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Branstad, Reynolds announce Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Monday, 02 June 2014 15:34

(DES MOINES) - Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, today, with representatives of the Des Moines Symphony, the Food Bank of Iowa, Bank of the West, Hy-Vee, and Casey’s announced the official start of the sixth annual Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger.

“The Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger is a wonderful campaign that raises awareness and collects much-needed non-perishable food items for the Food Bank of Iowa,” said Reynolds. “I am honored and proud to be a partner with community businesses to shed a light on the importance of eliminating hunger in central Iowa.”

The public is encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items at area Bank of the West locations, area Hy-Vee locations or at the Des Moines Symphony’s 20th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops. In addition, the Office of Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will today accept donations from the public at their office in the State Capitol.

Yankee Doodle Pops will be held on the State Capitol grounds on July 3, 2014, at 8:30 p.m. All donations from the food drive will benefit the Food Bank of Iowa. The drive runs until July 7, 2014.

For more information on the Yankee Doodle Food Drive, visit

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Learn how this foundation keeps the community “Safer” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sue Davidson   
Monday, 02 June 2014 13:13
An open house celebrating the new IMPACT program of the Safer Foundation will be 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 2363 W. 3rd St., Davenport. The public is welcome to meet Safer  foundation staff members, visit with program participants and tour the program site at the church. Light refreshments will be served.

For more than 40 years, The Safer Foundation’s mission has focused on reducing recidivism by supporting, through a full spectrum of services, the efforts of people with criminal records to become employed, law-abiding members of the community. The IMPACT Program provides after school, supervised community treatment to youth referred from Scott County Juvenile Court Services. Services provided include individual, group and family counseling, life skill instruction, tutoring, community service opportunities, employment readiness training, therapeutic recreation and referral to community agencies as appropriate.

Safer began serving the Quad Cities area in 1976, when it opened an office in Rock Island, offering adults with criminal records the opportunity to obtain employment. In 1998, at the invitation of then Governor Robert Ray, Safer began providing these same services to citizens in Scott County. In 1996, Safer began offering educational and career readiness services to court-involved young people in Scott County with Rock Island County services following in 2000. Safer has been a beacon of hope to thousands of people over the years.

On an annual basis, the Rock Island Employment Services office provides assessment and job training to more than 250 individuals with criminal records, with 125 of these individuals securing employment at more than fifty area employers.

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Written by Lora Adams   
Monday, 02 June 2014 10:23

MOLINE, ILLINOIS – WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is pleased to introduce the 2014 WQPT/PBS Ambassadors.

The program, which is entering its 10th year, provides college students the opportunity to represent their local public television station at a variety of events throughout eastern Iowa and western Illinois.

“WQPT Ambassadors are an extension of the staff, and the leadership skills they acquire in the program have helped many move on to jobs as a direct result of their time as an Ambassador” said WQPT Special Projects Coordinator Bea Brasel.

The 2014 WQPT/PBS Ambassadors are:

Grace Brasel (Augustana College)

Celia Brasel (St. Ambrose University)

Kasandra DeFrieze (Western Illinois University-QC)

Erin Willhite (Monmouth College)

Alexandra Lenger (Iowa State University)

Nicolas Riojas (Augustana College)

Wendy Orman (Western Illinois University-QC)

Richard Yerington (Western Illinois University-QC)

Maggie Feeney (University of Northern Iowa)

Vincent Jones (Western Illinois University-QC)

Rebeka Farias (Western Illinois University-QC)

Koko Nicoue (St. Francis College of Nursing)

Remona Lang (Black Hawk College)

Katie Rosato (St. Ambrose University).

The 2014 WQPT/PBS Ambassadors are supported in part by a grant from the Davenport Rotary.

WQPT is the public media service of Western Illinois University – Quad Cities located in Moline, Illinois

LSSI Receives Two Grants from Local Quad City Foundations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristen Miller   
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 13:10
  • LSSI’s Intouch Adult Day Services Program for Seniors Receives Grant from The Doris & Victor Day Foundation

May 12, 2014. DES PLAINES, IL-Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) received a $3,500 grant from The Doris & Victor Day Foundation, to support the Intouch Adult Day Services- Moline, a program of LSSI. Based in Des Plaines, LSSI is largest social service provider in Illinois, and offers services in communities throughout the state.

The Doris & Victor Day Foundation has been a steadfast partner with LSSI in helping older adults in the Quad Cities lead fulfilling and independent lives. Intouch Adult Day Services-Moline is one of the largest adult day facilities in Illinois, providing personalized attention and stimulating activities in a comfortable, monitored environment to nearly 300 active seniors, socially isolated adults, and medically and psychologically challenged adults. The services also offer caregivers respite from routine mental stressors, and their daily responsibilities.

Adult Day Services staff address individual needs through three areas of care: Active Adults, for clients who are primarily independent, and can participate in the variety of activities Intouch offers, Community Helpers Programming, for individuals who have sustained brain trauma and require programming to address their specific needs, and the Adaptive Services Unit, a secured setting, offering services based on the functional ability of individuals with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson's disease, neurologic disorders and/or other diagnoses that require extra care. In addition to assisting clients with activities of daily living, Intouch Adult Day also provides health monitoring by onsite nursing staff.

Great thanks go to The Doris and Victor Day Foundation for this generous grant. The Doris & Victor Day Foundation was established in 1987, with the mission to better their community. It was Doris Day’s hope that Rock Island would be “a better place” for future generations. Since its inception, the foundation has continued to meet the human needs in the Quad City Area.

  • LSSI Receives a Grant from the Rock Island Community Foundation to Support the Child Trauma Training Program for Foster Parents

May 12, 2014. DES PLAINES, IL- Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) received a $2,500 grant from the Rock Island Community Foundation, to support the Child Trauma-Informed Training Program for Foster Parents in the Quad Cities. Based in Des Plaines, LSSI is largest social service provider in Illinois, and offers services in communities throughout the state.

The Trauma-Informed Training program provides foster parents and caregivers with the tools and knowledge to help them succeed in more effective parenting and communicating with a foster child, coping with the effects of trauma. As temporary custodians of children removed from their birth families, foster parents and caregivers must serve numerous roles, while providing safe and loving homes for the children.

Using a curriculum developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, LSSI’s Trauma-Informed Training helps foster parents and caregivers recognize the symptoms of child trauma, assist children in understanding and identifying their emotions and behaviors, and support children with basic coping strategies to improve their well-being. After Trauma-Informed Training, foster parents and caregivers report more positive experiences, making their responsibilities worthwhile.

Great thanks go to The Rock Island Community Foundation for this generous grant. Since 1967, The Rock Island Community Foundation has promoted the civic needs and general welfare of the City of Rock Island and surrounding communities, by providing financial support to causes and organizations that help its citizens.

About Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Founded in 1867, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois is a statewide, not-for-profit social service agency of the three Illinois synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), as well as an agency of the United Way. Last year, LSSI served 96,000 people of all faiths through an array of services at 85 program sites across Illinois. For more information about Intouch Adult Day services, call 309.797.0200, visit, or go to LSSI’s Facebook page.


Royal Neighbors board and executives step up with paint brushes and work gloves to help the Rock Island YWCA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Royal Neighbors   
Friday, 23 May 2014 11:51

(Rock Island, IL) – The Royal Neighbors of America Board of Directors and Executive Team will exchange their business suits for painting clothes and work gloves when they paint the gymnasium and plant flowers at the Rock Island YWCA. These activities will help make the YWCA a more attractive place for women and their families.

Each year, the Royal Neighbors directors from across the country join with local executives to volunteer for a project that will empower women.

“Working side-by-side on a volunteer project brings us together in a different environment,” said Cynthia Tidwell, Royal Neighbors President/CEO. “It’s not what we’re used to doing in our corporate positions, but we enjoy making a difference. It is part of our legacy to empower women to reach their full potential, and the YWCA plays a vital role in providing services to women who are building a better life.”

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