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[2-1-1 Advisory] Monitoring Severe Weather Conditions

211 Severe Weather Advisory

[CANCELLED - Thursday, June 23, 2016]

 

[Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 9:55 AM]

United Way of Rock River Valley's 2-1-1 information and referral line is closely monitoring weather conditions after a Hazardous Weather Outlook was issued by National Weather Service for Northern Illinois, which includes Winnebago and Ogle counties. In the event of severe weather occurrence, United Way 2-1-1 will be placed on alert, and operators will be ready to respond to incoming calls to provide severe weather emergency information and referrals for services. In emergency situations, callers should always call 911.

In the meantime, residents in Winnebago and Ogle counties are encouraged to follow weather condition reports through local media sources. Residents may also dial 2-1-1 or 888-865-9902, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for information and referrals regarding any severe weather preventative efforts, road conditions alerts, and locations of emergency shelters. All calls are free and call specialists support multiple languages.

United Way 2-1-1 works with local government agencies and human services organizations to provide the public a source for any severe weather related information.

Survey to measure and track United Way's progress now available

 Community Survey

(Rockford, Ill. - 03/09/2016) –United Way of Rock River Valley launched a community survey today to assess the effectiveness of the organization. The survey will measure and track United Way's impact on the community.

The community survey is available through Friday, March 18 and is open to all residents in Ogle and Winnebago counties, regardless whether they donated to United Way. United Way partnered with Perspectives Consulting Group, Inc., an independent research firm, to conduct the survey in order to ensure results remain anonymous and confidential.

 

Take the survey

- Text Impact16 to 51555

- Visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/UWRRV2016SURVEY.

 

For more information on the United Way community survey, please contact Linda Sandquist, vice president, by calling 815-968-5400.
 


United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way of Rock River Valley creates lasting change for everyone in Winnebago and Ogle counties by reducing childhood poverty and building hope for families in neighborhoods. We unite people and organizations to focus on results-driven solutions that create a community of healthy, well-educated and financially-stable individuals and families. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to make the change happen.

Free tax preparation program helps families achieve financial stability

Free Tax Services

(Rockford, Ill. - 01/20/2016) – Rockford-area residents with a household income of $62,000 or less are eligible for free tax preparation services offered in collaboration with Goodwill of Northern Illinois. Tax centers are conveniently located throughout the Rockford region including mobile sites in Ellis Heights and Midtown neighborhoods, and Ogle County. IRS-certified volunteers through Goodwill's GoodTAXES program will prepare taxes at no cost.

Residents may schedule appointments now through April 15, 2016 at various locations by calling 815-987-6200.

Last year, nearly 2,400 tax returns were filed, resulting in $2.5 million in total refunds returned to the community. In total, over $425,000 in tax preparation fees were saved by individuals utilizing the free service and $882,732 in Earned Income Tax Credits returned to eligible families.

 

Tax Centers:

- Goodwill's Mission Services Center, 615 N. Longwood Street, Rockford, Ill.
- East High School (cafeteria), 2929 Charles Street, Rockford, Ill.
- Rock Valley College (Woodward Technology Center), 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford, Ill.

 

Mobile Tax Centers include:

  • Crusader Clinic, 1100 Broadway, Rockford Ill.
    • February 22, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Crusader Clinic, 1200 West State Street, Rockford, Ill.
    • February 5, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • 8th Avenue Strong Neighborhoods House, 908 8th Avenue, Rockford, Ill.
    • February 8, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • March 17, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Ellis Heights Strong Neighborhoods House, 312 Irving Avenue, Rockford, Ill.
    • February 12, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • March 31, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Flagg-Rochelle Public Library, 619 Fourth Avenue, Rochelle, Ill.
    • March 18, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • April 14, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The free tax assistance program with Goodwill of Northern Illinois is part of United Way of Rock River Valley's work in financial stability. The whole community benefits when more working families and individuals become financially stable because they are more likely to have access to quality health care, provide a good education for their children and contribute to their local economies.

For more information on dates, times and location of tax centers, please visit Goodwill of Northern Illinois or call 815-987-6200.

 


United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way of Rock River Valley creates lasting change for everyone in Winnebago and Ogle counties by reducing childhood poverty and building hope for families in neighborhoods. We unite people and organizations to focus on results-driven solutions that create a community of healthy, well-educated and financially-stable individuals and families. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to make the change happen.

Upcoming community survey to assess effectiveness of United Way

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(Rockford, Ill. - 03/01/2016) – United Way of Rock River Valley is seeking community input to assess the effectiveness of the organization. United Way periodically conducts surveys to measure and track its impact on the community.

On Wednesday, March 9, a short survey will be available on United Way's Web site at www.unitedwayrrv.org, and is available through Friday, March 18. The survey is open to all residents in Ogle and Winnebago counties, regardless whether they donated to United Way of Rock River Valley. United Way partnered with Perspectives Consulting Group, Inc., an independent research firm, to conduct the survey in order to ensure results remain anonymous and confidential.

For more information on the United Way community survey, please contact Linda Sandquist, vice president, by calling 815-968-5400.

 


United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way of Rock River Valley creates lasting change for everyone in Winnebago and Ogle counties by reducing childhood poverty and building hope for families in neighborhoods. We unite people and organizations to focus on results-driven solutions that create a community of healthy, well-educated and financially-stable individuals and families. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to make the change happen.

Strong Neighborhoods program empowers residents to a healthier financial life

Strong Neighborhoods Financial Empowerment

(Rockford, Ill. - 01/07/2015) – Residents around Midtown neighborhood learned about a free program that will help them improve their financial life during an open house at the Strong Neighborhoods House located at 908 8th Avenue. United Way of Rock River Valley partnered with Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois to create a financial empowerment program designed to better manage money and control spending patterns.

An accredited financial counselor from Goodwill will work alongside clients to help set goals, track expenses, and create a budget and spending plan. Clients will also review their credit scores, discuss ways to improve the scores, and connect with resources that may assist them in meeting their financial goals.

A Goodwill financial counselor will hold office hours every Wednesday beginning February 3, from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Strong Neighborhoods House at 908 8th Avenue. To schedule a free appointment, call Goodwill at 815-965-3795.

The free financial empowerment program is a direct response to needs discovered through United Way's Strong Neighborhoods initiative, which is improving the quality of life for children and families in area neighborhoods. With 39.1 percent of residents in the Midtown neighborhood living at poverty, the program provides an opportunity for individuals and families to improve money management skills and to lead a healthier financial life.

 


United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way of Rock River Valley creates lasting change for everyone in Winnebago and Ogle counties by reducing childhood poverty and building hope for families in neighborhoods. We unite people and organizations to focus on results-driven solutions that create a community of healthy, well-educated and financially-stable individuals and families. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to make the change happen.