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May School Readiness Book: Creature-filled extravaganza informs and entertains curious little bug lovers

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

(Rockford, Ill. - 05/28/2015) – This month, over 4,000 pre-k students received Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!/¡Insectos! ¡Insectos! as part of May's book title for Success By 6® Page Turner Reading Program. The book is part of United Way's school readiness focus that helps children birth to age 6 learn, grow, and enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

Buzzing bees, fuzzy caterpillars, hopping grasshoppers, fluttering butterflies, and curly, roly-poly bugs fairly bounce off the pages in Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!/¡Insectos! ¡Insectos! Author Bob Barner delivers this creature-filled extravaganza, which pairs a delightful, nonsense rhyme with bold, full-color collage illustrations, to inform and entertain curious little bug lovers everywhere.

Each month during the school year, pre-k children receive their very own age-appropriate book selected by early childhood specialists. Children begin to build their personal libraries and parents receive activities on each book to engage their young child in learning at home. Teachers also incorporate curriculum developed around each book title into their classroom. Books and materials are provided for English- and Spanish-speaking families.

The Page Turner Reading Program, in partnership with City of Rockford Head Start, The Diocese of Rockford, Harlem School District #122, Kreative K, Montessori and Rockford Public Schools District #205, assists pre-school teachers in developing pre-literacy skills essential for kindergarten readiness. Since the majority of brain development occurs between birth and age five, quality early learning and care programs have a profound impact on lifelong success and support cognitive, social and emotional development.

For more information on United Way's Success By 6® Page Turner Reading Program or its work in school readiness, contact Linda Sandquist by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 815-968-5400.

 

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United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way of Rock River Valley advances the common good in Winnebago and Ogle counties, creating opportunities for a better life by focusing on education, income, and health. United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change.

Home security upgrades for Midtown residents restore sense of safety in neighborhood

Lights and Locks

Tim Watkins, Project First Rate, explains to Deb Nicholson, Nicholson Hardware, and Ashley Burks, United Way of Rock River Valley, the installation process of motion-censored lights for the Lights and Locks program.
 

(Rockford, Ill. - 05/01/2015) – Several residents in Midtown District will receive security upgrades to their homes this summer to restore a sense of safety in the neighborhood. The Lights and Lock program, a collaboration between United Way of Rock River Valley, Nicholson Hardware and Project First Rate, will provide motion-censored lights and secure locks for 10 homes in Midtown. Contractors and electricians with Project First Rate will work together with residents to install the upgrades.

Lights and Locks program is a direct response to needs discovered through United Way's Strong Neighborhoods initiative, which will dramatically improve the quality of life for children and families in two of the region's most challenged neighborhoods. Residents acknowledged well-lit and secure homes help reduce crime and increase pride of the neighborhood.

For more information on United Way's Strong Neighborhoods initiative, contact community impact managers Ashley Burks or Mathew Simpson by calling 815-968-5400.
 


United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way of Rock River Valley advances the common good in Winnebago and Ogle counties, creating opportunities for a better life by focusing on education, income, and health. United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change.

Chicago Bears support recovery efforts in Northern Illinois

Chicago Bears Fairdale

(Rockford, Ill. - 04/24/2015) – The Chicago Bears have announced that the team will make a $100,000 donation to United Way of Rock River Valley to assist in recovery efforts and aid those affected following the tornadoes that devastated areas of northern Illinois on April 9, 2015.

Additionally, Bears players Blake Annen and Will Sutton assisted AmeriCorps St. Louis with debris clean-up in Fairdale before visiting the Kirkland Fire Department to meet with local residents and first responders.

United Way of Rock River Valley collaborated with Kishwaukee United Way, United Way of Boone County and United Way of Lee County to create the Northern Illinois Disaster Relief Fund in response to this month's severe storms. Funds will be distributed without administrative fees to agencies in Boone, DeKalb, Lee, Ogle, and Winnebago counties working on tornado relief efforts. Individuals may contribute specifically to the long-term recovery needs of the communities devastated by the tornadoes in two ways:

TEXT the phrase HELP15 to 41444
• Donate online using this secured mobile-friendly form

 


 Chicago Bears Media Contact: Matt Simeone, Director of Community & Alumni Relations; Mike Corbo, Media Relations Coordinator | (847) 295-6600

 

United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way of Rock River Valley advances the common good in Winnebago and Ogle counties, creating opportunities for a better life by focusing on education, income, and health. United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change.

April School Readiness Book: Experience the wonder of the ocean through rhyming text and realistic illustrations

Hello Ocean

Ronald Welte, a delegate of Rockford United Labor, helps introduce April's School Readiness book to pre-k students at Summerdale Early Childhood Center.
 

(Rockford, Ill. - 04/27/2015) – This month, over 4,000 pre-k students received Hello Ocean/Hola Mar as part of April's book title for Success By 6® Page Turner Reading Program. The book is part of United Way's school readiness focus that helps children birth to age 6 learn, grow, and enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

Sparkling, evocative illustrations and joyful text describe a young girl's journey of discovery as she uncovers the secrets of the sea using each of her five senses. In Hello Ocean/Hola Mar author Pam Muñoz Ryan and illustrator Mark Astrella use great imagery to emphasize the differences between the five senses and incorporate literary elements such as alliteration, metaphors, and rhyme and rhythm.

Each month during the school year, pre-k children receive their very own age-appropriate book selected by early childhood specialists. Children begin to build their personal libraries and parents receive activities on each book to engage their young child in learning at home. Teachers also incorporate curriculum developed around each book title into their classroom. Books and materials are provided for English- and Spanish-speaking families.

The Page Turner Reading Program, in partnership with City of Rockford Head Start, The Diocese of Rockford, Harlem School District #122, Kreative K, Montessori and Rockford Public Schools District #205, assists pre-school teachers in developing pre-literacy skills essential for kindergarten readiness. Since the majority of brain development occurs between birth and age five, quality early learning and care programs have a profound impact on lifelong success and support cognitive, social and emotional development.

For more information on United Way's Success By 6® Page Turner Reading Program or its work in school readiness, contact Linda Sandquist by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 815-968-5400.

 

Additional Resources:

English Parent Piece

Spanish Parent Piece

 


United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way of Rock River Valley advances the common good in Winnebago and Ogle counties, creating opportunities for a better life by focusing on education, income, and health. United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change.

FCA Foundation donates $ 25,000 in support of Northern Illinois Disaster Relief Fund

FCA Foundation

FCA US Belvidere Assembly Plant Manager Dominic Ventola presents, on behalf of the FCA Foundation, a $25,000 donation to United Way of Rock River Valley during a small ceremony at the plant on April 22, 2015. United Way of Rock River Valley President and CEO Paul Logli accepted the donation, with support from United Way of Boone County Executive Director Teri Carter (right) and United Way of Lee County Executive Director Jenny Koch (far right). [Photo provided: FCA Foundation]

 

(Auburn Hills, MI - 04/22/2015) – In response to a series of tornadoes that recently hit Northern Illinois communities, the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of FCA US LLC, today announced a $25,000 donation to United Way of Rock River Valley.

The funds will go directly into the Northern Illinois Disaster Relief Fund to provide temporary housing and other emergency relief for families affected by the tornadoes in Boone, DeKalb, Lee and Ogle and Winnebago counties.

"We recognize that natural disasters can have overwhelming social and economic impact on both individuals and communities," Dominic Ventola, Plant Manager, Belvidere Assembly Plant said. "We hope by joining forces with our friends and neighbors we can help families get back on their feet and into their homes quickly." FCA US operates the Belvidere Assembly Plant in Boone County, which is approximately 15 miles north of Fairdale, one of four hardest hit communities.

According to United Way, individuals may contribute specifically to the long-term recovery needs of the communities devastated by tornadoes by giving to the Northern Illinois Disaster Relief Fund, which is a collaborative effort between United Way of Rock River Valley, Kishwaukee United Way, United Way of Boone County and United Way of Lee County.

 

How to Give:

TEXT the phrase HELP15 to 41444
• Donate online using this secured mobile-friendly form


"We are incredibly thankful of the FCA Foundation for their support in empowering families to rebuild after this month's destructive tornadoes. The Northern Illinois Disaster Relief Fund and the support from FCA Foundation illustrates the collective power of caring people working together to LIVE UNITED," Paul A. Logli, President & CEO, United Way of Rock River Valley said.

The FCA Foundation, FCA US and its brands have a long history of supporting its communities – throughout the United States and the world -- in their time of need.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Northern Illinois," Jody Trapasso, Senior Vice President - External Affairs, FCA - North America and President of the FCA Foundation said. "We are heartened by their unwavering spirit during this difficult time and we are humbled to support relief efforts."

Recent disaster relief support provided by the Company and the FCA Foundation includes:

• September 2013 – The FCA Foundation donated $50,000 to the First Response Team of America, a non-profit disaster relief organization that is actively engaged in Colorado to clear and rebuild impassable roads

• May 2013 − The FCA Foundation announced grants totaling $50,000 collectively to United Way of Howard County and the Tipton County Foundation to assist residents in North Central Indiana displaced by flooding

• May 2013 − In the wake of the devastating tornado that hit Moore and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma the FCA Foundation donated $100,000 to First Response Team of America

• November 2012 – In response to Superstorm Sandy, the Ram Truck brand donated 20 Ram 1500 Tradesman trucks and $100,000 to the American Red Cross

• June, 2012 – The FCA Foundation donates $100,000 to the Emilia-Romagna Earthquake Relief Fund in Italy

 


 

About the FCA Foundation

Since 1953, the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of FCA US LLC, has invested more $500 million in charitable organizations and initiatives that help empower people, and build strong, viable communities. The FCA Foundation invests in programs that generate meaningful and measurable societal impacts in the following areas:

  • Education – programs that inspire young minds, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM);
  • Military – programs that support financial and basic needs of military service members, veterans and their families;
  • Multicultural/Diversity – programs that promote inclusion and opportunity for diverse populations; and
  • Youth Development – programs that help young people develop the skills and leadership qualities to succeed in school, at work, and in life.

Additionally, FCA US seeks opportunities to support communities through its Motor Citizens® volunteer program. This innovative program enables FCA US salaried employees to use 18 hours of paid time each year to be an Engine for Change by investing their time and talents in community service projects.

Contact: Kevin Frazier, Corporate Communications, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way of Rock River Valley advances the common good in Winnebago and Ogle counties, creating opportunities for a better life by focusing on education, income, and health. United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change.