(Rockford, Ill. - 04/10/2015) – United Way of Rock River Valley, in collaboration with Kishwaukee United Way, United Way of Boone County and United Way of Lee County, created the Northern Illinois Disaster Relief Fund today in response to yesterday's severe weather. Individuals may contribute specifically to the long-term recovery needs of the communities devastated by tornadoes by giving to the relief fund in two ways:

TEXT the phrase HELP15 to 41444
• Donate online using this secured mobile-friendly form

Funds will be distributed without administrative fees to United Way partner agencies in Boone, DeKalb, Lee, Ogle, and Winnebago counties working on tornado relief efforts. Agencies must clearly prove services provided and demonstrate need for financial support. Organizations that receive United Way disaster fund assistance will be evaluated and held strictly accountable. As partner agencies work together to meet the immediate needs in the recovery efforts, the Northern Illinois Disaster Relief Fund will serve not only immediate needs, but intermediate, and long-term care to rebuild those 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.