As video production company Mickle Communications was delving last year into troubling issues facing Quad-City teens, Mike Mickle realized that more had to be done to make children and their families aware of these growing problems.
After producing documentaries for WQPT on such topics as teen depression and suicide, human trafficking, substance abuse and other dangers, the Davenport company took the additional step of launching a new Healthy Happy Families Foundation to tackle some of the issues.
"What became very obvious is there needs to be more community awareness and a way to reach these children where they're congregating," said Mickle, a former television journalist and the foundation's director.
To date, the foundation has created a Facebook page and hosted a Healthy Happy Families Fun Day last year. It will host its second annual Fun Day on Oct. 9 at the Quad-City Botanical Center, Rock Island. The free event features resources and information on various health-related products and services.
The foundation also is creating a campaign "We All Have Stuff" featuring conversations with teens talking about "all the stuff" they face, he said. There will be a related traveling art project for teens.
Originally operated alongside his marketing company, the foundation now has earned non-profit status and will be recruiting area experts to its board of directors. The mission will remain: strengthening families by empowering children with good decision-making skills and educating parents to resources available.
"What they need is hope and help," said Mickle, whose company also has produced QC Family Focus magazine for the past 13 years.
For more information on the foundation or Fun Day, contact Mickle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RSM among best IT workplaces
RSM — the nation's leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services with two locations in Davenport — has been named a 2016 Best Places to Work in IT.
The top 100 organizations are recognized for challenging their IT staffs, and for their benefits and compensation. Results from the 23rd annual Best Places to Work in IT survey were in a special issue of Computerworld's digital magazine and online.
"At RSM, we understand that happy employees lead to happy clients, and we have worked hard to further establish an environment where all of our IT employees can be challenged and can thrive," said Steve Schoenauer, Eastern Iowa market managing partner.
It marked the second consecutive year that RSM US LLP (formerly McGladrey LLP) has been ranked on the list.
Delta Dental grants to help Illinois kids
Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit and public organizations to fund programs and services that improve the oral health of Illinois children.
Grants will range from $1,000 to $10,000 with a total of $150,000 to be awarded.
The foundation focuses on funding for programs that target children's access to oral health care and overall oral health education and awareness.
Applicants must have a physical presence in Illinois. For an application and criteria, visit ddilfoundation.org/grantreq.aspx. The deadline is Sept. 9.
R.I.A. Federal customer wins Shazam contest
Spending money with her debit card earned a Davenport woman the big prize from SHAZAM Network.
Cindy Wentz, a customer of R.I.A. Federal Credit Union, ended up as the grand-prize winner of a SHAZAM-sponsored Pampered Rewards debit card promotion this summer. She was presented a $500 Spafinder gift card at the Bettendorf credit union.
After using her R.I.A. Federal debit card for purchases, Wentz won when her name was drawn, at random, from among all the participating SHAZAM financial institutions' entries.