Royal Ball Run – Autism Awareness
All Saints Lutheran Church has been listed as a Royal Supporter for Royal Ball Run for Autism for the last several years and has been listed on back of 1,500 t-shirts because of your financial support! Anyone interested in donating again this year can place your donation (checks written to All Saints) into the offering plate on Sunday mornings, just make sure to designate the donation by marking the memo line Royal Ball Run and one check will be written from All Saints to support this great non-profit. Thank you for your donations!
The Royal Ball Run for Autism raises funds, awareness, and greater acceptance for royally remarkable children and young adults on the Autism spectrum. In our first 9 years, thousands of runners, volunteers, sponsors, and donors have helped the Royal Ball Run for Autism contribute approximately $230,000 to local programs serving children and families touched by autism.
We are royally grateful for your support! To date, our signature events, the Royal Ball Run for Autism Race and Royal Ball for All Carnival has provided financial assistance for autism programs and services in the Quad City Area, which includes, the Quad Cities Autism Center, scholarships for speech and language therapy, peers program, Blackhawk Area special education center and others. At the 2nd Annual Quad City Autism Resource Fair in February 2019, we unveiled The Royal Guide which will help to be a resource for new or experienced caregivers, parents, or teachers with individuals on the autism spectrum. The Royal Guide will continue to evolve, and we will continue to ask for your recommendations. You can find the guide at www.theroyalguide.org.
We also provide a community of support for families of autism through parental networking, social skills development, and celebration/awareness events for families and their extended family and friends to come together. The fact that 1 in 59 children are now diagnosed on the spectrum means there are approximately 5,600 individuals in the immediate QCA (Rock Island, Moline, East Moline, Davenport, and Bettendorf) who are on the spectrum.
Proclamation Ministry Team
The Proclamation Ministry Team would like your input! Let Amanda, Laura, or Marilyn know if you would be interested in supper club. They are thinking this would only take place at a restaurant.
Food Pantry & Clothing Closet – Building Relationships
It takes a village and in the Quad Cities, we have a generous village. Community member, Sue Gadient saw Facebook posts about our busy food pantry and asked if we would like donations from their yearly MLK food drive this spring. The ARC received a MLK grant from the City of Davenport and The All Saints Lutheran Church Food Pantry received food donations in May from their MLK food drive from local HyVee stores.
Since donating food, she has reached out 3 times and donated personal hygiene items, sandwiches, and more food items for our pantry. These types of donations are always appreciated! We continue to build positive relationships in the community. This week I received an email about how they could volunteer! She asked if their volunteer group could meet at the church to help unload food and stock on Friday morning in August. She loves their group going to help at the sites.
Admissions and outreach Coordinator
The Arc of the Quad Cities Area
4016 9th St.
Rock Island, IL 61201
“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” – Author Unknown