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

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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.

United Ways collaborate on Northern Illinois Disaster Relief Fund to support tornado victims

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(Rockford, Ill. - 04/10/2015) – United Way of Rock River Valley, in collaboration with Kishwaukee United Way, United Way of Boone County and United Way of Lee County, created the Northern Illinois Disaster Relief Fund today in response to yesterday's severe weather. Individuals may contribute specifically to the long-term recovery needs of the communities devastated by tornadoes by giving to the relief fund in two ways:

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


Funds will be distributed without administrative fees to United Way partner agencies in Boone, DeKalb, Lee, Ogle, and Winnebago counties working on tornado relief efforts. Agencies must clearly prove services provided and demonstrate need for financial support. Organizations that receive United Way disaster fund assistance will be evaluated and held strictly accountable. As partner agencies work together to meet the immediate needs in the recovery efforts, the Northern Illinois Disaster Relief Fund will serve not only immediate needs, but intermediate, and long-term care to rebuild those communities.

 


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.

Illinois Kids Count 2015 reveals child poverty rates are likely to remain high even as economy improves

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Paul Logli, CEO/President of United Way of Rock River Valley, shares key findings from the Illinois Kids Count 2015 report during a recent news conference.

 

(Rockford, Ill. - 03/13/2015) – Child poverty rates in Illinois remain higher than pre-recession levels and are much higher than in 2000, according to the Illinois Kids Count 2015 report, Confronting Poverty, Creating Opportunity.

Local community leaders shared statewide key findings and Winnebago County data from the report during a recent news conference hosted by United Way of Rock River Valley. Speakers also provided local perspectives on how growing up in poverty can have adverse effects on the education, income, and health of our children and families, and offered key strategies for moving forward.

The new report, released by Voice for Illinois Children, reveals that the extent and persistence of child poverty reflect not only the lingering effects of the Great Recession, but longer-term economic trends as well. Child poverty rates are likely to remain high even as the economy improves. About one in five children in our state — more than 600,000 — live in poverty. Locally, the poverty rate in Winnebago County rose from 13 percent in 1999 to 27 percent in 2012 (statewide poverty rate rose from 14 percent to 21 percent within the same period).

The report also identifies policies at both the federal and state levels that have been effective in alleviating and reducing child poverty.

"We want our children to succeed in school and life. But we can't help our children if we don't provide opportunities for their families to succeed," said Paul Logli, CEO/President of United Way of Rock River Valley. "We need to encourage families, organizations, business leaders, policymakers, and everyone who cares about children in Illinois to make collective choices that will truly afford greater opportunities for all."

Over 30 members from local community organizations were on hand during the local release of the Illinois Kids Count 2015 report on Thursday, March 5. United Way was one of 11 sites throughout the State to host a local release event. Speakers included Logli; Ehren Jarrett, EdD, Superintendent of Rockford Public Schools #205; Courtney Geiger, Director of Mission Services at Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois; and Sandra Martell, RN, DNP, Administrator of Winnebago County Health Department. Dora Watson, Legislative Assistant of Illinois District 67, read a message on behalf of State Rep. Litesa E. Wallace.

For more information on Illinois Kids Count 2015 report, contact Nancy Castagnet with Voices for Illinois Children by callng (312) 451-1747 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Additional Resources:

Illinois Kids Count 2015 Report

Local Community Findings: Winnebago County

 


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.

March School Readiness Book: A classic folktale about the hardworking hen and her lazy friends

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(Rockford, Ill. - 03/24/2015) – This month, over 4,000 pre-k students received The Little Red Hen/La gallinita roja as part of March'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.

The Little Red Hen works hard – all alone – to turn her wheat seed into flour, while the goose gossips, the dog naps, and the cat preens. But when her lazy friends smell the fresh bread baking, they're eager to help her eat it. In The Little Red Hen/La gallinita roja author Lucinda McQueen's illustrations perfectly capture the character of each animal of this classic folktale, while her storytelling teaches even the youngest readers important lessons about work and responsibility.

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.

Local FEMA Board Soliciting Funding Requests for Emergency Food and Shelter Programs - Phase 32

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(Rockford, Ill. - 03/06/2015) – The Winnebago County Local Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Board has been instructed by the National FEMA Board to select and allocate funds for Emergency Food and Shelter Programs. Last year's grant for Winnebago County programs was $ 166,000. This year Winnebago County was awarded $207,746. The amount awarded is based upon our jurisdiction's total number of unemployed as compared to the total number of unemployed in all qualifying jurisdictions.

The purpose of FEMA funds is to supplement and extend an organization's ability to provide services to those in our community who are in need. A local board composed of Winnebago County residents determines how the grant monies are distributed among emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

Funding may only be provided to local non-profits or government agencies for the purpose of providing emergency food, shelter or utility services in Winnebago County. Under terms of the grant from the National Board, organizations chosen to receive funds must:

1) be non-profit or a government agency;

2) have an accounting system and agencies requesting funds greater than $50,000 must conduct an annual audit;

3) practice non-discrimination;

4) charge no fee for services of the requested funded program;

5) private voluntary organizations must have voluntary boards;

6) to the extent practical, involve homeless or formerly homeless individuals in the process of providing emergency food and shelter services.

Organizations wishing to be considered for a portion of these funds may request an application from Ella Nelson at the United Way of Rock River Valley, 815-968-5400. The application is also available below. Completed applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2015. To avoid any mail delays applications should be hand delivered to the attention of Ella Nelson, United Way of Rock River Valley, 612 North Main Street, Suite 300, Rockford Illinois 61103-6929.

 

Additional Resources:

Winnebago County PHASE 32 Application: PDF | WORD

 

 


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.