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Written by Linda Martin   
Friday, 11 April 2014 15:03

A grants submission deadline has been announced by the East Moline Foundation. Non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply if they serve the citizens of East Moline and the surrounding area.

All materials necessary to receive funds are due in The Moline Foundation offices by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 or must be postmarked by or on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

Any non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization or governmental entity serving the citizens ,of East Moline, Illinois, are welcome to apply.

An application should consist of seven copies of a written request stating the name and address of the organization, its mission, names and addresses of Board members, income and expense 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. If you need further information, please call Linda Martin at the Moline Foundation at (309) 764-4193 or visit the website at and click on the news link to East Moline Foundation.

The East Moline Foundation is an affiliate fund of The Moline Foundation with offices located at the Deere-Wiman House, 817 11th Avenue, Moline.

The East Moline Foundation, founded in 2011, is a non-profit group created to build charitable resources dedicated to strengthen our community now and for future generations. The East Moline Foundation also receives and administers charitable gifts and works with citizens to achieve their goals to improve the community.


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Written by Rhonda Johnson   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 15:29

Churches United of the Quad City Area is extremely proud and thankful to announce the award of the following grants:

The Mary Iva Gittens Knouse Trust, $1,754.00 for Winnie’s Place

The Mary Iva Gittens Knouse Trust, $1,754.00 for our Hunger Ministry

The TJX Foundation, Inc., $5,000.00 for Winnie’s Place

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, $3,000.00 for our Hunger Ministry

Winnies’s Place has served our community as a shelter for women, homeless or victims of domestic violence, since 2006. Winnie’s Place stands for Women In Need – Nurtured Into Excellence.

Our Hunger Ministry supports 25 food pantries and 3 hot meal sites in the Quad City Area.

We thank these donors for supporting our ministries to help those in need in our communities.


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.

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