Monday, 02 April 2012 13:05

Military support charity Operation Gratitude and veteran-focused disaster relief organization Team Rubicon today announced a strategic partnership to send "First Responder Kits" to volunteers assisting with natural disaster and crisis relief efforts world-wide. 

The "First Responder Kits" (FR Kits) will be assembled at the Operation Gratitude Headquarters in Van Nuys, CA and shipped to every Team Rubicon volunteer across the country.  Each FR Kit will contain an assortment of donated items such as batteries; a drawstring backpack; a towel; energy bars; a spork (a combination utensil/tool); heavy work gloves; head lamp; safety glasses; a write-in-the-rain notebook; pens; a Leatherman; a Nalgene water bottle; a Team Rubicon t-shirt and a Paracord "Survival" bracelet hand-made by Operation Gratitude supporters.  

Most of the Team Rubicon volunteers are recent U.S. Military veterans. "We sent care packages and supported these heroic service members while they were deployed overseas in combat zones," says Operation Gratitude founder, Carolyn Blashek. "Now that they are serving our country and the world by assisting with natural disasters and humanitarian relief, we will continue to express our deep appreciation and respect to them through our First Responder Kits." 

Team Rubicon co-founder William McNulty agrees that the partnership between the two organizations makes perfect sense: "Team Rubicon engages U.S. military veterans, many returning home after fighting ten years of war, and offers a renewed sense of purpose for their skills and experiences," he said.  "The FR Kits will provide our volunteers with essential gear as well as morale-boosting encouragement from fellow Americans who are grateful for their continued service."   

As with its other programs, Operation Gratitude will rely on the generosity of the American people -- individuals and corporate sponsors -- to supply, assemble and ship the initial 5,000 FR Kits by the end of June, 2012.  The organization seeks both product donations to fill the FR Kits as well as financial donations to pay assembly and shipping costs of $75,000.  

Item donations may be shipped to:

Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Attn: First Responder Program

Financial donations are welcome and may be made online:

Or by check payable to Operation Gratitude and mailed to:

Operation Gratitude
16444 Refugio Road
Encino, CA 91436 

In keeping with Operation Gratitude's mission of providing "hands-on" opportunities to say "Thank You" to our nation's heroes, the organization is encouraging supporters all over the country to make Paracord "Survival" Bracelets to include in each First Responder Kit, as well as in the care packages to deployed troops.  More information and instructions can be found here: How to Make a Paracord Bracelet.

About Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in harm's way, to their children left behind, to military families and veterans in financial distress due to unemployment, and to Wounded Warriors recuperating in transition units. The organization's mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member's face and express to our Armed Forces the appreciation and support of the American people. Each package contains donated product valued at ~$125 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. For safety and security, assembling of packages occurs at the Army National Guard armory in Van Nuys, California. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 760,000 packages to American Military members and their children.   

Learn more about Operation Gratitude by visiting:



About Team Rubicon
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with medical professionals to rapidly deploy emergency response teams into crisis situations. TR is creating a new paradigm in disaster response that recognizes and harnesses the skills of military veterans; offering them a chance to continue their service by helping and empowering those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves.

Learn more about Team Rubicon by visiting:

Big Brothers Big Sisters taking pre-orders for annual Plant Sale PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Emily Jepsen   
Monday, 02 April 2012 08:05
DAVENPORT, IA—Big Brothers Big Sisters is now accepting mail-in and online orders until April 23rd for its Annual Plant Sale. Flowers will be available after this date at their retail site May 5th – 13th at Northwest Bank Tower in Davenport.

The Plant Sale offers hundreds of annuals and specialty plants for purchase including flats, hanging baskets, spikes, and vinca vines. Individual, group, and corporate orders are encouraged through the pre-order campaign by visiting Pre-orders over $150.00 can be delivered to your home or business May 5th-8th.

“Hanging baskets in particular have been really popular in recent years. They make a great Mother’s Day gift. In addition to the online order form, the website features photos of all the types of plants we have available, so people have a better idea of what they’re ordering,” Justin said.

Big Brothers Big Sisters recommends that customers order their plants in advance to ensure the fulfillment of their entire order. Pre-orders can be placed on the agency’s website at Customers can also call Big Brothers Big Sisters at (563) 323-8006 to have an order form mailed to them.

For pre-orders, customers have a chance to help beautify a local summer camp for youth and a woman’s shelter. Purchase one or more flats of flowers to be donated to Camp Shalom or Winnie’s Place.

Pick-up and delivery of pre-orders will be Saturday, May 5th through Tuesday, May 8th. Retail and walk-up sales will be held Saturday, May 5th through Sunday, May 13th, at the Northwest Bank Tower in Davenport.

“People like to bring their mothers and shop for plants together,” Justin said. “For many families, companies and individuals, the Plant Sale has become a Mother’s Day tradition.”

The plant sale is presented by Iowa American Water, Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors, Hazelwood Homes and Heritage Landscape Design. Other sponsors include Northwest Bank & Trust Company, Becker & Becker, RSC Equipment Rental, Modern Woodmen, Lujack’s, DMW Design, WHBF-TV, Quad-City Times and Koehler Electric.

A portion of the proceeds from the plant sale support AmeriCorps member’s direct service projects within Big Brothers Big Sisters.


German American Heritage Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janet Brown-Lowe   
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 12:08
March 24, 2012

Dear Members and Friends

We have news of an exciting proposal from the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, which manages a part of our endowment. They have set aside a challenge pool of $100,000 to be distributed to the first 20 non-profit groups in the area that can raise $15,000 from at least 10 donors. Groups that meet this challenge will receive an additional $5,000 toward their endowment from the challenge pool. It is important to note that the money raised must be in this calendar year and must be a paid donation, not a pledge or payment on an earlier pledge.   If a group raises $30,000 the $5,000 match may be used for operating expenses OR it may go to the endowment, whichever the group prefers.


A healthier endowment is one way in which we can assist our operating funds during challenging times. Interest from this money helps pay our regular bills and ensures a more secure future. If you would consider a contribution to this effort now, in any amount, we would be very thankful. No donation is too small...or too large! We are already at $4,600 as of today, with four leaders contributing! Can I count on you making this sum grow at a fast and furious pace?

The last time a challenge of this nature was made the money was distributed in six months, despite setting a deadline until the end of the year. Please do not wait; send in a check ASAP. Your check should be sent to GAHC for tally purposes, but made out to The Community Foundation of the Great River Bend (CFGRB) and marked GAHC Endowment Challenge. We will keep track of our progress and let you know how the fund is growing. Wouldn't it be great if GAHC were to be one of the first groups to meet the challenge?


Thanks in advance for helping!   I look forward to your solid support!



Janet Brown-Lowe, Executive Director

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Written by Rebecca Wheeler   
Friday, 23 March 2012 12:24
Moline, IL— How can indulging in a scrumptious lasagna dinner pay dividends for those in need? The Landing will host a delicious Lasagna Night to support Christian Care on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. A mere $4.00 donation will provide a generous helping of lasagna made by D’Alessandro’s Italian Cuisine, as well as a slice of garlic bread. Those who bring an item mentioned on the Christian Care needs list will be eligible to participate in a drawing for a prize package. The needs list can be found at or by calling Rebecca at 309/788-2273. There will be a 50/50 drawing and other prizes available, as well. The Landing is located at 1601 River Drive in Moline. Make reservations by calling Amanda at the Landing at 309/236-2818. Join the feast and help provide for the growing number of homeless and abused individuals who are served each day by Christian Care.

Christian Care is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose vision is to transform lives. Through its mission of providing safe shelter, support and resources, Christian Care empowers both the homeless and survivors of domestic violence to make positive changes in every aspect of their lives. Christian Care’s two facilities—a domestic violence shelter for women and children and a rescue mission  or men—serve homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of prison, and those with mental illnesses. Christian Care’s Community Meal site is open to anyone who is hungry in the Quad Cities. If you know someone in need, call the Christian Care Crisis Hotline at any hour of the day or night at 309/788-2273.

For more information about Christian Care, please go to or to

Dan and Jennifer will speak about their lives with 2 different forms of Multiple Sclerosis. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Charlie Becker   
Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:51



Dan, son of Nancy(library director) and Roger Digmann, and his wife Jennifer will be here to talk about their lives with 2 different forms of MS (multiple sclerosis).

In 2011, Dan and Jennifer published the book "Despite MS, to spite MS" a compilation of their heartfelt essays, accented by haiku-style poems by Judy Williams.

Jennifer and Dan both have Multiple Sclerosis, and combined, they have taken on this chronic disease of the central nervous system for nearly 25 years. Jennifer was diagnosed in 1997; Dan was diagnosed in 2000. She has secondary-progressive MS. His is relapsing-remitting. Through their writing, public speaking and advocacy work, the Digmanns have inspired countless friends, colleagues and perfect strangers with their amazing love story and passion for life.

Join us for some readings from their book and a question and answer session with Dan and Jennifer.  They will sign copies of their book and will have copies available for purchase that day.  Portions of the book proceeds will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Camp Courageous.





When Apr 07, 2012 from 01:00 pm to 03:00 pm
Where Monticello Renaissance Center - Council Chambers
Contact Name Nancy Digmann
Contact Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Contact Phone 319-465-3354

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