Local Mayors Make National Service Proclamations

Fourth Annual Conference Theme is "Developing Dreams"

MOLINE–The fourth annual Northwest Illinois Volunteerism Conference will be held Friday, Oct. 18 at the Western Illinois University Riverfront campus. This year's theme is "Developing Dreams," and the major focus of the conference will be engaging youth in service and combining faith-based, nonprofit, education and governmental organizations to address priority community needs.

KeeKee Pregracke will be the keynote speaker. She will talk about how her son Chad's childhood dream of cleaning the Mississippi River inspired him to develop Living Lands & Waters. Headquartered in East Moline, Living Lands & Waters has grown to be the only "industrial strength" river cleanup organization like it in the world. Chad will also deliver an inspiring video greeting to the group.

Another feature of the 2013 conference will be a Developing Dreams Panel Discussion led by Reverend Fred Nettles, chair of Governor Past Quinn's Serve Illinois Commission. Community leaders, including Moline Mayor Scott Raes, educators and other representatives will discuss how community groups can partner together to develop the dreams of urban and rural residents.

A variety of breakout sessions will be offered including working with youth, diversity, disabilities inclusion and understanding personality types.

Registration is $35 or $20 for students, AmeriCorps members, and seniors. This year's conference is co-sponsored by the Illinois Department of Human Services, the Serve Illinois Commission, and the Mississippi Valley Directors of Volunteers in Agencies.

For more information, contact Dave Layton at (309) 793-4425 or visit www.nwivc.net

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First you can help us make money by coming to the BSLC Trivia Night this Saturday 3/9 at the Rock in Coal Valley.  Reservations not needed. Individual players welcome.

Next you can help us spend some money by applying for funding that will help you improve  the literacy of those you serve (application attached) or by sharing this message with someone who may want to apply. More info. is below:

BiState Literacy Council is now accepting funding requests from literacy-related programs. These requests of up to $500.00 can be for support materials or any literacy program needs not included in a regular budget. Literacy programs can serve anyone from preschool to adult. Schools are welcome to apply but it can't be for materials that are required for the regular curriculum. The Request form is attached. You may complete and email back to me or fax to number below or mail to BSLC PO Box 1602 Bettendorf IA, 52722-1602  Completed requests must be returned (post marked) no later than March 31st.

This year Senior Voice's Sights and Sounds of Christmas will be held on Thursday, December 1st from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Starlite Ballroom at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. Quad City Seniors, family and caregivers are invited to attend this  FREE event to herald in the 2011 holiday season. Senior Voice especially welcomes seniors who are alone or confined to rehab centers who may not be able to attend other community holiday events or who's family will not be with them for Christmas.

Once again Santa will make an appearance bringing a gift for every senior! He will be escorted by Dancing Reindeer from the Ballet Quad City School of Dance.

Featured entertainment this year will be the Westbrook Singers, St. Cecilia's Children, Just For Fun and Wilma Nichol on piano. The event will be heralded in by a fanfare of Christmas music performed by a brass ensemble from the New Horizons Band. MCs for the event will be Don Mitchum, Jerry Schroeder and Dave Layton. They will also provide humor and music as the trio The Three Wise Guys.

New this year will be tastes and smells of Christmas with a cookie machine provided by Beacon of Hope Hospice.

Sponsors for this year's event are Senior Voice, Ridgecrest Retirement Village, Generations Area Agency on Aging and Medic EMS,

For more information about the Sights and Sounds of Christmas contact the Senior Voice office at 421-2198 or Dave Layton at 793-4425.