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If you want to help offer assistance for low income families in Rockford, then there are some great service opportunities out there to get you involved. Here at United Way of Rock River Valley, we can help you find the right ways to serve using your time and talents in influential ways. The following is a short list of some of the ways you can greatly impact the families in need in your area:

  • Get corporate sponsorship: We can always use more people to reach out to local companies to ask for monetary support.
  • Volunteer with existing programs: We have a lot of programs in place that can always use more helping hands.
  • Spread the word: There are others out there like you who would like to help. We would love help getting the word out there to these people.
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When people ask us here at United Way of Rock River Valley how we are able to offer so many important services to the local community, we have one main answer: corporate volunteer programs in Rockford. This really has been our secret for success for a long time now.

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A quality education of daily learning is important for all children. The thing is, children can't learn if they are not at school. Class sizes, curriculum, and teacher training are factors, but often a root cause for failing to meet education standards is student absenteeism. We at the United Way of Rock River Valley would like to explain just why empty desks are a problem and also how education volunteer programs in Rockford are trying to be part of the solution to this and many other challenges facing school districts.   

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Finding ways to make a difference helps bring about positive changes for individuals, families, communities, and future generations. Helping women and girls obtain an education is a seemingly small issue that has staggering effects. Education volunteer programs in Rockford facilitate learning, school readiness, development of life skills, and much more. Read on as we explain the poverty cycle and lack of education, how it impacts women, and what we at the United Way of Rock River Valley are trying to do about it.

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When volunteering in your community, we understand that you want to find ways to have the biggest impact. With so many worthy causes and volunteer opportunities available, knowing where your efforts are the most worthwhile can help you decide where to put your time and effort. Read on as we explain some ways you can personally impact your community and causes that are worth your while.

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Plain and simple: these cold winter months are rough on the body. But spring is on the horizon. As a way to motivate you through the harsh winter, set a goal to complete your first 5K. Don't think you can? If you can walk 20 minutes, we have a plan that will get you running in no time.

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In all societies since the world began, there has been the need for the more fortunate to take care of the less fortunate. Taking care of the needy is one of the most noble and selfless activities in which we can engage. Those who donate their time and money make it possible for needy adults and children to have food, shelter, and hope for a brighter future. None of this could happen, however, without those who take it upon themselves to raise funds and organize help for countless individuals and families suffering in this modern economy. We at the United Way of Rock River Valley would like to offer some advice for those looking to take part of this very worthy endeavor. 

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When you volunteer at United Way of Rock River Valley or a similar charity to help young children prepare to enter school, you are doing more than simply giving your time. Kids that prepare to enter kindergarten ready to learn are more likely to have greater social, emotional, and cognitive development since most brain development occurs before the age of five. 

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Traveling the world has always been a dream in the back of most people's minds. In the distant past, traveling was far cheaper and a much more realistic goal for anyone wishing to temporarily leave their lives behind and devote a chunk of time to moving from place to place for an adventure of a lifetime.

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Many people enjoy volunteering. Many more would like to try but don’t quite know where to start. It is especially hard for teens, who don’t usually have a lot of money to give to charities and who haven’t accumulated specialized skills, to figure out where to start. This really is a shame, since teens who accumulate volunteer hours have something valuable to add to a college or job résumé. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.

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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. Research has found community service for kids produces real benefits when they volunteer alongside their families. According to The Center for Urban Policy and the Environment, volunteering:

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During National Volunteer Week, we'd like to say thank you to the many volunteers for creating the kind of community we all want, with the kind of opportunities we all need. By sharing time and talent in the service of others, volunteers are helping United Way build a strong foundation for collective success in our neighborhoods and our community.

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