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Modern Woodmen will support Quad City food pantries on May 3 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amber O’Brien   
Monday, 28 April 2014 09:40

Youths and teens will work to benefit local American Red Cross chapter

On Saturday, May 3, hundreds of volunteers will make a difference throughout the Quad Cities with paint cans, brushes, rollers and cleaning supplies. The food pantry support projects are part of Join Hands Day, a national day of service sponsored by Modern Woodmen and other fraternal benefit societies.

Grace Bible Fellowship Food Pantry
1535 36th Avenue, Moline
Number of Volunteers: 40+
Project Details: cleaning waiting area, building shelving, painting
Projected Time: 8 am-12 pm.

Second Baptist Church Food Pantry
919 5th Ave., Rock Island
Number of Volunteers: 5
Project Details: painting and cleaning the food pantry.
Projected Time: 8 am-12 pm.

Watertown Ecumenical Food Pantry
1365 13th Ave., East Moline
Number of Volunteers: 5
Project Details: window work including detailing and cleaning.
Projected Time: 8 am-12 pm.

Modern Woodmen youth project:
Modern Woodmen, 1701 1st Ave., Rock Island
Number of Volunteers: 80+
Project Details: Youth clubs will make “Comfort Kits” for disaster clients with the American Red Cross.
Projected time: 9:00-11:00 am

Prince of Peace Food Pantry
415 W. 53rd Street, Davenport
Number of Volunteers: 5
Project Details: updating waiting area, cleaning, waxing and painting.
Projected Time: 8 am-12 pm.

Bettendorf Community Food Pantry
2204 Grant St., Bettendorf
Number of Volunteers: 5
Project Details: Refurbish entry and waiting area. Volunteers will also clean, paint and help hang signage.
Projected Time: 8 am-12 pm.

Join Hands Day is the only national day of service designed to bring youths and adults together to plan and implement service projects in their communities. As the generations work side by side, they learn more about each other, sparking a new level of understanding and respect.

The hunger and desperate need for food in the Quad City area sparked Modern Woodmen’s interest to support River Bend Foodbank. This is one of many ways Modern Woodmen’s plans to give back to River Bend Foodbank in 2014. The foodbank serves 22 counties in Illinois and Iowa and serves nearly 10,000 people each week for emergency food assistance.

Throughout the Quad Cities, more than 1400 area youths and adults are teaming up to complete volunteer projects. Locally, Modern Woodmen sponsors these local initiatives and gives each project a $50 grant to offset project expenses.

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 local Join Hands Day projects, contact Amber O’Brien at 309-793-5660, or visit
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Tractor Encourages $35,000 in Donations for River Bend Foodbank PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Schroder   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 13:08

“60-Day Hunger Drive” provides one million meals to alleviate hunger across Illinois and western Indiana

Annawan, Ill. – Since it was commissioned in January, a 60-year-old red tractor has traveled more than 1,300 miles and raised $35,192 for the River Bend Foodbank. Caren Laughlin, Director of Marketing at River Bend Foodbank accepted the donation during a presentation at Birkey’s Annawan, Ill., location on Wednesday, April 23.

For two months, the restored Farmall Super MTA tractor served as an inventive for donations: individuals who gave $10 or more were entered into a drawing to win it. The tractor visited 12 Birkey’s Farm Store locations from Feb. 3 to April 4 as part of the company’s 60-Day Hunger Drive.

“This is an incredible effort on the part of Birkey’s and its customers and we are very grateful,” says Tom Laughlin, executive director of River Bend Foodbank. “Unfortunately the need for emergency food assistance in our outer counties continues to grow and families face tough decisions such as choosing between paying bills and buying food. The support from Birkey’s will make a big difference in helping our neighbors in need.”

The River Bend Foodbank received donations from 6 Birkey’s stores, including Henry, Macomb, Galesburg, Polo, Prophetstown, and Annawan. Proceeds from each Birkey’s location will be allocated to agencies in that store’s local community.

More than 3,000 individuals and seven food banks participated in the drive, which raised $167,000 in donations—enough for one million meals.

“I am so proud of the way our employees worked together to contribute to neighbors in need,” says Mike Hedge, President and CEO of Birkey’s. “We hope that this donation will have a big impact, but we know that the need will continue long after our drive is over. We are grateful for the food banks’ efforts to alleviate hunger year-round.”

In the 47 counties served by Birkey’s Farm Stores, Inc., more than 286,000 people are not able to access a nutritious meal when they want it, and one in five children is food insecure. Food banks selected to benefit from the drive were all part of the Feeding America network.

Ross Cluver of Buckley, Ill., won the tractor in the official drawing on Thursday, April 10.

Champaign-based Birkey’s has locations throughout central and northern Illinois, and in western Indiana. The event is part of the company’s 60th anniversary celebration.

Belly Dance Troupe Ámate Promote Women’s Empowerment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lindsey Lobur   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 12:02

Rock Island, IL – The lovely ladies of Belly Dance Troupe Ámate will dance at Cool Beanz Coffeehouse beginning at 6:00 PM on Saturday, April 26 to benefit Christian Care’s Domestic Violence Shelter by supporting women’s empowerment. Dancers will demonstrate what belly dancing is all about by presenting solos, duets, trios and group numbers! Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, located at 1325 30th Street in Rock Island, will offer their delicious menu of food and beverages during the event. For more information about this free event, visit Christian Care’s website at

Belly Dance Troupe Ámate was founded by Bez Lancial in 2013. They are a new and exciting belly dance troupe in the Quad City area. They are available for group or solo performances at public and private events, birthday parties, bachelorette parties, workshops or private and group lessons. They pride themselves on the knowledge that they are always learning and expanding as dancers, taking classes and workshops so that they can provide their audiences with up-to-date, ever-improving, quality work. For more information on how to an event, visit

Christian Care is transforming the lives of homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of prison, and the mentally ill. Their two facilities—a domestic violence shelter for abused women and children and a rescue mission for homeless men—provide safe shelter, nutritious meals, clothing, counseling, referrals and guidance to those in need. Christian Care’s services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the goal of nourishing the bodies, minds, hearts and souls of the men, women and children who come seeking a new way of life. Help Christian Care help others; donate now. Call Lindsey at 309/786-5734 for more information. If you know someone in need, call the Christian Care Crisis Line at any hour of the day or night at 309/788-2273.


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Written by Rick Martin   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 15:07

The Kaaba Shriners are in their 24th year of collecting the little tabs off of soda pop and beer cans to raise money to help with the expenses of caring for children with orthopedic injuries, diseases, and birth defects.

Based in Davenport but with membership throughout southeastern Iowa and western Illinois, the Kaaba Shriners are also known for their parade participation, circuses and other community events in addition to their support of the network of hospitals and their care for children.

Noble Jack Stamm, PP, began the tab collections in 1990 by turning in the tabs as scrap aluminum and using the money received to help with patient expenses. So far in 2014, the local Shriners have collected over 1,900 pounds of tabs which has netted them $944.70. And it takes 1,267 of those little tabs just to make a pound! Since the inception of this program, they've recycled 378,432 pounds for a whopping total of $202,194.67! That works out to almost one half billion tabs, all of it to aid in the care of children!

Pretty soon when you think of the Shriners you'll think hospitals, circuses, parades and those little aluminum tabs. For more information on the tabs project, to make a donation of tabs, or for information on the Kaaba Shriners in general, please contact them at 563-386-2526.

Rebuilding Together home repair workday on Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 08:22
Rebuilding Together Quad Cities, a volunteer-based home rehabilitation group, will be working on six home repair projects in Davenport, Rock Island, Moline, and Coal Valley this Saturday, April 26, as part of National Rebuilding Day.

Work is performed at no cost to the homeowners, who were chosen for assistance based on income, disability or age. Work begins at 8:00 am and continues until projects are completed, usually mid to late afternoon.

More than 50 volunteers will help elderly and disabled homeowners with repairs to sub-flooring, ceilings, bathrooms and railings, painting, window replacement, and yard work. Volunteers include retirees, LOTUS and NEON employee groups from Deere & Company, Youth Build, Davenport Jaycees and Home Depot. Lunches will be provided to volunteers with a grant from the Davenport Women's Club.

The group's work is funded by a variety of grants and donations, including the Scott County Housing Council, Davenport Jaycees, Doris and Victor Day Foundation, Iowa Mortgage Association, the Moline Foundation and the Amy Helpenstell Foundation.

Rebuilding Together Quad Cities was founded as Hearts and Hammers in 1990, and, with the help of generous community volunteers and supporters, has completed more than 800 home repair projects in the Quad Cities. With affiliate chapters across the United States, Rebuilding Together is the nation’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to the goal of a safe and healthy home for every person.


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