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United Way of the Quad Cities offers relief

United Way of the Quad Cities donates $175,000 to Quad Cities Disaster Recovery Fund and advances one month’s allocation to nonprofit partners

Iowa-Illinois QUAD CITIES - United Way of the Quad Cities has offered relief and assistance to its grant-funded partner agencies and will donate $175,000 to the Quad Cities Disaster Recovery Fund, hosted by the Quad Cities Community Foundation, to help the region cope with COVID-19 epidemic. 
United Way notified its 36 partner agencies on Monday that it would advance one month’s allocation to respond to immediate needs related to the pandemic. 
In addition, the agency sent out a survey to local nonprofits in an effort to prioritize immediate needs and plan for long-term recovery. 
“United Way is in a unique position to act as a unifier in a time of crisis,” said Rene Gellerman, president and CEO of United Way of the Quad Cities. “With 36 local United Way funded partners, our network is playing key roles in all areas of the COVID-19 response. These are the boots on the ground who are making a daily difference in the lives of people throughout this region. We are determined to support them in all ways possible so they can focus on this important work.”
United Way is strengthening its commitment to collaboration and addressing the urgent needs of all Quad Citizens by partnering with the Quad Cities Community Foundation and contributing $175,000 to the Quad Cities Disaster Recovery Fund that will support relief efforts. Fifty thousand dollars of that donation is a challenge match from United Way Board Chair Linda Bowers for every dollar given to the Recovery Fund. 
“The best way to find peace is to serve others. In this unprecedented time, we have to work together and stretch ourselves to help people and our community,” Bowers said. “It’s my hope that my gift inspires others to give in a big way. I want us to be ‘that’ community who steps up in extraordinary ways to help each other. There are urgent needs.” 
“For more than 50 years, our United Way has rallied and unified resources to put opportunity in the hands of those who need it most. Our mission and belief in the power of unity are more important today than ever before,” Gellerman said. “Our community is proud and resilient and we will get through this together.”
Gellerman added the agency will continue working with nonprofits, Quad Cities Community Foundation and other key community institutions to address needs as they rise. She expects United Way of the Quad Cities to infuse additional resources and expand its role as needed.
Gifts to the Quad Cities Disaster Recovery Fund can be made online at or by mailing a check to the Community Foundation at 852 Middle Road, Suite 100, Bettendorf, Iowa 52722.