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:
SEPTEMBER 2021 – CHEERFUL HOME Child Care & Early Learning Center
Since 1886, Cheerful Home Child Care & Early Learning Center has been an important part of the Quincy community, providing high quality early education opportunities for children, particularly those in low-income families. Services are provided for up to 170 children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 12 years. Cheerful Home is a not-for-profit corporation and the oldest licensed child care center in the state of Illinois. The Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission (NAC), licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and awarded ExceleRate Illinois’ Gold Circle of Quality.
One of the many premier offerings is the Summer Program. Fundraising is done throughout the year to help support the Summer Program. Some of the activities include musician demonstrations, museum trips, theatrical demonstrations, swimming, bowling, mini golf, fishing, and visiting parks around Quincy. Other activities such as a bounce house and day trips to local area attractions is also provided.
AUGUST 2021 – BLUE WOLVERINE FOUNDATION
The Blue Wolverine Foundation was founded by a Northeast Missouri couple whose son was diagnosed with Type l diabetes at the age of five. The Foundation assists families by giving them gas and food gift cards and children’s activity books for travel expenses for doctor appointments.
The Blue Wolverine Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, went public on July 9, 2017. All donations given to the foundation will be used to assist families in the Northeast Missouri area who have a child, under the age of 17, with Type 1 diabetes. Counties included are Clark, Knox, Lewis, Marion, Monroe, Pike, Ralls, Scotland and Shelby.
If you would like to volunteer or make a donation to the Foundation, please call 573-795-0331, email email@example.com, or visit facebook.com/bluewolverinefoundation.
JULY 2021 – Junior Achievement of Northeast Missouri and West Central Illinois
The mission of Junior Achievement is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
JA (Junior Achievement) encourages confidence and motivates young people to achieve their personal, educational, and career goals. Positive adult role models volunteer to teach children about business, citizenship, economics, entrepreneurship, ethics/character, financial literacy and workforce readiness.
JA helps young people gain the skills and knowledge to make good choices for their future. When young people are given the opportunity to set goals and the tools to achieve them, their potential is limitless. JA students learn to think creatively, negotiate, manage time, speak in public, conduct research, solve problems, think critically, work in a team, and make good decisions. In addition to soft skills, students learn fundamental aspects of career readiness, such as how to conduct themselves in a job interview, write a resume and promote themselves. The students create lasting, visible change in their communities through civic engagement, their contributions to a stable workforce, and their innovative mindset.
JUNE 2021 – Transitions of Western Illinois
Transitions of Western Illinois is a charitable, not-for-profit agency that provides an array of mental health, rehabilitation, and educational services. They help people of all ages and people with diverse needs. Annually, Transitions’ programs and services touch the lives of almost 9,000 area residents.
Located in Quincy, IL, Transitions was founded in 1955 as the Adams County Mental Health Center. For over 60 years, they have served the Adams County area providing high quality, affordable mental health, educational, and rehabilitation services.
Transitions is a United Way agency and is CARF (Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited. This accreditation ensures their services meet industry standards and are of the highest quality.
MAY 2021 – 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.
APRIL 2021 – Payson-Fall Creek Volunteer Fire Protection District
The employees once again in April helped a local volunteer fire department.
The Payson Fire District consists completely of volunteers that serve their community with pride. Each of them have a daily routine that can be interrupted at any time by an emergency call. From accidents to fires, in the town or out in the field, the Payson Fire District is ready to respond at a moment’s notice. The Payson Fire District has served the people of Payson, Plainville, Richfield, and Fall Creek as well as the majority of rural southern Adams County areas. Many of the volunteers are well-respected in their community. Donations to the Payson Fire District are used to purchase and upgrade life-saving equipment so any emergency is tackled sufficiently. Many TI-Trust employees live within the Payson Fire District and benefit from having the volunteers close enough to handle their emergencies. The Payson Fire District is also prepared to serve the Liberty Fire Protection District, should a need arise.
MARCH 2021 – Maywood Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary
Local volunteer fire departments rely heavily on donations from community members. In March, TI-TRUST supported this local community’s fire department.
The Maywood Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary is a 501c3 organization that holds fundraisers throughout the year in order to upgrade fire and extrication equipment for the fire department. The auxiliary does this to assist the fire department in order to meet or exceed the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) codes and standards.
FEBRUARY 2021 – The Jackson-Lincoln Swimming Complex
During the month of February, our employees supported a local neighborhood swimming pool that offers a safe and affordable option for the youth of our community.
The Jackson Lincoln Swimming Complex is a neighborhood pool located on the south side of Quincy. The pool was originally built by Bill Black in order to provide a safe place to swim on the northwest side of Quincy. He saw so many kids swimming in the river and realized this was an unsafe option. Thus the Jackson Lincoln Swimming complex was created so that every child had an opportunity to swim. The pool operates strictly off of grants and donations. It is a safe place during the day for some of these children who frequent the facility and keeps them out of trouble in the neighborhood. The majority of the families are typically on a scholarship or family pass for the summer that costs them a minimal amount for access for the entire summer. The pool has been in the community for over 20 years and hopes to stay in operation in conjunction with the YMCA to offer a safe and affordable opportunity to all area youth.
JANUARY 2021 – About My Brotha’s and Sista’s Keeper
The employees of TI-TRUST started their 2021 giving by supporting this organization.
The mission of About My Brotha’s and Sista’s Keeper 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, their 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 the community.
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
Jeans Day total amount donated in 2020: $3,403
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