6/27/16: The Annual yard /rummage sale is over. The sale went fairly well, although the incredibly hot weather kept many people from coming out to shop. Many people helped during the three day sale, too many to thank here. but we are very grateful. Many items were left over, and we have been slowly getting rid of items. the higher quality items are on Ebay, four truckloads were donated to Salvation Army, Goodwill, and Habitat Restore.
7/13/16 Today, I made the difficult decision to cancel the inflatable soccer challenge fundraiser event. Many thanks to Tyrell Saelens, of Midwest Activity Productions, who gave up so much of his time and expense to produce this event, and to the volunteers who were willing to help with the event. Fundraising is important for any non-profit organization in order to complete its mission, so we will continue to explore new avenues to raise funds to serve the members of our community.
May 24, 2016: QCMPN volunteers have been very busy preparing for many of our upcoming events, including the National Missing Children's Day Walk for Wed, May 25th at Illiniwek Park in Hampton. (See events for more info). I will be joining Peter Bawden, candidate for Scott County Sheriff on the 6:00 AM morning show on WHBF, CBS 4 in the morning to talk about the walk.
Many people have donated some fabulous items for the June 11th annual yard sale. Colman Florist has agreed to let us use their building at 2754 12th street for our sale, free of charge. I have been making numerous trips to pick up donations, and my garage looks like a warehouse!
QCMPN Has also submitted many grant requests so far, most of which have been unsuccessful, sad to say, in an effort to bring in funding for new programs and to help us move to a business office location. We are currently working with a church that offers free office space in a building they own. Will be meeting with them later today to see if it will work.
The National Missing Children's Day Walk did not see many people turn out to walk, but those that did really enjoyed the day. While not many walkers, the message about the numbers of missing children was seen by over 5,000 people on Facebook, and the event was well covered by CBS4 (WHBF)! Thank you to Tyrell Saelens of Midwest Activity productions for his help in setting up tents and tables, and to Peter and Summer Bawden for doing child ID kits and finger printing, and Allison Farrier of CAROUSEL OF DELIGHTS for bringing delicious cupcakes and donating the proceeds to QCMPN.
QCMPN is partnering again this year with the Illinois Search and Rescue (SAR) Council to bring training to the Quad Cities. They will sponsor a class for the weekend of June 11th &12th. If interested in the training, contact Dennis Harker via email: firstname.lastname@example.org So far we have about 24 people signed up to take the course. Special thanks to IL SAR volunteer instructors for giving up their weekend for us., as well as Genesis Illini Campus for giving the use of the Larson Center for the classroom portion and Illiniwek Park for allowing to set up the search training on site!
Listen to a radio interview about QCMPN on www.Quadcitydailynews.com
"Mid Morning in the Cities Quad Cities Missing Persons Network Dennis Harker"
Click the link to the right to listen.
QCMPN is connecting with local artist Glorie Iaccarino to offer an original artwork greeting card that will soon be available! This is for those people who prefer not to receive a gift for that special occasion, but instead want a donation made to the Quad Cities Missing Persons Network in honor of the recipient. Forms will soon be available on this website to order these and to specify the occasion and whom is being honored. When a donation is sent to QCMPN, a card will be sent to the designee listing the amount donated and the donor.
Three members of the Quad Cities Missing Persons Network just completed 16 hours of training in Wilderness Search and Rescue, Dennis and John Harker, and Dennis Kelly. An awesome, but grueling two day outdoor course with a half day of classroom instruction. The last day was set up a scenario of an abducted child (Really just a large doll, pretend, you know). John was the winner in finding the child buried deep beneath several layers of branches and limbs of a fallen tree.
John and Dennis Harker just completed the next level course in Search and Rescue practices, "Search and Rescue Management". The 16 hour course was well done with lots of great information. If anyone is interested in joining the Quad Cities Missing Persons Network as a Search and Rescue volunteer, please let us know. We need to build a strong SAR team! Click the "join" link above!