The ripples of your generosity


Alternatives (for the Older Adult) supports the independence and quality of life for older adults, adults with disabilities, and their families. The Quad Cities nonprofit received a $2,000 Q2030 Grant to purchase two laptops for their care coordinators. Unbeknownst to the Community Foundation, the grant was a catalyst for matching federal funds, which helped turn a $2,000 grant into $12,000 worth of computers!

One Care Coordinators at Alternatives conduct more than 200 in-home assessments throughout a year. With the new technology, the individual does NOT have to give their social security card and personal data to the Care Coordinator to take to the office. Instead, the nonprofit is now able to copy and scan on site. As they counsel seniors to not give their social security card or financial information out to others, this process supports this security and prevents Alternatives from having to take those materials out of their home.

With two laptops, over 400 older adults had an assessment completed and materials gathered in home visits. The grant, combined with federal, state and other local grants, allowed Alternatives to also replace 12 other laptops. The Community Foundation’s funds provided a match on the federal grant as well as support to replace outdated laptops for workers in the field.

Melanie Jones