Each year, the Junior League of the Quad Cities invests thousands of volunteer hours into community agencies and programs that support our I AM Initiative focusing on improving the perception, status, and empowerment of women. In the past three years, Junior League of the Quad Cities members have provided over 4,650 hours of volunteer service and invested more than $81,500 in the Quad Cities community through our 17 projects.
Junior League partners with organizations that need our help whether through direct financial support or by providing hands on volunteers.
JLQC is especially proud of the following projects:
I AM Strong 5k Mudventure Race raised nearly $50,000 for local organizations in its five years. The women’s-only race was designed to build awareness of JLQC’s purpose, advance on the mission of our I AM Initiative and raise funds for organizations that are supporting and empowering women in our community. Each year, area non-profit organizations who aligned with our mission are chosen by our membership as a charitable partner.
Our I AM Initiative created in 2012 to improve the perception of and self image of women in the community through leadership and empowerment spurring programs like WINGs mentoring at Davenport West High School.
Project funding and coordination for the $200,000 universally accessible playground at Bettendorf’s McManus (Rocket) Park
Founding sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Quad Cities Race for the Cure
$50,000 donation to the Bettendorf Learning Campus
Support of the Family Resources domestic violence shelter and other Family Resources programs including Braking Traffik
Year of the River, which resulted in ongoing events such as Ride the River and Riverfront Pops concert and the formation of RiverAction
Our History of Community Impact
2016 - Junior Leagues partners with QC Closet 2 Closet, an organization that provides gently worn and new clothing and accessories to teenage children who live in foster care or who are homeless. JLQC raised $7,000 through the I AM STRONG Mudventure Race, which was created as part of the JLQC's I AM Initiative to improve the self-image and perception of women and girls.
2015 - Developed "Yours for a Year" program to support a community partner on several projects for an entire league year. JLQC partners with Triota to help raise awareness on St. Ambrose Univesrity's campus about sexual assault and domestic violence.
2014 – Released the design of the I AM Bracelet to raise further awareness and funds for the I AM Initiative. JLQC along with Braking Traffik presented the premiere of the documentary Any Kid Anywhere: Sex Trafficking Survivor Stories. JLQC partnered with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois to bring Christmas to at-risk girls from the local community.
2013 – Hosted the first young women's conference with the WINGs Mentor Program about worthwhile topics facing women and girls today, including peer pressure, body image, and women in the media. JLQC created a comfort room at Family Resources Bridge House.
2012 – JLQC's first I AM Strong 5K Mudventure Race raised over $12,000 for local Quad City charities. JLQC started the WINGs (Women Inspiring the Next Generation) mentoring program at Davenport West High School.
2011 – JLQC began the I AM Initiative, a commitment to improve the perception and self-image of women through leadership and empowerment. All volunteer opportunities for community projects and fundraising events are aligned with its purpose. JLQC hosted Miss Representation film viewing at the Putnam Museum to raise awareness of how women are portrayed in the media.
2010 – JLQC collaborated through volunteerism with Family Resources to support DHS including apartment sponsorship, family fun and beautification projects. JLQC supported yogaG in bringing yoga to domestic violence shelters.
2009 – JLQC adopted an after school reading program called Operation Read.
2008 – JLQC and QC Times presented the 8th annual Women of the Year awards.
2007 – JLQC partnered with Rock Island YWCA on creation of Moxie Shoppe and Career Resource Center.
2006 – JLQC partnered with the Figge Art Museum in 2006 to provide scholarships for underprivileged children. From 2006 to 2010 JLQC raised $60,000 with the board game Quad Cities On Board.
2005 – JLQC held Taste of Junior League fundraiser in 2005 which developed into the current Taste of the Vine. JLQC partnered with the Putnam Museum to create the Storytelling Garden.
2004 – JLQC donated $8,000 to the Quad Cities from proceeds raised from Polo on the River Fundraiser.
2003 – JLQC Golf Classic raised $16,000.
2001 – JLQC raised funds for and organized installation of handicap accessible equipment at Rocket Park. JLQC also created Women of the Year campaign.
1999 – JLQC raised $80,000 at the Mannheim Steamroller Benefit.
1995 – JLQC donated $50,000 to The Learning Campus in Bettendorf.
1990 – JLQC was the founding co-cponsor of the first Quad Cities’ Race for the Cure.
1985 – JLQC with the QC Times sponsored the first Ride The River event. To date this event has now raised over $100,000. Several JLQC members instrumental in formation of River Action Inc.
1983 – Year of the River Campaign began and JLQC hosted the Midwest Urban Waterfront Convention.