United Way of the Quad Cities Area

Published 06/09 2014 10:34AM

Updated 06/09 2014 10:57AM

The United Way of the Quad Cities Area's mission is to improve lives and make a positive impact in our community by mobilizing people and resources. They work to bring the whole community around the issues that matter most to the Quad Cities, and strive to find the most efficient and effective strategies to solve them. CBS4 is proud to support their ability to get things done.

The United Way of the Quad Cities Area’s five-year strategic plan outlines our shared vision for the community.  Their goals are to advance Education, Income and Health in the Quad Cities.  Specifically, the group attempts to ensure children are ready to enter school, read on grade level by third grade and graduate from high school.  They also encourage individuals and families to become financially independent, and improve the overall health of our community.

This vision requires an alignment of resources, marketing, community impact and operations to accomplish.  However, the United Way of the Quad Cities Areas knows the investments are well worth the reward.  Think of it this way – for every $1 invested in early childhood education, there is a return to the community of up to $16.  Also, every student who drops out of high school costs a community over $500,000 over his/her lifetime.
United Way stands to make the greatest impact possible by getting to the root causes of issues and meeting immediate needs.  Help further this work by giving, advocating or volunteering.

Together, let’s Live United.

Get connected to the services you need right here in the Quad Cities.
Call 2-1-1 if you are looking for help with childcare, food, rent or utility assistance or if you have any other health and human service need.  All calls are confidential.  Representatives are available 24/7 to answer if you live in Bettendorf, Davenport, East Moline, Moline, Rock Island or anywhere in Rock Island or Scott County.
When you call 2-1-1, you are given the opportunity to speak in confidence with a specialist at no cost.  They will help refer you to the services you are requesting.  In the last year, our representatives have fielded over 12,000 calls and connected people to a wide variety of programs, including help with unemployment, paying utilities and access to food assistance. United Way representatives are trained information and referral professionals who can answer your questions and will direct you to the best resources in the Quad Cities 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How can you contact them?
You can access their online database to search for community-based services, reach them by email at 211@unitedwayqc.org, or call 2-1-1 or 563-355-9900.

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