Lights and Locks

Tim Watkins, Project First Rate, explains to Deb Nicholson, Nicholson Hardware, and Ashley Burks, United Way of Rock River Valley, the installation process of motion-censored lights for the Lights and Locks program.

(Rockford, Ill. - 05/01/2015) – Several residents in Midtown District will receive security upgrades to their homes this summer to restore a sense of safety in the neighborhood. The Lights and Lock program, a collaboration between United Way of Rock River Valley, Nicholson Hardware and Project First Rate, will provide motion-censored lights and secure locks for 10 homes in Midtown. Contractors and electricians with Project First Rate will work together with residents to install the upgrades.

Lights and Locks program is a direct response to needs discovered through United Way's Strong Neighborhoods initiative, which will dramatically improve the quality of life for children and families in two of the region's most challenged neighborhoods. Residents acknowledged well-lit and secure homes help reduce crime and increase pride of the neighborhood.

For more information on United Way's Strong Neighborhoods initiative, contact community impact managers Ashley Burks or Mathew Simpson by 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.