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Sheriffs at Walk Kick Off Luncheon July 30 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Angela Gallagher   
Monday, 23 June 2014 14:50

NAMI SEEKS WALK TEAM CAPTAINS FOR KICK-OFF LUNCHEON

 

July 30 Event Features Rock Island and Scott County Sheriffs

DAVENPORT, Iowa (June 23, 2014) – the Greater Mississippi Valley affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will hold a kick-off luncheon for NAMIWalk, a signature fundraising event to support free education and support programs for families living with mental illness. Honorary walk chairs Rock Island County Sheriff Jeff Boyd and Scott County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Thomas Gibbs will be the featured speakers.

The July 30 luncheon is free to anyone interested in organizing a walk team or learning more about NAMI.  The event will be held at Modern Woodmen Park stadium, Davenport, with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. The program begins at noon. Register for the luncheon by July 18 at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 563-322-8870. The luncheon is sponsored by Robert Young Center and UnityPoint Health–Trinity.

In its 11th year locally, NAMIWalk will be held Saturday, September 13, 2014, at Centennial Park in Davenport. More than 1,200 persons are expected to attend. Additional information is available at www.namiwalks.org/greatermississippivalley.

About NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley

One in 10 children and one in four adults experience a mental health disorder in any given year. Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by the age of 14. NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. This grassroots organization complements the work of mental health professionals by providing support, education and advocacy to individuals and families living with mental illness. NAMI works cooperatively through the Quad Cities Community Mental Health Initiative, serving residents in Muscatine, Clinton, Scott Counties in Iowa and Mercer, Henry, Rock Island Counties in Illinois.

 
Bettendorf Community-Wide Food Drive Seeks to Raise the Quality of Nutritional Items Available to Food Pantry Visitors PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rhonda Johnson   
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 10:06

Thanksgiving in July to collect non-perishable food items to benefit three Bettendorf pantries

Bettendorf, IA (June 16th, 2014) – Thanksgiving in July, a community-wide food drive seeks to collect non-perishable food items for three Bettendorf area pantries - the Bettendorf Community Center, First Baptist Church and St. James Food Pantry. The drive will be held Monday, July 14 through Saturday, July 19.

“Food pantries spend up to $1,500 each month on purchasing perishable and non-perishable food items,” said Jeff Herzberg, Founding Member. “Our goal is to collect enough non-perishable food items to allow the pantries to use those funds for milk, eggs and other high protein, good-for-you products on a regular basis to their visitors.”

Items in demand include canned fruit, vegetables, meat (tuna, chicken, Spam), peanut butter, rice, pasta/pasta sauce, Macaroni & Cheese, juice boxes, boxed meals and soups.

“While the beneficiaries of this year’s food drive are the citizens residing in the City of Bettendorf, we hope to expand our scope and help more pantries throughout the Quad-City area in the future,” said Herzberg.

Ways the Bettendorf community can support Thanksgiving in July:

  • Businesses are encouraged to hold a non-perishable food drive.

  • Athletic clubs, dance troops and nonprofit or civic organizations can sponsor a food drive through ball games, dances, raffles or other community events

  • Individual donations can be made at Hy-Vee on Devils Glen or Fareway on Belmont, in Bettendorf.

  • Personal checks payable to “Thanksgiving in July” can be sent or delivered to, Thanksgiving in July – Bettendorf, Northwest Bank, 2550 Middle Rd. Bettendorf, IA 52722.

Food items will be collected on Saturday, July 19 from 10 am to 2 pm at Faye’s Field parking lot – near the Family Museum, Bettendorf. Volunteers will load the food, weigh it and deliver items to the food pantries in the City of Bettendorf.

To learn more about Thanksgiving in July, contact Jeff Herzberg by calling 563 343 9737 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About Thanksgiving in July

Locally in Scott County, 19.6% or approximately 8000 children under the age of 18 are faced with food insecurity -- a need that's even greater during the summer months when children are out of school. Local food pantries see a significant amount of their contributions during the November and December months. Our local pantries have demand all year long and the summer months are an especially high period of demand for their services. Thanksgiving in July is an opportunity for the citizens of Bettendorf to provide support to the food pantries in Bettendorf.

 
Modern Woodmen Announces “Knock Out Hunger” Campaign on Modern Woodmen Night PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amber O’Brien   
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 08:27

Thousands invited to help “Pack the Truck” to Support River Bend Foodbank

 

On Thursday, June 19 Modern Woodmen of America will bring nearly 5,000 members, family, friends and more to “Modern Woodmen Night” at Modern Woodmen Park.  Modern Woodmen will announce the Knock Out Hunger campaign, a fraternal project designed to support River Bend Foodbank, during a pre-game ceremony.

Gates open at Modern Woodmen Park at 5:30 p.m. with the first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. Interviews will be available before and during the River Bandits’ game.

Volunteers will collect canned food and monetary donations at the front entrance to “Pack the Truck,” filling one of River Bend Foodbank’s distribution trucks.

Modern Woodmen Night is an annual event to celebrate Flag Day and patriotism. What better way is there to represent this patriotic holiday than bringing the community together to support an honorable cause?

Knock Out Hunger campaign

This year, Modern Woodmen has selected River Bend Foodbank to support through its Knock Out Hunger campaign. Modern Woodmen employees and members will donate time, money and food to the food distribution center throughout the summer. Modern Woodmen Night is just the beginning.

“Our mission is to improve the quality of life for our members and their communities. The truth is, there are many people in our home office community struggling to find enough food to eat. I am confident our Knock Out Hunger project will help ease that struggle,” says Modern Woodmen President Kenny Massey.

There are multiple mobile food pantry events scheduled, backpack programs, a “Meals from the Heartland” packing event, and a communitywide 5k run/walk. Each event will support the food bank.

“This kind of effort will make an enormous impact for us at River Bend Foodbank. Our shelves tend to run dry during the summer months,” says River Bend Foodbank marketing director Caren Laughlin. “Summer donations are critical because many children no longer have the benefit of their school lunch program.”

River Bend Foodbank is the largest hunger relief organization in the Quad Cities and surrounding communities, distributing more than eight 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.

Childhood hunger programs include the Backpack Program which provides up to 1,700 Quad City children with nourishing food to take home on the weekends during the school year, the Kids Café Program providing evening meals to children at three sites, and the Mobile Food Pantry which directly feeds thousands of families each month.

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 Modern Woodmen Night or the effort to support River Bend Foodbank, contact Amber O’Brien at 309-793-5660 (office), 309-798-6704 (cell) or visit modern-woodmen.org.

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THE FRIENDLY THRIFT CENTER AWARDS GRANT TO CHURCHES UNITED PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rhonda Johnson   
Monday, 16 June 2014 09:16

Churches United of the Quad City Area has received an $800.00 grant from The Friendly Thrift Center. This award supports the production of our Directory of Churches in the Quad City Area.

This publication lists over 475 churches and other agencies within the bi-state region. The Directory is created by our staff, and provides church address information, staff members, telephone numbers, and hours of services.

Churches United has a 53-year history of reaching out to our community. Its 134 member churches represent 50,000 people from the Quad City Area. For information about services offered, or ways to support Churches United, call 563-332-5002, or visit our website at www.CUQCA.org.

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BeeRME for Music Beer Tasting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCCVB   
Friday, 13 June 2014 15:08
The 6th Annual BeeRME for Music begins at 7:00 p.m. on the second floor of the RME on Friday, June 13th.  BeeRME will feature a wide range of beer samples from Great River Brewery, Millstream Brewing Company, 7G Distributing, Wolfe Beverage, and Mississippi River Distillery Company, and many others!  The night will also feature live music by OSG and local food samplings. A complimentary tasting glass will also be included in the ticket price. www.rivermusicexperience.org

 
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