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Project Renewal continues to meet student needs

As students gear up for a new semester this week, nonprofits like Project Renewal are continuing to meet their needs.
Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 6:16 PM CST
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - As students gear up for a new semester this week, nonprofits like Project Renewal are continuing to meet their needs. The school year has brought many changes for students everywhere. In Davenport, Project Renewal is adapting to those changes.

“I reached out to all our volunteers that had been previously coming, and helping during the after school program and our college students who were here, and asked I could partner them with kids that they already knew or were working with while everybody was staying at home and they all said yes,” said Ann Schwickerath, the Executive Director. “I partnered all of our kids up with another adult who would check in on them or engage with them either [by] phone call, text, email, FaceTime zoom, whatever, and some wrote letters, and then paper with letters.”

The help also extended to their family.

“I would just do assessments with the parents. What did they need? Were they working? Were they sick? Were their hours reduced? Are they working more? Who’s watching the kids? So just as things evolved, you know, filling in the gaps,” she said.

Through their COVID-19 Rebuilding Funds from United Way QC, Project Renewal was able to hire additional staff to continue to assist students.

“As soon as that fund became available I knew exactly what we needed and so I applied to hire people that could work, be incentivized also, to be safe and keep yourself safe so you can continue working,” Schwickerath.

The nonprofit, which helps kids K-12, is planning to continue to provide for their students in any way they can.

“To have someone dedicated to taking care of that aspect for their child means a lot,” she said, “overall, the big picture it’s going well.”

To learn more about Project Renewal visit their website.

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