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Volunteer Reception Center

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Volunteers are wanted for an emergency response exercise. Just an hour of your time will help our community prepare for a sudden disaster or emergency.

Saturday, June 3, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cherry Valley Fire Protection District Training Center (4919 Blackhawk Road, Rockford, Ill.)

Sign-up: Wevolunteer.org

Join me in Showing the Love of Children

I just donated. Now join me in showing the love of children. #ShowTheLove

Show the Love



Thank you for showing the love by supporting United Way's Success By 6 school readiness initiative. Your donation empowers our young children to develop their very own love of reading. Now help us share the love by spreading the image above through social media. Encourage others to join you in showing the love.

Visit our School Readiness page to learn more about how we are helping kids enter school ready to learn.


Thank You For Pledging - United Way I READ

Thank you for joining others who have already pledged to become a reading mentor with United Way's I READ program. We will follow up with your next steps. In the meantime, here are a few items you can do now:


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Recruit Your Friends

Share the following message with your friends on Facebook or Twitter:

I just pledged to join @unitedwayrrv as a reading mentor. Take the pledge #KidsWin


Take Action

Get Informed: Before you start, learn more about United Way's I READ program and the importance of early grade reading by visiting this page.

Volunteer: Visit wevolunteer.org and create a free volunteer profile. Connect with other volunteer opportunities in your area and follow your favorite organization.

Individual Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering matters. It matters to those in need. And it matters to the agencies you help. Every day, United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of everyone in every neighborhood in Winnebago and Ogle counties. But we can’t do it without you.

WeVolunteer.org makes it easy to make a difference by offering a huge variety of volunteer opportunities year-round. You can search for volunteer opportunities in the Rockford, IL area based on interests and time availability.


Find a volunteer project today

Show the love of reading


Take a moment and try to remember some of the books you owned as a child and some of the stories you loved to read.

Now imagine your childhood without those books. This is a reality for many young children living in our neighborhoods.

Show your love of children and equip them with books to build their very own personal home library through United Way's Success By 6 school readiness initiative. Since we're in the spirit of love (and sharing), make a gift in honor of a friend or loved one and we'll send them a note about your donation.  


Why Books?

For a young child, an introduction to books and being read to at home sets the foundation for success in school. Consider this: the ratio of books to children in middle-income neighborhoods is 13 books per child, while the ratio of books to children in low-income neighborhoods is approximately one book to 300 children.

In the Rock River Valley, 27 percent of children live in poverty so we know there are thousands of local children missing out on the joy of owning even one book. Together with your support, United Way will provide books to children to take home throughout the school year.

So give $25 to support one child, $50 for two children --- you get the point.

Give as much as your heart desires and empower a young child to develop their own love of reading.


Can't donate?
You can still show the love of reading by taking the pledge to become a volunteer reader. United Way I READ, a partnership with United Way and The Literacy Council, need volunteers to work with children in our areas. Take the pledge now >