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United Way needs your input to improve – tell us how we’re doing

United Way needs your input to improve – tell us how we’re doing

United Way of Rock River Valley is seeking community input to assess the effectiveness of the organization. We periodically conduct surveys to measure and track our impact on the community. And we need your input. Today we launched a survey that will be available through Friday, March 18. We ask that you take a moment to share your input about United Way, regardless whether you donated to United Way of Rock River Valley. United Way partnered with Perspectives Consulting Group, Inc., an independent research firm, to conduct the survey in order...

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One elementary school is teaching families that healthy living on a limited income can be fun and delicious

One elementary school is teaching families that healthy living on a limited income can be fun and delicious

It was another great night of nutritional information and exercise during Family Fitness Night at Lewis Lemon Elementary. During a hands-on demonstration by University of Illinois Extension Unit 1, Winnebago County, families sampled a healthy corn and bean chili recipe that they can easily make at home. Families also jumped, kicked, and twirled to a great Zumba dance workout led by Assistant Principal Vivian Keuter. In fact after the Zumba dance, one young kid shared that she didn’t realize you can have so much fun exercising. The family...

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If you can walk 20 minutes, you can start running in no time

If you can walk 20 minutes, you can start running in no time

Plain and simple: these cold winter months are rough on the body. But spring is on the horizon. As a way to motivate you through the harsh winter, set a goal to complete your first 5K. Don’t think you can? If you can walk 20 minutes, we have a plan that will get you running in no time. For starters, register for a race. The goal of completing a race alone will motivate you and give your workouts purpose. Once you sign up, it’s amazing how that enthusiasm comes out. I encourage you to join many other friendly runners for the 2016 Arny Johnson...

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Scholarship honors memory of former local early childhood education executive who dedicated her life to children and families

Scholarship honors memory of former local early childhood education executive who dedicated her life to children and families

Diane Stout, former executive director of Circles of Learning in Rockford who suddenly passed away in 2013, dedicated her life to children. In 2015, Early Learning Council of the Rockford Area created the Early Childhood Educators Scholarship through Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. The scholarship is awarded in memory of Diane’s advocacy for children and families throughout Rockford and the State of Illinois. As a staunch supporter for early childhood development, Diane was a leader among the professional community, having served...

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School break can be a crippling experience for young students living in poverty

School break can be a crippling experience for young students living in poverty

  With 1 in 5 children in the U.S. living below the poverty line, heading back to school after break can reveal just how stressful home life really is for young students. In How To Help Kids In Poverty Adjust To The Stability Of School After Break, NPR blogger Meg Anderson writes that for those students, being away from school can be a crippling time of insecurity when it comes to food and shelter. By leveraging community resources available and training teachers on how to recognize these signs and where to direct students and families,...

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MercyRockford Health delivers first corporate donation of 2016 in support of community impact

MercyRockford Health delivers first corporate donation of 2016 in support of community impact

  Playing on the “first baby born in the New Year” announcement, the first corporate donation of 2016 arrived yesterday around 10:26 a.m. courtesy of MercyRockford Health System. Representatives of MercyRockford presented the check in the amount of $35,000 to United Way of Rock River Valley’s community impact fund, which supports investments in strategies and programs that strengthen the education, income and health of our area. This investment in community impact continues the organization’s commitment to improving lives in our...

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Competing realtor offices come together in support of United Way community impact

Competing realtor offices come together in support of United Way community impact

As real estate professionals, Dickerson & Nieman Realtors and Gambino Realtors work on deals together all the time. Combine that camaraderie with a little competition and now you have a friendly challenge to support a good cause. Recently, representatives from the two competing real estate offices presented a joint check in the amount of $15,500 to United Way of Rock River Valley. The funds were raised through a friendly challenge between Dickerson & Nieman Realtors and Gambino Realtors offices to collectively raise employee...

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Urge Congress to protect tax credits for working families

Urge Congress to protect tax credits for working families

  Late Tuesday night, Congressional leaders announced they had successfully negotiated a bipartisan tax package that will support United Way’s work in breaking down childhood poverty and building hope for families throughout our neighborhoods. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015, while not perfect, saves the current version of the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit and represents a big win for working families. Join us in urging Congress to save key provisions of the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child...

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Give more, give smarter, and give great on #Giving Tuesday

Give more, give smarter, and give great on #Giving Tuesday

This year, on Tuesday, December 1, United Way of Rock River Valley is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving smarter and greater. Similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days synonymous with holiday shopping, #GivingTuesday, held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, harnesses the power of social media to inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support. Last year, more than 30,000 organizations in 68...

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Stand for hardworking veteran and military families

Stand for hardworking veteran and military families

Instead of simply waving a flag on Veteran’s Day and telling others to “support the troops,” we can actually advocate for something that makes their lives better. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC), make a difference in the lives of millions of working families across the country, including many service members, veterans and their families. In fact, 62,000 military and veteran families in Illinois are claiming the credits to build financial stability each year. The Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit...

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Letters celebrate 40-years of teaching

Letters celebrate 40-years of teaching

Indeed, every teacher can inspire their students. Meet Molly who is celebrating her 40-year teaching career with the letters from her former students. Gabrielle Emanuel explains what the letters can teach us in this NPR Education blog. Read article -> Letters To The Teacher Celebrate A 40-Year Career   Roman J. Salamon is Director of Communication and Marketing at United Way of Rock River...

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Incorporating basic coding skills in early childhood development

Incorporating basic coding skills in early childhood development

How about gamelike tech tools for primary graders? Computer science education is indeed literacy for the 21st century, and can help expand participation in STEM disciplines. Anya Kamenetz, lead education blogger for NPR, shares how some argue that the basic skills of coding should be introduced during a child’s early education years. Read article -> Coding Class, Then Naptime: Computer Science For The Kindergarten Set   Roman J. Salamon is Director of Communication and Marketing at United Way of Rock River...

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