The Greater Bettendorf Community Foundation was created in 1996
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation

Who is part of The Greater Bettendorf Community Foundation?

Board

The board is representative of people in Bettendorf who are determined to make the Bettendorf Community truly great. This hardworking group of people currently includes:

Don Wells, President
Mindy Smith Pace, Vice President
Cindy Welss, Treasurer and Secretary
And many other members serving our community

Advisory Board

This board consists of community organizations and representatives from local businesses who have vested interest in our community. They serve to help on projects and to give valuable input on the future of our community.

Volunteers

In order to succed any organization needs help! Volunteers help with the planning, staging and successful completion of projects and fundraising.

Volunteers Play Rock n' Roll Bingo Stocking Drive Volunteers

General Public

The General Public is welcome to attend events, and even help plan, create or complete projects within the organization, afterall that is what a community is!

This institution is an Equal Opportunity provider.

Our History:

The Greater Bettendorf Community Foundation is a 501(C) (3) corporation. TGBCF was created in 1993 to gift scholarships and conduct fundraising projects through the Bettendorf Jaycees Inc. for the community of Bettendorf Iowa. In 2007 the Bettendorf Jaycees closed its local chapter. Shortly afterwards the TGBCF started to continue with most of the local community service projects of the former Jaycees.

In March of 2016 a group of exceptional ladies approached the Board of Directors with an idea to fill a gap that they felt was not being met by our local community services. That gap was to provide needed items that families would need that food assistance did not provide for. Clothing, household items, personal care products, baby items, and furniture were now going to become available at no cost to anyone in need.

The AGAPE Center Project was then created and the doors to the Center opened on May 1st, 2016. As expected the Center started off slowly; it was going to take a bit of time to get the word out to those in need. Shortly after the first few guests came through the door, the question of "Do you provide food as well?" was asked. We at that point contacted the River Bend Foodbank for their guidance on how we could participate as a participating pantry. For the River Bend Foodbank this was a very unusual request. We were the first publicly supported non-church related foundation asking to be a pantry in their system.

In our first year of operation we went from serving 70 families the month of May to over 400 families at the end of the month of December of 2016. This service included food and many other items we offer at the Center. As the word spread about the AGAPE Center on social media, also through word of mouth, with assistance of public service agencies.

In 2016 TGBCF projected the AGAPE Center Project would serve over 5,000 families and over 200,000 pounds of food by the end of 2017. The projection for food distribution became a reality in September of 2017 three months early.

To sum up 2017 The Greater Bettendorf Community Foundation's AGAPE Center Project distributed: 270,789.5 pounds of food.

Translating to 128,947.4 meals served in 2017 in Scott County, Iowa and Rock Island County, Illinois.

Our non-food distribution by items in 2017 totaled 20,871.

Clothing items: 17,165
Misc. Household Items: 2,629
Furniture: 82
Christams Stockings: 995

For 2017 total reported served food side only
Families Served: 8,210
Total Persons Served: 37,447

For 2017 total reported served non-food side only
Families Served: 1,256
Total Persons Served: 4,306

Grand total of individuals served by The Greater Bettendorf Community Foundation's AGAPE Center Project alone was: 41,753 people!