Rock Island, IL/May 2019 – The Arc of the Quad Cities Area benefited from the over 2,200 volunteer hours last year and showed it’s appreciation at The Arc’s Volunteer Recognition event on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. This year’s theme is “You Rock,” because it was held at the River Front Grille along the Rock River in Rock Island, IL.

 

The Arc of the Quad Cities Area is a leading provider of community-based services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and relies on our community partners, volunteers, and members to pull together to empower people with disabilities to reach their highest potential.

 

Executive Director, Michael Glanz handed out four awards to outstanding community partners and organizations whose contributions have made a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

 

Receiving the Creative Connections Award is father and son duo, Frank and Corey DeToye whose interactive presentations on boxing have made a huge impact at The Arc’s Day and Community Service programs.

Cory & Frank DeToye
Cory & Frank DeToye

Receiving the Youth Volunteer Special Recognition is the Earl Hanson Elementary School’s Inspire Choir, a voluntary after school choir that is dedicated to community service. The choir gives a beautifully performed presentation each year during the holiday season.

Mrs. Hipskind and Mrs. Mercer
Mrs. Hipskind and Mrs. Mercer

The 2019 Creative Actions Award goes to the Moline Public Library for bringing the first “Next Chapter Book Club” to the Quad Cities. The book club is a national organization that helps people with disabilities enjoy books, friends and their community. The library also facilitated a “Read Aloud” group where the librarians’ read to participants followed by making creative connections to the book through craft activities.

Rebecca Bacon & Lisa Powell-Williams

The final award, the 2019 Volunteer Partner of the Year Award went to St. Ambrose University’s Engineering and Occupational Departments for their role in providing hands-on experience for students to broaden their appreciation for Assistive Technology. The results of the collaboration have produced more personalized custom technologies that bridge gaps for people with disabilities.

 

Rebecca Romatoski (Engineering Dept, SAU) and Jennifer Peterson (OC Dept, SAU)
Rebecca Romatoski (Engineering Dept, SAU) and Jennifer Peterson (OC Dept, SAU)

 

 

 

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