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Illinois Project NOW Provides Record Amount Of Community Aid

July 30th, 2022
Illinois Project NOW Provides Record Amount Of Community Aid

Project NOW’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance program (known as LIHEAP) provides utility assistance to residents living in Rock Island, Mercer, and Henry Counties. The program is funded through the state, and it provides one-time payments, a percentage of income payments, reconnection assistance, and emergency furnace assistance for those at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. Project NOW’s Executive Director, Dwight Ford, says this past year the agency served more people in the LIHEAP program than ever before. The Rock Island based not-for-profit processed 6,520 applications which... Read More

Illinois Project NOW Forms Monthly Support Group For Families And Friends Of Incarcerated

July 19th, 2022
Illinois Project NOW Forms Monthly Support Group For Families And Friends Of Incarcerated

A new monthly support group is being formed in Rock Island for families and friends of those incarcerated. The group is called 1 By 1 Foundation and its founder, Deacon Tim Granet, is inviting anyone who has a loved one behind bars to attend the first meeting—see attached flyer. The meeting is being held Saturday, July 23 from 9 to 11 am at St.Pius Catholic Church (McCarthy Hall) in Rock Island. Granet says the group was formed after hearing stories from people who had family members imprisoned and then their friend group disappeared. “Many people feel alone and isolated when a family member... Read More

Illinois Project NOW’s First “Honor Home” is fully furnished and ready to house a veteran!

July 12th, 2022
Illinois Project NOW’s First “Honor Home” is fully furnished and ready to house a veteran!

Project NOW is rehabilitating single-family homes and duplexes for veterans (or essential workers) to rent at an affordable rate.  There is a shortage of affordable rental homes in the Quad Cities.  A recent study, Silos to Solutions, indicates the gap of 6,645 affordable units. Community Services Director, Ron Lund says veterans who have supported and provided service to others, should also receive service and support when needed. “Our veterans often do not ask for much and choose to live a life of service giving to others.  We are fortunate, as those which live in the Illinois Quad Cities... Read More

Looking For Some POSITIVE News, Illinois And Iowa? Here’s Your Good News For July!

July 6th, 2022
Looking For Some POSITIVE News, Illinois And Iowa? Here's Your Good News For July!

Happy Independence Day month! Now let’s have some independence from bad news, awful events and the like, at least for a little while, with some positive news in our What’s The Good News column for July. Every month we look at some of the GOOD things going on in and around the Quad-Cities! So, what’s the GOOD NEWS for July? Quad City Strikers Headed To USA Cup In Minneapolis The Quad-Cities will have a team of hard-working young men representing the state of Iowa in an upcoming international soccer tournament! The Quad City Strikers Soccer Club’s U14 boys team won the state of Iowa’s Presidents... Read More

Project NOW’s First “Honor Home” Ribbon Cutting & Tours Honor Home to Support those who Serve!

July 2nd, 2022
Project NOW’s First “Honor Home” Ribbon Cutting & Tours Honor Home to Support those who Serve!

Project NOW is rehabilitating single-family homes and duplexes for veterans to rent at an affordable rate.  Affordable housing means not paying more than 30% of your income for housing. A recent housing study, Silos to Solutions, indicates the gap of 6,645 affordable units in the Quad Cities.     The Executive Director of Project NOW, Dwight Ford, believes housing is the anchor of all opportunities and is excited to announce this new program.  Local dignitaries cut the ribbon on the home today at 620 14th Street in Rock Island.  Ford says veterans who have supported and provided service... Read More

Illinois Head Start Students Planting Gardens Today In Honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month

March 31st, 2022
Illinois Head Start Students Planting Gardens Today In Honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month and Project NOW’s Head Start children and staff are making sure everyone knows it.  They will be planting 200 pinwheels at the four local Head Start campuses on Thursday, March 31st beginning at 10 am. The media is invited to the planting event at the Floreciente campus (350 3rd St., Moline, IL 61265) at 10:00 am to see the children and talk to Project NOW’s Executive Director, Dwight Ford, about the importance of recognizing signs of abuse. Pinwheel gardens will also be planted at the following locations and times – 11:00 am Springbrook... Read More

Illinois Begins Evictions Again, But Project NOW Can Help Residents Stay In Their Homes

January 20th, 2022
Illinois Begins Evictions Again, But Project NOW Can Help Residents Stay In Their Homes

Project NOW has partnered with the 14th Judicial Circuit in Rock Island County, the Rock Island County Bar Association, Prairie State Legal Services, Inc., and the Salvation Army to develop an Eviction Diversion Program (EDP) which has been operating for months. The goal of the program is to keep tenants housed while ensuring that small business owners are reimbursed back rent. There is $1.3 million dollars available for tenants and property owners from Project NOW. All tenants and property owners are encouraged to apply for rental assistance as soon as possible as there is a delay in the processing... Read More

Quad-Cities Community Foundation Announces Over $111,000 in Nonprofit Grants

June 22nd, 2021
Quad-Cities Community Foundation Announces Over $111,000 in Nonprofit Grants

The Quad Cities Community Foundation Tuesday announced the recipients of more than $111,000 in its spring 2021 Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants. With up to $15,000 in funding available for each project, the grants provide powerful support for investments in equipment and technology, training for staff and board members, and strategic planning work, among other areas. This cycle’s grantees represent an equally broad range of industries, from arts and culture to workforce development. What unites them all is a strong vision for the future—both of their individual organizations and of the community... Read More