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As we head into the fifth month without a state budget, the havoc and consequences that each day brings for human service agencies statewide continues to mount. And the Boys & Girls Club of Rockford and the youths we serve are feeling the effects of the chaos.

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Kids are more likely to succeed in school if they're healthy and well-fed when they enter the classroom. Adults who make healthy choices and have access to affordable health services are more productive in the workplace and their community. When individuals experience better health, they contribute to the collective well-being of the entire community.

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United Way, in collaboration with Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, Patriot's Gateway Community Center, Rockford Park District and Youth Services Network, offers a weekly Summer Learning Zone program for children living in Ellis Heights and Midtown District neighborhoods. The program helps students avoid the "summer slide", which occurs once school doors close for the summer.

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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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Families are finding new ways to spend time together-and volunteering is one way to do just that. Research has shown that volunteering as a family:

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