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New United Way Grants Total $2.9 Million

United Way Quad Cities

New grants from the United Way will help pay for food, housing, education, health care, and workforce development. Monday it announced grants totaling 2.9 million dollars to 51 local organizations.

Vice President Marci Zogg says the goal of the United Way is to help local residents thrive.

"And we know that if we can focus on education, income, and health, because these are all very inter-twined, we know that if we focus on those areas we can really make a difference in our community."

Volunteers go through the funding applications and then make recommendations to the United Way's board of directors. And it's allocated the money with 40 per cent going to education, and 30 per cent each to income and health.

Grant recipients range from local school districts and the QCSO, to Big Brothers Big Sisters, Humility Homes and Services, and the Salvation Army.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.