Disaster Recovery Quad Cities was invited to participate in Black Hawk College's First Responders Appreciation Day and Career Day.
There are still people who need help recovering from the historic flooding of the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities region this spring. “Recovery doesn’t happen overnight, in a week, or even months, after a disaster like the one we had,” Kelly Thompson, vice president of grantmaking and community initiatives at the Quad Cities Community Foundation said.
Kristi Crafton, executive director at Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities, understands that well. “As we’ve worked with homeowners impacted by the flood, we’re uncovering flood-related issues from years—even decades ago,” she said. “Some people do not have the means to have their homes repaired. They just don’t. We are here now to help address their home repair issues and mitigate future issues as well.”
FUND TO SUPPORT BUSINESSES AT GROW QUAD CITIES WILL DISTRIBUTE NEARLY $400,000 IN FLOOD RECOVERY ASSISTANCERepresentatives from the Quad Cities Chamber announced on Monday, June 24, 2019 that $397,875 is available to help regional businesses in their flood recovery efforts, and applications for fund disbursement are now available.
A total of $50,000 of the nearly $400,000 was granted from the Quad Cities Community Foundation for any businesses directly impacted by floodwater throughout Scott and Rock Island Counties. $25,000 is coming from the Quad Cities Disaster Recovery Fund at the Quad Cities Community Foundation, and an additional $25,000 is being matched by the Quad Cities Community Foundation board of directors through a Transformation Grant.
The board of directors of the Quad Cities Community Foundation, in partnership with the Quad Cities Community Organizations Active in Disasters (QC-COAD) Long Term Recovery Committee, made the grants to Grow Quad Cities to support businesses impacted by floodwaters on both sides of the river. Read More...
People have not only donated their time to help those impacted by the months of flooding, with sandbagging and clean up, but with money as well. Starting June 6, 2019, the Quad Cities Community Foundation is passing out some of the money collected.
More than $120,000 has been raised so far, but for this first grant, they will only be passing out $25,000. All the money will be distributed overtime.
"It's going to help families work with a disaster case manager to access other resources that are available to them first, like FEMA, insurance, or other state and federal dollars.,” said Kelly Thompson, vice president of grantmaking and community initiatives at the Community Foundation. "There will certainty be gaps where money will not come in from those other resources and that's where the money from this will come in." Read more...
In the past two weeks, $80,000 has been raised for the Quad Cities Disaster Recovery Fund at the Quad Cities Community Foundation. Gifts have come from hundreds of individuals and businesses in the area, and all over the country.
The fund includes $10,000 lead gifts from the foundation's Board of Directors, the Quad Cities Osteopathic Foundation, Ascentra Credit Union Foundation, and Gray Television (the parent company of KWQC-TV6).
In coordination with needs identified by the Long Term Recovery Committee of the Quad Cities COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disasters), the Community Foundation will make grants from the fund to organizations to meet long-term needs of communities impacted on both sides of the river in the months ahead. Read More...