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You can help make change where it matters most

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United Way is uniquely positioned to create community solutions that engage people, companies, faith communities, government, labor, nonprofits and more to create community solutions that drive lasting change and results in communities around the world. We invite everyone to be part of the change.

Perhaps the most visible example of our strategic volunteer engagement is United Way Day of Action, which occurs annually on June 21. Every year, hundreds of United Ways across the world bring thousands of volunteers together in a worldwide Day of Action. It is a day that we ask you to help us put our mission into action by volunteering to improve the building blocks for a good quality of life.

This year, some 280 United Ways across the U.S. and in seven countries are mobilizing volunteers to LIVE UNITED and take action to address a variety of challenges in their communities. Locally, United Way of Rock River Valley is focusing on two projects.


1. Youth Action Summit (June 17-18) – United Way, in collaboration with Northwest Community Center, Patriot's Gateway Community Center, Rockford Area Arts Council and Youth Build, provided local youth from Ellis Heights and Midtown District neighborhoods with a safe and healthy forum to discuss challenges in their neighborhoods and, through art, to share aspirations for a strong neighborhood. Their illustrations will become part of an exhibit, entitled "Doors of Opportunity", at Rockford Art Museum beginning June 22. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBIT >


2. Recruiting volunteer readers, tutors, and mentors – United Way is recruiting volunteers for local programs such as United Way I READ, The Literacy Council Adult Reading Tutors, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. TAKE THE PLEDGE TO VOLUNTEER > 


Both projects are part of a bigger community impact strategy that United Way of Rock River Valley is advancing, focused on preparing children to succeed in school and building safe and healthy neighborhoods.

Join us to help make change where it matters most in our community. SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER or VISIT UNITED WAY DAY OF ACTION for more information.


Be sure to share your thoughts and photos from your volunteer service that day:

• Tweet using #DayofAction

• Connect with other volunteers on

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