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United Way joins national #GivingTuesday movement to encourage spending with a purpose

Giving Tuesday

(Rockford, Ill. - 11/12/2014) – On Tuesday, December 2, join United Way of Rock River Valley and millions around the world in the "unselfie" movement #GivingTuesday, a global effort that harnesses the power of social media to create a moment of giving around the holidays. Similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are synonymous with holiday shopping, #GivingTuesday inspires people to take a collaborative action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support, and help create a better world. Donations from this year's #GivingTuesday will support United Way's Strong Neighborhoods initiative, which directs new services and programs to two of the region's most challenged neighborhoods.

"Selfies are a trendy way to share a point of view. But as the giving season draws near, it's time to refocus on the bigger picture – the point of you, and what you can do to make an impact on your community," said Paul A. Logli, President/CEO. "Giving Tuesday inspires people to get involved in creating lasting positive change in their communities."

Simply visit United Way's #GivingTuesday page and make a one-time donation to United Way's Strong Neighborhoods Initiative on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Then tell everyone you can how their contributions will also improve the educations, health and stability of families right here in our neighborhoods.

 

About #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give. It will culminate with a global day of giving on December 2, 2014. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners — charities, families, businesses and individuals — to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a global moment that is dedicated to giving around the world. Visit www.givingtuesday.org for more information


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.

Over 500 books collected during first week of holiday book drive

Holiday Book Drive

(Rockford, Ill. - 11/11/2014) – Over 500 books were collected during the first week of the Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive, which benefits students throughout Winnebago and Ogle counties. The books will be sorted and distributed to Harlem, Oregon, and Rockford public schools, which participate in United Way's early-grade reading program, I READ.

Now until December 31, 2014, Barnes & Noble at Cherryvale Mall will ask customers to purchase a book for young readers. Customers are encouraged to purchase English and bilingual book titles for children through third grade. The Holiday Book Drive runs through December 31, 2014. Last year, 4,400 books were distributed to students.

For more information on the Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive, contact Sherry Zabikow, Community Relations Manager, by calling 815-332-3069. For more information on United Way's I READ program or to volunteer, call Tonya Thayer Meyer, Volunteer Coordinator, at 815-968-5400

 

Multimedia: Click to watch a video of the kickoff


 


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.

Holiday Book Drive supports young readers in United Way I READ school locations

Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive

Reading mentor Karen Osolin speaks to the media about her role with I READ during today's announcement

(Rockford, Ill. - 11/05/2014) – Barnes & Noble and United Way of Rock River Valley are teaming up this holiday season for a drive to provide books to student throughout Winnebago and Ogle counties. During the months of November and December, Barnes & Noble at Cherryvale Mall will ask customers to purchase a book for young readers that will be sorted and distributed to Harlem, Oregon, and Rockford public schools, which participate in United Way's early-grade reading program, I READ. Last year, 4,400 books were distributed to students.

"Giving a book to a child from infant through high school is making a difference in literacy. For some children it is the only gift they receive during the holiday season," says Sherry Zabikow, Community Relations Manager, Barnes & Noble.

Every November, Barnes & Noble stores across the country collect books through its two-month holiday book drive, which benefits children in need, and each store location selects its own local recipient group. This year, Barnes & Noble at Cherryvale Mall once again chose United Way for its work in early-grade reading through the United Way I READ program. United Way I READ matches reading mentors with kindergarten students that need additional support as identified by the school, and assists teachers in preparing those students to read proficiently by fourth grade. Volunteers meet with their students weekly for 20 minutes during the school day and are encouraged to follow them through third grade. In its fourth year, approximately 350 kindergarten through third grade students at 18 schools in Harlem, Oregon, and Rockford school districts connect with reading mentors, resulting in the largest children's literacy mentoring program in our community.

"Children generally are learning to read until third grade. By fourth grade, they should be reading to learn because coursework increases and reading becomes more challenging. Students who do not read at grade level find it increasingly difficult to keep up," says Tonya Thayer Meyer, Volunteer Coordinator, United Way of Rock River Valley.

United Way's early-grade reading program focuses on children at the kindergarten to third grade level. Customers are encouraged to purchase English and bilingual book titles for children through third grade. The Holiday Book Drive runs through December 31, 2014.

For more information on the Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive, contact Sherry Zabikow, Community Relations Manager, by calling 815-332-3069. For more information on United Way's I READ program or to volunteer, call Tonya Thayer Meyer, Volunteer Coordinator, at 815-968-5400

 

Multimedia: Click to watch a video of the announcement


 


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.

FedEx delivers hope to two local Rockford public schools

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(Rockford, Ill. - 11/10/2014) – Over 300 books were delivered by FedEx staff last Friday to students in Beyer and King Elementary Schools in Rockford Public Schools District 205. The books were collected among employees from Rockford's three FedEx operations as part of their FedEx Cares United Way Campaign. The nationwide campaign runs through November 21 and encourages FedEx team members to bring hope to their 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.

United Way 2-1-1 Third Quarter 2014 Report now available for download

United Way 211 Third Quarter Report

(Rockford, Ill. - 10/31/2014) – The United Way 2-1-1 Quarterly Report for Third Quarter 2014 is now available to download. The quarterly report contains information for both Ogle and Winnebago counties during the period of July 2014 - September 2014.

Quick Stats:

  • 944 total calls received between July - September (a 10% increase from Third Quarter)
  • 1,789 total service referrals between July - September
  • Rent and Utility Assistance accounted for 23 percent of all service requests
  • Top unmet need: Free School Supplies (25% of unmet needs)
  • Catholic Charities accounted for 11 percent of service referrals


Download Report >

 

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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