PACG Holiday Party - After Action Report
The PACG Holiday Party is also when we announce the recipient of The Dick Fallow Endowment for Social Justice annual grant award. The Dick Fallow Endowment was established in 2013 to carry on the life work of the former PACG member, activist and union member. Each year, the Endowment issues grants to worthy local organizations that fulfill his mission of working in the areas of labor/economic justice, environment/sustainability and/or democracy/human rights.
This year, a $1,500 grant was awarded to Quad Cities Interfaith, a coalition of congregations and community groups that have come together to address issues such as civil rights, immigration, social justice and housing in the greater Iowa and Illinois Quad Cities. Of particular interest this year was QCI's partnership with the Quad Cities Housing Cluster to form the Quad Cities Tenant Alliance. Since 2021, QCTA has been actively helping residents living in substandard housing to know their rights, advocate for them with landlords and local politicians and register them to vote.
Tapestry Farms also received a $1500 grant from the Fallow Endowment for their work in helping provide fresh, healthy food to ten food pantries throughout the Quad Cities. The food they grow at their eight locations in the QCA is grown using organic practices. They also offer social services to and employ refugees in our community. With the leadership of talented staff members and approximately 300 volunteers, they grew and distributed 6,041 pounds of fresh produce in Iowa and Illinois this year.
PACG forum leaders also spoke about this year's community organizing and many other accomplishments of each of our four currently active forums: Civil Rights, Environmental, Gender Equity, and Health Care Reform.
For our party this year we partnered with Quad City Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees (QCAIR) to collect gifts for children 6 months to 12 years of age. Thanks to all of you that brought gifts! We were able to fill up four large boxes!
Thank you to our committee members Allison Ambrose, Ann McCluskey, Caryn Unsicker, Ed Broders, Loxi Hopkins, and Susan Leuthauser for working to once again make our holiday party a success, and to all of you who were able to attend.
Happy Holidays and thank you all for fighting for social justice throughout our community!
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