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Receive a free beer stein when you become a new museum member at the German American Heritage Center & Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Angela Osborn   
Monday, 29 March 2010 15:00

DAVENPORT, IOWA (March 29, 2010) Visitors who sign up to become a new museum member will receive a free glass stein at the German American Heritage Center & Museum in Davenport, Iowa while supplies last. Visitors can stop by the museum at 712 West 2nd Street in Davenport, Iowa and sign up for membership and pick up their stein.

Museum members receive free admission all year to the permanent and special exhibits, a free subscription to our quarterly Member Magazine, free admission to special programs and events, member-only events, a 10% discount at the gift shop, discounts on classes, and trips, and a discount to the museum’s facility rental. Membership is $35 for an individual, $45 for a couple, $55 for a household, $55 for grandparents/grandchildren, and $1,000 for a life member individual, or $1,500 for a life member couple. 

Last fall the museum underwent a major renovation and expansion that resulted in a highly interactive, audiovisual experience of nearly 4,000 square feet of dynamic exhibits. Visitors of all ages and heritage backgrounds will be fascinated as they explore the human experience of leaving one’s homeland in the hopes of finding opportunity and happiness in another country. In the museum visitors step into the footprints of a person from over a century ago and

hear the sounds of a storm at sea, the roar of an old wooden German rollercoaster, and joyous music celebration as they travel through 2,000 years. Museum members receive free admission to our

 new permanent exhibit and our special rotating exhibits. The current special exhibit is Amana Colonies: Moving to the City.

 

The German American Heritage Center works to preserve and enrich the German immigrant experience and its impact on the American Culture. The museum also partners with other cultural groups to demonstrate the contributions immigrants from many countries and from varied backgrounds have made to the ethnic palette which is the United States. For more information on all of the museum’s exhibits, programs, events, classes, and workshops visit www.gahc.org or call 563-322-8844. General admission is: Adults: $5; Seniors:$4; Children: $3 (5 - 17 years old); Free for children under 5. Museum members are free. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturday open 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday open 12 - 4 pm.

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Local Housing Corporation Begins Construction on New Facility PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin McConaughey   
Monday, 22 March 2010 13:17

DID YOU KNOW… that a major problem in our community is the lack of affordable housing for all low income households?

DID YOU KNOW ….recent studies have shown that an additional 2,300 rental units are needed for households at or below 30% of Area Median Income (AMI) which is $12,630 for a one person household?  More specifically, nearly 800 low income persons with persistent mental illness struggle to find quality housing they can afford.

DID YOU KNOW …most people in this group are extremely poor, relying on monthly disability payments of $639 which is just under $7,700 per year or 18% AMI?

DID YOU KNOW … it is nearly impossible to find decent one-bedroom apartments that are affordable on this income.  The average cost for a decent apartment is currently $425 plus utilities?

DID YOU KNOW a local community Mental Health Center is set to break ground on a new 13-unit housing complex to help provide additional independent living opportunities for persons with mental illness? Please read the following press release for more information on how this organization is giving back to the Quad Cities.

Local Housing Corporation Begins Construction on New Facility

Groundbreaking Ceremony Scheduled for March 25, 2010 at 1:30 p.m.

Vera French is poised to begin construction on Vera French Court Apartments at 3465 Holiday Court in Bettendorf. The 13 unit complex will provide additional independent living opportunities for persons with mental illness.

Vera French Court will feature energy efficient one bedroom apartments, handicapped accessible units, a community room with kitchenette and computer center, laundry facilities and storage space. An outside patio, BBQ grill, picnic area and raised bed gardening area add to the amenities.

Residents living at Vera French Court have opportunities to participate in education classes and planned activities. Support services will be available on site.

Vera French’s Housing Corporation has been successful in developing 105 units of affordable housing by combining public and private low interest loans and grants all across the Quad Cities.

Funding for this $2.3 million dollar project combines Iowa Finance Authority’s Section 42 Low Income Housing Tax Credit with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funding. Additional funding sources include Iowa Department of Economic Development, Scott County Housing Council and Scott County Regional Authority and NAMI Scott County. Midwest Housing and Equity Group, Iowa Fund V is providing $1,365,000.00 of equity to the project.

For more information on Vera French, please visit their website at www.verafrenchmhc.org.

Russell Construction, located in Davenport, IA is serving as the General Contractor on this project. In the past Russell has constructed two 10 unit Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) projects, Vera French Manor and Vera French Terrace. Robin Andrews, located in Huntley, IL will serve as the Architect.

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MOLINE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES GRANT DEADLINE FOR KAREN’S SUMMERTIME FUND PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Linda Martin   
Thursday, 11 March 2010 08:08
The Moline Foundation has a grant opportunity through a fund called Karen’s Summertime FUNd in honor of Karen Getz.  Through the Karen’s Summertime FUNd, The Moline Foundation is offering mini-grants between $300 and $1,000.  The object of this special opportunity is to provide non-profit organizations extra funds to develop creative, educational, and fun-filled activities for kids during the summer months.  Non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply if they serve the citizens of Moline and the surrounding region, including the Quad Cities.

Karen’s Summertime FUNd grants are made possible by Tom Getz, the Getz family and friends and many generous donors to The Moline Foundation. In establishing Karen’s Summertime FUNd program, the Moline Foundation honors the life of a woman who gave to so many others.  This special program will help us remember the many ways Karen Getz reached out to children with her sparkling personality and tireless spirit.

All materials necessary to receive funds are due in The Moline Foundation offices by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2010 or must be postmarked by or on Friday, April 30, 2010.  Please call The Moline Foundation at (309) 764-4193 to request a Grant Application.

Any child oriented non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, including those who have never received Moline Foundation funding in the past, is welcome to apply.

The Moline Community Foundation offices are located at the Deere-Wiman House, 817 11th Avenue, Moline.

The Moline Foundation, founded in 1953, is a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, community development, the arts and other charitable organizations. The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts for the benefit of citizens in Scott County, Iowa and Rock Island, Mercer, Henry, Warren, Henderson, and McDonough counties in Illinois.

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MOLINE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES DEADLINE FOR GRANTS APPLICATIONS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Linda Martin   
Tuesday, 09 March 2010 10:51

A grants submission deadline has been announced by the Moline Community Foundation. Non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply if they serve the citizens of Moline and the surrounding region, including the Quad Cities.

All materials necessary to receive funds are due in The Moline Foundation offices by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 15, 2010 or must be postmarked by or on Thursday, April 15, 2010.

Any non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, including those who have never received Moline Foundation funding in the past, is welcome to apply.

An application should consist of a written request stating the name and address of the organization, its mission, names and addresses of Board members, financial statement, balance sheet, and the specific purpose for which any money received would be used including a project budget.  The name, telephone number, and email of a contact person must also be included.  The requested materials should be mailed according to the above deadline.

The Moline Community Foundation offices are located at the Deere-Wiman House, 817 11th Avenue, Moline.

The Moline Foundation, founded in 1953, is a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, workforce development, the arts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of Moline and the surrounding area, including the Quad Cities region in both Iowa and Illinois.  The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts and works with citizens to achieve their dreams to improve the community.

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QUAD CITIES FAITH COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER IN SUPPORT OF HAITI’S EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jo Cohrs   
Monday, 01 March 2010 11:08

Usually, if one were to ask:  “What do Roman Catholics, mainstream Protestants, Evangelical Christians, Jews, and Moslems have in common?” more often than not, the answer would be “Very little!”  However, in recent weeks, that has been far from the case.  These faith communities, who often differ, and sometimes differ vigorously over such matters as social issues, geo-politics, and points of theology, have been crossing what sometimes appears as impenetrate lines and coming together in common cause over their mutual concern for the plight of the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

A few weeks ago, Churches United of the Quad Cities, Temple Emanuel, and a number of local clergy initiated a drive to unite the various faith communities of the Quad Cities in their efforts to aid Haitian earthquake victims.  A letter was sent out to all clergy and houses of worship, encouraging them to support the fund raising efforts of their particular national or international faith group and to report their efforts to the local coordinators of this project.  The goal of the organizers was to gather the data which would demonstrate the impact of our Quad Cities faith communities on this important relief effort.  It was their hope that by demonstrating how supportive of this cause have been our churches, synagogues, and mosques, they would be able to encourage both additional charitable giving of behalf of the Haitian people and greater interfaith respect and cooperation within our community.

To date, 46 faith communities have reported the results of their relief efforts.  Together, they have raised almost $188,000.00.  Congregational giving has ranged from $150.00 to $20,000.00 (see list below).  These funds have been directed to at least 21 separate agencies and organizations (see list below).

While the majority of the participating congregations conducted direct fund appeals, either from their pulpits, in their newsletters, or by email, there were some congregations that went a step further in their efforts.  There were those who put together health kits or meal kits, those who involved the children of their congregation in special projects, concerts, and there was one that hosted a fund raising Taco Fiesta (see list below).

The figures reported are minimal.  There are many other congregations in our community that have raised funds on behalf of Haitian relief, but which have yet to report their efforts to the organizers of this project.  There are also many in our faith communities whose giving cannot be tracked because they sent their contributions directly to their denominational funds or to social service agencies.

There has rarely been a time in our community when we have experienced such a coming together of our diverse congregations, affirming the positive values we share in common and the potential power of religion to better the quality of life for all people.

For further information, please feel free to contact either Rev. Ronald Quay, Executive Director of Churches United of the Quad Cities (309/786-6494) or Rabbi Henry Jay Karp of Temple Emanuel (563/326-4419).

QUAD CITIES FAITH COMMUNITY SUPPORT OF HAITIAN RELIEF EFFORTS

  1. All Saints Episcopal Community of Faith, Moline
  2. Asbury United Methodist Church, Bettendorf
  3. Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church, Moline
  4. Bettendorf Christian Church
  5. Bettendorf Presbyterian Church
  6. The Bridge Foursquare Church, Milan
  7. Broadway Presbyterian Church
  8. Christ United Methodist Church, East Moline
  9. Edwards Congregational United Church of Christ, Davenport
  10. Eldridge United Methodist Church
  11. Faith Lutheran Church, Eldridge
  12. 15th Avenue Christian Church, Rock Island
  13. First Baptist Church, Cordova
  14. First Baptist Church, Davenport
  15. First Baptist Church, East Moline
  16. First Baptist Church, Moline
  17. First Christian Church, Davenport
  18. First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, Moline
  19. First Lutheran Church, Erie
  20. First Lutheran Church, Rock Island
  21. First Presbyterian Church, LeClaire
  22. First Presbyterian Church, Milan
  23. First United Methodist Church, Geneseo
  24. Grace Lutheran Church, Opheim
  25. Grace United Church of Christ, Wilton
  26. Heritage Church, Rock Island
  27. Hope United Church of Christ, Moline
  28. Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities
  29. Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities, Davenport
  30. Moline Mosque
  31. Orion United Methodist Church, Orion
  32. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Bettendorf
  33. Our Savior Presbyterian Church, Le Claire
  34. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Davenport
  35. Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rock Island
  36. Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport
  37. St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Long Grove
  38. St. John’s United Methodist Church, Davenport
  39. St. Mark Lutheran Church, Davenport
  40. St. Paul the Apostle Church & School, Davenport
  41. St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Rock Island
  42. Salem Lutheran Church, Moline
  43. Temple Emanuel, Davenport
  44. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Davenport
  45. Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline
  46. Union Congregational United Church of Christ

SUB TOTAL = $187,958.09

RECIPIENT FUNDS & ORGANIZATIONS

  1. American Baptist International Ministries
  2. American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
  3. Catholic Relief Services in Haiti
  4. Congregational & Denominational missionaries in Haiti & the Dominican Republic
  5. Disciples of Christ Week of Compassion
  6. ELCA Disaster Relief Fund
  7. Episcopal Relief and Development Fund for Haiti
  8. Foursquare Churches and Orphanage in Haiti
  9. Haiti:  Caring With Crutches
  10. LCMC missionaries in Haiti
  11. Lifeline Christian Mission in Haiti
  12. Lutheran World Relief
  13. Metropolitan Community Church Denominational Emergency Fund
  14. One Great Hour of Sharing (UCC & Baptist)
  15. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, PCUSA
  16. The Red Cross
  17. SERVHaiti
  18. Union for Reform Judaism Haiti Relief Fund
  19. United Church of Christ Illinois Conference Haiti Relief Fund
  20. United Methodist Committee on Relief
  21. Waves of Mercy (funds raised to purchase and ship 31,900 pounds of rice to the Waves of Mercy mission site in Haiti)

SPECIAL FUND RAISING AND ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

  1. Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church of Moline is collecting funds for the purchase of clothing and emergency items.
  2. Edwards Congregational United Church of Christ of Davenport is having their children make Haiti Pins to sell as a fund raiser, and two of their musical groups is planning a benefit concert for March 14 at 3:00 p.m..
  3. Faith Lutheran Church in Eldridge is putting together health kits that will be distributed
  4. First Lutheran Church in Rock Island is making health kits for Lutheran World Relief.
  5. First Baptist East Moline is putting together health kits and baby layettes that will be distributed.
  6. First Presbyterian Church of LeClaire held a Taco Fiesta fund raiser for Haiti.
  7. St. John’s United Methodist Church in Davenport is partnering with Kids Against Hunger in working to provide 100,000 meals in Haiti.
  8. Prince of Peace Church of Davenport is collecting crutches to donate to Haiti:  Caring With Crutches
  9. St. Paul the Apostle School, Davenport, held a benefit concert at the River Music Experience, featuring the Meyers Brothers and others.
  10. Temple Emanuel & Tri City Jewish Center religious school students decided to dedicate four weeks of their weekly charitable giving to Haitian relief efforts.
  11. Temple Emanuel of Davenport’s Tikkun Olam (Social Justice) Committee is running a used book fair to raise funds for Haitian relief.

 
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