Ten acres of land donated by IHMVCU to The Arc of the Quad Cities will one day provide new opportunities for people with disabilities.
The Moline-based IHMVCU announced the donation of a parcel at 1801 Crosstown Ave., Silvis, earlier this month.
“People helping people – it’s the foundation of all credit unions and the cornerstone of IHMVCU’s mission to improve the financial well-being of our members, team members and the communities we serve,” the Quad Cities’ largest credit union said in a news release.
“It was the perfect storm,” said Rick Schloemer, IHMVCU community outreach coordinator and community funding committee chair. “We had land looking for a new home and The Arc was looking for land for a new initiative.”
Michael Glanz, The Arc’s area executive director, said “This donation from IHMVCU is just the right catalyst to allow The Arc to support people with disabilities by expanding their potential through employment. This unique opportunity will help us to build a new pathway to guide people with disabilities while they find success on their life journey, just like IHMVCU helps their members find success on their financial journeys.”
The Arc said it plans to use the land to create a self-supporting social enterprise that will provide job opportunities and training for people looking for job experience, specifically in agriculture and horticulture.
The nonprofit agency is dedicated to helping people with disabilities achieve their full potential by providing quality, innovative services that focus on advocacy, independence, employment, meaningful community life and personal happiness.
“IHMVCU is proud to support local partners like The Arc to help create thriving communities and a stronger local economy, making the Quad Cities and surrounding area a great place to live, work and play,” IHMVCU said in the release.