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What is 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 | Learn More
  • Quad Cities Equity Summit in October
  • Courageous Conversations: Equity in Action virtual event on Nov. 19 (Learn More) Help us meet our $200K goal - Donate
  • Community-sourced memo to elected officials in January 2021



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.


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!


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.)

united for equity fund grants

The ideas of 450 Quad Citizens, brought up during 29 small-group conversations at the Quad Cities Equity Summit in October, have informed and inspired the framework for United Way’s United for Equity initiative, aimed to reduce and prevent racial disparities affecting the education, income and health in the region. The grants, with up to $200,000 to distribute — supported by local business and industry leaders as well as individual gifts, will be awarded in February 2021. A diverse panel of 21 Quad-Cities residents, led by Dr. Burl Randolph Jr., Col. U.S. Army, retired, will decide how the grants will be awarded. 
The fund will support new equity-focused solutions, programs or initiatives that address poverty and structural racism. Give what you can to the United for Equity Fund to help break down barriers and systemic challenges that keep our minority friends, families, neighbors, kids from living their best life. 




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




100 Black Men Quad Cities, Inc.
amw solutions
Angela Stewart Yoga
Ascentra Credit Union
Cafe On Vine
Child Abuse Council
Downtown Davenport Partnership
Eastern Iowa Community Colleges
The Family Credit Union
Family Museum
Gilda's Club Quad Cities
Humility Homes & Services, Inc.
John Deere
Management Resource Group
Me & Billy
Mercado on Fifth
Metropolitan Community Church Quad Cities
Muscatine Community College
Northwest Bank & Trust Company
Pleasant Valley Community School District
Pleasant Valley High School
Putnam Museum and Science Center
Quad Cities Chamber
Quad City Arts
Quad City Bank & Trust
Quad City Symphony Orchestra
Rock Island Public Library
Rouse Consulting Group
Scott County Conservation Board
Scott County Health Department
Scott County Kids
Sense Inspections LLC
Tapestry Farms
Two Rivers Bank & Trust
Two Rivers YMCA
United Way Quad Cities
Visit Quad Cities
Rochelle Almazan
Allison Ambrose
John Anderson CEO, Quad City Bank & Trust Company
Linda Anderson
Tracy Anderson, Principal, Glenview Middle School
Rebecca Arnold
Kathleen Bailey
Leah Berger
Rabbi Linda Bertenthal
Jessica Beshears
Patricia Bird
Aimee Bland
Jaime Bosworth
Sandra Brandt, LMSW
Lisa Britt
Peter Britt
Dee Bruemmer
Nicki Brus, Visit Quad Cities
Kris Burt
Ann Bush
Berni Carmack
Hannah Carr
Sandra Cassady
Julie Chisholm
Nicole Cline
Charles S Collins
Brian F Cunningham
Susan Cunningham
Jennifer Davis
Lea Ann Dies
Sharon Dodd
Erin Dowell
Steve Drucker, Trainer, Democracy - Talk It or Lose It
Nicole Cisne Durbin
Deidre Eaton
Wanda Esping, Co-owner, Premier Computer Services
Chad Everitt
Ryan Filbrandt, Van Meter Inc.
Lauri Flanagan
Katie Flynn, AmeriCorps Member
Janice Foley
Beck Forth
Gale Francione
Susan Freburg
Mary Gaetz-Scholtz
Bill and Chris Gallin
Rev. Lisa Gaston, Pastor of Edwards UCC
Alma Gaul, reporter, Quad-City Times/Dispatch-Argus/Muscatine Journal
Rene Gellerman
Mikael Gibson
Kristin Glass
Christine Graf, CMA
Mary Graupmann
Janet Griffin
Katie Groenenboom
Jim Halverson
Paige H.
Kari Hanson, Admissions Coordinator at Eastern Iowa Community College, Muscatine Campus
Nicole Harrison
Alivia Hatten
Rev Rich Hendricks, MCC QC, One Human Family QCA and QC Pride, Inc.
Amanda Hess
Barbara Hixon
Danielle Hoffman
Kaitlyn Holland
Heidi Huiskamp Collins
Emerald Johnson
Rabbi Henry Jay Karp
Chuck and Jeane Keibler
Scott Kelty
Angie Kendall
Kellie Kerns
Stacy L Klingler
Deb Kretschmer
Dr. Pandora Lawrence
Cheryl Leamer
Lori Lefstein
Lance C. Leslie
Lisa Lockheart
Toni Lucas
Debbie Mahr Heitman
Autumn Manning
Marianne G. Marcek
Swetha Marisetty
Thomas A. Mason IV
Liz Mastalio
Kristi Masterson
Mark Mathews
Betsy Matt Turner
Lisa McCraw
Ann McGlynn
Becky Meade
John Meade
Lynn A Meincke-Wohlers
Marcy Mendenhall
Sergio Mendoza
Elise Miller
Cali Milligan
Linda Molyneaux
Mardell Mommsen
AMPERAGE Marketing & Fundraising, Brian Monroe
Randy A Moore - Iowa American Water
Daisy Cordelia Moran
Stephen Morford
Sam Moyer, Moline Alderman 5th Ward
Jennifer Naeve
April L Nebinger- Student Support Liaison
Dee Neff
Alison Ng
Melinda Pearson
Ashley Perkins
Dr. Susan B. Perry
Tiffany Peterson
Colleen Rafferty
Kathy L. Ramp
Andy Roehl
Emily Rollins
Anna Roorda
Barbara Roseman
Dana Rosenberg
Gary N. Rowe
Joscelyn Rowe
Jen Rummery
Chelsea Sammons - Quad City Symphony Orchestra
Sharon Sanyi
James Patrick Schmidt
James B Schneider
Sarah Schoper
Holly Sparkman
Tracy Matlock
Project Renewal
Tracy Schwind
Brent Schwoebel
Lynn Selking
Sheri Simpson-Schultz
Veronica Singh
Mark Smith
Kevin Smith
Pamela Snyder
Katie Spain
Jenni Swanson, RI Alderwoman Ward 4
Kai Swanson, Rock Island
Steve Taghon
Tori Tebbitt
Julie Thompson
Maggie Tinsman
Gwen Tombergs
Tonya D Urbatsch
David Vandecar
Britt Vickstrom
Dora A. Villarreal, Rock Island County State’s Attorney
Jennifer Vinson
Katie Voelliger, John Deere
Susan L Wahlmann
Kelly L Weinbrandt
Cathie Whiteside
Suzanne Wiese
Rebecca Wildermuth
Kelly Willet
Colleen Willman
Melissa Woods
Holly Yates, Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center
Robert Yoerger