Thankful Thursday Series: Driving force behind every campaign

Thankful Thursday Series: Driving force behind every campaign

Behind every United Way workplace campaign is a group of individuals that play a key role in making the campaign a success. In this week’s Thankful Thursday Series, we shift our focus from organizations and tip our hat to some of these Employee Campaign Coordinators who make an impact on our community through their organizations. During the recent United Way 2013 Campaign Celebration event, we awarded several of these individuals with the Employee Campaign Coordinator of the Year for their efforts during the 2013 United Way Community...

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Thankful Thursday Series: Rockford Health System embodies the spirit of LIVE UNITED

Thankful Thursday Series: Rockford Health System embodies the spirit of LIVE UNITED

Continuing our series of recognizing organizations that have a powerful impact on our community, this week we highlight a company with an exemplary demonstration of United Way’s spirit of Give, Advocate and Volunteer. As this year’s LIVE UNITED Award recipient, Rockford Health System is a champion for improving lives in the community through year-round corporate philanthropy, volunteer efforts and community impact. Rockford Health System reported an increase to their campaign pledge totals during the 2013 United Way Community Campaign and...

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Thankful Thursday Series: Community Champions

Our series on highlighting organizations that have a powerful impact on our community continues with a spotlight on the Chairman’s Circle Members club. Membership into this elite club requires an organization to raise at least $200,000 during the annual United Way Community Campaign. But what makes these Chairman’s Circle Members champions of our community goes beyond their financial contribution. They serve on the United Way board and various other committees, actively volunteer through United Way, and incorporate a year round LIVE UNITED...

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Thankful: Wells Fargo ranked #1 National Campaign by United Way

Thankful: Wells Fargo ranked #1 National Campaign by United Way

United Way’s measure of real success is in the amount of lives changed and not the amount of dollars raised through the campaign. But it would be foolish for us to not recognize the importance of generous donors across the community. It takes a combination of financial resources, collective input, and selfless volunteers to create opportunities that improve our community. So, over the next several weeks we will highlight organizations that leverage their assets in support of advancing the common good across our region. Wells Fargo and its...

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Building A Nation of Readers

Building A Nation of Readers

Educators and policymakers of all stripes will be donning their Cat-in-the-Hat hats this week and reading to young children to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. The National Education Association’s Annual Read Across America Day is a fun way to celebrate books and reading, but our commitment to early literacy must be sustained every day of the year. Across our community, one-fifth of our 3rd graders aren’t reading on grade level, which means they’re four times as likely to drop out of high school later on. The numbers are even lower for...

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