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Safer Foundation delivers ‘Safer Sacks” Thursday throughout Quad-Cities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sue Davidson   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 10:44

Why will you see so many volunteers driving around the Quad-Cities delivering sandwiches on Thursday?

It’s all part of the ninth annual “Safer Sacks” initiative by The Safer Foundation. Participating businesses and organizations have ordered sandwich lunches that volunteers will deliver to workplaces or diners will pick up for carry-out.

Sandwiches will be put together, and volunteers will be dispatched, beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday at The Center, 1411 Brady St., Davenport.

All money earned through this event goes to The Safer Foundation’s Employment Services, Youth Empowerment and IMPACT Programs in Moline, Rock Island and Davenport. Last year, The Safer Foundation earned more than $10,000 through this annual fundraiser, with all the money staying in the Quad-Cities.

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.

St. Mark Quilters Create Works That Comfort the Community PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Candy Bates   
Monday, 07 April 2014 10:12

Hundreds of quilts created at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 2363 W. 3rd St., Davenport, tenderly wrap babies, comfort the sick and provide warmth and a reminder of God’s love to Quad-Citians from all walks of life.

Candy Bates, of Davenport, is a St. Mark member who established “Quilters 4 Christ” in 1998 as an outreach “to those in need of a warm hug.” The congregation donates fabrics, threads and yarn to a dedicated group of artistic women who have made and donated hundreds of quilts.

“The group of sewers has changed over the years, but the warm smiles and thankful facial expressions the quilters receive when a quilt is wrapped around a recipient never has changed,” Bates says. “In the beginning we focused on single-sized quilts for at-risk teenagers” who lived in Valley Shelter, a Quad-City facility that later closed.

Duretta Abbott, of Davenport, is a master at creating T-shirt quilts, says Bates, “so we soon established a ‘Christ's love’ bond with the kids using old T-shirts to make quilts to fit each recipient’s personality. That was a reward for us and the teens, but funding forced the homes to close.”

The group then began creating lap quilts for the former Meadowlawn senior center “Donations of wheelchair and lap quilts are a joy not only to make, but also to give,” Bates says. “Our St. Mark visitors outreach group always can find a quilt in our closet to give a homebound person or a hospitalized member of our congregation.”

When quilt expert Lois Daasch, of Davenport, began teaching nine-patch blocks, the group added baby quilts to its repertoire. The quilters always have three or four quilts ready to tie or use as a teaching aid at each meeting. “Using festive, soft flannel and cotton fabrics, we stitch together the quilts in laughter, fellowship and prayer,” Bates says.

All babies baptized at St. Mark are given a quilt. Women who use Pregnancy Resources receive quilts, and so do children who have been placed in foster care in Jackson and surrounding counties. Every quilt is rolled around a beanbag animal because “little hands love to latch on to the adorable little stuffed animal as if it were their very best friend,” Bates said. “We recently gave a local social worker 25 such quilts and they found homes very quickly.”

Quilters 4 Christ meets the second Thursday of every month at St. Mark in the conference/library/quilters room. Quilters learn a new block pattern, discuss layout, search cupboards for the right fabrics “and the magic begins,” Bates says. “Our 16-year members delight in teaching our many younger members.”

Daasch’s specialties are very small blocks and baby quilts, while other members are experts in “flying geese” boarders, “log cabin” blocks, patchwork tops, table runners, totes, and the organization and distribution of the handiwork (Bates specializes in Civil War blocks and “tree of life” patterns).

“Every quilter brings a unique talent to each work,” says the Rev. Travis Fisher. “I enjoy seeing all the quilts this group puts together and the love they put into their creations.” Each hand-crafted piece is part of a blessing held during worship services. “It’s a ministry that truly brings joy into our community,” Fisher said.

To contact Candy Bates, please call 563-326-2122

To contact the Rev. Travis Fisher, call 563-322-5318 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Hygiene Drive to Benefit Open Door Crisis Assistance Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Liz Strader   
Monday, 31 March 2014 10:40

Open Door, a nonprofit program managed by Skip-a-Long Family and Community Services, focuses on helping individuals and families in Rock Island, Henry, and Mercer County who are in immediate need due to crisis.  The program offers an on-site food pantry and clothing, but also works directly with local social service agencies to connect those in crisis with the services that can help give them a “hand up,” not a handout.  Whether it be a young mother who has recently left an abusive relationship, a man who is homeless after losing his job, or a family who is in need of transportation to school and work after a car accident, Open Door strives to be a one-stop program to get what is needed or to contact an agency that can meet the need of those in crisis.

Oftentimes, we forget that a family may have to choose between a loaf of bread and infant bath soap, or between a monthly medication and shampoo and toothpaste.  Hygiene products can be expensive, but are important not only to the cleanliness of an individual but also to his or her self-esteem and self-worth.  Imagine a middle-schooler walking into his classroom, not having had a shower in several days.  The reactions by his classmates alone are a blow to the young child’s confidence, and, experienced frequently, could lead the child to avoid and even dread going to school.  Simply having the products necessary to be clean can make a world of difference to a person, and that is where we are calling on the community to help!

Open Door will be hosting a hygiene drive at two locations in Rock Island, and we invite everyone to take a few minutes to purchase one or two items so we may give them directly to individuals and families who would otherwise go without.  Visit us at one of the locations listed below and make a positive impact on someone’s life!  For more details on the Open Door program, please visit

Hygiene Drives:

WHEN:  Saturday, Apr. 12th, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

WHERE: Walgreens - 3100 - 11th St., Rock Island, IL and Walgreens – 2955 - 18th Ave, Rock Island, IL

WHAT IS NEEDED:  Shampoo, body soap, washcloths or puffs, toothbrushes, toothpaste, men’s and/or women’s razors, shaving cream, baby shampoo, infant and toddler toothpaste and toothbrushes, etc.

Minor League Baseball crafts ‘Winning with Doubles’ fundraising campaign to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 08:37
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—Minor League Baseball® and MiLB Enterprises announced today that it has created a first-of-its-kind national charity campaign called ‘Winning with Doubles.’ This April and May, Minor League Baseball will ask all visitors to MiLB ballparks to consider making a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters based on their favorite team’s on-field performance. During the two-month campaign, fans will register to contribute a self-selected amount for every double hit by their favorite or hometown team to assist in changing the life of a child for the better, forever. The campaign will be housed on Minor League Baseball’s official website at

“Minor League Baseball and Big Brothers Big Sisters are two organizations who each have a 100-plus year history of helping their communities and enriching lives,” said Michael Hand, Minor League Baseball’s Chief Marketing Officer and President of MiLB Enterprises. “With more than 41 million loyal fans attending our games last season, we’re asking them to individually and collectively play an active role in the betterment of childrens’ lives through this initiative. Minor League Baseball has enjoyed an ongoing and rewarding relationship with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) as a national Charity Partner since 2004 and we look forward to expanding our strong community bonds through this mutually beneficial affiliation.” 

In partnership with FanForward, Minor League Baseball will capture all donor information at the time of registration. Fans can register and check progress daily on and also opt out at any time. At the end of each month of the campaign, donors will be sent an account summary of their donation amount and be billed accordingly. All individual donations will be tax deductible. The initiative will be promoted by all 160 MiLB clubs, however, only the 120 clubs playing in April and May will be a part of the fundraising campaign linked to game results. All clubs will be able to generate support through “donate now” options for those fans who wish to support the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters and their local team. 

“Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America is proud to continue our partnership with Minor League Baseball through our ‘Winning With Doubles’ campaign,” Pam Iorio, incoming CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, said. “The generous support of baseball fans across the country will help Big Brothers Big Sisters create more professionally supported mentoring matches between adult volunteers and children who face adversity. Baseball is America’s pastime and we know that people are equally enthusiastic about supporting a program proven to help children succeed in school and life.” 

“We are thrilled to work with Minor League Baseball to launch this campaign to start the 2014 baseball season,” added Rami Genauer, President of FanForward. “Minor League Baseball teams are the perfect partners for FanForward because of their intimate connections with fans and deep commitment to giving back to their communities. By pledging, fans get the satisfaction that comes from donating to a worthy cause and can root even louder for their favorite team, knowing that their success means a greater impact in the lives of children in need.” 

About Minor League Baseball
Minor League Baseball, headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., is the governing body for all professional baseball teams in the United States, Canada, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic that are affiliated with Major League Baseball clubs through their farm systems. The Mexican League and Mexican Academy are also members of the organization, but are not affiliated with any MLB clubs. Total membership includes 20 leagues and 256 clubs. 

Fans are coming out in unprecedented numbers to this one-of-a-kind experience that can only be found at Minor League Baseball ballparks. In 2013, the 176 clubs that charge admission attracted more than 41.2 million fans to their ballparks to see the future stars of the sport hone their skills. From the electricity in the stands to the excitement on the field, Minor League Baseball has provided affordable family-friendly entertainment to people of all ages since its founding in 1901. For more information about Minor League Baseball, visit and

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes such as educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children ("Littles") with screened volunteer mentors ("Bigs") and monitors and supports these one- to-one mentoring matches throughout their course. The Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Survey substantiates that its mentoring programs have proven, positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single parent or low-income households or families where a parent may be incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 110 year history. With nearly 340 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves approximately 200,000 children, their families and the 200,000 volunteer mentors. The organization is engaged in a nationwide search to reunite with alumni mentors, mentees, donors, and family, staff and board members. Learn more at

About FanForward
FanForward is an online giving platform that turns the things that fans are passionate about into opportunities to make the world a better place. A FanForward campaign asks fans to pledge money every time something happens and then follow along as they see their contributions grow. Sports teams, athletes, celebrities, and brands partner with FanForward to connect their fans with the causes that matter most to them. Using our unique, turnkey cause marketing platform, fans are more engaged, brands and sponsors get to drive charitable giving, and nonprofits get more money from more donors. Everybody wins. For more information, visit


The Salvation Army & Christ Church Announce a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 10:27

Quad Cities, USA: Christ Church will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast to benefit The Salvation Army’s Summer Day Camp Youth Programs. You are invited to enjoy pancakes, coffee, and to purchase a variety of baked goods. Tickets can be purchased now at the church, or Saturday morning at the door.

Location: Christ Church, 2330 W. 41st Street, Davenport, IA 52806

Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014

Time: 8:00am – 10:30am

Price: $5 per person, children under 6 are free

For hundreds of Quad-City children, The Salvation Army Corps Community Centers are a second home. And for the 55 children living at the Family Service Center, it is their home. Each summer the Davenport Corps Community Center hosts the children’s summer camp for the shelter’s children.

And for the 10th year, the Moline Corps Community Center at 2200 - 5th Avenue offers a low-cost day camp offering a fun, safe and education summer to community children.

All summer, children will have the opportunity to play music, learn sports, make new friends, go on field trips to QC attractions, and even attend an overnight camp in the beautiful hills of Washburn, IL. All activities feature life skill and character building, safety and structure.

To learn more about any of The Salvation Army’s programs, and how you might get involved, please call Holly 563-271-7933.


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