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2012 LIVE UNITED WEEK

Thank you Quad Cities for Living United year-round and celebrating your commitment to advancing the common good this week. A special thank you to the companies and organizations (click here for a list) who are displaying Live United yard signs and banners and to the over 1,500 Day of Caring volunteers!

If you are looking for more ways to Live United, below is a list of things you can do to better our community. For year-round opportunities, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.


40 WAYS TO LIVE UNITED
1. Purchase school supplies for a local school to distribute to children.
2. Donate to United Way during your company's campaign or at unitedwayqc.org.
3. Read to children in your family, at your library, or with a local non-profit engaged in child care or literacy.
4. Allow a high school student to shadow you at work and show them how to apply what they learned in school in the professional world.
5. Volunteer to prepare tax returns for low-income families.
6. Mentor students at risk of dropping out and help them stay in school. Sign up at achieveqc.org.
7. Donate diapers, diaper cream, wipes, shampoo, toothpaste and other hygiene items to the Women's Leadership Council's hygiene drive.
8. Sign up for volunteer opportunities throughout the year at unitedwayqc.org.
9. Bring healthy snacks to a local youth program.
10. Share the great work you're doing in the Quad Cities to inspire others to join you. Post your stories at Facebook.com/unitedwayqc or join the conversation on Twitter.
11. Start a walking group for friends, families, neighbors and/or community members that meets regularly.
12. Purchase personal care items such as deodorant, toothbrushes and soap for the local homeless shelter.
13. Volunteer to read to children for one hour a week for one month.
14. Visit a classroom and share how education helped you in your career.
15. Encourage parents or guardians of children five or under to sign up to receive one, free, age-appropriate book a month in the mail through Imagination Library.
16. Donate your newspaper subscription to a local school when you go on vacation.
17. Offer to teach a middle school class how to save money and watch with them as it grows.
18. Donate flowers to a local nursing home or long-term care facility and brighten the day of some of our aging community members.
19. Take the children in your life to a local museum, exhibit or play.
20. Help adults with their resumes and interview skills.
21. Ask your bank if they offer free checking and savings accounts to low-income families.
22. Offer to carry groceries for a person with a disability.
23. Mow an elderly neighbor's lawn.
24. Thank a teacher who has helped develop a child in your life.
25. Attend a political forum.
26. Volunteer to teach a class at a local senior center.
27. Talk to a student about the importance of graduating high school and how what you learned in school has helped your career.
28. Donate age-appropriate books and toys to a local preschool or daycare.
29. Recognize positive change by sending a thank you letter to a person or group who helped your community grow stronger.
30. Learn how to properly administer CPR.
31. Participate in our Day of Caring. Learn more at unitedwayqc.org.
32. Help senior citizens learn how to detect and prevent fraud.
33. Drive a person with a disability to an appointment or community event.
34. Register to vote.
35. Contact your local representative about an issue affecting working people in your community.
36. Support the homeless with gift certificates for food.
37. Sit on a non-profit board or committee and make your voice heard.
38. Make or buy hats and gloves to keep local children warm this winter.
39. Become certified as a disaster volunteer so that you can help when needed.
40. Organize a company-wide food drive and donate the items to the River Bend Foodbank.

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