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TI-TRUST and Employees Give Back

TI-TRUST, Inc. and employees believe in the importance of giving back to the community.

We are proud to give back through volunteer groups, non-profit organizations, charity or other means to help those in need and contribute to the common good.

TI-TRUST gives each full-time employee 8 paid hours to volunteer to their communities through local business group events, civic duty, and other volunteerism.

The following are annual contributions given by TI-TRUST and employees:

United Way
Blessing Breast Cancer Awareness
American Red Cross
Annual Food Drive
Annual School Supplies Drive

In addition, TI-TRUST offers a monthly “Jeans Day.”

Our blue jeans day help support local charities. Every month a charity is nominated by one of our employees that is close to their heart. In exchange for donations, employees are given permission to dress in jeans on a Friday or selected day.

Following is information on the wonderful organizations of which donations were given over the last 12 months:

 

September 2019: Quincy Neighborhood Federation – Quincy, Illinois

The Quincy Neighborhood Federation (QNF) is a very low key organization -- they do not have a website, they do not advertise; however, they do promote their activities within the neighborhoods they serve. QNF has a Facebook page that can be followed for upcoming activities.

QNF maintains three youth centers in Quincy; the George Parsons Center near 8th and Payson Ave, the Jefferson Center at 5th & Cedar, and the Harrison Hills center. These centers offer a safe environment to keep youth off the streets. There is also an after school program which provides computers to assist with homework. During the summer they offer breakfast and lunch as well as activities throughout the day.

The Theda Jansen Award is given by the Quincy Neighborhood Federation to a yearly recipient that has impacted Quincy youth in a positive way.  This award was named in memory of Jansen who was a juvenile officer for the Quincy Police Department and passed away in 1983.  She was well known for her work with the Neighborhood Federation and on behalf of children from humble beginnings.

August 2019: Splash Station Pool – Ewing, Missouri

Splash Station Pool's purpose is to provide a healthy, fun, and safe environment to swim for children and their families in Lewis and Northern Marion County.  Its name comes from the fact that it is located on the property formerly used as the rail bed for the Burlington Northern railroad which was used through the 1980's and is just down the line from where the former Ewing Railroad Depot Station was located.    This pool is the only public pool in the county that does not require a membership to use and thus is supported by local families/individuals, businesses, and other local donations.    The two pools at the location include a small wading pool for toddlers along with a full size 30 foot by 60 foot pool with a deep end and diving board.

Since its inception in the early 2000's the pool has provided swim lessons for local children, adult water aerobics classes, and a venue for pool parties that bring many different people to the pool.   The weekly free swim day on Wednesday that is sponsored by individuals and businesses for families is a large draw with attendance of around 100 children.  The pool also has monthly family pool nights where families can come eat supper and enjoy various pool games.

The pool has a fully stocked concession stand with both drinks and a variety of food which also helps to offset the daily expenses.   Two lifeguards are always on-duty.  They switch hourly in their duties at the side of the pool and in the concession stand. During a typical season a total of five lifeguards share a schedule that begins on Memorial Day Weekend and ends the second week of August before school starts in Lewis County.

Splash Station has a board of directors with local individuals who serve yearly terms and who help run/maintain the facility.

July 2019: Grandma’s Closet at Chaddock

Grandma's Closet at Chaddock is dedicated to the daily personal needs of our clients. Chaddock serves over 400 children daily in our Residential, Foster Care and School programs. We supply basic necessities such as hygiene supplies and clothing, as well as items for comfort such as pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, toys, and books. Our children access Grandma's Closet with the assistance of staff to ensure their needs are met. As the number of clients continue to grow, it is imperative that we maintain an adequate supply of Grandma's Closet items.

June 2019: QBAREA (Quincy Bay Area Restoration & Enhancement Association)

QBAREA, Inc is a 501 c3 non-profit organization designed to save the Quincy, IL bay from extinction.
Quincy Bay is one of the largest natural bays of the Upper Mississippi River. Unfortunately the Bay is in danger of extinction.

The Quincy Bay Area Restoration and Enhancement Association (QBAREA, Inc.) represents the City of Quincy, Park District, Quincy Boat Club, GREDF, QACVB and the Mississippi Valley Hunter and Fisherman Association. QBAREA was formed to address the loss of water depth and the reduction of open water habitat area for fishing, hunting and boating. Our goal is to restore the natural conditions of the Quincy Bay through ecosystem restoration, habitat creation and sustainable sedimentation reduction activities. Hydraulic dredging of the Quincy Bay to historical depths, construction of a rock dike/weir structure at the Bay Island access channel, and creation of topographically diverse, above-flood elevations on Bay Island and northeast of Triangle Lake for reforestation. Together these projects will provide solutions to the existing problems, as well as restoring fish and wildlife habitat, while reducing future sediment accumulation rates.

Current estimates indicate the project could cost up to $20 million, with possible 100% construction funding coming from the Corps of Engineers. Our bay restoration enhancement project goals may have to be achieved in segments as QBAREA works with the U.S. Army Corps, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and State Department of Natural Resource, and other organizations to meet their criteria for dredging the bay. As with all projects, there have been, and will continue to be expenses and fees incurred to keep driving this project forward to completion on a local level.

Our goal is to raise $30,000 in 2019 for QBAREA, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Your donation will help insure our efforts to find solutions for the Quincy Bay before it is too late. The Bay projects will enhance the quality of life for the natural habitat in the area, and save the Quincy Bay for generations to come to enjoy!

QBAREA is accepting tax-deductible donations to fund the efforts to save the bay.

May 2019: Kroc Academy

Kroc Academy is the after-school program held at the Kroc Center.  Besides help with home work, Kroc Academy offers additional learning experiences for the children through STEM education.  To enhance that portion of the program, the Academy would like to buy Sphero SPRK+robots.  Students will use iPads to interface with the robots to learn coding and enjoy interactive play.  The robots will inspire curiosity, creativity and intervention.  The Sphero robots will also be used during our summer day camp which is held every day at the Kroc Center.  One Sphere SPRK+ ball is $140.  The Academy will be able to order a dozen balls plus chargers and other accessories for $1,400 (approx. $120 a ball).  We have about 30 students in the Kroc Academy and average 100 students a week for summer day camp.

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To the ShopKo Foundation, but a week later it was announced the store would be closing in Quincy.  Shortly after that, we received word the grant would no longer be considered because ShopKo would not have a local presence.  Kroc Academy has also applied for grant support from Penny Power program through Adams Electric Cooperative.

Thank you for choosing this project as your charitable choice of the month.  We appreciate the support to help us raise the additional money needed to purchase the robots and enhance the education of many children.

April 2019: Bob Bangert Park

Bob Bangert Park sits on the banks of the Mississippi River located in Quincy, Illinois at 1925 Bonansinga Drive and encompasses 26 acres.  The park has a shelter house, picnic tables, restrooms and a boat launch area.  Fishing in the mighty Mississippi River is only footsteps away.

The park district is currently developing the park for educational and conservation purposes.

March 2019: Quincy Community Theatre

Quincy Community Theatre (QCT) has been delighting audiences with musicals, mysteries, comedies, and dramas since 1923. Originally named the Quincy Community “Little” Theatre, the organizers pursued their craft by presenting two or three plays a year at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

The Little Theatre was formally organized in 1928 by Mrs. Charles Dazey (wife of the famous Broadway playwright, Charles Dazey) and by Paul Weisenborn, an attorney in Quincy. At this time, plays were being produced in Quincy at the old Empire Theatre.

In the early 1930’s smaller shows moved to the old First Baptist Church, a move that made year round productions possible—however, major productions were still staged at the Empire Theatre. When using the church was no longer possible, the plays were staged at the Quincy Senior High School auditorium.

During WWII, the shortage of male actors forced theatre activities to cease. When the theatre finally resumed productions, in 1953, it was as an outdoor summer theatre. For the next ten years, the productions were held on the lawn of the Art Barn, located on historic Maine Street.

The theatre found its first permanent home at 13th and Payson Avenue in 1964 with the purchase of the former Trinity Parish Hall. The first full-time managing director was hired in 1973, and other staff positions were added as growth continued. Barbara Rowell became the Managing and Artistic Director in 1983. Rowell had been involved at the Quincy Community Little Theatre since 1957 in many capacities including actor, director, and board member. She directed the theatre’s first musical production in 1969.

In April of 1989, the theatre joined forces with the Civic Center Authority and the Quincy Convention and Visitors Bureau and applied for a state grant to be used to build a Civic Center/Theatre complex. This $5.6 million grant was awarded on July 2, 1990.

The $1.25 million goal for matching funds was reached two years later on September 18th. Construction of the new complex was completed in the spring of 1995. In the new location, members voted to rename the organization, dropping “Little” to become Quincy Community Theatre. The 498-seat theatre was dedicated on September 8, 1995 with an inaugural performance entitled “Memories-A Musical Revue.” In 1998, the theatre celebrated 75 years of its founding.

Donations from TI-TRUST benefited their education program and initiatives for area youth including the opportunities below:

  • $200 would allow 200 local children to see a QCT production through our touring program; for many, this will be their first time experiencing live theatre!
  • Any amount could be applied toward scholarships to help offer partial or full scholarships for upcoming summer and fall classes.
  • Any amount could be applied to offset the cost of workshops in schools. These workshops introduce students to assorted theatrical topics – such as acting, musical theatre, playwriting, and puppetry while reinforcing life skills such as creative problem solving, collaboration, and public speaking.

February 2019: Down Country

Down Country operates off three key philosophical ideals:

Every child is a gift.
Every child can learn.
Every child learns differently.

Down Country utilizes Down syndrome to provide an overview of disability awareness. It is NOT an organization for only for those affected by Down syndrome, but for the ENTIRE Tri-State community that learns outside of the box. Down Country operates as an umbrella educational and positive awareness information share uniting the differently abled/exceptionally gifted community among the three states (MO, IL, IA) comprising the Tri-State area

Primary Mission:
Down Country operates with two goals:

1) To promote positive awareness for individuals with disabilities/exceptional abilities in the Tri-State area and

2) Facilitating the education/specialized training of teachers, therapists, administrators, doctors, nurses, support staff, families, and rural residents working with differently abled/exceptionally gifted people within the Tri-State rural community. It’s dedicated to helping provide training and promoting positive awareness for individuals of ALL abilities.

January 2019: My Brotha’s & My Sista’s Keeper, Inc.

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to encourage and develop success in every area of the lives of young boys and girls in urban areas. To respond to the challenges of today, our focus is to meet the social and spiritual needs of teen girls and boys by providing programs, activities, educational support, emotional support, and mentoring designed to aid them in finding and pursuing a whole life success and well-being. We strive to destroy and break the cycles of teen pregnancy, poverty, violence, and negative imagery in our community.

Community Involvement:

We work with at risk youth in the Quincy community. We provide them with mentoring and emotional support, spiritual support and leadership skills. We have started a dance team and a nursing home ministry. Also, we have volunteered at the Horizon soup kitchen, the nursing home, and for the Special Olympics Bowling event. We have taken the children to plays, poetry events, and local church activities. It is important that our children feel they are able to be a part of their community and able to give back.

December 2018: St. James Lutheran School

About St. James Lutheran School

Established in 1851 by St. James Lutheran Church, St. James Lutheran School continues to serve the Quincy community and provide a quality education from its location on south 17th Street. St. James is a private, non-profit, Christian school with classes ranging from 3 year old preschool through 8th grade.

St. James provides an excellent primary education to the students that attend. In addition to class room studies, St. James offers its students a variety of extra curricular activities and community service opportunities. In the interests of providing these services affordably to the families it services, St. James heavily subsidizes the cost of tuition and provides tuition assistance for families of limited means.

The costs of providing these services are not getting any cheaper and St. James is always looking for new supporters to help fund its mission. So let’s help them keep it going for at least another 168 years.

November 2018: African Impact Group

Our very own, Merri Ash, will be joining a group of nursing students from the University of Pennsylvania as a chaperone and volunteering in the orphanages in 2019. The money that we raise along with other money will be used to purchase stethoscopes and supplies that the students will use to help the people in need in Africa.

About African Impact Group

The year was 2004 and a handful of well-traveled people sat around a table in the heart of the Zimbabwean wilderness. With backgrounds in tourism, development and conservation, they knew they wanted to do something great. They wanted to use their passion and skills to start a travel company that made a difference. They wanted to introduce people to the Africa they knew. The people. The wildlife. The magic.

When we opened our doors to our first batch of international volunteers, we were a small, family-run organization with big dreams.

It didn’t take long to see that there were a lot more people like us. People who wanted to travel while truly experiencing a country at its best, and worst. People who wanted to genuinely connect with the local people and to leave a place better than they found it. We grew and opened new volunteer projects in new countries across southern Africa.

We eventually set up home in the most beautiful city in the world, Cape Town. As the industry grew we recognized that doing the right thing, being responsible, doing good, and still providing travel experiences was, at times, complicated. We grappled with what we were… a travel company? A tourism company? How was the volunteer experience related to the impact they made? The industry was evolving, and so were we.

We are incredibly lucky to have an amazing team of people behind African Impact, most who started as volunteers and have been on this journey since the beginning. This is our strength and what has allowed us, over the years, to go beyond volunteering, to focus on what it does best; provide an exchange of ideas and mindsets. We’ve learned that if a community has total buy-in and ownership of a project – and a volunteer is truly informed about their own role and contribution to this – volunteering has the power to transform both a community and a volunteer. That is a beautiful thing and what we witness every day on our projects.

Ultimately, our goal is to take volunteering, internships and group travel as far as it can go, combining genuine impacts with extraordinary experiences. Our story isn’t over, we haven’t even scratched the surface. So, learn more about us, ask the right questions and if we’re the right organization for you, we’re excited to welcome you on our journey

October 2018: Advocacy Network for Children

About advocacy network for children

Our goal is really quite simple – to protect and uphold the rights of children when wrongs have been committed against them, to help abused or neglected children have safe permanent homes where they can thrive, to act as a powerful voice in these children’s best interests and to educate the public about the plight of abused children.

Brief History

Advocacy Network for Children, formerly known as Children’s Action Network, is a not for profit organization. Established in 1990 as a Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Adams County, the agency focused on the recruitment, training and supervision of volunteers who speak in the best interest of abused or neglected children in the court system. As the agency broadened its mission to serve abused children in the community, it opened its doors of the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) in Adams County in 1999 and the Children’s Advocacy Center in Pike County in 2002. The agency officially changed its name in 2002 to Children’s Action Network in an effort to better reflect all the services of the organization provides.

Two additional Children’s Advocacy Centers were opened in 2004. A CAC in Rushville provides services to abused children and their non-offending families in Brown, Cass and Schuyler Counties, and is referred to as Tri-County CAC. A CAC in Carthage was opened to serve Hancock County.

In 2005, Scott County was added to the Pike County CAC office and Morgan County was added in 2006. The most recent expansion was in April of 2007 with the addition of McDonough County to the Hancock County CAC. There are now interview sites in each of the counties to serve child victims of severe physical and sexual abuse and their non-offending families. We are now the largest service CAC in Illinois serving nine counties in the west central part of the state between the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.

All of the Children’s Advocacy Centers are fully accredited through the National Children’s Alliance. The CASA program of Adams County is a member in good standing of National CASA Association.

The agency changed its name again in March 2008 to Advocacy Network for Children. The focus on advocacy better describes the mission and programs of the agency.

The newest program addition to the agency is the Prevention Program, “P.S. It’s My Body/Happy Bear”. This research-based curriculum teaches children safety strategies and is designed to decrease children’s risk of being abused. Children will learn to recognize welcome and unwelcome touches, practice saying “No” and moving away, and identify trusted adults they can report unwelcome touches to. Children will be reminded that they have the right to say “No” and that abuse is never their fault. The program includes a teacher and parent component that provides safety tips, strategies for talking to children about personal safety, and what to do if a child discloses abuse.

Jeans Day total amount donated in 2018: $3,547
Jeans Day total amount donated in 2017: $3,679
Jeans Day total amount donated in 2016: $4,535
Jeans Day total amount donated in 2015: $3,968