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Bettendorf Rotary Charities Board Awarded $20,500 to 12 Quad City Non-Profits

BETTENDORF, IA – The Charitable Giving Board of Bettendorf Rotary Club announces the award of a total of $20,500 to 12 not-for-profit projects that serve the Quad City community. This is the eight year a portion of the event proceeds from the annual Bettendorf Rotary Lobsterfest at Rivermont Collegiate provided funds for the Bettendorf Rotary Charitable Giving Board grants.

"We received 43 requests for an amount totaling $91,159.27 this cycle,” said Jeff Hassel, Chair of the Charitable Giving Board. "The club was able to fund 12 requests totaling $20,500 or 22% of the total amount requested. We are looking forward to our next Lobsterfest on June 10th and the possibility to reach an even higher level of support for 2017.”

Bettendorf Rotary also presents $7,500 in scholarships to graduates pursuing higher education. These awards are chosen by the participating educational institutions – Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley high schools, Rivermont Collegiate and Scott Community College.

Individual grants of as much as $2,500 are available to any qualified non-profit organization in the Quad Cities by October 1st of each year. Applications, with qualifications, may be completed online or downloaded at Grants are awarded by the Bettendorf Rotary’s Charitable Giving Board with funds located at the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend.

The Bettendorf Rotary Club (, chartered on May 22, 1957, has more than 100 members fulfilling the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self” in a variety of local, regional and national community volunteer projects. The club meets each Wednesday at Noon. In addition to the website, you can find the club on Facebook (

Bettendorf Rotary Club is part of Rotary International (, founded in 1905 by Paul Harris, a Chicago businessman and University of Iowa alumnus. The international organization, now based in Evanston, IL, has more than one million members participating in 32,000 clubs located in more than 200 countries.

The following are the 12 grants that the Bettendorf Rotary Charitable Giving Board selected and had approved by the Bettendorf Rotary Club’s Executive Board for funding in 2016:

Big Brother’s Big Sister’s of the Mississippi Valley
Project Title – Job Readiness Program
Project Description – A part of our COMPASS middle and high school initiative, BBBS is seeking financial support for our Job Readiness development program, which prepares at-risk youth for summer and after-school employment.
Amount funded - $1,500

Camp Shalom
Project Title – Human Foosball
Project Description – Building of a Human Foosball court. We will be starting a camp program for adults with disabilities.This will be an outdoor activity people of all levels can participate in.
Amount funded - $1,500

Churches United of the Quad City Area
Project Title – Winnie’s Place Emergency Shelter
Project Description – Support for Winnie's Place Emergency Shelter for women and their children.
Amount funded - $2,000

Family Museum of Arts and Science Foundation
roject Title – Free and Reduced Lunch Program
Project Description – Provide free admission to the Family Museum for children participating in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program through the school systems.
Amount funded - $2,000

Family Resources

Project Title – Crisis Intervention for At Risk Youth

Project Description – Crisis Intervention serves the immediate safety needs of troubled kids throughout the Scott County region and allows cops to be cops rather than social workers.

Amount funded – $2,000

Hand in Hand

Project Title – Hand in Hand Facility and Program Improvements

Project Description – Addressing wear on our facility from continually growing special needs activities. Program innovations and responding to licensing requirements also allow us to plan for future.

Amount funded - $2,000

Handicapped Development Center
Project Title – Sensory Path Musical Improvements

Project Description – This request is to assist with the purchase of musical instruments for the sensory path at the HDC Residential Center.

Amount funded - $1,500

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center

Project Title – Metropolitan Youth Program

Project Description – Metro is an attractive program to youth ages 6 to 19 as it offers an outlet for creativity in a safe structured environment that encourages their development academically, socially, and economically.

Amount funded - $2,000

NormaLeah Foundation, dba NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative

Project Title – Sisterly Advice Tea Chats

Project Description – Sisterly Advice Tea Chats empower women and the men who love them how to advocate for better health by educating them about ovarian cancer.

Amount funded - $1,000

Quad City Arts

Project Title – Visiting Artist Series in Quad City Area Schools

Project Description – Nine visiting artists and ensembles will give educational performances in Quad City area schools, providing 120 engagements with 26,000+ students.

Amount funded - $2,000

Rebuilding Together Quad Cities (RTQC)

Project Title – Home Repair and Rehabilitation

Project Description – RTQC improves the safety and health of homeowners living in poverty by performing home repairs and rehabilitation that they cannot do physically nor financially.

Amount funded - $2,000

YouthHope, a ministry of Christian Friendliness
Project Title – YouthHope Girls Softball Team

Project Description – We are seeking $1,100 to provide basic sports equipment for the creation of a girls softball team for low-income teens.

Amount funded - $1,000

Meeting Details

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Tanglewood Hills Pavilion
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