DAVENPORT, IA. — If you’re seeking to learn more about resources throughout the Quad Cities in social justice, education, physical and mental health care, employment, LGBTQ+ topics and more, the Intersectional Resource Fair coming Oct. 7 is a chance to find the information you want.
Almost three dozen groups, agencies, nonprofits and small businesses that reach out to marginalized identities are signed up to provide information to the public during the Saturday morning event. The fair begins at 10:30 and continues until 1 p.m. at MCC of the Quad Cities, 2930 W. Locust St., Davenport.
Nine different categories of resources will be represented at the Intersectional Resource Fair. Among the ways to engage and explore the resources you’ll find at the Intersectional Resource Fair:
- Visit the foster and adoption station by the Humane Society of Scott County.
- Take a virtual tour of the Putnam Museum‘s “Common Ground” exhibit, and help the museum’s goal of providing a more inclusive recounting of Quad Cities history
- Earn door and raffle prizes by just attending, and by visiting as many resource providers as possible.
- Earn even more prizes by completing games and puzzles about the groups in attendance.
- Have your kids burn off some energy in the outdoor bounce house.
“I am excited about getting diverse groups together for the good of the community,” said Rich Hendricks, pastor of MCC where the event is happening. Hendricks has led MCC in the past year an effort to be “more than LGBTQ+ and more than a church.”
Hendricks is also founder of one of four groups that are coordinating the Intersectional Resource Fair: One Human Family QCA, a nonprofit focused on awareness of hate crimes and incidents.
Tyler Mitchell is with another of the coordinating groups, The Project of the Quad Cities (TPQC). “When we first heard about the Intersectional Resource Fair, our involvement was a no brainer,” said Mitchell, TPQC’s marketing director. “Our community truly needs an event like this dedicated to uplifting organizations that are doing such vital work in our community for traditionally marginalized groups. The Project fully believes that when non-profit and community-focused organizations link arms and share resources, we can do truly remarkable work.”
The other two coordinating groups are Progressive Action for the Common Good (PACG), a nonprofit focused on inspiring positive change on behalf of social justice; and The Real Mainstream, an LGBTQ affirming, intersetional publication based in East Moline that serves Illinois and Iowa.
For more information about the Intersectional Resource Fair, head to tpqc.org/intersectional-resource-fair. Below is a list of groups that will be presenting information at the event: