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United Way Allocates $129,000 to Four Agencies

Boys & Girls Club, Discovery Center, Rosecrance and YMCA Will Receive Allocations for Middle School Programs Addressing Academic and Social-Emotional Needs Children are Facing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

On Thursday, November 19, United Way of Rock River Valley will present grant allocations totaling $129,000 to representatives from Boys & Girl Club, Discovery Center, Rosecrance and YMCA of Rock River Valley. The allocations will be used to support programs addressing academic and social-emotional needs middle schoolers are facing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Helping underpriviledged students adjust to distance learning

Every new school year brings opportunities for growth and improvement. Schools are usually given ample amounts of time to prepare, run tests, and experiment – up until the pandemic hit.

With mandatory school closures earlier this year, institutions were left grappling with how to continue operating with such an abrupt change in dynamic. As the need for distance learning caught on with a new academic year up ahead, schools – and students – who are not as well-equipped may face additional hurdles.

New learning environments highlight importance of Move the Middle initiative

"I believe given the current situation, the Move the Middle initiative has an even greater responsibility to ensure students' needs are being met."
—Nicole Bennett, Achievement Advocate, United Way of Rock River Valley

Dominic only shows up to middle school a few days a week. His home life is unstable, night to night he doesn't know where he'll sleep. His grades dip to failing levels — on top of missing assignments from not being in school consistently, when he is there, he struggles to concentrate as so much weighs on his mind.

Newly launched 81Thrive initiative to support area nonprofits impacted by pandemic

81Thrive aims to raise and deploy $2 million in support of vital nonprofit organizations that support our residents and add to our region’s vibrancy.

In recent weeks and months, we’ve witnessed disruption and loss in ways not seen in our lifetimes. Fortunately, thanks in large measure to the generosity of our community and through the work of our nonprofits, many of the needs of our most vulnerable citizens are being met.

Round three of Emerging Needs Fund distributes another $250,000 in community support

In a third round of grant allocations through United Way of Rock River Valley's COVID-19 Emerging Needs Fund, 25 non-profit agencies in Winnebago County received $250,000.

Savings and free delivery of prescription medications

United Way of Rock River Valley Partners with FamilyWize to Offer Support for Residents to Delivery of Prescriptions

United Way of Rock River Valley is committed to connecting residents to prescription savings resources during the coronavirus pandemic through its partnership with FamilyWize, an organization focused on improving the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Helping kids cope with COVID-19

It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If parents seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise. Parents should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy.

Eight ways to thank frontline workers

Nurses. Doctors. Grocery store employees. Delivery drivers. Warehouse workers. First responders. Truck drivers. Cleaners. There are so many people who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak. They continue to help keep our community safe and the world running. To honor and celebrate their ongoing sacrifice, let’s say thank you!

May 5: Say Thank You