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Nearly 30 interns from Greenlee / A Textron Company worked alongside Ellis Heights residents and organizations today to help clear debris and beautify the neighborhood. The clean-up efforts are part of Project 1013, a partnership between West Gateway Coalition and Rock Church, which advances the beautification of the Ellis Heights neighborhood.

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Look for a local summer program that promotes physical activity and healthy eating. It's important for children to keep active and eating healthy while school is out. We've compiled a list of local summer programs that help keep young children active and healthy throughout the summer.

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United Way is uniquely positioned to create community solutions that engage people, companies, faith communities, government, labor, nonprofits and more to create community solutions that drive lasting change and results in communities around the world. We invite everyone to be part of the change.

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Summer slide can be a huge challenge for kids, teachers and parents. Did you know children lose, on average, one month's worth of skills during summer vacation without practice? In her article Top 10 Toys That Beat The Summer Slide, Forbes.com contributor Jenn Choi offers a sort list of toys for children to help make the summer very productive in a more fun way and to help beat the summer slide.

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The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 23rd annual food drive on Saturday, May 9. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes. It is the nation's largest single-day food drive, and is held annually on the second Saturday in May.

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Myron Simmons was discouraged by his financial situation. His student loans were defaulted and he had a bad line of credit – or so he thought. This discouragement led to an avoidance that only made matters worse.

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Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners: families! Week of the Young Child Rockford applauds you as your child's' first and most important teachers.

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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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Children develop creativity, social skills and fine muscles with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations and create with their hands. On Artsy Thursday celebrate the joy and learning children experience when engaged in creative art making. Use any materials - from crayons to paint, clay to crafts!

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When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills. This Week of the Young Child, work together and build something today! Kids can use any building material - from a fort of branches on the school playground, a block city in the classroom, a hideaway made from couch pillows at home, to a Lego creation.

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Families are finding new ways to spend time together-and volunteering is one way to do just that. Research has shown that volunteering as a family:

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"#LIVEUNITED isn't just a motto. It's our lifestyle."

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