Twenty-four area nonprofit organizations will be awarded $331,500 today by The Amy Helpenstell Foundation during its fall grant reception.

The reception at 8:30 a.m. at the i wireless Center in Moline will honor the largest amount of funding awarded by the foundation in a single grant cycle.

The foundation promotes awareness, understanding, diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders in the Quad-City area and was created by Amy Helpenstell, Rock Island, who died in 2003 from complications related to an eating disorder.

Grant recipients include:

- Christian Care – Domestic Violence Shelter Counseling and Case Management, $20,000

- Churches United of the Quad-City Area – Winnie’s Place Emergency Homeless Shelter, $20,000

- Family Resources – Core Mission Operating Funds, $20,000

- Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois – Quad-Cities Outreach Initiative, $10,000

- Habitat for Humanity Quad-Cities, Habitat House #78, $10,000

- Humility of Mary Housing Inc. – Transitional & Permanent Supportive Services for Adults Experiencing Homelessness, $15,000

- Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. – Emergency Shelter, Housing, and Supportive Services for Adults Experiencing Homelessness, $15,000

- Martin Luther King Center – King Center Youth Programming, $20,000

- Project Renewal – Afterschool Program, $10,000

- Quad-City Arts – Visiting Artist Series: Lula Washington Dance Theatre residency, $5,000

- Quad-City Botanical Center, Children’s Garden Phase One — Construction & Operations, $10,000

- Quad-City Symphony Orchestra, K-12 Education Programs for 2011-14 school years, $10,000

- Rebuilding Together – Workday and Emergency Home Repairs, $20,000

- Rock Island County Extension & 4-H Education Foundation – Rock Island County 4-H Leadership Program, $5,000

- River Bend Foodbank – Backpack Program, $15,000

- St. Joseph the Worker House Association – Touching Families, $10,000

- Supplemental Emergency Assistance Program – Client Emergency Financial Assistance/Related Costs, $10,000

- Thomas Merton House, Café on Vine – Daily Readiness for meal program, $9,000

- Transitions Mental Health Services – Palm Pilots Project, $10,000

- Two Rivers YMCA – Healthy Lifestyles for All, $20,000

- WVIK Augustana Public Radio – WVIK Public Broadcast Fellowship, $10,000

- Youth Service Bureau of Rock Island County – Family Therapy, $25,000

-n YouthBuild Quad-Cities – $17,500

- YWCA of the Quad-Cities – Programming, $15,000

For more information about the foundation, visit or call 563-326-2840.

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