More than just a reading mentor; sharing love of reading through friendship

More than just a reading mentor; sharing love of reading through friendship

  An 86-year-old woman and a 5-year-old boy walk hand in hand down the halls of Westview School, headed to the library. The scene is a story waiting to be told – and that’s just what happens when the two are together. Stories are told and opportunities are opened. “If these kids can learn to read, their worlds will really open up,” says Dorothy Baits, a United Way I READ mentor. Having no teaching experience, Dorothy was at first hesitant to get involved in the I READ program. But it didn’t take long before Dorothy and her student,...

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Honoring the legacy of Frank Ware, beloved community advocate

Honoring the legacy of Frank Ware, beloved community advocate

For over 30 years, Frank Ware fought to provide respectful and high quality care to individuals in the Rock River Valley suffering from mental illness, who were too often overlooked or stigmatized. When others turned them away, the beloved former president and CEO of Janet Wattles Center personally took the time to understand the needs of each individual. His high standards and expectations over the years resulted in better care for those in need. The community lost a great local champion in Ware when he passed away in 2011. Shortly after his...

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Community service for kids: easy ways to get your children involved in their neighborhood

Community service for kids: easy ways to get your children involved in their neighborhood

  In order to improve a community, volunteers of all ages are needed to advance the common good. Even children can make meaningful contributions to their neighborhoods. While the extra “hands” are helpful, volunteering together as a family produces real benefits for children in the long-term. Children learn to develop life goals, share family values, and spend time with their parents talking about important community issues. Last week, several families with FCA US, and UAW Local 1268 and Local 1761 put these lessons into...

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Increasing access to health services for Midtown neighborhood residents

Increasing access to health services for Midtown neighborhood residents

  Residents of Midtown District will now have regular access to free health screenings conveniently located in their neighborhood. United Way of Rock River Valley, in collaboration with Patriot’s Gateway Community Center and trained medical professionals, will provide access to glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings.   Free Health Screening Wednesday, July 8, 2015 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Patriot’s Gateway Community Center (615 S. 5th Street, Rockford, Ill.)   The free health screening is a direct response...

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