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Brown Mackie College - Quad Cities to hold Community Blood Drive on July 25 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Dobbins   
Friday, 22 July 2011 22:52
(Bettendorf, IA – July 22, 2011)   Brown Mackie College – Quad Cities will host a Community Blood Drive on Monday, July 25, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Collections will benefit the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. The College is located at 2119 E. Kimberly Road in Bettendorf, IA. The community is invited to be heroes for the day by signing up and giving blood.

Donors must be 17 years old (16 with parental consent) have photo I.D., weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health.

For additional information about the Community Blood Drive or Brown Mackie College – Quad Cities, contact  Jennifer Hansen or Ann Sandoval at (309) 762-2100 or (563) 344-1500, or visit
http://www.brownmackie.edu/pr.aspx?ID=BMC2339.

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Benefit Auction to Raise Money for 4-H PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joy Venhorst   
Monday, 18 July 2011 12:18

AMES, Iowa -- On July 18, the Iowa 4-H Foundation will hold a benefit auction to support 4-H programs in Iowa.

“Our annual benefit auction gets bigger and better every year,” said Albert Grunenwald, associate director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation. “We are excited about the variety of items up for sale, as well as our new online proxy bidding system, which allows more people to join in the fun. Anyone who is 18 years of age or older and living in the United States can participate.”

The event will coincide with the Central Iowa Golf Tournament at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines. The benefit will start with supper at 6 p.m. followed by the auction. The event is for registered guests only, but the public is welcome to submit proxy bids on any of the auction items listed online.

The highlighted items on the auction list are vacation packages to New York, Costa Rica and Hawaii; many sports packages ranging from a Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals baseball game to tickets to the Iowa State vs. Iowa football game or passes to the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

“There is definitely something for everyone on this year’s auction list,” Grunewald said.

Check out the entire auction item list and place bids at www.iowa4hfoundation.org/centralauction.

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VERIZON ANNOUNCES $100,000 IN GRANTS – ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGENCIES PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rebecca Eckhart   
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 11:56

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – The Verizon Foundation is offering up to $100,000 in grants for Iowa nonprofits that provide services to families whose lives have been upended by domestic violence.

“Our goal is to break the cycle of domestic violence by lending financial support to outstanding organizations in Iowa that have a track record of success with public outreach, education, and providing relief and resources for families,” said T.J. Fox, region president for Verizon Wireless.

To be eligible, a grant applicant must file an online request for proposal and be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Iowa. Proposals submitted should focus on programs that aid survivors of domestic violence in the state or involve prevention, awareness and safety enhancements addressing domestic violence.

All grant applications must be submitted through the Verizon Foundation’s website, www.verizonfoundation.org/apply. Additional information regarding grant guidelines can be found at the foundation’s website.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 10:59 p.m. Central time, Friday, Aug. 12. Verizon will notify recipients of grant decisions by Friday, Sept. 16.

Verizon has a long history of supporting survivors of domestic violence and aiding in its prevention. The HopeLine® program from Verizon collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider. Verizon Wireless then provides wireless phones and airtime to nonprofit organizations for use by domestic violence survivors and cash grants to local shelters and nonprofits that focus on prevention, awareness and advocacy.

Since its inception, HopeLine has collected more than 8 million phones and provided $10 million in grants. Phones that cannot be refurbished are recycled in an environmentally sound way under a zero landfill policy.

In the past four years, the Verizon Foundation has awarded more than $21 million to nonprofit organizations that assist domestic violence survivors.

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About the Verizon Foundation

The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, uses its technology, financial resources and partnerships to address critical social issues, with a focus on education and domestic violence prevention. In 2010, the foundation awarded nearly $67 million to nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and abroad. Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation’s largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered nearly 6 million hours of community service since 2000. For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizonfoundation.org.

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Job Opportunity with Ballet Quad Cities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephanie Burrough   
Monday, 11 July 2011 08:31
July 11, 2011 - Ballet Quad Cities is looking for an Administrative Assistant that is an energetic, amicable, and highly organized individual who will provide key support to the BQC Executive Director, BQC Professional & Artistic Staff, and the BQC Board. S/he will work independently and directly with with multiple team and committee members. She or he should be a professional in her or his own right, and will be a strong voice for Ballet Quad Cities in the community that many donors and prospective donors will encounter. This individual will receive training and will have the opportunity to learn about endowment fund development and the world of philanthropy, arts, and arts administration.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide executive-level support as required by the BQC Executive Director.
  • Assist the Executive Director in planning meetings, events and performances.
  • Manage accounts payable and payroll.
  • Mail out invitations, thank you letters, and mailings otherwise specified for BQC by Executive Director.
  • Prepare any materials needed for meetings or events.
  • Prepare reports and statistical reports, as required.
  • Update the BQC website & use such social networking tools as Constant Contact and Facebook to promote BQC events and performances.
  • Maintain files, database, calendars, and hard-copy files.
  • Record the assignment of donors and prospects into the database.
  • Maintain accurate records of contacts in the database.
  • Serve as a liaison between professional staff, other departments, donors, and prospective donors.
  • Provide logistical support for projects and special events.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications:Advanced written and spoken (English) communication and administrative skills; excellent telephone manner.
  • Computer literacy including MS Office products: Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point; experience with mail-merges and with customer or donor databases.  Experience with Publisher encouraged.
  • Exceptional time-management, planning, and administrative skills.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize workload.
  • Demonstrate high level of diplomacy, sound judgment, and discretion when dealing with donors, volunteers, and community professionals.
  • Combined four years of full-time work experience and/or higher education.
  • High degree of energy, self-motivation, and flexibility.
The applicant will enjoy the benefits of a part-time job with focus on arts administration and will get to work with an amazing group of people!

Please contact the studio at 309-786-3779 or send your resumes in to Joedy Cook, Executive Director, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to inquire about the position.

 
2011 Iowa 4-H’ers for 4-H Campaign Huge Success PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joy Venhorst   
Thursday, 07 July 2011 12:32

AMES, Iowa -- The largest and longest-running fundraising campaign conducted by Iowa 4-H members for 4-H members has gone above and beyond its goal for the year.

“This year, 481 clubs representing 83 counties raised an extraordinary $31,433.91 to support Iowa youth,” said Joe Leisz, executive director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation.

“The 4-H’ers for 4-H program has been in existence for 26 years, and 4-H members have raised a tremendous amount of funds for 4-H to support programs and youth activities,” Leisz said.

Since 1985, Iowa 4-H members have raised more than $690,000 for Iowa 4-H Youth Development, the youth program of Iowa State University Extension.

Funds raised in the campaign help families involved in 4-H, by providing financial assistance for program fees. The funds also help youth attend camps, conferences and other leadership activities.

The top fundraising counties for this year’s campaign were Kossuth, Webster and Johnson counties.

“This year’s campaign totals truly show the passion and dedication Iowa 4-H members have for this great program. I congratulate every person who was involved in this campaign,” Leisz said.

For more information about the 4-H’ers for 4-H campaign or other ways to get involved, visit www.iowa4hfoundation.org/4hersfor4h.

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