BETTENDORF, IOWA (June 11, 2020) United Way Quad Cities announced $319,030 in federal funds to non-profits, faith-based organizations, and government agencies that provide emergency food, shelter, and rental assistance in Scott or Rock Island counties.

Quad-Cities organizations received more than twice as much funding as the year before from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, which is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. The grant-review process was managed by United Way Quad Cities, in collaboration with a review panel of community partners in non-profits and government agencies.

“Even before COVID-19, too many of our neighbors struggled to find their next meal or safe place to sleep, through no fault of their own,” said Rene Gellerman, president and CEO of United Way Quad Cities. “With layoffs and lost jobs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, our local non-profits continue to have an unprecedented demand for basic needs and support. These funds will go a long way in helping people.”

“I’m proud of the hard and thoughtful work that collaborative group put into the grant review process. We’re confident the much-needed resources will be maximized by these 18 local organizations, which have shown they are accountable and effective at providing emergency food and shelter programs during this critical time. Their work is key to getting our community stabilized by providing essential supports to those hit hardest by the pandemic.”

The organizations that received funding from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program for serving the Quad Cities were notified June 1. The recipients include:

  • All Saints Church  $4,113
  • Alternatives/SEAP/QC Open Network $6,500
  • Christ UMC-EM $2,100
  • Christian Care $11,000
  • Community Action of Eastern Iowa $19,662
  • Friendly House $2,200
  • Grace Pantry $750
  • Humility Homes $65,710
  • Milan Christian Food Pantry $2,375
  • New Choices - One Foundation $4,500
  • One Eighty $10,500
  • Pearl's Mission $3,000
  • QC Haven of Hope $14,800
  • Rock Island County Township $45,400
  • SAL Open Door $24,360
  • Salvation Army $89,085
  • Two River YMCA $4,250
  • YWCA $8,725

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act awarded $98,260 for Rock Island County and $89,232 in Scott County for nonprofit and government agencies that operate emergency food or shelter programs.

The remaining dollars came from FEMA with allocations of $68,950 for Rock Island County and $62,588 for Scott County.

Decisions on the grant awards are done by a local decision-making board that includes representatives from these organizations: American Red Cross, Community Action of Eastern Iowa, Department of Human Services, Diocese of Davenport, Milestones Area Agency on Aging, River Bend Foodbank, Salvation Army, Scott County Community Services, and United Way Quad Cities.

For more information, visit or contact Operations Assistant Amy Daniels at 563-344-0344.

About United Way of the Quad Cities

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