As the new Theisen's store in Davenport began its first full day of operation Wednesday, the company announced almost $50,000 in grants to 23 area nonprofits across the Quad-City region.
The Dubuque-based retailer awarded the grants through its Theisen's More for Your Community Grants program. The grants are part of $300,000 it will distribute to nonprofits throughout Iowa and Wisconsin this year. The Quad-City grants also include Illinois recipients.
The program has donated more than $1.2 million in community grants since its inception in 2009.
"Giving back to those in need was shown to me by my parents more than 60 years ago," said Jim Theisen, co-owner and board chair emeritus. "We continue giving back today as a company (and personally) because supporting our store communities is the right thing to do. They support us and we support them."
Grant recipients and their awards were:
- All Saints Catholic School, $2,000.
- Black Hawk Area Education Center, $1,250.
- Center for Active Seniors, Inc., $3,000.
- Child Abuse Council, $2,000.
- Churches United of the Quad-City Area, $2,500.
- Clinton County Extension and Outreach, $2,500.
- Community Action of Eastern Iowa, $2,900.
- Community Health Care Inc., $1,400.
- Dress for Success Quad-Cities, $3,000.
- Family Resources, $1,500.
- Figge Art Museum, $2,500.
- From Cover to Cover, $2,500.
- Handicapped Development Center, $2,000.
- King's Harvest Ministries, $500.
- Milan Christian Food Pantry, $3,000.
- Moline Community Development Corp., $2,000.
- Nahant Marsh Education Center, $1,000.
- NormaLeah Foundation Inc, $2,500.
- QC United, $2,500.
- Quad-Cities Missing Persons Network, $2,500.
- Quad-Cities Youth Sports Foundation, $1,000.
- Rockridge Schools Foundation, $2,500.
- United Way of the Quad-Cities Area, $2,000.
The grants are supported by Theisen's charitable fund through a partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. The Community Foundation of the Great River Bend helped facilitate the process.
Theisen's new store at 3808 Brady St., Davenport, opened late Tuesday afternoon in the former Kmart shopping complex.