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Township Assistance

General Assistance (Monthly)
Provided in the form of a basic needs allowance for rent, food, utilities, clothing, personal and household supplies. All grants are paid directly to the vendor. Any residents needing help must apply to see if they are eligible for assistance. Recipients must participate in a Community Work Program set up by the township and look for employment every month they are eligible. This program is for someone who is single.

Employment Assistance
This program provides a resident who is starting a job needing supplies before beginning employment. (ID, Uniform, Bus Tickets, ETC.)

Emergency Assistance
Financial aid for families with children to alleviate a life-threatening circumstance or to assist in attaining self-sufficiency. Residents must have a late, eviction or disconnect (utilities) notice to be eligible for this program.

Federal Emergency Management Assistance (FEMA)
Provides emergency housing assistance. Those seeking assistance are encouraged to apply when the money becomes available around February or March and it is first come first serve basis. You must not be eligible for General or Emergency Assistance through the township. You must be denied both programs to qualify for the FEMA funds. Only available when FEMA funds are made available.

Transportation & Seniors

Senior Food Relief Program
Our Senior Food Relief program provides a monthly $25.00 gift certificate to Hy-Vee to eligible seniors in our township. Please contact the General Assistance Office at 788-0496 for further information.

Senior Denture Program
The Township has a new program for Income eligible seniors to receive new or replacement dentures. We will be using the same guidelines as our Senior Food Relief Program. Please contact the General Assistance Office at 788-0496 for further information.

Unemployment Bus Tickets (Yearly)
A resident can receive 20 free tickets in a twelve-month period. An ID and current piece of mail for proof of address is required to receive tickets.

Temporary Handicapped Placards
The Placard offers parking privileges for those with temporary disabilities. The doctor's form and placards are available at the township. Permanent handicapped placards and applications are also available at the township, but the applications for permanent cards need to be mailed to Springfield.

Other Services

Flu & Pneumonia Clinic
The township annually holds a Flu & Pneumonia clinic for any resident of the township. The township will cover the cost if a resident cannot. Seniors can bring in their Medicare cards to cover the cost. Refreshments are served.

Free Notary
A notary is always available at the township free of charge. All documents must be signed in front of the notary, and must bring in 2 forms of ID.

Voter's Registration
Stop in the township to register to vote or change your voter's registration address.

Free Leaf Bags for the Spring & Fall
The City of Rock Island is providing free leaf collection bags for all residents. Residents do not have to participate in the Yard Waste Subscription for this leaf collection service. Bags are available to all township residents. You are allowed 20 free bags a day per household while supplies last. Please bring a current ID with your address on it.

Laminations, Copies & Faxing
Residents can receive 10 free laminations and black & white copies a month.

Laminations - I.D., Letter and Legal size. Additional laminations will cost: I.D. =.50 cents & Letter/Legal = $1.00.

Black & white copies - Letter, Legal & Ledger size. Additional copies will cost (for any size) = .25 cents.

Color Copies - Cost for Color Copies: Letter = .50 cents, Legal = .75 cents & Ledger = $1.00, Copies will be photo quality and will be printed on LASER PAPER.

Fax Charges - First 10 pages are free and .50 cents for any additional sheets. We will supply a fax cover sheets at no charge. Note: All fax services are now done in the General Assistance Office located at the back of the building.

Free Giveaway
South Rock Island Township is now offering a free giveaway every Tuesday & Thursday from 9:00 – 11:30 & 1:00- 3:30pm in the basement. Many different items will be offered including clothing, kitchen items, shoes and other misc. items. This event is open to all residents. Times and dates may be subject to change, please watch our website calendar and Facebook page for updates.

As you do spring cleaning here are ideas of items that can be donated for Free Giveaway

Medical Equipment - SRIT will accept used canes, walkers, crutches, and wheelchairs in serviceable condition for our less fortunate residents.

Office Supplies - The Township would greatly appreciate donations or any office supplies to help keep costs down and save your tax dollars.

Hygiene Products - We will gladly accept travel sized toiletry products for our General Assistance clients including toothpaste, mouthwash, new toothbrushes, razors and shaving cream.

Community Library - Bring your used books, CD's, DVD's, VHS's and Books on Tape to the Township and feel free to choose something else from our collection.

Cooling Facility/ Warming Center
The Township during the summer/winter is a facility for any resident needing a means of staying cool/warm. Bring along a game, book or just sit back, relax, and watch TV.

The township now has travel size toiletries for anyone needing something to get them by. All residents can donate travel size toiletries to help residents in need.

Box Tops for Education
The township is a drop off site for the Box Tops for Education Program. Please cut out the Box Top Coupons from your boxed goods. There is a list at the township of products included in this program.

Winter Blankets
Each year blankets are donated to all Townships in Rock Island County. Stop by today and pick up a blanket to keep warm.

Student Hunger Drive
Each year Rock Island High School sponsors a Hunger Drive along with other schools in the district. The township is a drop off site for any non-perishable items starting in September.

United Way IOWA/Illinois 2-1-1 database for health and human services information
2-1-1: Get connected to the services you need right here in the Quad Cities.

Call 2-1-1 for the best resources in the Quad Cities for help with childcare, food, rent or utility assistance or if you have any other health and human service need. All calls are free and confidential. Trained representatives will speak to you in confidence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if you live Rock Island or Scott County.

Access the 211 online database to search for community-based services, reach us by email at, or call 2-1-1 or 563-355-9900.

2-1-1 is one of the many services United Way offers Quad Citians to help build the strength of our community.

Recycling Program
A recycling container is available in the back of the Township. Residents can recycle plastics, tin, aluminum, cardboard, newspaper, phonebooks and brown paper bags. Glass is now acceptable.

Donate Old Eyeglasses
Remember those old pairs of eyeglasses that you've saved "just in case"? Bring them down to our Lions Club collection box located in the Town Hall. We will forward them to the Lions Club for recycling. Help someone else enjoy the gift of sight! We also have applications from the Lion's Club if you cannot afford to buy new glasses.

Cell Phones for Soldiers
South Rock Island Township is proud to be an official collection site for the Cell Phones for Soldiers program. This program was founded in 2004 by teenagers in Massachusetts as a means of showing gratitude for the men and women who have sacrificed day-to-day contact with their own families to serve in the U.S. armed forces. Old cell phones are sent to a cell phone recycling center which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each donated phone enough to provide a prepaid calling card for an hour of talk time to a soldier abroad. If you are worried about information stored on your cell phone, the Cell Phone Data Eraser( gives you the tools you need to remove personal information. Anyone can donate their old cell phones at our office during our regular business hours, so these brave Americans can keep in touch with their families.

U.S. Flag Disposal
Do you have a US Flag that has lost its "glory"? Bring your flag to our office where arrangements will be made for proper disposal.

Knitting & Crocheting Club - Looking for New Members!
The club is open to all individuals in Rock Island County who want to come on a regular basis or just one afternoon to see if knitting or crocheting is for you. Whether you're experienced or want to learn, please join us on Thursday afternoons from 2:30 - 3:30pm in the Town Hall. Please use our back entrance and enjoy an afternoon of fun while meeting your neighbors for a worthy cause. Join us - mark Thursday afternoons on your calendar!
Knitting Supplies - Please donate unused yarn, needles and crochet hooks to our Knitting & Crocheting Club so they can make scarves, mittens and hats for our needy residents.

Community Work Program/Assistance for Non-Profit Groups
Any Rock Island Non-Profit organizations are encouraged to contact the township with any minor jobs they need assistance with that can be done at the township office (i.e. stuffing envelopes). We will gladly assign General Assistance Clients as part of their Community Work Program, at no charge to assist with your project.

Use of Township Computer for Employment
Please contact our office if you are interested in using the computer. Some features available: Templates, internet use for employment purposes & Open Office (Word documents).

Job Placement Board
South Rock Island Township invites all area businesses to post available job openings on our Job Placement Board. The Township assumes no responsibility for screening but offers businesses the opportunity to list available openings at no charge.

South Rock Island Township Girls Softball Team & Boys Little League Team
This is one of the many ways that South Rock Island Township supports the youth and youth programs in our community.