Employees of Royal Neighbors of America, based in Rock Island, Ill., are once again spreading holiday cheer throughout the Quad Cities through the organization’s “Neighbor-it-Forward” program. Six teams of employees have selected their projects and are using their respective $2,500 checks to assist those who need help to rise up to meet their challenges to get where they want to be, to claim ownership of their dreams, and to achieve their full potential.

The “Neighbors 4 A Cause” team will continue its work on Saturday to create a family library from an old office, shown above, at the downtown Davenport Salvation Army Family Service Center (transitional housing). Public donations of new books will be gladly accepted.

Another team also will be working on Saturday in Moline, Ill. The “2500 Club” team will get together to paint the Children’s Therapy Center and provide general maintenance. Additional aspects of the projects include furnishing a bedroom at the Christian Family Care Center, helping a new business owner with a marketing plan, paying for self-improvement classes for several women, and providing necessities for a single mother and her 10-year-old daughter who needs new leg braces.

Neighbor-it-Forward is an element of Royal Neighbors’ Nation of Neighbors Program, through which nearly $1 million has been given to individuals or families in need across the country since 2007. It is a tangible expression of neighbor-helping-neighbor, the philosophy on which the organization was founded. As a non-profit fraternal organization, Royal Neighbors of America exists for the benefit of its members. It offers insurance products to fulfill a variety of needs for growth, savings, and protection. Members also receive valuable member benefits and can participate in volunteer activities through the organization’s local chapters to make a difference in their communities. The organization’s philanthropic efforts are dedicated to changing women’s lives through its national programs and through the Royal Neighbors Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. For more information call (800) 627-4762 or visit www.royalneighbors.org.