Trivia 2016

Our  Annual Trivia night has been our only fundraiser for the past 8 years. Our community has gathered together and we have sold this event out since it’s beginning. We are so thankful. This year was no exception. We raised over $8000.00 and raised awareness about the incredible work that happens within the walls of RFM. Last year over 700 families and children were helped through services offered. Thank you community for all your support. Let’s do this again next year! It’s always the last Friday night in February. SAVE THE DATE: Friday February 24th, 2017



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We would like to say a special thank you to these

sponsors of the 2016 RFM Trivia with a Twist :



Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Riverbend Family Ministries has become a Madison County off-site location for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This program helps many families keep their power on in the hot and cold seasons. For many Illinois households, energy costs place a severe and continuing stressliheap on a family’s budget. In some instances, the household is forced to make painful decisions regarding which bills to pay and which necessities to survive without. LIHEAP is designed to help eligible low income households pay for winter energy service.

“Our phones have been ringing off the hooks, and we are so blessed to be a part of this program,” said Riverbend Family Ministries Executive Director, Tammy Iskarous. “Having so many new people in the community come into our building to fill out applications for LIHEAP has helped us connect families in crisis with the other wonderful programs in the building. We have been able to connect broken people to the resources that can aid in healing.”

For more information or to setup an appointment, please call: 618-251-9790, M-TH 9am – 1pm.

Trivia with a twist

RFM Trivia with a twist.
Doors open at 6:00 starts at 7:00
bring food but please buy drinks there.
$20.00 per person/ 8 people per table
raffles, prizes and mulligans will be available at additional cost.
trophies (Budget Budget Signs, Trophies, and Plaques awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams

We sell out fast… RSVP your table today by calling

Trivia with a Twist is a lot like the television show Jeopardy!—except that you don’t buzz-in and don’t put answers in question form.

☺There are three rounds: Jeopardy & Double Jeopardy (each with 7 categories, each category with 7 questions) as well as Final Jeopardy. 

☺ Questions are more difficult and worth more points as you work down the board, and as you move from Jeopardy to Double Jeopardy.

Trivia with a Twist allows you to wager any or all of your accumulative points in two ways:

☺ Wager on Daily Doubles (1 in Jeopardy; 2 in Double Jeopardy) and on the Final Jeopardy category.

☺ In each case, tables will see the category and their point totals before making their wager.  When all wagers are submitted, the question is read.

Trivia with a Twist even throws you a curve with Mulligans!

☺ There are 14 categories, but only 10 Mulligans . . . so use them wisely.  However, you can’t use them on Daily Doubles or in Final Jeopardy.

Mulligans are limited to 1 per category, and 5 each for both the Jeopardy and Double Jeopardy rounds.


Legacy Continues

After the shock and loss of our dad/husband, we reflect and realize how lucky we were to have him in our lives.  He never met a stranger and treated people with kindness and respect.  He taught by example.  He served his country, married his high school sweet heart and loved her to the day he left.  Late in life he found cycling and when dad did something he did it 100%.  He rode 28 miles a day and it gave him great sense of accomplishment and joy. He always said we were so lucky to have the love of family and friends.  So to honor dad/husband we realize just how lucky we are, and for those that may not be as lucky this gift of bicycles to the children on our community seemed perfect.  Dad is smiling down.
Legacy Continues
Legacy Continues

Girl’s youth violence prevention program

Girls groups forming now

RAVEN’s Healthy Relationships and Non Violence Education Program for Girls
The Youth Violence Prevention Program offers girls ages 12-17 a 12-week Healthy Relationships and Violence Prevention group.  Each group is 1 hour a week until each youth has fulfilled their obligations.  In this group, youth will be expected to participate with other youth in group discussions and activities. The majority of our program focuses on challenging beliefs and educating about gender and violence, feelings, and behaviors.

ravenRAVEN’s  girls program includes topics such as:

  • Relationship Values and Expectations
  • Power and Control in Relationships
  • Effects of Violence
  • Teen Dating Violence
  • Gender Socialization and Social Pressure
  • Boundaries and Sexual Harassment
  • Assertive Communication
  • Self Esteem
  • Decision Making
  • Role Models
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Experiences of Oppression and Stereotypes

RAVEN currently provides service and groups at no cost in Wood River, IL in conjunction with Riverbend Family Ministries.  You must schedule an assessment before a youth can be enrolled in group. If you are interested in scheduling an assessment or for more information about the RAVEN program, please contact Tammy at Riverbend Family Ministries at (618) 251-9790

You Can Help


Benefits to Volunteering

  • Opportunity to provide a service to families/individuals in need
  • Opportunity to expand people skills and communication skills
  • Opportunity to serve your community
  • Opportunity to gain valuable experience that will benefit you when seeking employment

It has been said that “volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”

At RFM, our volunteers are an essential part of our ministry. So much of what we do would not be possible without the help of those who care enough to generously give of their time and talents. Regardless of your skills and abilities, there is a place where you can serve!

Our Wish List:

  • Groups to do one day construction/paint projects in the building
  • Groups to help with new roof project
  • Groups to help with expansion projects
  • Clean-up around outside of building
  • Someone to help with data entry
  • Groups to assemble client gift bags
  • Host a supply shower at your work, church, or organization
  • Donations:
    • Bibles
    • School Supplies for all ages
    • Household cleaning products
    • Paper towels, toilet paper, and Kleenex
    • Laundry detergent/dryer sheets
    • Personal size toiletries (for both adults and children)
    • Towels/wash cloths
    • Office supplies
    • Art supplies
    • Board games
    • snacks for  youth groups and therapy ( chips, fruit snacks, etc.)

Parent Education Groups

Monday, 10–11:30 a.m.

Riverbend Family Ministries
131 E. Ferguson Ave. Wood River, IL 62095

All interested participants must complete an intake.

Please call (618) 251-9790, x203 to schedule.

Classes forming now with open enrollment.

Classes are free.

To qualify for a certificate or letter of completion, participants must complete an intake, all ten sessions, and a closing session.

Childcare is not provided.



Superhero Night

Be a CASA Superhero!

Celebrate the hero in your family this Father’s Day weekend by taking dad, grandpa or your favorite father figure to CASA Superheroes Night with the Gateway Grizzlies!

just the topSupport CASA of Southwestern Illinois and help us advocate for abused and neglected children in St. Clair, Madison and Monroe counties by attending the game or volunteering your time to the event.

What: Dress up like your favorite superhero and enjoy a fun family night at the ballpark! It’s a perfect night for the family that loves baseball and superheroes! Activities include a costume contest and parade, bounce houses, face painter, balloon artist, superheroes in costume, games and much more! Plus, the first 500 kids get an awesome baseball backpack!

When: Gates open at 5:50 p.m. – game starts at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, June 20, 2015

Where: GCS Ballpark, 2301 Grizzlie Bear Blvd, Sauget, IL 62206

How much: $10 game tickets – $25 game PLUS all-you-can-eat pregame picnic of hot dogs, hamburgers, pulled pork and sides (plus $1 Bud Light) NOTE: Pregame picnic ends at first pitch.

Why: Because every kid needs a hero, but abused and neglected kids need superheroes.

How to get tickets

CASA gets 50% of ticket sales ONLY if the tickets are purchased through one of these avenues!

  • Order over the phone by calling CASA at 618-234-4278
  • Email your ticket order to:
  • Mail in a ticket order form
  • Follow these steps to order tickets online:
  • In honor of Father’s Day, military dads get $5 off game or pregame tickets with a valid military ID. They must present their ID at the CASA Will Call table on the day of the game to pick up their tickets.

CASA needs your help to make this event a success!

  • We need volunteers for our planning committee! Help us get sponsorships, rally “day of” volunteers, and sell tickets! Email!
  • We need LOTS of volunteers to entertain the kids on the day of the event! Email!
  • Become a sponsor! Print out the sponsorship forms here, call 618-234-4278, or email and we will send you a sponsorship package!


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