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The Quad Cities’ Generosity Makes Strong Statement — What Happens Next?

CAMPAIGN UPDATE: Thank you for helping raise $2.7 million in ‘Fall Sprint!’

In the Quad Cities, our strongest asset is our people. In the face of all the challenges in the past year alone, they have proven themselves to be strong, resilient and committed to helping our community. We are especially fortunate to have corporate, civic and community partners that are helping recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and build a brighter and more equitable future.  

Thanks to individuals and partners like you, United Way Quad Cities’ annual community campaign is off to a powerful start. It has surpassed its “fall sprint” goal of $2.5 million by raising $2.7 million by Oct. 1. The initial goal was already a 30 percent increase over last year’s giving – and Quad Citizens exceeded that goal, making a bold statement about the resolve and commitment we have as a community to build a stronger, more equitable Quad Cities. 

As its name suggests, United Way unites resources throughout the Quad Cities region, serving as a connection point to corporations, civic groups and nonprofits seeking to make a collective impact on our community’s education, income and health. These are the building blocks that are critical to kids succeeding in school and life and providing workers with the skills and training to seek new opportunities, earn living wages, support their families and strengthen neighborhoods.

In recent months, United Way issued $2.3 million in grants to 37 local agencies focused on ensuring Quad Citizens have the opportunity and access to achieve their full potential during the next ten months. 

United Way has also funded nonprofit and agency solutions to the longer-term gaps in education, high unemployment and the health and well-being of those whose lives were most disrupted by the pandemic through the COVID-19 Rebuilding Fund, as well as the Quad Cities Disaster Recovery Fund in partnership with the Quad Cities Community Foundation.

Creating that impact takes a collective vision and a collective effort. It also takes a collective commitment, and that’s where the United Way’s annual community campaign comes in.

Following this strong start, we’re confident that with the continued support of our Quad Cities community, we will build upon these early investments and inspire even more generosity to help put opportunity in the hands of all Quad Citizens – regardless of race or ZIP code. Every dollar matters – there are a lot of ways individuals and companies can contribute and the time is now. Give of your talent, give of your treasure and give of your time.

Lasting change starts when people are willing to step up and help our community flourish. And because this is the Quad Cities, we know that you will step up during this time of great need in our community.


Mara Downing
Chad Everitt
Jabari Woods
Rene Gellerman


Mara Downing, John Deere’s Vice President, Global Brand and Communications; Chad Everitt, Davenport Managing Director at Deloitte; and Jabari Woods, Associate Director of HR & Equity at Davenport Community Schools, are United Way Quad Cities’ annual community campaign tri-chairs. Rene Gellerman is the President and CEO of United Way Quad Cities.