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Become an I READ Volunteer Reader

Support our local schools by helping young readers achieve reading proficiency. Each week, I READ volunteers work together with teachers and mentor up to two Kindergarten students for 20 minutes each during the school day.


Why United Way I READ?

Until the end of third grade, most students are learning to read. Beginning in fourth grade, students begin reading to learn. Without reading proficiency, a child's participation in the learning process is impaired.


What are the requirements?

It's simple. You just need a passion to share a love of reading. Training and materials are provided, and all volunteers go through a background check with each school. Volunteers are encouraged to remain with their students through third grade.


> Pledge now to become a United Way I READ volunteer

Tiny Hands Big Hearts

 Tiny Hands Big Hearts

Success By 6® Tiny Hands, Big Hearts program targets the development of healthy adult-child relationships, and social and emotional skills for preschool-aged children. Through one-on-one playtime with children, volunteers encourage conversation and introduce new vocabulary words.


Making the Case

Greater exposure to language can shape a child's capacity to learn.

The number of words spoken and the amount of time spent in active engagement and communication is a predictor of academic accomplishments. This mentoring program promotes positive one-on-one relationships between adults and preschoolers, and develops essential skills in children for long term success.

While engaged in conversation and free play with a Tiny Hands, Big Hearts volunteer, children learn to:

  • accept redirection from adults;
  • regulate emotions;
  • understand a larger vocabulary.


Program Locations

City of Rockford Head Start / Rockford School District #205: Dennis Early Education Center (pilot site)


You Can Make a Difference

Share your time with a child and watch their communication skills and love of learning grow.

Volunteers are matched with a child by the school and encouraged to spend a minimum of 30 minutes one day a week. One-on-one playtime is held in the child's classroom during the school year and training is provided. All volunteers complete an application and go through a background check conducted by the school.


Take Action

Join us now as a Tiny Hands, Big Hearts volunteer > www.wevolunteer.org

Strong Neighborhoods House Survey



Please take a moment to share your thoughts about the Strong Neighborhoods House. Your input helps us identify key programming to offer in the house that will create a strong neighborhood.





Thank You

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Together with your support, United Way of Rock River Valley is creating a better life for all by investing in programs that strengthen the Education, Income and Health of our communities. Thank you for giving, advocating and volunteering through United Way.


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