About Quad Cities
The Quad Cities is located approximately 175 miles west of Chicago. Four cities in two states form the Quad Cities, located in the heart of the Midwest on the Mississippi River. Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, Moline/East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois, and surrounding towns make up a bustling metropolitan area that maintains a friendly, small-town feel. The four cities are located right on the Mississippi River at the only place where the river flows East to West. John Deere Tractors’ headquarters are in the Quad Cities, along with museums and a minor league baseball team. Although the city is not far from fields of corn and maintains a small-town feel, it faces similar issues of hunger, homelessness and poverty that are common in urban settings.
Serving in Quad Cities
• Partner with local organizations to meet ongoing needs in the community.
• During the week, students may serve all or part of the week at a food shelf, clothing distribution center, soup kitchen, children’s program or day centers for adults with disabilities.
• Partner with local organizations to serve community children.
You and your youth will have the opportunity to serve in various parts of the Quad Cities, getting into local neighborhoods to see the everyday realities of life. Service partnerships will include working with local kids programs, engaging with adults who have disabilities, and serving the homeless through food pantries and thrift stores. You may also have the opportunity to meet children and homeless residents of the Quad Cities. Evening activities include swimming at a local water park, watching a famous water ski show on the beautiful Mississippi River and eating with community friends at a cookout.
YouthWorks has been serving in Quad Cities since 2004. We have great friends in this community because of the history and depth that we’ve worked to create through years of partnership here. Our current housing partner is a church that also sends its youth group on YouthWorks trips, and we have been glad to deepen our relationship with them as they have graciously opened their doors to us.