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The Arc of the Quad Cities Opens Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Program at Opportunity Center, Moline PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Wright   
Monday, 10 February 2014 16:03

Moline, IL – During the cold weather season, we pull on our overcoats, mittens and hats to help brave the weather. Stepping out in frigid temperatures is bearable with the proper clothing and attire. Similarly, for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD, controlling their sensory inputs is an essential part to daily living, just like pulling on a protective barrier to winter temperatures, individuals with ASD need ways to manage these inputs.

The Arc of the Quad Cities Area is pleased to announce the opening and ribbon cutting for the ASD Program for individuals who receive services at Opportunity Center in Moline, one of the sites run by The Arc of the Quad Cities Area. The program was created thanks to essential funds provided by The Wilber L. Burress Endowment and features low diffused lighting, open spaces, comfortable seating and access to devises for sensory integration. In keeping with The Arc US focus, and Arc of the Quad City Area’s commitment and skill in support of individuals with ASD; staff have developed curriculum and enhanced programming for individuals who receive this service. Further, an ASD Resource Room has been added for utilization by the community, family and Arc staff.

Members of The Arc of the Quad Cities Board, its Executive Director Kyle Rick, members of the Quad City Chamber of Commerce, families and staff will be present for the official opening of the ASD Room, Thursday, February 13 at 2:00 p.m. at 5101 52nd Ave. Moline, Illinois.

The Arc is on the front lines to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the support they need to be members of the community. In partnership with the Arc US, The Arc of the Quad Cities Area invites everyone to visit one of the most informative web pages to support answer questions about ASD at Autism Now ( The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Photo opportunities will be available. The Arc of the Quad Cities Area is located at 5101 52nd Ave, Moline, Illinois (309) 797-4677. From John Deere road take 41st Street, turn left onto 49th Avenue, take first right on 48th Street, take first left on 52nd Avenue, building on left.


Salvation Army Reports Final Red Kettle Campaign Total PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Friday, 31 January 2014 16:19

Davenport, IA: The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities once again met its Red Kettle Campaign goal thanks to the remarkable generosity of the Quad Cities community. A total of $752,561 was collected.

That goal consisted of direct mail, red kettle donations and year-end contributions. The $750,000 fund-raising goal accounts for approximately 60 percent of the local Salvation Army’s operating budget that is generated from public support.

The funds will help The Salvation Army meet the demand for services for shelter, food, clothing and other basic human needs here in the Quad Cities.

"The Salvation Army’s work is simply not possible without the people of this community who believe in what we do. And I’d like to share with them the greatest joys of the season: the warm embraces, tears of joy, handshakes and ‘thank yous’ from the thousands of families they helped serve,” said Major Gary Felton, Quad Cities Coordinator.

During the 2013 Christmas season, The Salvation Army makes Christmas much brighter for thousands of families in need locally. And more than 4,000 volunteer hours were given in order to make all of the Christmas season’s programs possible.

More than 5,000 toys (games, books, stuffed animals and toys of all kinds) were donated through the Angel Tree program. Through the 2013 Christmas Distribution program 2,032 children from 902 families had a happy Christmas morning. Food boxes were also distributed to an additional 405 households without children. Combined, The Salvation Army distributed food and gifts to 1,307 families totaling 4,623 people in need in the Quad Cities.

“The statistics mentioned are only a reflection of the many people whose lives were impacted because of YOU! We are grateful to everyone who supported this year’s Christmas program, either by supporting the red kettles, purchasing gifts for families, volunteering your precious time, supporting our efforts by spreading the word and encouraging others to participate or praying for the program itself and those we have the honor of serving,” said the Major.

Two special match programs contributed to the success of this year’s campaign. Hiland Toyota made a large gift that was matched through the Toyota Dealer Match Program. And for the second year in a row, Von Maur matched all donations placed in the Red Kettles at the malls on December 22nd.

The Red Kettle Campaign, the oldest annual charitable fund raiser of its kind in the United States, helps raise money to support programs for the very neediest in communities nationwide providing toys for kids, food for the hungry and countless social service programs year-round. From its humble beginnings as a fund raiser started by a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable outreach efforts in the United States.


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Written by Charlie Becker   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 08:43
Camp Courageous serves over 6,500 campers with special needs each year. The Camp uses a tremendous amount of food to feed so many campers.

Fareway Stores are giving the public the opportunity to purchase cases of selected foods at special case prices for Camp Courageous.

A special coupon will be in the Fareway store ad the week of February 10, 2014, or the coupon can be obtained on the Camp Courageous website or at the participating stores. The public can choose the number of selected cases of food they would like to donate to the Camp. The coupon can be used at 20 participating stores and the public can pay along with their other grocery items. Fareway Store employees will do the rest to make sure the food reaches Camp.

The participating stores this year include: Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Clinton, Davenport, Dubuque, Dyersville, Evansdale, Hiawatha, Iowa City East & West, Independence, Manchester, Maquoketa, Marion, Monticello, Muscatine, North Liberty, Vinton, Waterloo, and Waverly.

Warm Up With Cocoa and Cookies PDF Print E-mail
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Written by NormaLeah Foundation   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:13
NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Foundation invites all volunteers -- past, present, and future -- to their 3nd annual Cocoa & Cookies Social. The event will take place on Saturday, February 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the foundation's new storefront offices at 1612 2nd Avenue in downtown Rock Island.

The Cocoa & Cookies Social is free to attend and is open to both men and women. "We encourage everyone to bring a friend and help us celebrate our grass roots efforts and learn how we are moving forward with our mission to rise up against ovarian cancer," said Jodie Shagrin Kavensky, the Executive Director of the foundation.

Ovarian cancer has long been considered a silent killer because the symptoms are vague; it is hard to detect, difficult to treat, and there is no reliable screening test. The mission of NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Foundation, headquartered in Rock Island, is to create public awareness, promote early detection, and support research for ovarian cancer.

All women are at risk for ovarian cancer and approximately 1 in 70 women will develop the disease during her lifetime. In 2013 more than 22,000 American women were diagnosed with the disease and about 13,500 women died from it. The foundation honors the memory of Mrs. Kavensky's mother, Norma Yecies Shagrin and her aunt, Leah Yecies Hantman, whose lives were cut short by the deadly disease. "Sisters share a lot of things but ovarian cancer should not be one of them," Kavensky said.

For more information or to get involved call the NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Foundation at 309.794.0009, visit our website at or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Non-Profit Fair at SouthPark Mall on February 1st PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Aleisha Chiesa   
Thursday, 23 January 2014 08:55

Join SouthPark Mall and area 501c3 organizations for a Non-Profit Fair!

WHO: SouthPark Mall will be hosting a 501c3 non-profit fair.

WHAT: Non-profit organizations in the Quad City area are invited to attend SouthPark Mall's non-profit fair. Those organizations are asked to display and promote their local 501c3 business. Set up will include one table and two chairs. This event is free and will only be for the first 100 businesses. Please RSVP to Connie at 309-797-8450 today.

WHEN: February 1, 2014, 1:00pm until 4:00pm

WHERE: Throughout the common area starting in Younkers Court.


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