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 2020 - Food Drive and Toys for Tots
During the month of December, the employees of TI-TRUST donated food items for local food banks. The company divided its employees into five teams. The teams competed against each other to see which team could bring in the most pounds of food. The grand total for the company was a whopping 1500 pounds of food!
Employees also donated new toys for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. This program provides toys for children of families in need in local communities.
NOVEMBER 2020 - Quincy Public Schools – Community Health Workers (CHW) Assistance Program
Students who miss just three or more days of school each month can be set back 1 to 2 years academically. By sixth grade, chronic absenteeism is a leading predictor that a student will drop out of high school. Impact of this is poor literacy, which has long-term negative effects on the student, their family and our community.
CHW reach out to designated families with truant students and builds relationships with the families. These families have a variety of issues including mental health, drug abuse, legal issues, substance abuse, and other health issues that have a negative effect on the family. Many students do not know how to cope, how to assist a parent, who to reach out to for assistance or guidance. QPS-CHW assists these kids and their families, on a confidential basis, to help chronically absent students return to school.
CHW is proud of the successes they have seen in the three years this program has been in place. A 36% decrease in absenteeism per student, reading skills improvement in 100% of the students and 40% of the students received grades of C or better, compared to 27% the prior year. The improvements made have had a dramatic impact on the lives of the students, their families and the community they choose to live in – Our Community.
OCTOBER 2020 – Super Kids Soap Box Derby
The National Super Kids Classic is a Soap Box Derby® race for physically and mentally challenged children from around the world. Local races are held throughout the year. Quincy’s event is the second largest in the United States. The SuperKids Soap Box Derby allows children with disabilities the option to race down the track with a buddy.
"A lot of people want to do events for kids with special needs because they want to do something that is nice but it isn’t actually geared toward what they need and The Optimist Club has done such a great job of really focusing on what do the kids need and learning and improving every single year,” said Jill Reffett.
Event Chairman Ray Wilson says the idea came about after a long-time race volunteer who couldn't enter his grandson because he has autism. "Broke my heart and I said something had to be done so we started a plan of doing a SuperKids Soapbox Derby,” said Wilson. The event has grown from 22 entries the first year to over 100 entries for the Super Kids Race.
The funds go to improving the buddy cars each year and adding more to accommodate all individuals that want to race. As the race continues to grow and supports children with disabilities from Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois it is imperative that they continue to maintain and add to the cars for those that want to race. Last year they started adding custom made harnesses to the carts for children that are wheelchair bound and needed additional support for safety. The goal of the organization is to never have to turn a child away that wants to race.
Click here to see a quick video of what the race meant to one participant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS1xoTPYcis
SEPTEMBER 2020 – Covered Diapers
The Covered Bottoms Diaper Bank is a new resource in our community that began distributing diapers and wipes this September. Click here to read more about the organization and its community partners
The diaper bank is a resource for agencies to reach out to and get diapers for families in need. The first truckload of 30,000 diapers arrived on August 26, 2020 and began distributing here in September to the local groups.
What is Diaper Need?
Diaper need is the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers that is essential to keep an infant or child clean, dry, and healthy.
Here are the facts.
- One in three families struggles to provide clean diapers for their baby and therefore experience a diaper need.
- In the U.S., there are 5 million children, aged three or younger, living in poor or low-income families.
- Babies without clean diapers are exposed to more potential health risks and are less likely accepted to daycares, leaving parents unable to attend work.
- There is no state program that allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers.
- Only one federal assistance program allows families to use money for diapers. However, this assistance also has to cover other expenses, such as rent, heat and electric, which in the end, leaves very little money left over to purchase the necessary amount of diapers needed to keep babies and young children clean, dry, and healthy. The average monthly federal assistance that a family of 3 receives is $477.
- Without transportation, buying diapers at a convenience store rather than a large “big box” store can significantly increase the monthly cost of diapers.
- Infants require up to 12 diapers per day, while toddlers require about 8.
- Disposable diapers can cost $70 to $80 per month per baby.
Fill the Gap
A “gap” occurs when the number of diapers that a child needs is not met by what the family can afford. The average gap, per month, per child is 50 diapers. Covered Bottoms Diaper Bank is working to eliminate the diaper need by providing diapers to families in need.
AUGUST 2020 – John Wood Community College Foundation – College For Life
College for Life is for students with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) who want to go to college. Check out this short video regarding the program. https://youtu.be/Qs_aSF3u134 Funds donated to the program help provide students with scholarships to cover the reduced cost of tuition needed to attend and other necessary items for the students.
College for Life is for students 18 years of age and older who:
- Have IDD or similar learning challenge.
- Want to continue their education beyond high school.
- Want to take non-credit courses.
- Want to be part of campus life.
Students who are ages 18-21 and still receiving special education services are encouraged to consider CFL. College for Life can be a part of an effective IEP Transition Plan.
JULY 2020 – Quincy Catholic Charities Med Assist Program
The Quincy Catholic Charities MedAssist Program has been helping community members for over 20 years to be able to afford their prescription medications.
There are a lot of residents in our region that have to choose between paying for their medication and putting food on their tables. In order to help get individuals the care they need the MedAssit Program was established in our community.
This program tends to target individuals that have no or limited prescription drug coverage. MedAssist assists individuals in leveraging long-term prescription medications, by accessing pharmaceutical companies assistance programs as well as assisting to help with immediate medications costs/co-pays depending on the situation.
For every $1 contributed to the program it provides $7 in medication for members of our community. The local Quincy Catholic Charities office serves Adams, Brown and Pike counties.
APRIL, MAY, JUNE 2020
Due to COVID-19 and the statewide lockdown, our monthly Jeans Day donations program was suspended for these months.
MARCH 2020 – Unity High School After Prom Party – Mendon, Illinois
Local high schools around the Tri-State area began hosting After Prom Parties for students several years ago. These parties were started to encourage local high school students who attended their high school proms, to celebrate safely. Food, non-alcoholic beverages and games are provided for the students to enjoy. This event is hosted by parents, and funded by local donations.
NOTE: Due to COVID-19, local high school proms were not held.
FEBRUARY 2020 – 2 x 4’s for Hope
This organization was started to help homeless veterans by providing a Tiny House for them to live in. The program started in Racine, Wisconsin and has steadily grown! People and organizations all over the country began to donate money and signed 2 x 4’s to build these houses. The first Tiny House built in Quincy was in September of 2018 for a veteran. A second home was built in November of that same year for another deserving veteran.
JANUARY 2020 – CONNECT Child and Family
CONNECT is a community based organization that partners with local fostering agencies, both public and private.
This organization was formed by local foster parents, Adam and Kathryn Adrian, who saw a need for those teams of people who work round the clock to provide care to foster children, foster families, and biological families in our community.
CONNECT helps t hose who help and assist the many foster children we have in Adams County and surrounding counties.
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