QUAD CITIES (January 29, 2019) — A competitive business climate, support for economic growth, and investment in infrastructure, education, and workforce top the list of issues the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce will push with legislators in 2019.

United Way’s Fall Day of Caring is Thursday, September 20, 2018 when 1,500 people will volunteer at 75 projects throughout the Quad Cities. Projects include: reading to children, organizing a donation center, manning a mobile food pantry, revitalizing a playground, landscaping, and much more.


Monday, September 17, 2018
12 p.m. 


John Deere Worldwide Headquarters
1 John Deere Place, Moline


Eight school districts, the Arconic Foundation, and United Way rallied around the Challenge 5 initiative, encouraging all students to “Strive for Less than 5” absences this school year. 

Today is Challenge 5 Day in local schools, with a challenge to have 100% attendance in all classrooms and in all schools. Last year Challenge 5 Day was held August 30, 2017 and total attendance in Quad Cities schools was 96.1%. Attendance results will be reported later today.

What: Every student at every school in the Quad Cities is challenged to attend school on September 13. We’re trying to beat last year’s Quad Cities-wide attendance rate of 96.1% on Challenge 5 Day.
When: Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 9 a.m.
Where: Virgil Grissom Elementary School, 500 Lost Grove Rd, Princeton, IA
Who: All school superintendents are joining together in the effort to encourage all students to “Strive for Less than 5” absences this school year.

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 26th annual national food drive on Saturday, May 12, 2018. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, the country's largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need. The local goal is to collect 100,000 meals.

Quad Cities school districts have seen a small decline in the number of students who have been absent for too many days of the school year. National-level research has found that students who miss even just 9 days of the school year have lower grades and score lower on standardized tests.

Quad Cities residents with a household income of $57,000 or less are eligible for free tax preparation services offered through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program of United Way of the Quad Cities Area at 14 different sites. IRS-certified trained volunteers will prepare taxes at no cost.

On Giving Tuesday (November 28), United Way of the Quad Cities Area collected monetary donations and items. Because of the generosity of the Quad Cities, items were distributed on Monday, December 11, 2017.

United Way of the Quad Cities Area will host the event, Rallying Around Mental Health with Linda Henderson-Smith from the National Council for Behavioral Health, on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.at Jumer’s Casino & Hotel. Doors open at 11:00 a.m.