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Modern Woodmen hosts meal-packing event to feed hungry in QCA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amber O’Brien   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 14:21

Modern Woodmen home office employees attempt to pack 50,000 meals for the hungry

Rock Island, Illinois – Hunger is a serious epidemic for some in the Quad Cities and Modern Woodmen of America is stepping up to make a difference for food-insecure families in the community. On Friday, August 15 Modern Woodmen will host an Outreach, Inc. food-packaging event from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Modern Woodmen printing and shipping building (2015 2nd Avenue, Rock Island). Interview opportunities will be available.

Nearly 450 Modern Woodmen employees will take part in the food packaging event to provide 50,000 meals for River Bend Foodbank. Modern Woodmen will cover the cost the ingredients and supplies to package the meal. Each meal costs 25 cents.

Bags of delicious and nutritious macaroni and cheese will be packaged, sealed and boxed for distribution at River Bend Foodbank’s mobile food pantry on Aug. 23, also sponsored by Modern Woodmen. The packaged meals, developed by Outreach, Inc., are high in vitamins, protein, calcium and other nutritious items.

This event is one of many fraternal projects sponsored by Modern Woodmen as part of the summer-long campaign to Knock Out Hunger.

Knock Out Hunger campaign

This year, Modern Woodmen has selected River Bend Foodbank to support through its Knock Out Hunger campaign. Modern Woodmen employees and members will donate time, money and food to the food distribution center throughout the summer.

The culmination of the Knock Out Hunger campaign is a 5K charity run, walk and kids’ fun run on September 20. Families across the Quad Cities are invited to participate in the event located in the District of Rock Island. All proceeds will benefit River Bend Foodbank.

River Bend Foodbank is the largest hunger relief organization in the Quad Cities and surrounding communities, distributing more than 8 million pounds of food annually to feed the hungry. The Foodbank serves more than 10,000 individuals every week through its distribution network of 300 charitable feeding programs in a 22-county service area in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

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.


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Written by Charlie Becker   
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:09
MONTICELLO, IOWA- Fresh pineapples will be in Iowa for the 37th Annual Pineapple Sales for Camp Courageous the week of August 6th – 10th. The pineapples will be on sale at nearly 30 Hy-Vee Stores in Bettendorf, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Clinton, Coralville, Davenport, Dubuque, Iowa City, Marion and Waterloo. Most locations will have the ability to core and place the pineapple in a container for the customer. Pineapple sales will go to benefit Camp Courageous, a year-round respite and recreational facility, serving over 6,500 individuals with special needs annually. Customers not interested in pineapples are encouraged to buy a gift card for food and send it to camp. Select Hy-Vee stores will provide camp the proceeds from “rounding up” the total customer purchase to the next dollar amount.

The 36th Annual Pineapple Gala, will be Friday August 15, returning to downtown Cedar Rapids at the new DoubleTree Hotel beginning at 5:30 PM. This is one of Iowa's largest charity silent and live auctions with hundreds of items available for bid. The silent auction includes everything from wine and golf packages, Hawkeye, Cyclone, and UNI Packages, to numerous themed baskets. Highlights of the live auction are a weeklong stay at a lovely house in the mountains of Colorado, a pick-up truck with a snow blade, and a beautiful Lexus car. To view the auction items go to

An exceptional Hawaiian dinner, entertainment, and door prizes, including a trip for two to Hawaii, are planned for this year's Gala. Shelly Till, sports commentator, studio analyst and sideline reporter with the Big Ten Network and Hawkeye Sports Properties will be the 2014 Gala Emcee, along with Honorary Camp Courageous Board Member Ralph Palmer. Tickets are $60 each or a table of 10 for $600. Auction items can be donated, or tickets can be obtained through camp by calling Charlie Becker at 319/465-5916, ext. 2100 or e-mailing at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Honored at this year's Pineapple Gala will be retired Board member Phil Martin and his wife Shirley, for their many years of service to camp and this event.


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Written by Rhonda Johnson   
Friday, 25 July 2014 15:29

Churches United of the Quad City Area has received a $25,000.00 grant from The Doris & Victor Day Foundation. This award supports the direct services that Churches United provides in the Quad City Area. We are very grateful for their generosity.

Churches United operates 25 food pantries and 3 hot meal sites in the Quad Cities, and Winnie’s Place, a shelter serving women (and their children) who are homeless and/or victims of domestic violence.

Churches United has a 53-year history of reaching out to our community. Its 134 member churches represent 50,000 people from the Quad City Area. For information about services offered, or ways to support Churches United, call 563-332-5002, or visit our website at



St. Paul the Apostle Church Supports Local Shelter PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ann Ring   
Friday, 25 July 2014 15:09

Rock Island, IL – St. Paul the Apostle Church in Davenport has provided Christian Care with a $500 grant. Funds will go toward purchasing books for its men’s and women’s programs, as part of the program’s therapy curriculum.

Christian Care is transforming the lives of homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of prison, and those with mental illness. Its 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. Its 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. If you know someone in need, call the Christian Care crisis hotline any hour of the day or night at (309) 788-2273.

Trivia Night at All Saints Episcopal in Moline PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kimberly Hochstein   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 08:57

Time to put your thinking caps on and join the folks over at All Saints Episcopal Church, at 2420 41st St. in Moline, Illinois, in a trivia night!

On Saturday August 16th they will be hosting a night of fun, featuring Mister Trivia, to raise money for their upcoming mission trip to Belize. There they will be volunteering their time and efforts at Holy Cross Anglican School where they will help in providing education for the poorest residents.

Entry fee for the trivia game is $10 per person, raffle prizes will be available, a 50/50 raffle will be held, and there will be food and beverages available for sale.

Doors open at 6pm and the games begin at 7pm. Reserve your table of 8 today by calling 309-797-2515 and make plans to have a great night while supporting a wonderful cause!

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