Barnes and Noble Book Fair


Books Change Lives!

Support United Way literacy programs by joining us for our Barnes & Noble Book Fair. In-store book donations and a percentage of book sales go to help build up school readiness and early-grade reading for young kids in our community. Be sure to mention United Way at checkout. Last year, United Way distributed over 35,000 books to young children ages birth to third grade. #BNBOOKFAIRS

Saturday, December 8, 2018
Barnes and Noble Cherryvale Mall location (7200 Harrison Avenue, Rockford, Ill.)


Can't attend our book fair in person?

Visit to support us online from 12/08/18 - 12/13/18. Enter the book fair code 12472650 at checkout.

Top Box Foods

 Top Box Foods

Through a partnership with Chicago-based nonprofit Top Box Foods, bundled boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables, and frozen meats, poultry, and fish are available for purchase at up to 40 percent less than retail. The monthly locations are based on food desert data, which are areas with dimished access to quality and affordable food.   


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Saturday, December 1, 2018 (always the first Saturday of each month)

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - GPS Faith Community Church | 10714 N. 2nd Street, Machesney Park, Ill. (directions)

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Zion Lutheran Church | 925 5th Avenue, Rockford, Ill. (directions)

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. - Rockford Public Library, Rockton Centre Branch | 3112 Rockton Avenue, Rockford, Ill. (directions)


How it Works

1. Top Box Foods will set up at designated locations with boxes of fresh produce and frozen meats.

2. Shoppers may look over the selection of food and purchase boxes on the spot: first come, first serve.

3. Cash, credit card and Link Cards are accepted.


Thanks to our sponsor:

Northwest Bank

 The Top Box Foods program in the Rockford-area is part of United Way's Strong Neighborhoods Initiative, which dramatically improves the quality of life for children and families in the region's most challenged neighborhoods. Through neighborhood engagement discussions, United Way discovered how constraints related to limited income, time and distance make it difficult for residents to access healthier foods.


Leadership Donor Luncheon at Klehm

Leadership Donor Lunch at Klehm Arboretum

In appreciation of your leadership level giving, we invite you to join us for a casual lunch at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Enjoy a plated lunch by GreenFire Restaurant and hear how United Way is facilitating community collaboration around middle school success and the neighborhoods.

Following lunch, ride in the comfort of a deluxe coach bus as we tour our Strong Neighborhods houses and Rollin' Strong Bike Repair program. This brief and optional tour will leave and return to the Klehm parking lot.



Thursday, June 28, 2018
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden
2715 S. Main Street | Rockford, Ill.


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Plated Lunch and United Way Update

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Klehm will open earlier for you to visit)

Bus Tour (optional)

The deluxe coach bus will leave immediately following lunch and conveniently return you to the Klehm parking lot. Please indicate whether you plan to partake in this optional tour when sending in your RSVP.


Please RSVP online by June 21 or contact Nancy Jenkins at 815-986-4810 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

United Way Campaign Kickoff

 United Way Rock River Valley Campaign Kickoff


Community Campaign Kickoff 2018

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Cliffbreakers Riverside Hotel and Conference Center (700 W. Riverside Boulevard, Rockford, Ill.)


Networking: 11:00 a.m.


Luncheon/Program: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Enjoy a family-style barbecue lunch and learn how United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every neighborhood. We will also honor this year's recipient of the Frank Ware Award of Excellence. Click here to learn more about Frank Ware.

Lunch: $40 per person (table seats 10)

Middle School Success

 Middle School Summit


Middle School Success Summit

Thursday, May 10, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Breakfast and registration starts at 8:00 a.m.)
Klehm Arboretum & Botanical Garden (2715 S. Main Street, Rockford, Ill.)

Cost: Free

A student's decision to drop out of high school is not a sudden act, but a slow process of disengagement over a period of years. It is clear that warning signs of dropping out are apparent well before students actually leave school.

United Way of Rock River Valley is bringing together key local organizations and subject matter experts to dive deeper into the challenges facing middle school level youth in our community.


Registration is now closed for this event.

If your organization works in the middle school area and would like to connect with United Way's middle school collaboration, please contact Linda Sandquist by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 815-968-5400.