Sharpen the saw — staff attend learning conference

Sharpen the saw — staff attend learning conference

Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” has been a moral compass for many individuals seeking balance work and life. The first six habits are equally divided within Independence and Interdependence and focus on areas such as controlling one’s environment, personal management and working with others. These six habits have proven key in transforming people’s lives. And yet, all would be loss without the final seventh habit of a highly effective person — #7 Sharpen the Saw. Sharpen the Saw...

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How to get involved with your community

How to get involved with your community

When you move to a new place, it can be difficult to meet people. Aside from neighbors and coworkers, your options for socializing may be limited to your community involvement. Below are some tips for how to get involved with your community. Church Check out local churches or other places of worship. Once you find one that’s a good fit, chances are the people there will have values similar to yours and will be attending some of the same events. Most churches, temples, or synagogues also provide opportunities to serve the surrounding...

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Send a Valentine’s Message to Congress: Show Kids the Love in the Budget

Send a Valentine’s Message to Congress: Show Kids the Love in the Budget

  This Valentine’s Day, United Way of Rock River Valley is asking children, parents and community members to send a strong message to Washington about the importance of fully investing in our children. Current funding for children makes up less than 8 percent of the total federal budget. As Congress begins to debate critical decisions about our fiscal priorities, we invite supporters and advocates to tell Congress to show kids some love by full investing in their future. Will you send a special Valentine to your members of Congress and...

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First of many blogs on communicating impact

Over two years ago I started a new chapter in my life. Not only was it my first day at United Way of Rock River Valley, it was my Rockford “orientation day”. Growing up in Chicago, my familiarity with Rockford was based mostly on radio advertisements and the occasional news piece. Now with 28 months, 2 weeks and 5 days under my belt, I’m beginning to settle in and shake off the rookie label. Full disclosure: I don’t reside in Rockford, I maintain residency in Pecatonica — a small town just west of the Forest...

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