Join The Mercer County Initiative Servolution

Lori Boruff and Molly Dunn/Submission
Servolution Saturday was kicked off July 21, 2012 by this group of Mercer County Initiative volunteers. They gave their time and talents to recapture a yard taken over by weeds after the owner was diagnosed with cancer. The enthusiastic workers are (L to R): Front: Orion Wilkerson, Jordan Riddell, Chris Sabel, Ethan Adolphson, Craig Smoldt, Laurie Louck, Marylee Finch and Vicki Korns; Back- Rusty Boruff, Tish Riddell, Troy Riddell, Sam Olson, John Szalonek, Nicki Lair, Patty Langum, Sheri Olson, Brad Olson, Cindy Maynard, Mick Louck and Clayton Nelson. Missing from photo: Robin Huffstutler, Dylane Riddell and Mollie Dunn.

Lori Boruff and Molly Dunn/Submission

In the spring of 2012, 40 concerned citizens gathered at Mercer County Intermediate School to discuss a need in Mercer County with former resident Rusty Boruff, director of The 180 Zone which is a nonprofit outreach program in the 60-mile radius of the Quad Cities.

Local teachers and coaches have noticed an increasing amount of children and youth needing extra assistance with hygiene and nutrition. Boruff currently works with some Quad City school districts to help students falling through the cracks and is enthused to work with a new area volunteer-based group called The Mercer County Initiative.

Other needs were discussed like an additional food pantry, especially in western Mercer County where people may not have transportation to Aledo. Also there is a need to help individuals with home repair and yard work plus kids needing school supplies, shoes, and clothing.

“Children do not choose poverty,” commented Boruff.

The goal is to help those in need, spread the love of Christ, and serve our community. The MCI volunteers recently launched a new service opportunity called Servolution Saturdays.

Anyone with a burden to make a difference is encouraged to roll up his or her sleeves the third Saturday of the month. Volunteers meet at Riddell Roofing, 205 SW 9th Avenue., Aledo at 8 a.m. and travel to the designated project.

The first Servolution on July 21 brought approximately 20 children and adult volunteers in to do yard work for an Aledo woman dealing with cancer.

"Wow, it's amazing how much the yard has changed in just a few hours. It wouldn't have looked like this without all these people helping," said one volunteer.

The next Servolution Saturday is scheduled on Saturday, Aug. 18. MCI is needing the following items to help students start the school year off right: hygiene and feminine hygiene products, new children and youth clothing and shoes and non-perishable food items. Drop off locations are Riddell Roofing, 205 SW 9th Avenue or First Baptist Church, 800 NE 6th Avenue, Aledo. Riddell Roofing is also accepting gently used furniture.

For more information or ways to get involved, contact Rusty Boruff, The180 Zone, at 309-281-9191 or at HYPERLINK "" \n

If you would like to give a monetary donation, make checks payable to The 180 Zone, 4700 53rd St., Moline, IL 61265.