United Way announces $150K in grants for nonprofits providing health, education, essential needs

United Way Quad Cities awarded $150,000 to 17 local nonprofits responding to the community challenges in health, education, income and essential needs that have resulted from the pandemic.

The grants from United Way’s COVID-19 Rebuilding Fund provide resources for student remote learning, telehealth, personal protective supplies for workers, emergency shelter for families and adults, and additional support to ensure all students are successful. 

“The COVID-19 Rebuilding Fund grants address the evolving and long-term rebuilding needs of Quad Citizens whose lives have been upended by the pandemic,” said Rene Gellerman, United Way Quad Cities president and CEO. “We identified resource and service gaps as well as longer-term needs to create a unified and measured approach.”

“Thanks to our nonprofit partners, we can get our adults back to work and financially stable, kids back on track in school and mental health supports for our residents to live happy, healthy lives.”


  • Black Hawk College Foundation: $6,750; program providing loaned computers and reliable internet to minimize the digital divide;
  • Child Abuse Council Quad Cities: $3,500; personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies and ultraviolet lights for play therapy program;
  • Christian Care: $10,000; male shelter and meal site support;
  • The Clothing Center at Minnie's Maison: $5,000; operating expenses, personal protective equipment for volunteers and crisis kits for children in foster care;
  • Davenport Community School District: $10,000; Catch-Up Academy and tutor costs;
  • Handicapped Development Center: $2,088; food pantry, hygiene pantry and special face masks for participants who have difficulty wearing face masks;
  • Marriage and Family Counseling Service of the Quad Cities: $7,500; telehealth computer, resource information on coping with COVID-19;
  • One Eighty: $10,868; mental health and substance abuse support for men's and women's houses;
  • Project Renewal: $14,400; help to get K-12 students back on track for learning;
  • Putnam Museum and Science Center: $7,500; full-day complementary education program, out-of-school learning supports;
  • School Health LINK: $5,000; coronavirus protection supplies;
  • Scott County Housing Council: $15,000; winter emergency shelter, providing overflow shelter in socially distanced hotel rooms;
  • The Project of the Quad Cities: $4,000; food, hygiene supplies and coronavirus protection equipment for clients diagnosed with HIV/AIDS;
  • The Salvation Army: $15,000; emergency shelter for families impacted by COVID-19;
  • Two Rivers YMCA: $8,894; out-of-school time, new Rock Island site;
  • YouthHope: $12,000; learning supports for at-risk students and food pantry;
  • YWCA Quad Cities: $12,500; mobile response center.

Funding recommendations were made by a volunteer review committee, based on organizations’ abilities to:

  • Provide essential needs like, food, shelter, hygiene items for our most vulnerable populations;
  • Get kids back on track for learning and succeeding in school and life;
  • Address the immediate economic impact for many workers – getting people back to work and financially stable;
  • Ensure the health and emotional wellness of our children and adults.

Altogether 30 grants have been distributed totaling $250,000 from COVID-19 Rebuilding Fund.

To donate to the COVID-19 Rebuilding Fund, click here.