Our Impact

Changing Lives

Donate to United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every neighborhood.


No matter how large or small, every gift is important and 100% percent stays right here in the Rock River Valley. So join the fight because we are stronger together than we are alone.

 

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Impact Highlights

 

 Black Male Initiative

Connecting young men with job and education opportunities

The Black Male Initiative is empowering young men like Tamarius to overcome obstacles with the caring guidance of adult mentors. Learn more > 


 

 Parenthood Promise

Helping families ensure their children become successful in school

Parenthood Promise is helping children become successful in school and empowers parents, like Ashleigh, to build up a culture of achievement in their neighborhoods. Learn more > 

 


 

 Village of Progress

Empowering persons with disabilities to live more independently

Village of Progress in Ogle County is empowering persons with disabilities, like Nick, to live more independently. Learn more > 

 

 

What your dollars can do

No matter how large or small, your gift adds up to big wins for everyone in our community.

For $1 a week, you can help struggling families achieve their long-term financial goals with free income tax preparations

For $5 a week, you can help pre-K children prepare for kindergarten with their own school readiness books, and activities that encourage family engagement at home

For $10 a week, you can help senior citizens live independently with daily nutritional meals and regular wellness visits

For $20 a week, you can help families connect with critical community services in Winnebago and Ogle counties through 2-1-1, a 24/7 information and referral telephone line that's free and confidential

For $30 a week, you can help elementary students participate in an afterschool program that focuses on homework support, exercise, healthy eating and life skills

 

Additional Impact Resources

Where The Money Goes... Infographic - PDF

Community Investments - PDF

United Way of Ogle County - Overview

 

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

Thank you for supporting the health, education and financial stability of every child and family in our neighborhoods. By combining your donation with every gift from the community, we create long-term impact by investing in unique programs and services across Ogle and Winnebago Counties. 

 

Impact Highlights

 

 Black Male Initiative

Connecting young men with job and education opportunities

The Black Male Initiative is empowering young men like Tamarius to overcome obstacles with the caring guidance of adult mentors. Learn more > 


 

 Parenthood Promise

Helping families ensure their children become successful in school

Parenthood Promise is helping children become successful in school and empowers parents, like Ashleigh, to build up a culture of achievement in their neighborhoods. Learn more > 

 


 

 Village of Progress

Empowering persons with disabilities to live more independently

Village of Progress in Ogle County is empowering persons with disabilities, like Nick, to live more independently. Learn more > 

 

 

Additional Impact Resources

Where The Money Goes... Infographic - PDF

Community Investments - PDF

United Way of Ogle County - Overview

 

My Free Taxes

MyFreeTaxes

MyFreeTaxes is a free, safe and easy way for anyone earning $64,000 or less to file state and federal taxes online. Optimized for mobile devices, MyFreeTaxes can save taxpayers an average of $200 in fees. The program is sponsored by United Way, with support from H&R BlockĀ®.

 

File Taxes for Free

 

 Call 1-855-MY-TX-HELP (1-855-698-9435) to reach a tax expert.

 

Program Reach

Emergency Food and Shelter Program

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Winnebago County has been chosen to receive $193,059 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. This amount reflects a 21% increase ($33,051) from Phase 33 which awarded $160,008. The Local Board invites eligible organizations to apply for these funds, using the application below. A Local Board, consisting of representatives from local nonprofit human service agencies, governmental entities, and the community at large will determine how the funds are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in Winnebago County. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must:

  1. be private voluntary non-profits or units of government;
  2. be eligible to receive Federal funds;
  3. have an accounting system;
  4. have a nondiscrimination policy in line with all applicable Civil Rights legislation;
  5. have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs;
  6. if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.

Qualifying service providers in Winnebago County are urged to apply. The spending period for Phase 34 ends January 31, 2018.

To apply, download the application packet on this page and respond to the prompts in the file or using a separate Word file. Completed applications must be mailed or turned in by person, and must be received by 4:30pm on July 11. No late or incomplete applications will be considered. Submit your application to:

United Way of Rock River Valley
Attn: Paul Nolley
612 N Main Street, Suite 300
Rockford, IL 61103

For any questions, contact Paul Nolley at 815-986-4814 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Resources:

Phase 34 Application - PDF | WORD

Become an I READ Volunteer Reader

Support our local schools by helping young readers achieve reading proficiency. Each week, I READ volunteers work together with teachers and mentor up to two Kindergarten students for 20 minutes each during the school day.

 

Why United Way I READ?

Until the end of third grade, most students are learning to read. Beginning in fourth grade, students begin reading to learn. Without reading proficiency, a child's participation in the learning process is impaired.

 

What are the requirements?

It's simple. You just need a passion to share a love of reading. Training and materials are provided, and all volunteers go through a background check with each school. Volunteers are encouraged to remain with their students through third grade.

 

> Pledge now to become a United Way I READ volunteer