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Retiree chooses adventure as a volunteer reading mentor

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Shortly after her retirement, most expected Marianne Marlow to spend her time enjoying exotic trips around the world. Instead, Marianne chooses an adventure as a volunteer, sharing her reading talents with both young readers and adult learners in the Rockford community.

Marianne, a Rockford resident, volunteers through multiple organizations, such as United Way of Rock River Valley, to improve literacy in Rockford. She began working as a United Way I READ reading mentor this past school year, connecting with two Kindergarten students at Whitehead Elementary School. Marianne will continue to follow the same students through third grade, helping them develop good reading skills and improve literacy.

Now, Marianne is being recognized by the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund for her outstanding volunteer work in the Rockford community. Marianne is one of seven IMRF members nominated for recognition as part of the organization's Year of the Volunteer contest, which is spotlighting volunteerism within its membership.

Read the story about her commitment to volunteerism and how she creates an impact on Rockford-area literacy levels. > IMRF Volunteer Profile – Marianne Marlow

Learn more about joining Marianne as a United Way I READ and help area educator's increase reading proficiency. > United Way I READ


Marianne is just one of the many volunteer reading mentors benefiting nearly 400 area children through United Way's early-grade reading initiative. Through I READ, volunteers are matched with Kindergarten students in Harlem, Oregon and Rockford public schools to help educators increase reading proficiency. Volunteers mentor up to two students each week during the school day and are encouraged to remain with their students through third grade. Learn more at wevolunteer.org


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