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United Way 2-1-1 Fourth Quarter 2016 Report now available

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(Rockford, Ill. - 01/18/2017) – The United Way 2-1-1 Quarterly Report for Fourth Quarter 2016 is now available to download. The quarterly report contains information for both Ogle and Winnebago counties during the period of October 2016 – December 2016.

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Quick Stats:

- 891 total calls received between October - December
- 1,695 total service referrals between October - December
- Top service request: Rent and Utility Assistance
- Top unmet need: Utility Assistance and Holiday Programs

 

United Way 2-1-1, available 24/7, is an easy to remember three-digit telephone number that connects individuals in Winnebago and Ogle counties with important services and volunteer opportunities. Launched in August 2012, the 2-1-1 phone system offers free information and referrals on a broad range of services, including utility assistance, affordable housing, health resources, job training programs, and Winnebago County government services. All calls are free and confidential and the 2-1-1 network supports multiple languages including Spanish and Manadarin Chinese. For emergency services, callers should call 911.

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[United Way 211] Weather Alert 12-15-16

United Way 211 Alert

**UNITED WAY 2-1-1 ALERT**

United Way 2-1-1 placed on alert due to Hazardous Weather Outlook

United Way of Rock River Valley has placed the United Way 2-1-1 information and referral line on alert in response to the Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by National Weather Service for Winnebago and Ogle counties. Bitterly cold temperatures with significant wind chill conditions and potential snow accumulation are expected for the surrounding area starting today thru Wednesday, December 21.


United Way 2-1-1 operators are ready to respond to incoming calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week on winter weather emergency information. Residents in Winnebago and Ogle counties are urged to dial 2-1-1 or text COLD to 51555 for information on warming centers and emergency shelters.


United Way reminds everyone to take precautions against exposure to cold weather and using various heat sources like space heaters. Be sure to check on neighbors, especially the elderly.


United Way 2-1-1 is working with United Way of Lee County, United Way of Ogle County and United Way of Rock River Valley, as well as local government agencies and human services organizations to provide the public a source for any cold weather related information.

 

More:

View the Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by National Weather Service

Winter Safety Tips

List of area Warming Centers

NWIBT invests in school readiness initiative

NWIBT check presentation

(Rockford, Ill. - 11/07/2016) – Representatives from Northwestern Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council presented a check in the amount of $5,000 to United Way of Rock River Valley in support of its Success By 6 school readiness initiative. Funds were raised through the annual Building Trades Golf Play Day event held in June 2016.

After the brief check presentation, union members introduced and read November's school readiness book, Mouse's First Day of School by Lauren Thompson, to pre-k students at Donald C. Parker Early Education Center. The book is part of United Way's school readiness initiative, which supports parents and early learning educators to ensure children, from birth to age 6, are prepared to enter school ready to learn.

Brad Long, president of NWIBT, along with Marco Ramirez (Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 6), Larry Rowlett and Brad Williams (IBEW Local 364), Mark Richeson and Dave Whitmore (Ironworkers Local 498), and Tim Huff and Bob Wooden (Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 23) presented the check to United Way on Monday, November 7, 2016. This is the fourth year in which Northwestern Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council directed proceeds from their Golf Play Day to United Way, totaling over $25,000.

For more information on United Way's Success By 6® school readiness initiative, contact Paul Nolley, community impact manager, by e-mailing 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 fights for the health, education and financial stability for every person in every neighborhood. 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.

Grant Seekers meeting for Ogle County organizations

Ogle County Grant Seekers

(Rockford, Ill. - 11/07/2016) – United Way of Ogle County, an affiliate of the United Way of Rock River Valley, is announcing a grant seekers meeting for 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 7 at Oregon Park District Nash Recreation Center, located at 304 S. 5th Street in Oregon, Ill. This meeting is an opportunity for all Ogle County non-profit organizations to learn how to apply for funds from United Way of Ogle County. Agency representatives will receive the application packet and will be able to ask questions concerning the process.

Interested agencies are asked to RSVP to Paul Nolley, community impact manager, by calling 815-986-4814 or e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

United Way of Ogle County currently provides funding for 18 non-profit organizations which operate 21 programs serving approximately 26,000 Ogle County residents.

 


United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way of Rock River Valley fights for the health, education and financial stability for every person in every neighborhood. 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.

School readiness book teaches young readers about colors and shapes with hints of self-worth and diversity

Author Tom Wartowski reads You are like an Acorn

Local author Tom Wartowski reads his book, You are like an Acorn, to pre-k students at City of Rockford Head Start Fairgrounds site.

(Rockford, IL - 10/06/2016) – This month, over 4,000 pre-k students will receive You are like an Acorn / Tú eres como una bellota as part of October'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. Local author Tom Wartowski along with illustrator Jill Calvagna introduced their book to pre-k students at the City of Rockford Head Start Fairgrounds site.

Children will enjoy reading You are like an Acorn / Tú eres como una bellota with its whimsical descriptions of shapes and colors. But buried among the cute acorns are important messages of self-worth and diversity.

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.

United Way's Success By 6 initiative is supported through individual and corporate contributions to United Way's Community Impact Fund, including Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, Exelon, Goodwill of Northern Illinois, Northwestern Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council, Rockford United Labor, and Smith Charitable Foundation.

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

 


United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way of Rock River Valley fights for the health, education and financial stability for every person in every neighborhood. 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.