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:
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:
December 2019: Sleep In Heavenly Peace, Inc.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a national organization that believes a bed is a basic need for a child. They believe that all children deserve a safe, comfortable place to lay their heads. This organization is composed of a group of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling and delivering bunk beds to children and families in need. The organization has grown steadily over time, and they are working to open more chapters nationwide in order to serve more people.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace is where it is today because of volunteers who believe in the mission of getting children off of the floor and into a bed. By donating a few hours of your time, a direct impact can be made in the quality of life for dozens of kids in your community.
November 2019: Marine Corps Toys for Tots
The basic mission of the Marine Toys for Tots Program is to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas.
The primary goal of Marine Toys for Tots is, through the gift of a new toy, help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America's less fortunate children.
In order to better execute the Program, in 1991 the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation was created at the behest of the Marine Corps. of conducting annual Toys for Tots Campaigns. Other Foundation support includes providing administrative, advisory, financial, logistic and promotional support to local Toys for Tots Coordinators; managing funds raised and monies donated based on the use of Toys for Tots name or logo; providing other support the Marine Corps, as a federal agency, cannot provide; and conducting public education and information programs about Toys for Tots that call the general public to action in support of this patriotic community action program.
The objectives of the Foundation are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to improving communities in the future.
Donating a Toy is one of the experiences that makes Marine Toys for Tots different from other programs. When you place a toy in a Marine Toys for Tots collection box or donate it to one of the Local Campaigns, you experience the joy of knowing that toy will be under the tree in a family’s home and bring a smile to a less fortunate child Christmas morning.
October 2019: Blessing Foundation - Blessing Breast Center Fund
All monies that are donated to the Blessing Breast Center are used to provide services for breast cancer patients with a financial need. The Center provides breast imaging, education, wigs, prosthetics, gas cards to help with transportation to and from treatments, assistance with rent and utility payments, ramp to get into their home, etc. In the past year the Blessing Breast Cancer Center has helped over 50 patients with monies that have been donated to them.
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. The best protection is early detection. Yearly mammogram, breast self-awareness and clinical breast exams are key elements.
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.
We originally wrote a grant for $1,000 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
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.
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.
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.
Jeans Day total amount donated in 2019: $4,819
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