Junior League of the Quad Cities (JLQC) recently kicked off a month-long hygiene drive to benefit the YWCA Iowa Empowerment Center.
The joint project was announced at the inaugural Champions of Change awards event hosted by YWCA Quad Cities, with the JLQC and YWCA requesting the community’s help. The drive will accept hygiene items and cleaning products now through Friday, Feb. 18.
JLQC is a women’s leadership organization committed to developing the potential of women through community service projects that promote women’s health.
“We know that at least 33% of people in our community are struggling to afford the basic fundamental items they need to be successful,” said JLQC President Kirby Marcure said in a news release. “Last year we were able to collect over five thousand donated items thanks to community partnerships, so we know that aligning our mission with YWCA Quad Cities allows us to have a greater impact and reach more people with the support they need and deserve.”
Hygiene items and cleaning products needed include: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, toothbrushes and toothpaste, feminine products, diapers, baby wipes, bleach, disinfectant wipes, laundry detergent, dish soap, or non-perishable food of any kind.
Donations can be dropped off at the Iowa Empowerment Center, 1225 E River Drive, Suite 140, Davenport. Cash donations can be made via Venmo to @juniorleagueqc. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The YWCA Iowa Empowerment Center is thrilled to have been chosen as the beneficiary of this year’s Junior League of the Quad Cities’ Spring Hygiene Drive,” said Deanna Woodall, YWCA Quad Cities vice president. “We have clients come in every single day in need of the simplest of things and we always want to be able to provide that assistance to them. From a toothbrush to a pair of socks to a can of soup, it doesn’t matter… The need is great right here in the Quad Cities and we are here to help.
“When organizations come together and collaborate, the Quad Cities can and will be a better place for everyone,” she added. “Our mission at YWCA Quad Cities is simple: Empowering Women and Eliminating Racism. By providing to those in need, we are empowering that individual to stay strong and focused on their own pathway to self-sufficiency.”