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I had the pleasure to watch Anita Fricks, Parent Liaison at Kishwaukee Elementary, in all her altruistic glory yesterday. It was amazing to watch how joyful she was to simply help people. Ms. Fricks invited the Kishwaukee School community to a clothes closet that she had conceived, constructed, and cared for; the turnout was as positive as the spirit that created it.

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When it comes to team building, corporations have a lot of programs they can engage in. For-profit consultants can bring in a day's worth of fun and games, or a company may take its employees to an obstacle course. However, we at United Way of Rock River Valley know firsthand the benefits that a good corporate volunteering program can have on the community, on the employees, and, most importantly, on your business.

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If you think Rockford youth development programs might be right for your teen, you may wonder how to motivate him or her to actually want to get involved in the community. Here are some of our top tips on how to get him or her to want to be a part of things.

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Here at the United Way of Rock River Valley, we work hard to create education volunteer programs in Rockford. We organize volunteers to help with tutoring and teaching students in some basic subjects in school. What we have found through some research is that the same subjects that students struggle with here are pretty much the same all around the nation. Wherever you are, there is likely a school that could use your help with students in the following important subjects.

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When it comes to the problem of poverty, it might seem too large to tackle as an individual, especially if you aren't exactly well-off yourself. Yet, seeing the working poor and what they have to go through to make ends meet probably speaks to your compassion. After all, helping those who need it in your community is ultimately good for you. A strong economy depends on all of the community's members participating in it. At United Way of Rock River Valley in Rockford, IL, we offer several ways to find assistance for low income families in Rockford.

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Youth development programs in Rockford are a great way to strengthen communities and offer a helping hand to children in need. Here at United Way of Rock River Valley, we have spent years tracking and measuring the right programs to fund. The following three elements are what we have found to be the most influential.

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If you have a desire to create good Rockford youth development programs, then we salute you. Here at United Way of Rock River Valley, we have seen firsthand many times how influential these programs can be when they are created in the right way. Our recipe for success includes ways to promote education, income, and health. This post will briefly describe what we do to promote these important elements.

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If you want to help offer assistance for low income families in Rockford, then there are some great service opportunities out there to get you involved. Here at United Way of Rock River Valley, we can help you find the right ways to serve using your time and talents in influential ways. The following is a short list of some of the ways you can greatly impact the families in need in your area:

  • Get corporate sponsorship: We can always use more people to reach out to local companies to ask for monetary support.
  • Volunteer with existing programs: We have a lot of programs in place that can always use more helping hands.
  • Spread the word: There are others out there like you who would like to help. We would love help getting the word out there to these people.
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When people ask us here at United Way of Rock River Valley how we are able to offer so many important services to the local community, we have one main answer: corporate volunteer programs in Rockford. This really has been our secret for success for a long time now.

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When volunteering in your community, we understand that you want to find ways to have the biggest impact. With so many worthy causes and volunteer opportunities available, knowing where your efforts are the most worthwhile can help you decide where to put your time and effort. Read on as we explain some ways you can personally impact your community and causes that are worth your while.

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Plain and simple: these cold winter months are rough on the body. But spring is on the horizon. As a way to motivate you through the harsh winter, set a goal to complete your first 5K. Don't think you can? If you can walk 20 minutes, we have a plan that will get you running in no time.

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Last week, Congress passed legislation that makes permanent the expiring provisions of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC), two credits that help working families keep more of what they earn to pay for things like child care, food, and reliable transportation to get to work, and the IRA Charitable Rollover. The President is expected to sign the bill.

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Last week was National Tutoring Week (October 5-9). In case you missed the celebrations, Mei Cobb, Director of Volunteer & Employee Engagement at United Way of Worldwide, listed five reasons why someone would want to be a volunteer tutor:

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RAMP is a non-residential Center for Independent Living (CIL) serving individuals with disabilities in Winnebago, Boone, Stephenson and DeKalb counties, providing essential services to ensure some of the state's most vulnerable citizens are able to live independently and participate fully in society.

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Many Illinoisans think that the services provided by social service agencies are for the benefit of the poor only. We constantly hear that social service agencies take care of the "least among us". The truth is much more complex than the perception.

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Last week we concluded the 2015 season of Strong Neighborhoods Days. Thanks to residents, City of Rockford police officers and human services organizations for coming out to Rockford Housing Authority Blackhawk Courts. We look forward to engaging with residents at a neighborhood school during the school year.

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We had another nice turnout for Strong Neighborhoods Days yesterday. Thanks to the residents of Midtown District neighborhood for coming out to our Strong Neighborhoods House location to meet with other residents and connect with community resources. We look forward to connecting with more residents at the two remaining Strong Neighborhoods Days.

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In order to improve a community, volunteers of all ages are needed to advance the common good. Even children can make meaningful contributions to their neighborhoods. Research has found community service for kids produces real benefits when they volunteer alongside their families. According to The Center for Urban Policy and the Environment, volunteering:

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