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United Way Quad Cities has named Mara Downing, vice president of global brand and communications, John Deere, as its new Board of Directors chair.

A native of the Quad Cities, Downing has served on the board since 2018, and as a 2020 Community Campaign Tri-Chair helped raise $7,133,520, which surpassed the 2019 total. 

Downing, who has been in her VP role with John Deere since 2019, has responsibility for brand management, brand licensing, corporate citizenship, and the John Deere Foundation. In addition...
United Way Quad Cities announced today it has issued $2.9 million in grants to 54 local nonprofits, grassroots organizations and others serving the residents of Scott and Rock Island counties. The Strategic Impact Grants are being awarded to advance equity and improve education, income and health outcomes in the Quad Cities. 

The $2.9 million in grants cover the first year of a two-year investment period beginning July 1, 2021.   “These investments will support not only basic needs, but also the building blocks...