Ascentra Credit Union Foundation awards $17,000 in grants

Ascentra Credit Union Board Member Greg Aguilar presents a $1,000 donation check to One by One on behalf of the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation. This was one of the 31 organizations in the region that was surprised this summer. Submitted photo

BETTENDORF — The Ascentra Credit Union Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2018 Leadership Grants. This summer, the foundation awarded a total of $17,000 to 31 different organizations and charities throughout the region.

These efforts stem from the credit union’s People-Helping-People philosophy and encouragement of staff to volunteer and give back to the community. In 2015, the foundation committee established $1,000 Leadership Grants for the Ascentra volunteer board of directors and senior leadership team to support causes that are meaningful to them. Since their establishment, the Leadership Grants have positively impacted over 74 organizations and awarded a total of $68,000.

The charities and organizations selected this year include:

· Associate Benevolent Society, Clinton.

· Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley, Davenport.

· Café on Vine, Davenport.

· Central DeWitt Community Educational Foundation, DeWitt.

· Christ’s Family Day Care, Davenport.

· Churches United of the Quad Cities, Bettendorf.

· City Center Ministry, Davenport.

· Community Health Care, Inc., Davenport.

· East Moline School District – One by One Program, East Moline.

· Father Conroy’s Vineyard of Hope, Davenport.

· FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team number 648, Blue Grass.

· Habitat for Humanity of Clinton County, Clinton.

· Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities, Davenport.

· Henry County Humane Society, Geneseo.

· Honor Flight of the Quad Cities, Davenport.

· Humane Society of Scott County, Davenport.

· Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America, Davenport.

· King's Harvest Pet Rescue, Davenport.

· Living Lands & Waters, East Moline.

· One Eighty, Davenport.

· Pregnancy Resources, Davenport.

· Quad City Animal Welfare Center, Milan.

· River Bend Foodbank, Davenport.

· Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation, Rock Island.

· Safe Path Survivor Resources of Family Resources, Moline.

· Spring Forward Learning Center, Rock Island.

· St. Mark Lutheran Church, Davenport.

· The Davenport Chordbusters, Davenport.

· The Handicapped Development Center, Davenport.

· YouthHope, Moline.

· Zion Lutheran Church, Clinton.

One recipient of these grants is the One by One program in East Moline, Illinois. This program targets seventh- and eighth-grade students in East Moline School District No. 37 who will be the first in their family to attend college and is designed to inspire them to reach for higher educational goals. This is done through university visits, motivational speakers from those in the local community who have beaten the odds to find success, and educational outreach.

“The money will 100 percent be used for academic opportunities for first-generation college-bound students this coming school year,” said One by One Program Coordinator Margarita Mojica. “We work with 50 students every year and so this money is essential in helping us to open those doors – we are very appreciative.”

The Paul Lensmeyer Golf Outing is the major fundraiser for the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation and will take place Sept. 24 at the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Course at 10 a.m. The golf outing has raised $53,516.62 over the past three years to benefit the foundation. More information about the foundation’s mission can be found at ascentra.org/foundation.