Expansion & Renovation Project

Expansion and Renovation ProjectCreating a More Effective & Powerful Resource

For more than 36 years, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center has served as a resource to the entire Quad Cities. In 2011, the facility was renovated and expanded based on community input to be a more effective and powerful resource. The goal was to create capacity for expansion in the following areas:
  • After-school programming
  • Job training / workforce development
  • Mentoring
  • Substance abuse prevention
  • Special events

Facility Upgrades


The facility added 6,800 square feet while renovating over 12,000 square feet to create:
  • A variety of rooms designed to serve over 200 youth per day
  • A community room with capacity for over 400 people for a variety of uses
  • A full-service kitchen
  • Spaces to enhance existing relationships with partner agencies
Most importantly, the spaces used by the community are designed with the provided services in mind, in contrast to the make-do approach that had developed over time.

Funding & Financing the Project


The expansion cost about $3.6 million dollars. Funds were raised in an extensive capital campaign that resulted in the following significant gifts to the cause:
Name of Donor
Amount of Gift
City of Rock Island $1,340,500
Federal Contribution $656,600
Illinois State Capital Bill $400,000
Doris and Victor Day Foundation $200,000
Bituminous Insurance $100,000
John Deere Foundation $100,000
Modern Woodmen of America $100,000
Anonymous $100,000