What does the Common Good mean?

What does the Common Good mean?

When it comes to defining the common good, it most often refers to a specific event or program that benefits most, if not all, members of a group or community. Something that is commonly beneficial serves to improve, enhance, or otherwise benefit many people. Good For Schools When it comes to a school, a benefit to all or most students could be a new playground. New books for a library, new computer systems, or even the installation of a better heating and cooling system will offer an improvement for the students and teachers in the school....

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Volunteer mentors instill confidence in young readers

Volunteer mentors instill confidence in young readers

  DelRee Carrington has come a long way since his first visit with United Way I READ volunteer Melissa Adkins. He entered Mrs. Schlaht’s kindergarten class at Donald C. Parker Early Education Center struggling to read. But as the school year comes to an end, he can now recognize sight words. Adkins, in her first-year as an I READ volunteer, understands his improvement is not all attributed to her. But she knows that one-on-one attention each week with DelRee is valuable and instills confidence in him as a reader. “DelRee pops up every...

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Don’t Call Them Dropouts: Understanding why some students fail to complete high school

Don’t Call Them Dropouts: Understanding why some students fail to complete high school

The challenge of improving graduation rates goes beyond our schools. Education, income, and health are inextricably linked. Remove any one, and the other two topple. But when you build them all up, we have a strong foundation for collective success. In a special report from America’s Promise Alliance, researchers set out to discover why some young people fail to complete high school. What they found were several factors which push school attendance far down these students’ priority list. But don’t call these young people...

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Thankful Thursday: Volunteer tax preparers provide stable pathway to financial stability

Thankful Thursday: Volunteer tax preparers provide stable pathway to financial stability

United Way’s across the country are committed to improving our society’s financial stability. This commitment includes helping hardworking people obtain free tax preparation and filing services through a volunteer income tax assistance program (VITA). Locally, United Way of Rock River Valley invests in VITA through Goodwill of Northern Illinois’ GoodTaxes. In this week’s Thankful Thursday blog, we say thanks to the dedicated volunteers who helped prepare free tax returns for local individuals and families, saving them $420,800 in...

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We’re on Capitol Hill! Add your Voice

We’re on Capitol Hill! Add your Voice

Today, Linda Sandquist, Vice President, United Way of Rock River Valley; and Wray Howard, Board Chair, United Way of Rock River Valley, joined many other United Way members on Capitol Hill to advocate for early childhood education. Read this special message from United Way Worldwide, U.S. President Stacey Stewart on how you can make a difference with your voice....

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