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Join the Boosters

The Boosters are parents, siblings, family members and friends of individuals receiving services. Anyone can be a Booster. You just have to care about the cause and have a willingness to help. Businesses in the community who support the mission through their place of business can also be members.

Annual membership fees are $25 for either an individual, family, or company. Memberships run on a calendar year, so renewal time is each January. To join, send $25 to the Boosters at: 3402 Hickory Grove Road, Davenport, IA 52806.

Call our Hickory Grove location at 563-391-4834 or contact our team for more information.

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Booster Organization

The Boosters are a group of Empowering Abilities family and friends who provide activities to enhance the lives of participants and who advocate for issues that affect people with disabilities. Our motto is “We do, so they can.”

Advocate & lobby

The Boosters ensure people with special needs have a voice. Here are some ways the boosters advocate:

  • Sponsor advocacy trips to Des Moines during the Iowa legislative session
  • Letter writing campaigns to legislators
  • Informing the Booster membership and the broader community about important issues


To help fund the important work of the boosters, we conduct the following fundraisers throughout the year:

  • The Annual Booster Organization/Bob Ott Memorial Nut and Candy Sale
  • Birdies For Charity 
  • SaveAround Dining Books
  • An account at Stuff Etc.

Keep people informed

Ensuring people know about the important role Empowering Abilities plays in the lives of the people served, the boosters do the following:

  • Distribute a monthly newsletter
  • Invite people to informational luncheons
  • Encourage tours or speakers
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What is done with the money raised?

In addition to paying for the recreational activities provided to participants, we also make donations to purchase items that enhance services.  The following items have been made possible through the Booster Organization:

  • Automatic door openers
  • Computer work stations
  • A wheelchair accessible van
  • Production equipment
  • Furniture in the residential programs
  • Much, much more!

Knowing the importance of ensuring the long-term future of services, we have also made substantial contributions to the Empowering Abilities Endowment Fund.

Frequently Asked Questions

Meeting times

Typically, Boosters meet at 1 p.m. on the scheduled date. Please look in the Booster’s Newsletter to stay up-to-date on the date and times of the meetings.

Stuff , Etc. Donation

Donate items to Stuff Etc. (located across the street from Brady Street Stadium in Davenport) and tell them to put it on the Empowering Abilities Booster account.  When the items sell, proceeds benefit the Boosters. Stuff Etc. accepts many items including clothing but certain restrictions apply. Check the Stuff Etc. website for more information about accepted items.

Birdies for Charity

Pledging to Empowering Abilities means a donation to support the Boosters.  The Birdies for Charity program offers the opportunity to enhance your gift through a match also.

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