Left-Right: Wray Howard, Paul Logli, Chris Janke, Jon Bates, and James Patterson


(Rockford, Ill. - 08/06/2014) – United Way of Rock River Valley has been awarded a $150,000 grant by the Dr. Louis & Violet Rubin Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois for its Success By 6® school readiness initiative. United Way will receive $50,000 per year over the next three years. United Way Board Chair Wray Howard and United Way President/CEO Paul Logli accepted the check from Community Foundation of Northern Illinois Trustee Chris Janke, Executive Vice President Jon Bates, and Director of Grants & Scholarships James Patterson.

United Way's Success By 6® is a school readiness initiative, which helps prepare children birth to age six enter kindergarten ready to succeed. Comprised of five programs ranging from a home visiting program for families with toddlers to an in-school program that supports pre-k classrooms, this initiative focuses on increasing family engagement and developing pre-literacy skills in young children.

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is the area's largest provider of grants and scholarships. Its mission is to attract, grow, and preserve an endowment for the needs of the people of Northern Illinois.

For more information on United Way's Success By 6® initiative, contact Linda Sandquist, vice president, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 815-968-5400.


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.