Water rises and we move

It is no secret that the mighty Mississippi River rose to historic levels earlier this month. Torrential rains have returned this week, the barriers are back up, and the river is again out of its banks.
 
Yet, as homes, businesses and nonprofits are challenged, our community continues to act together to help people, homes and buildings.

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Sherry Ristau
Ascentra Credit Union Foundation donates $10,000 to Quad Cities Disaster Recovery Fund

The temporary levee broke under pressure, but the will of the Quad Cities region is stronger than ever.  The boots on the ground organizations have been busy helping people with housing and cleanup efforts since the Mississippi River recently inundated and devastated parts of the Quad Cities region. 

Now, the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation is joining efforts to strengthen the long-term recovery efforts with a donation of $10,000 to the Quad Cities Disaster Recovery Fund at the Quad Cities Community Foundation.

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The long game

Project Renewal is looking at the long game. The Davenport / Quad Cities organization is a great example of the deep impact an endowment can have on an organization and the surrounding community.

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Ted Stephens IIIDonors, Grant
Apply for $175,000 in funding through Google.org opportunity in state of Iowa

Google has announced the new Google.org Impact Challenge for the state of Iowa, an opportunity for nonprofits in the Iowa-Quad Cities and across the state to apply for a share of $1,000,000 in grant funding, as well as Google training, for projects to create enhanced economic opportunities in Iowa. Sherry Ristau, president and CEO of the Quad Cities Community Foundation, is serving as one of five statewide advisors who will help select five winners that will each receive $175,000 in grant funding.

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Ted Stephens IIIGrant
Walking across a stage with generosity

It’s the intention of the Pleasant Valley School District that students leave with two important takeaways following graduation. “Our deeply-held values in this district are the importance of students continuing on to purse post-secondary education opportunities and teaching them the value of citizenship to our communities,” noted Superintendent Jim Spelhaug.

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It takes time

Let’s be honest—it’s going to be tested in each of us over the next year as the new I-74 bridge over the Mississippi River hits its next stage by connecting the new on-ramps. Lanes will be closed, it’s going to slow us all down, and make the arrival of our destinations a bit longer.

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Sherry Ristau