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Celebrating Twenty-One Years of Helping Single Parent Families Move from Homelessness to Self-Sufficiency PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sister Mary Ann Vogel, CHM   
Friday, 16 September 2011 08:14
Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. is celebrating 21 years of service to the Quad Cities with a Jazz Brunch at Crow Valley Golf Club on Sunday, September 25, 2011, from 11am to 2pm. Three members of the Matt Young Group, a pianist, an upright bassist and a vocalist, will return to entertain us this year. Earlier this summer Sarah Marie Young, the vocalist, was awarded first place in the international Montreux Jazz Voice Competition in Switzerland.

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. (HMHI) is a supportive housing program for single parent families who are experiencing homelessness. To prepare for transitioning into permanent housing at program departure, parents are expected to pursue goals in education and/or job training as well as work on improving their daily living skills in budgeting, parenting, time management, meal planning and housekeeping. When parents take advantage of these opportunities doors open to a better future for them and their children. Children learn there is a different way to live; some have become the first in their family to complete high school and go on to college. During these past 21 years 684 single parents and their 1349 children have received the services of this supportive housing program. Over 300 applications from single parent families, including nearly 600 children, are received each year and yet HMHI has space and staff to provide services to only 47 of these families at any one time.

Please join us in our celebration and support this valuable community asset.

For more information, please contact our office at 563-326-1330.

 
Governor Quinn Honors September 11th Anniversary, Announces Grants to Service Organizations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Mason   
Friday, 16 September 2011 07:23

Grants to Support 1,100 AmeriCorps Members 

 

CHICAGO – September 10, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn announced today that 32 organizations in Illinois have received AmeriCorps grants from the Serve Illinois Commission. In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the Governor has proclaimed Sept. 11, 2011 as a day of service and remembrance. The announcement of grants to support more than 1,100 AmeriCorps members is part of the Governor’s call for citizens all across Illinois to commit to community service.

“Citizen service is essential to strengthening and addressing challenges in communities throughout Illinois,” Governor Quinn said. “As we reflect and remember September 11, 2001, we must reaffirm our commitment to service for our great county. These AmeriCorps members will meet pressing local needs and strengthen our communities as they develop civic and leadership skills will last a lifetime.”

The grants announced today will support more than 1,100 AmeriCorps members across the state who will help adults and children improve reading skills, tutor and mentor at-risk youth, provide health services, provide environmental education and help nonprofits recruit volunteers and achieve their missions.

The Serve Illinois Commission will distribute more than $8.3 million in federal funding to organizations chosen in a highly competitive national process and highly selective statewide formula competition. The 32 state AmeriCorps programs will match these dollars with $8.4 million in local and private funds.

The grants focus AmeriCorps resources on six key areas: strengthening education, fostering economic opportunity, preparing for and responding to disasters, improving health, meeting environmental and energy efficiency needs, and assisting veterans and military families.

On a national level, AmeriCorps engages 80,000 Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet critical needs. Its members serve through more than 14,000 nonprofit and faith-based organizations in rural and urban communities throughout the nation. Among other accomplishments, AmeriCorps members last year mobilized 2.6 million community volunteers and tutored, mentored or served more than 2.5 million disadvantaged youth.

Since 1994, more than 700,000 Americans have provided more than 860 million hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps. In Illinois, more than 78,000 people participate in national service each year through 159 national service projects and programs.

A list of AmeriCorps grants in Illinois is below.

AmeriCorps Competitive Grants:

  • Academy for Urban School Leadership was approved for $72,000 and 90 member positions. Through this organization, AmeriCorps members serve as teachers in low-performing, “turnaround schools” in Chicago.
  • Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, MORE: Making Opportunities for Reading Enrichment was approved for $222,884 and 27 member positions.  Members provide tutoring and support in English as a Second Language, family literacy, financial literacy and GED attainment to low-income parents in Chicago.
  • Board of Trustees of Western Illinois University: Peace Corps/AmeriCorps Project was funded for $130,000 and 13 member positions. AmeriCorps members address locally identified economic development needs and by mobilizing volunteers to help build local capacity in rural communities.
  • City Year-Chicago was awarded $1,550,000 and 145 member slots. City Year AmeriCorps members provide small group and one-on-one tutoring to identified students in grades 6-9 at low performing schools in Chicago.
  • Literacy Volunteers of America - Illinois VOCAL was awarded $313,066 in funding and 38 member positions. AmeriCorps members provide one-on-one and small group tutoring to increase literacy levels among adults and incarcerated youth in Illinois.
  • PCC Community Wellness Center was awarded $194,992 and 15 member positions. AmeriCorps members at the center help children and adults adopt healthy habits and educate new mothers about the health benefits of breastfeeding.
  • Public Allies, Inc. - Chicago was awarded $637,000 in funding and 49 member positions. Public Allies’ members serve in direct service and capacity building roles at a variety of Chicago-area non-profit organizations to meet education and economic opportunity community needs, build the capacity of non-profits, and promote civic engagement.
  • Rend Lake College: Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps was awarded $499,536 and 65 member positions.  AmeriCorps members provide tutoring, mentoring, technology support and environmental education in rural southern Illinois.
  • Southwestern Illinois College: Belleville AmeriCorps was awarded $458,106 and 90 member slots.  Belleville AmeriCorps members support education by promoting computer literacy and developing safe, educational places for youth during out of school time, and support volunteering in the community.

AmeriCorps Formula Grants

  • Alternatives, Inc. was awarded $104,800 and 8 member positions. Alternatives AmeriCorps members provide college and career readiness training, tutoring, and alcohol/drug prevention counseling.

 

  • American Red Cross- Chicago was awarded $222,700 and 17 member positions. The American Red Cross AmeriCorps members will help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond effectively to emergencies. AmeriCorps members teach American Red Cross health and safety classes (First Aid/CPR, HIV/AIDS education, water safety, disaster education).

 

  • Asian Human Services was awarded $144,100 and 11 member positions. Asian Human Services AmeriCorps members provide culturally appropriate services to Chicago’s low income pan-Asian and other immigrant and refugee communities. The members provide community health, employment, adult and family literacy and legal services.

 

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mississippi Valley was awarded $104,800 and 10 member positions. Big Brother Big Sister AmeriCorps members serve in the areas of enrollment, match support, and recruiting to bring mentoring services to populations previously not served. The program is delivered through one-to-one matches in the community-based, school-based and site (college)-based programs.

 

  • Children's Home Association of Illinois was awarded $117,900 and 23 member positions. Children’s Home AmeriCorps members provide one-on-one and small group skill building sessions to help transitioning clients make gains in basic skills critical to independence. Members also work to engage disadvantaged individuals in service to help them apply the skills they are learning. All members of our Corps are current/former recipients of social services, thus while they are serving, they are also gaining career and educational opportunities through their service experience

 

  • Coalition of African, Asian, European, and Latino Immigrants (CAAELI) of IL was awarded $104,800 and 16 member positions. CAEELI AmeriCorps members provide culturally appropriate services to Chicago’s low income pan-Asian and other immigrant and refugee communities. These services include community health, employment, adult and family literacy and legal services.

 

  • Fulfilling Our Responsibility Unto Mankind (FORUM) was awarded $104,800 and 16 member positions. FORUM Members engage in education, training and service that directly affect local communities. Members deliver training, engage in direct outreach with youth and their families, and promote participation in community garden projects intended to not only beautify vacant city lots, but also enable the community to literally begin “feeding itself”.

 

  • Greater Chicago Food Depository was awarded 104,800 and 8 members. GCFD members work to increase the food supply in communities. In addition, members provide client access, links to services, and volunteer networking.

 

  • Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA) was awarded $340,600 and 26 members. IPHA members help meet locally identified needs at health departments across the state through community service in the following focus areas: health promotion and outreach for programs serving youth, women, children and families; volunteer coordination; and assistance with community emergency preparedness.
  • Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House was awarded a grant for $917, 917 and 190 members. Lessie Bates Davis Members improve the academic skills of a minimum of 300 elementary students, provide nutritional support for over 2,500 persons per month, recruit and manage over 1,000 volunteers, and build technological competence in the East St. Louis community.

 

  • Logan Square Neighborhood Association was awarded a grant for $104,800 and 21 members. Logan Square members improve academic performance of Chicago Public students. The members increase performance by engaging parents from low-income households in school and community activities.

 

  • Lutheran Social Services of Illinois was awarded a grant of $117,900 and 18 members. AmeriCorps members provides direct service to those incarcerated, their families and those returning home from prison in five locations: Chicago, Marion, Rockford, Springfield and Metro East St. Louis area. AmeriCorps members are creating and giving presentation on reentry at all sites, encouraging partnerships and recruiting volunteers.

 

  • McHenry County Mental Health Board was awarded a grant of $144,100 and 40 members. AmeriCorps members will build academic and social supports for identified youth with risk factors such as diagnosed mental illness, gang involvement, Latino youth, and those eligible for free and reduced lunch. AmeriCorps members provide tutoring, and mentoring activities in after school programs throughout the County, as well as promote interaction with the community through service projects. Members benefit by developing marketable job skills in the social service/education field, and develop leadership and teambuilding skills overall.

 

  • Northwestern University Settlement Association was awarded a grant of $464,890 and 71 members.  AmeriCorps Members serve the community through mentorship, educational, service, artistic, and recreational activities. The opportunities are offered through in/out classroom programming and our community service projects. The goal of the program is to support the student’s academic achievements, provide them with positive alternatives to destructive behaviors, and foster an ethic of service in the entire community.
  • Sauk Valley Community College was awarded a grant of 288,200 and 61 members. Sauk Valley AmeriCorps members tutor/mentor children, youth, and families through educational programming to increase academic performance and life skills.
  • Schuler Family Foundation was awarded a grant of $170,300 and 13 members. Schuler Family Foundation members provide college counseling, leadership and personal development, cultural exposure, and civic and social experience to students who are eligible for financial scholarships.

 

  • Springfield Urban League was awarded a grant of $131,000 and 42 members. Urban League members address community needs by tutoring, mentoring, literacy education, and service learning. Members serve as tutors and mentors for the 21st Century After-school program as well as other afterschool entities.
  • Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center was awarded a grant of $104,800 and 9 members. Media Center members alleviate poverty in Champaign County by connecting community members with resources available at the IMC and our partner organizations. The IMC fosters the creation and distribution of media, art, and narratives emphasizing underrepresented voices and perspectives, and promotes empowerment and expression through media and arts education.

 

  • West Suburban PADS was awarded a grant of $124,450 and 10 members. West Suburban Pad members provide an employment program for homeless individuals preparing to enter the workforce.  Members assist clients with finding emergency shelter as well as job and counseling referrals.

 

  • Volunteers for America Illinois was awarded a grant of 104,800 and 16 members. VOA of IL members provide housing and employment services to homeless veterans through its True North Project (TNP). AmeriCorps members, recruited from graduates of our TNP program, assist 75 more homeless veterans on their path to self-sufficiency with resources and tools to regain independence.

 

  • Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights was awarded a grant of $235,800 and 18 members. AmeriCorps members will work in partnership with ethnic community-based organizations (CBOs) to recruit native-born and immigrant volunteers from local communities to serve as English and Civics volunteer tutors to immigrants in their communities

 

  • Jobs for Youth was awarded a grant of $104,800 and 16 members. The members will assist local non-profit organizations with their transition to electronic health records; while promoting health, providing community outreach, culturally appropriate health education and the promotion of healthy behaviors to underserved low income populations. 

AmeriCorps is a national service program administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service that engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet critical needs. Members tutor and mentor youth, expand health services, build affordable housing, run after-school programs, support veterans, help communities respond to disasters, and recruit and train volunteers. Interested individuals can learn about available opportunities and apply online by visiting AmeriCorps.gov.

 

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A CLARION CALL: THIS CHURCH IS SERIOUS ABOUT INCLUSIVENESS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rev. Rich Hendricks   
Thursday, 15 September 2011 07:33
A CLARION CALL: THIS CHURCH IS SERIOUS ABOUT INCLUSIVENESS

Meeting At Hotel Every 3rd Sunday for Handicap Accessibility

 Iowa/Illinois Quad Cities - Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities (“MCCQC”) takes inclusiveness seriously. The church is well known for its outreach to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community -- as well as for being Christian while respecting everyone’s individual spiritual journey. “We proclaim our mission statement from the pulpit every Sunday: ‘To provide lively worship and to proclaim God’s inclusive love for everyone,’” says MCCQC Pastor, Rev. Rich Hendricks. “Now we have to get out of the old church building to reach some of our own folks and some people we have yet to meet who would love to come and worship but cannot handle stairs.”

Hendricks says that the congregation has been trying unsuccessfully to sell their building at 30th and Harrison Street for over two years. Without selling the building, the congregation is unable to purchase a handicap accessible facility. “At least this way, we can be handicap accessible once a month,” says Hendricks. Worship services are now scheduled at the Clarion Hotel, 5202 N. Brady Street, Davenport in a conference room every third Sunday of the month beginning Sunday, September 18th.

All are welcome to attend. For the first service at the Clarion on the 18th, there will be free doughnuts and coffee beginning at 10:30 a.m., and a pizza buffet at 12 noon following the worship service. Church members have come up with extra-giving donations to cover the cost of renting the conference room at the Clarion. “I would much rather we could afford a handicap accessible facility for our worship services every Sunday, but until we win the lottery at least this is a start,” says Hendricks.

For more information, contact the church office at 563.324.8281 or visit them on the web at www.mccqc.com.

 

 

 

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MCC QC: tearing down walls & building up hope!

 
“LOBSTERFEST” NETS BIG CATCH FOR CHARITIES & STUDENTS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scott Naumann   
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 12:29

Bettendorf Rotary sets October 1st deadline for grant requests from community

Bettendorf, IA – Thanks to funds raised during its 5th Annual Lobsterfest in June, the Bettendorf Rotary Club will be able to offer grants up to a total of $20,000 for area charities and $6,000 in scholarships to graduates pursuing higher education.
The club will award individual grants of as much as $2,500 to any qualified non-profit organization in the Quad Cities. The application deadline is October 1st. Applications are available to download at www.bettendorfrotary.com. Completed requests must then be postmarked by October 1st and sent to: Bettendorf Rotary Club, PO Box 133, Bettendorf, IA, 52722. Applications can also be obtained by mailing a request to the same address.
Grants are not awarded to groups for annual fundraising, organizational endowment funds, deficit financing, grants to individuals, scholarship funds, political groups or activities, Rotarians and their families or for sectarian purposes. Organizations that received funds last year are not eligible for the 2011 funding cycle.
Applications are reviewed and awarded by the Bettendorf Rotary’s Charitable Giving Board with funds located at the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend. Scholarships are administered through a different fund. Those are provided to deserving students at Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley high schools, Rivermont Collegiate and Scott Community College. Recipients are chosen by the educational institutions.
“Lobsterfest is a tremendous undertaking for our club, but the results speak for themselves,” said BRC President Scott Naumann. “By bringing together fellow Rotarians, friends, family and business associates, exposing them to the Rotary message as well as assisting area charities and students, clearly that makes all of our efforts worthwhile.”
The Bettendorf Rotary Club (www.bettendorfrotary.com), chartered on May 22, 1957, has more than 100 members fulfilling the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” in a variety of local, regional and national community volunteer projects. The club meets each Wednesday at Noon at Fortune Garden Restaurant, 2211 Kimberly Road, Bettendorf. In addition to the website, you can find the club on Facebook (www.facebook.com/bettendorfrotary).
Bettendorf Rotary Club is part of Rotary International (www.rotary.org), founded in 1905 by Paul Harris, a Chicago businessman and University of Iowa alumnus. The international organization, now based in Evanston, IL, has more than one million members participating with 32,000 clubs located in more than 200 countries.
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BP Awards Camp Courageous $6,250.00 Grant PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Charlie Becker   
Tuesday, 06 September 2011 10:58
MONTICELLO, IOWA-BP Petroleum in collaboration with their BP Fueling Communities Program, local BP stations, and Fauser Energy Resources has awarded Camp Courageous a grant in the amount of $6,250.00.  Camp Courageous is a year-round recreational and respite care facility for individuals with special needs.  Run on donations, without government support, formal sponsorship, or paid fund raisers, this year the camp will serve 6,000 campers.

Camp Courageous' relationship with Fauser Energy Resources began in 1981, when Don Fauser visited Camp Courageous as a board member of the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa.  During that visit the Petroleum Marketers decided to take Camp Courageous under their wing, at a time when the camp was struggling to survive.  Since then the camp has grown from serving hundreds of campers to serving thousands of campers, is open-year round, has grown from 40 acres to 200 acres; and from 5 buildings to over 20.

"Don Fauser, and his son, Paul, have been actively involved in the success of Camp Courageous for over 30-years. They are a good and carrying family of incredible integrity...and those exceptional traits pour over into their work.  Camp Courageous feels very fortunate to have BP Petroleum and Fauser Energy Resources come together to make this wonderful gift possible," said Charlie Becker, Camp Director.

 
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