Build life skills and compassion by volunteering with your child

Build life skills and compassion by volunteering with your child

Together with your child, help spruce up a school or local park, collect supplies for a shelter, or serve food at a soup kitchen. It’s important for children to keep learning over the summer. If they don’t, they lose what they’ve learned during the school year, and those losses add up year after year. Volunteering builds life skills and compassion. Search volunteer opportunities in your area at www.wevolunteer.org. Visit www.unitedwayrrv.org for more tips and resources that help keep young children active and healthy throughout the...

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Retiree chooses adventure as a volunteer reading mentor

Retiree chooses adventure as a volunteer reading mentor

Shortly after her retirement, most expected Marianne Marlow to spend her time enjoying exotic trips around the world. Instead, Marianne chooses an adventure as a volunteer, sharing her reading talents with both young readers and adult learners in the Rockford community. Marianne, a Rockford resident, volunteers through multiple organizations, such as United Way of Rock River Valley, to improve literacy in Rockford. She began working as a United Way I READ reading mentor this past school year, connecting with two Kindergarten students at...

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Planting a garden encourages healthy eating with your child during the summer

Planting a garden encourages healthy eating with your child during the summer

Plant a garden to encourage healthy eating with your child. It’s important for children to keep active and eating healthy while school is out. Without the structure and resources that the school year offers, children are at greater risk for weight gain and unhealthy eating habits during the summer months. Start simple with a tomato container garden or fresh herbs grown on your kitchen window sill. It’s a great way to encourage healthy eating with your child. Visit www.unitedwayrrv.org for more tips and resources that help keep young children...

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Greenlee Textron interns advance the quality of life in Ellis Heights neighborhood

Greenlee Textron interns advance the quality of life in Ellis Heights neighborhood

Nearly 30 interns from Greenlee Textron worked alongside Ellis Heights residents and organizations today to help clear debris and beautify the neighborhood. The clean-up efforts are part of Project 1013, a partnership between West Gateway Coalition and Rock Church, which advances the beautification of the Ellis Heights neighborhood. United Way of Rock River Valley connected Greenlee interns with Project 1013 through its Volunteer Center and is a direct response to needs discovered in United Way’s Strong Neighborhoods initiative. Poor...

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You can help make change where it matters most

You can help make change where it matters most

United Way is uniquely positioned to create community solutions that engage people, companies, faith communities, government, labor, nonprofits and more to create community solutions that drive lasting change and results in communities around the world. We invite everyone to be part of the change. Perhaps the most visible example of our strategic volunteer engagement is United Way Day of Action, which occurs annually on June 21. Every year, hundreds of United Ways across the world bring thousands of volunteers together in a worldwide Day of...

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