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If you sort through the stories of people nominated for assistance in the annual Quad-City Times Wish List campaign, presented in partnership with United Way, one thing becomes clear: There are a lot of people in our community with special needs or through no fault of their own, have nowhere to turn for help. Read the stories about some of the families who need help this year.

The mission of the Quad-City Times Wish List is to grant as many wishes as possible through the help of generous cash donations from people like you. Give to the Quad-City Times Wish List online. 

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Submitted by Joe Slavens, President and CEO of Northwest Bank & Trust Company and the Tocqueville Chair for United Way of the Quad Cities Area.

It’s gratifying when a national expert not only validates our efforts, but suggests that others copy us. That’s what happened this week when Ron Fairchild, senior consultant

 for the National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, visited the Quad-Cities. In fact, he touted the collaborative efforts of multiple Quad-Cities organizations to improve the percentage of third graders reading at grade level as a national “pacesetter” model...

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