The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois chapter awarded $71,000 in grant funding to 13 nonprofits groups for projects that will benefit more than 20,000 children.

The area Ronald McDonald charities chapter annually awards grants to nonprofit organizations with programs that improve the health and well-being of children. Recipients were recognized at a luncheon last week in Davenport:

  • Bethany for Children and Families, Moline, received $10,000 to provide free dental screenings and sealant services to uninsured children on a mobile dental bus.
  • Child Abuse Council, Rock Island, received $9,800 to use toward the purchase of a colposcope for forensic sexual abuse examinations.
  • Christian Care, Rock Island, received $5,000 to provide therapeutic services to children who arrive at the domestic violence shelter with mental and emotional issues and to halt the intergenerational cycle of domestic violence.
  • Discovery Depot, Galesburg, Ill., received $8,000 for the Light, Color and Frozen Shadows exhibit.
  • Friendly House, Davenport, received $7,000 to support field trips and community outings for youth participants, as well as provide classrooms and environments with safe equipment and learning supports.
  • Hand in Hand, Bettendorf, received $3,900 to support the program budget for Camp Hand in Hand.
  • Hope Haven Area Development Center Corp., Burlington, received $1,000 to fund needed curriculum, crafts and activities for the children at the Kids’ Respite Camp.
  • Lincoln Elementary PTG Inc., Fort Madison, received $2,300 to use toward a safe, accessible playground for the students of Lincoln Elementary.
  • Rick’s House of Hope, Davenport, received $2,000 to fund Rollercoaster Camp, a free day camp for kids who are experiencing the ups and downs of family change.
  • River Bend Foodbank, Moline, received $5,000 to use toward a program that distributes food packs to children to take home on the weekend.
  • Safer Foundation, Davenport, received $1,000 to fund the emergency, employment and academic needs for students as part of their Youth Empowerment Program.
  • Special Olympics Illinois, Monmouth, received $8,000 to provide scholarships so that athletes can participate in events throughout Illinois free of charge.
  • Sunshine Community Services Center, Kewanee, Ill., received $8,000 provide a new training program that will pair a teen teacher with at least two students for the entire school year and during the summer session.

In the past six years, more than 37,000 children in Iowa and Illinois have been helped through $226,157 in grant funding from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois. More information about the grants program can be found at www.rmhc-eiwi.org/grants.

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