Give more, give smarter, and give great on #Giving Tuesday

Give more, give smarter, and give great on #Giving Tuesday

This year, on Tuesday, December 1, United Way of Rock River Valley is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving smarter and greater. Similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days synonymous with holiday shopping, #GivingTuesday, held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, harnesses the power of social media to inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support. Last year, more than 30,000 organizations in 68...

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Stand for hardworking veteran and military families

Stand for hardworking veteran and military families

Instead of simply waving a flag on Veteran’s Day and telling others to “support the troops,” we can actually advocate for something that makes their lives better. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC), make a difference in the lives of millions of working families across the country, including many service members, veterans and their families. In fact, 62,000 military and veteran families in Illinois are claiming the credits to build financial stability each year. The Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit...

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Letters celebrate 40-years of teaching

Letters celebrate 40-years of teaching

Indeed, every teacher can inspire their students. Meet Molly who is celebrating her 40-year teaching career with the letters from her former students. Gabrielle Emanuel explains what the letters can teach us in this NPR Education blog. Read article -> Letters To The Teacher Celebrate A 40-Year Career   Roman J. Salamon is Director of Communication and Marketing at United Way of Rock River...

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Incorporating basic coding skills in early childhood development

Incorporating basic coding skills in early childhood development

How about gamelike tech tools for primary graders? Computer science education is indeed literacy for the 21st century, and can help expand participation in STEM disciplines. Anya Kamenetz, lead education blogger for NPR, shares how some argue that the basic skills of coding should be introduced during a child’s early education years. Read article -> Coding Class, Then Naptime: Computer Science For The Kindergarten Set   Roman J. Salamon is Director of Communication and Marketing at United Way of Rock River...

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