Tune in Tuesday: Celebrating the LIVE UNITED spirit

Tune in Tuesday: Celebrating the LIVE UNITED spirit

This summer, as part of United Way’s Day of Action activities, we are hosting the LIVE UNITED Spirit Celebration event, which celebrates those who give, advocate, and volunteer for United Way and this community. This event replaces United Way’s annual Volunteer Recognition Event traditionally held during the month of April. The luncheon will recognize United Way agency partners and some of their most trusted volunteers, and it will highlight the work of our I READ volunteers and generous partners who support our Success By 6®...

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Thankful Thursday Series: Generous spirit of neighbor helping neighbor

Thankful Thursday Series: Generous spirit of neighbor helping neighbor

Alexis de Tocqueville was only 26 years old when he traveled across the United States in 1831. His observations, readings, and discussions formed the basis of his book, Democracy in America, a study of American society and politics. He observed that Americans hold in common a unique willingness to work for the public welfare, especially in times of need. It is in this spirit that United Way Worldwide created the Tocqueville Society in 1984. Today, the Society is one of the world’s most prestigious institutions for individuals who want to...

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I READ volunteers share best practices

I READ volunteers share best practices

Over 80 volunteer reading mentors shared best practices about their involvement with United Way’s I READ program over lunch today. The I READ volunteers told success stories about working with their students and offered suggestions on recruiting new I READ volunteers. Each volunteer also received books to give to their students to read over the summer. In total, over 1,000 books were given away. United Way’s I READ is an early-grade program that matches volunteer reading mentors with kindergarten students. For only 20 minutes each week,...

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Tune in Tuesday: GoodTaxes

Tune in Tuesday: GoodTaxes

Ever wonder what a $20,000 investment in our community can do? It can support United Way invested income programs like Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois’ GoodTaxes program. This volunteer income tax assistance program offers free tax assistance for qualifying individuals and families. United Way’s across the country are committed to improving our society’s financial stability. A key strategy is investing in programs, such as GoodTaxes, which help hardworking individuals obtain free tax preparation and filing services....

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Thankful Thursday Series: Impact Council volunteers guide change strategies

Thankful Thursday Series: Impact Council volunteers guide change strategies

Giving to United Way of Rock River Valley’s Community Campaign is the most efficient and powerful way to make an impact on our community. Your gift is combined with donations from tens of thousands of individuals, organizations, labor partners, and businesses into a powerful financial resource that helps create opportunities for a better life. Do you ever wonder how those funds are really invested back into the community? In this week’s Thankful Thursday Series, we recognize the group of volunteers that guide this investment process as...

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