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What is United for Equity?

UNITED FOR EQUITY

United for Equity is United Way Quad Cities' initiative to increase awareness of local racial inequities and build community and political will to address them. With your help, and help from partners and investors, this multifaceted project aims to reduce and prevent racial inequities across systems that impact education, income and health in the Quad Cities.
 
Why United Way? Ending local disparities has been the guidepost for United Way’s Community Impact Agenda and BOLD Goals for the last four years. Our priorities and investments are aimed at addressing the systemic issues that affect opportunity and mobility for low-moderate-income children and families.
 
United for Equity includes five core components to help spur social change:
  • Raising Community Awareness
  • 21-Day Equity Challenge | Register Here
  • Quad Cities Equity Summit on Oct. 15 | Register Here
  • Virtual Event & Announcement in November 2020 | Help us meet our $200K goal - Donate
  • Community-sourced memo to elected officials in January 2021
 

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

21-DAY EQUITY CHALLENGE

Join the United Way, our partners in the community and hundreds of Quad Citizens just like you in changing habits to build and imagine a more equitable Quad Cities with the 21-Day Equity Challenge. Listen, learn, reflect and act to help us live our lives Stronger Together.
 
 

WATCH & SHARE

Have you seen the official “Together” music video, featuring the powerful voices of Aubrey Barnes and Delores Westbrook? You’ll be moved. Take five minutes to witness inspiring local talent and learn more about the realities of racial disparities in the Quad Cities. Remember to share with a friend!

 

SIGN YOUR NAME IN SUPPORT OF UNITED FOR EQUITY

It’s up to all of us to build a future in which every Quad Citizen has the opportunity to develop their full potential. Join our growing movement and sign your name in support for United for Equity. (Note: Businesses, organizations and individuals can become supporters.)
 

QUAD CITIES EQUITY SUMMIT: OCT. 15

The Quad Cities Equity Summit is a day of a civic conversation on Oct. 15, when hundreds of Quad Citizens gather remotely to discuss inequities that matter most to them.
 
As we approach a critical election in November, the goal of this event is to address our urgent needs as a community through a memo sent directly to elected officials.
 
 

HELP US MEET OUR $200K GOAL

The pandemic has highlighted and exacerbated racial disparities here and across the nation. Join United Way by investing your time, dollars and voice in solutions that  that break down barriers and systemic challenges that keep our minority friends, families, neighbors, kids from living their best life. 
 
Give what you can to our United for Equity Fund to help us reach our $200K goal by November. Led by Black Quad Citizens and people of color, a diverse team of 15 will review themes from the Equity Summit and select an equity-focused solution, program or initiative, addressing poverty and structural racism to be funded by United Way’s United for Equity Investors.

Equity breakfast: nov. 19

All Equity Summit participants will be invited to a virtual Equity Breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 8 a.m., so we can share the outcomes of the event and the first initiatives that will suggested to move forward. Registration will open for the Equity Breakfast on Oct. 15. 
 

THANK-YOU TO OUR PARTNERS AND GENEROUS INVESTORS

PARTNERS

 
              
 
 
 
Thank you to these Quad-Cities Investors in United for Equity, who are committed to working together to improve racial inequities. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
      
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

supporters

Arconic 
Downtown Davenport Partnership
The Family Credit Union
Humility Homes & Services, Inc.
John Deere
Mercado on Fifth
Northwest Bank & Trust Company
Project Renewal
Rouse Consulting Group
Shive-Hattery
Quad Cities Chamber
Quad City Bank & Trust
United Way Quad Cities
Visit Quad Cities
 
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Rochelle Almazan
Leah Berger
Aimee Bland
Jaime Bosworth
Dee Bruemmer
Hannah Carr
Lisa Charnitz
Charles S Collins
Brian F Cunningham
Lea Ann Dies
Steve Drucker, Trainer, Democracy - Talk It or Lose It
Nicole Cisne Durbin
Megan
Bill and Chris Gallin
Rene Gellerman
Kristin Glass
Janet L Griffin
Jim Halverson
Kari Hanson, Admissions Coordinator at Eastern Iowa Community College, Muscatine Campus
Nicole Harrison
Pastor Rich Hendricks
Barbara Hixon
Kaitlyn Holland
Emerald Johnson
Stacy L Klingler
Dr. Pandora Lawrence
Cheryl Leamer
Lori Lefstein
Debbie Mahr Heitman
Betsy Matt Turner
Linda Molyneaux
Sam Moyer
Ashley Perkins
Dr. Susan B. Perry
Colleen Rafferty
Kathy L. Ramp
Joscelyn Rowe
James Patrick Schmidt
Tracy Schwind
Veronica Singh
Kevin Smith
Katie Spain
Jenni Swanson, RI Alderwoman Ward 4
Kai Swanson, Rock Island
Maggie Tinsman
Gwen Tombergs
Individual
Tonya D Urbatsch
Dora A. Villarreal, Rock Island County State’s Attorney
Cathie Whiteside
Kelly Willet
Holly Yates, Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center