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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 


Federal Contribution 


Illinois State Capital Bill


Doris and Victor Day Foundation


Bituminous Insurance


John Deere Foundation


Modern Woodmen of America