The all day fund drive on Monday for people and organizations affected by the pandemic raised more than 102,000 dollars. Proceeds from "Unite Quad Cities for COVID-19 Recovery” will go to the Disaster Recovery Fund, administered by the Quad Cities Community Foundation.
Last year, dollars from that fund helped victims of the flood.
Every dollar donated on Monday was matched dollar-for-dollar thanks to a challenge from First Midwest Bank, Sears Seating, Modern Woodmen of America, MidAmerican Energy, and Mike and Monique Gorsline. The group has committed to matching a total of $150,000 - meaning the next $47,600 contributed to the Disaster Recovery Fund will also be matched.
Already the disaster recovery fund has awarded grants totaling more than 350,000 dollars to organizations supporting children, youth, seniors, healthcare services, emergency housing, and other needs of the most vulnerable. A second round of grants will be announced shortly.
Donations are still being accepted online at the Community Foundation at united quad cities dot org or qc community foundation dot org. And through Friday, donations can be texted to, using all caps, “UNITEQC” to 41444.