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Royal Neighbors Hosts Kick-off Ceremony for New Habitat Home; All-Women Crew to Build on Davenport Site PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Britney Quaale   
Friday, 02 May 2014 15:00

(Rock Island, IL)—Royal Neighbors of America will host a kick-off ceremony for a new Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities home in Davenport, IA, on May 6, 2014. Women volunteers will be welcome throughout the year, with special build days set aside for female crews only. To volunteer, call Barb Hiesterman at (563) 359-9066.

WHAT: Kick-off ceremony for a Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities home

WHEN: Tuesday, May 6, 2014; 8 a.m.

WHERE: 6400 Appomattox, Davenport, IA

CONTACT: Sarah Reemtsma, (309) 732-8348 or (563) 343-7770

Royal Neighbors’ partnership with Habitat began back in the 90s when it was part of a “blitz build” in Kansas City, MO. Other projects included building homes in Rock Island and Moline, IL, Moorhead, MN, and San Angelo, TX, and sponsoring The First Ladies Build and the Women Building a Legacy project.

Royal Neighbors of America, one of the nation’s largest women-led life insurance organizations, exists for the benefit of its members. It offers insurance products to fulfill financial needs of growth, savings, and protection. Members receive valuable benefits and can participate in volunteer activities through the organization’s local chapters to help make a difference in their communities. The organization’s philanthropic efforts are dedicated to changing women’s lives through its national programs, including the Nation of NeighborsSM Program, and through the Royal Neighbors Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Headquartered in Rock Island, IL, with a branch office in Mesa, AZ, Royal Neighbors serves more than 200,000 members and is licensed to do business in 42 states and the District of Columbia.

For more information about Royal Neighbors of America, visit www.royalneighbors.org or

call (800) 627-4762.

 
9th Annual Hawkeye Day for Camp Courageous at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Charlie Becker   
Friday, 02 May 2014 14:35
KINNICK STADIUM
SATURDAY - MAY 3, 2014
12:00 PM TO  2:45 PM

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 - beginning at 11:45 AM is the Annual Hawkeye Day for Camp Courageous at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.  This is an opportunity of a lifetime for campers to visit with the Iowa Hawkeye football players, coaches, and staff.  Camp Courageous campers will enjoy a great lunch, provided by Martin Brothers, and a tour of the Iowa football complex.  Campers will receive from the Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Stores of Iowa special souvenirs that can be autographed by the players, coaches, and staff.

"This is one of those experiences that will never be forgotten by the campers who attend. We cannot thank enough Kirk Ferentz, along with the players and staff for this opportunity. It is heartwarming that individuals so gifted and talented and busy will take the time to spend with these special campers. Every year the players do an exceptional job, engaging the campers.  We have campers that have had a hard time falling asleep the night before, in anticipation of this big day,” said Charlie Becker, Camp Courageous.
The annual spring picnic was spearheaded by a long time Camp Courageous supporter and Hawkeye Football lover, the late Bill Krause. The continued success of the event is due to the amazing support of Martin Brother’s Distributing, Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa (PMCI), Gilcrest-Jewett Lumber Company, Kum & Go and the University of Iowa Football team.

The media is welcome to attend at any time. Photo and video opportunities with the coaches, players, and campers.

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11:45 a.m. Camp Courageous campers arrive at Kinnick Stadium. Charlie Becker will check-in everyone at the Krause Plaza on the South end of the stadium by the Nile Kinnick Statue. 

12:00p.m. Check in; receive name tags and complimentary item. Immediately go through lunch buffet provided by Martin Bros.

12:00 p.m. Hawkeye football team arrives and also receive name tags, and go through buffet lunch line. Players eat at tables with campers and parents

12:30 p.m. Begin short program. Thanking sponsors (PMCI, MARTIN BROS., KUM & GO & The University of Iowa Players, Coaches, and Staff)
Introduce Chig, and Coach Ferentz. Coach will speak openly about past/upcoming season…etc. Introduce players, coaching staff who may be there. As they are introduced, they will proceed to a long table and sit for autograph line. After the introductions, Campers will line up for the autographs from players and coaches.  Campers will then be directed to meet at designated location after autographs to head out on their tour.

1:00-1:15 p.m. Timing depends when the autographs are finished. Begin tours. Camp Courageous will have their campers split into groups. (Black and gold)
**Photos with players will be available on the field after tours and group photo. This will help the autograph line move quickly.
Tours will include: Hawkeye Locker Room, Pink Locker Room, Press Box
Black tour group will start in the Locker Rooms
Gold group will start in the Brechler Press Box

1:45 p.m. Both groups will finish on the South end bleachers for a group photo.

2:00 p.m. Free play on the field. This will end the official ‘tour’ portion of the day. 

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For more information contact: Charlie Becker  319/465-5916 ext 2100 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
ROCK ISLAND COUNTY FEDERATION OF WOMEN’S CLUBS AWARDS GRANT TO CHURCHES UNITED FOR HUNGER PROGRAM PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rhonda Johnson   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 12:55

Churches United of the Quad City Area is extremely proud and thankful to announce the award of a grant in the amount of $1,000.00 from the Rock Island County Federation of Women’s Clubs, to be utilized in support of our Hunger Program.

We are very grateful to the Rock Island County Federation of Women’s Clubs for its support in this endeavor.

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100 Royal Neighbors volunteers will plant gardens to raise food for local families PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Britney Quaale   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 08:29

(Rock Island, IL) –More than 100 volunteers from the Royal Neighbors of America Home Office and area chapters are scheduled to observe JOIN HANDS DAY on Saturday, May 3, by “Growing & Giving TogetherSM.” The group also will include individuals from Girl Scout Troop 5895, Rock Island; the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners; and The Friends of Riverside Park Gardens. Also invited are women and their families who use the services of area social services agencies.

Riverside Park in Moline will be the site of several projects including planting fruit, vegetable, and herb gardens which will benefit the Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s Food Pantries; designing a children’s garden; and creating make-and-take container gardens. Master gardeners will be on site to teach participants how to plant and maintain the gardens. It is estimated that when harvested, the food will feed nearly 100 women and their families.

WHAT: Planting gardens in observance of JOIN HANDS DAY

WHEN: Saturday, May 3; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Riverside Gardens and Park, 5th Avenue and 34th Street, Moline, IL

CONTACTS: Vickie Sedam (563) 320-1137; Sarah Reemtsma (563) 343-7770

In the event of inclement weather, outdoor garden work will be rescheduled for June.  The make-and-take container garden event will go on as scheduled from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

In its 15th year, JOIN HANDS DAY is sponsored by America’s fraternal benefit societies such

as Royal Neighbors of America. The day of service provides an opportunity for adults and young people to build relationships through volunteer activities. As partners, adults and youths work together to plan, organize, and implement activities that improve their neighborhoods.

Royal Neighbors of America, one of the nation’s largest women-led life insurance organizations, exists for the benefit of its members. It offers insurance and annuity products to fulfill financial needs of growth, savings, and protection. Members receive valuable benefits and can participate in volunteer activities through the organization's local chapters to help make a difference in their communities. The organization’s philanthropic efforts are dedicated to changing women's lives through its national programs, including the Nation of NeighborsSM Program, and through the Royal Neighbors Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Headquartered in Rock Island, IL, with a branch office in Mesa, AZ, Royal Neighbors serves more than 200,000 members and is licensed to do business in 42 states and the District of Columbia.

For more information about Royal Neighbors of America, call (800) 627-4762, or visit www.royalneighbors.org.

 
The Arc of the Quad Cities Announces Grant Award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Wright   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 13:29

Rock Island, IL – The Arc of the Quad Cities Area is pleased to announce that is has been awarded a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) in the amount of $3,000,000. These funds have been designated for construction of no less than five group homes which will be licensed as Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) homes to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live in-community.

Funds from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity come from bond funds and are distributed to The Arc of the Quad Cities for capital expenditures. The Arc of the Quad Cities is most grateful to State Representative Pat Vershoore for sponsoring this grant. Says Kyle Rick, Executive Director for The Arc, “We are very grateful to Representative Verschoore for this transformational opportunity for The Arc and the people we serve.” Mr. Vershoore is a long standing supporter of The Arc and friend to those living with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community.

The homes will be occupied by up to eight individuals and will be located in the cities of Rock Island and Moline.

The Arc of the Quad Cities will be initiating a capital campaign to offset any costs not covered by the DCEO grant for the construction of the new CILA homes and for the repurposing of The Arc’s Heritage 53 location and The Arc’s Day Services and Administrative Offices on 9th Street in Rock Island.

The construction of these new homes in Rock Island and Moline, is a natural progression of a national trend to support Individuals with disabilities in-community to maximize each individuals fullest potential. The Arc of the Quad Cities has traditionally lead the way in this endeavor; these funds and the resulting CILA homes is a continuation of The Arc’s legacy that values community placement and integration in all aspects of the quality services it provides.

Editor’s Note: The Arc is not an acronym; always refer to us as The Arc of the Quad Cities Area or The Arc not The ARC and never ARC. The Arc should be considered a title or a phrase.

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