Community Connection

Using shared experience and collective resources to create a connected Quad Cities community.

at lead(h)er, we believe that mentoring matters.

We also believe that community connection is vitally important for professional and personal growth, but we know how hard it can be to create this connection on your own. We are here to help! We have created volunteer collaborations with four local nonprofits, offering these organizations an opportunity to introduce the work they do to you, and offering you an opportunity to connect with them.

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Want to get involved?

  • Volunteer in one of our many programs, mentor a youth, or assist in organizing items donated to our Donation Center. If you are dedicated and passionate about helping others, please apply to become a volunteer here.

Family Resources is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) founded in 1849 with a mission to strengthen children, families, and individuals by providing quality services that engage community resources to create effective solutions. Family Resources offers services in Cedar, Clinton, Des Moines, Dubuque, Henry, Jackson, Lee, Louisa, Muscatine and Scott counties in Iowa, and Rock Island County in Illinois. 

Our Services

Services offered by Family Resources include both direct and indirect services. Our survivor services are broken into four programs: SafePath Survivor Resources, Braking Traffik, Engaging Males, and Survivors of Homicide and Other Violent Crimes. These programs offer comprehensive resources and services to all survivors of domestic and/or sexual abuse, human trafficking, homicide, or other violent crimes. 

Our group care program offers one youth shelter and five residential programs dedicated to serving our community’s youth by providing structured and positive environments with the goal of reconnecting that youth to a home environment. 

Family Resources offers mental health services in a safe, confidential and trauma-informed environment. Services are offered to individuals, couples, families and children. Additionally, Medicaid members in Scott and Muscatine counties with mental health, emotional or behavioral challenges are eligible to access services through Integrated Health Home (IHH). IHH is a program that helps to ensure these community members – especially youth – are provided care coordination, peer support, and help in accessing other services. 

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Join the tribe of over 140 active Dress for Success Quad Cities volunteers and help women on the road to self-sufficiency! Tell us what you’d like to do by completing our online survey. Not sure yet? Don’t worry, you can always update your areas of interest after attending a Volunteer Orientation!

The Dress for Success Quad Cities affiliate serves under-employed and unemployed women in the Quad Cities area of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help them thrive in work and life.

We are a region with around 475,000 people joined by our love of the Mississippi River, located at the mighty bend where she flows east to west. Our building is located in the heart of downtown Davenport, Iowa, in a 10,000 sq. ft. building space subsidized by the Bechtel Trusts.

Our programs make a distinct difference in the lives of women who are job ready and working toward economic independence and career advancement. See their stories and happy faces, along other important outcomes throughout our website and Facebook page.

We are part of a Worldwide sisterhood of support with over 148 affiliates in 26 countries across the globe. Want to hear from a few women who have renewed dignity, redefined purpose and achieved a life with more meaning? Take a couple minutes to watch this short video overview.

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Every day, our volunteers make it possible for girls to become big thinkers, groundbreakers, and role models who make the world a better place. As a volunteer with Girl Scouts, you will become the role model she will always remember.

Whether you can give a few hours, a few weeks, or a few months, volunteering with Girl Scouts is flexible and fun.

Follow the link here to find out how!

Girl Scouts unleashes the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ in every girl, preparing her for a lifetime of leadership. Through the Girl Scout Program, girls learn to face challenges head-on, embrace failure as a learning opportunity, create lasting relationships, and find dynamic solutions to social issues—all while building the skills and courage they need to take the lead every day and empower themselves for life. Girl Scouts takes the potential of girls, combines it with robust skill-building programming, and adds caring adult mentors and strong female role models.

We're 20,000 strong—16,000 girls and 4,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. The Girl Scout organization has always welcomed girls with disabilities, health conditions, and other special needs. At Girl Scouts, we strive to provide camaraderie, fun, and inclusion to every girl. An estimated one in five girls in the United States has some kind of disability. Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts, was partially deaf — and when she started our organization, she was determined to make it work for all girls. 

Including everyone is the foundation on which we build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Communication between leaders and parents can make a world of difference in understanding and working with every girl, regardless of age, background or any disabilities. 

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

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Political equity is a matter of fair representation and a more accurate reflection of the society as a whole. Women need to be asked, coached, mentored, and supported throughout the political process. Nothing short of an extended, all-out campaign will bring political equity to Iowa.  

You can help by:

  • Running for office yourself

  • Recruiting a woman to run

  • Working on a woman’s campaign

  • Sponsoring or hosting an event to encourage women to run

Follow the link here to find out how!

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan, issue-neutral organization dedicated to achieving political equity for women in Iowa. We are not a Political Action Committee. We do not endorse candidates, and we do not support candidates financially.

Our Goals:

  • Twenty-five women in the Iowa Senate

  • Fifty women in the Iowa House of Representatives

  • One woman Governor GOAL ACHIEVED!

  • One woman in the United States Senate GOAL ACHIEVED!

  • Two women in the United States House of Representatives


Our goal is not to replace men in politics but to bring balance to the issues discussed and inclusiveness in the process. 

Guiding Principles

  • We believe in civility and respect among political opponents.

  • We are committed to creating a non-partisan, issue-neutral movement dedicated to achieving political equity for women in Iowa.

  • We are not a Political Action Committee (PAC) and the organization does not endorse candidates or support candidates financially.

  • Our board evening represents both major political parties. Individual board members are free to endorse, support and contribute to candidates of their choice.

  • We welcome as partners other organizations whose missions and goals are compatible with ours.

  • We encourage participation of women of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and economic sectors of the society.

  • We recruit, train, and mentor women to become successful candidates.

  • We believe that women bring a political style that promotes civility, collaboration, and consensus building.


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Visit our website to learn how you can help.

To view our volunteer opportunities and to sign up, go to www.riverbendfoodbank.org/donate-time

River Bend Foodbank leads the community-wide effort to end hunger in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. We are the largest hunger-relief organization in the Quad Cities and surrounding communities.

Together, River Bend Foodbank and our partners provided more meals to hungry people than ever before in FY18. For the year, we distributed over 12.9 million meals, which was 15% more than last year and 75% more than just three years ago. We do this by:

• Leveraging partnerships to help people in need stabilize their lives.

• Engaging the public in hunger issues.

• Advocating on behalf of hungry people.

• Distributing surplus food through a network of 300 hunger-relief agency partners and our own feeding programs.

We are the most cost-effective distributor of donated food in the community, generating five meals with every donated dollar. We serve in partnership with 300 partner agencies: food pantries, homeless and domestic violence shelters, soup kitchens, childcare agencies, after-school snack programs, schools, residential treatment facilities and more.

The Foodbank offers proven programs that quickly move the needle on the Meal Gap- the number of meals still being missed:

• Backpack Program: provides a sack of nutritious, easy-to-prepare foods to children who would otherwise go hungry. School staff identify students who are likely going without meals when school is out and school feeding programs are unavailable.

• Mobile Pantry Programs: Volunteers distribute a truckload of food to clients through a farmers market-style distribution. Each distribution provides 12,000 meals feeding hundreds of people.

• School Pantry Program: Offers a safe place within a local school where students and their families are able to access a pantry. Students often have younger siblings or other family members who are missing meals. All families have student(s) at the school and are selected by school administrators.

• Senior Hunger Initiative: Serves residents 60 years and older—the fastest rising population of chronically hungry people in our community. We partner with senior living complexes to bring food to them.

We are focused on the vision of a hunger-free Iowa and Illinois. We have a huge heart for feeding hungry people and will not stop until everyone is fed.

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The mission of Gilda’s Club Quad Cities is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.


Free of charge, Gilda’s Club Quad Cities provides support, education and hope to all people affected by cancer.  As a Cancer Support Community affiliate, we are part of the largest employer of psychosocial oncology mental health professionals in the United States.  Our global network brings the highest quality cancer support to the millions of people touched by cancer.


To learn more about our program, please visit https://www.gildasclubqc.org/get-support/our-programs/.


Volunteers are used in a variety of ways, that include; Noogie Nights, gardening, workshops, Goodie Gang, and special events.


Our volunteer needs change periodically, but once we receive your application we will put you on our mailing list and notify you when we have an opportunity that you have indicated an interest in. We may meet with you one-on-one to discuss further how you can be utilized at Gilda’s Club and/or provide training as needed.


For more information, please visit https://www.gildasclubqc.org/volunteer.


Argrow's House is a safe space where free services are offered daily for women  healing from violence and abuse. Services range from domestic violence support group, spiritual direction, art therapy, massage therapy, and more. Argrow's House is also a bath and body business where women healing from violence and abuse create beautiful bath products that provide a living wage for themselves in a safe space that celebrates who they are.

want to get involved?

To volunteer with our clothing donation room, special events, and free holistic services for survivors call 309-558-8096 or email info@argrowshouse.org

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