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MercyRockford Health System delivers first corporate donation of 2016

MercyRockford Health System Donation

(Rockford, Ill. - 01/06/2015) – As a play on the "first baby born in the New Year" announcement, the first corporate donation of 2016 arrived yesterday around 10:26 a.m. courtesy of MercyRockford Health System. Representatives of MercyRockford presented the check in the amount of $35,000 to United Way of Rock River Valley's community impact fund, which supports investments in strategies and programs that strengthen the education, income and health of our area. This investment in community impact continues the organization's commitment to improving lives in our neighborhoods.

In addition to the corporate check, MercyRockford annually pledges employee contributions through its United Way workplace campaign and devotes time to advocacy and volunteerism. Last year, MercyRockford was recognized by United Way as a recipient of the inaugural Strong Neighbor Award for their work in helping residents prepare for and connect with employment opportunities.

MercyRockford Health System representatives Dan Parod, senior vice president of hospital and administrative affairs, Helen Brooks, vice president of community and regional development, and Nancy Harvey, director of claims, presented the check to Paul A. Logli, president/CEO, and Matthew Zarembski, relationship manager.

 


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.

Major Rockford area real estate offices join together in improving the quality of life in our region

Dickerson & Nieman and Gambino Realtors

(Rockford, Ill. - 12/17/2015) – Representatives from Dickerson & Nieman Realtors and Gambino Realtors presented a joint check yesterday in the amount of over $15,500 to United Way of Rock River Valley. Funds were raised through a friendly challenge between both offices to collectively raise employee contributions for United Way's annual community campaign. The check will support community impact through United Way's work.

"Supporting our community is something the agents and staff here at Dickerson & Nieman make a priority in their lives," says Frank Wehrstein, president and CEO of Dickerson & Nieman Realtors. "As real estate professionals, we work on deals together all the time. This was a wonderful way to encourage friendly support of a good cause and clearly the participation on both sides gave United Way a great contribution from two local companies."

As a result of the friendly challenge, the combined total from Dickerson & Nieman Realtors and Gambino Realtors represents an increase of about 250 percent over last year's combined campaign totals.

"We are pleased to be partnered with Dickerson and Nieman in supporting United Way through this friendly contest," says Jonathan Krause, president of Gambino Realtors. "United Way does so many greats things in so many areas of our community. As the Rockford community improves so does the joy of living in Rockford."

Krause and Wehrstein presented the check to Paul A. Logli, president/CEO of United Way of Rock River Valley during a check presentation at the United Way offices.

United Way strategically invests in outcome-based programs that achieve greater community impact in the areas of education, income and health. More than 425 businesses and local labor partners in Ogle and Winnebago counties make United Way a part of their annual philanthropic giving.

 


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.

Northwestern Illinois Building & Construction Trades present check in support of school readiness

Northwestern Illinois Building and Construction Trades Council

(Rockford, Ill. - 12/09/2015) – Representatives from Northwestern Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council presented a check in the amount of $8,500 to United Way of Rock River Valley in support of its Success By 6 school readiness initiative. Funds were raised through the annual Building Trades Golf Play Day event held in June 2015.

After the check presentation, union members introduced and read December's school readiness book, Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn, to pre-k students at Fairview Early Childhood Center. The book is part of United Way's school readiness initiative, which supports parents and early learning educators to ensure children, from birth to age 6, are prepared to enter school ready to learn.

 

 

Building Trades members Brad Long, president, Mark Richeson, secretary/treasurer, and Jamie Sanchez, Carpenters Local 792 and Brad Williams, IBEW Local 364 presented the check to United Way's Paul Logli, President/CEO, and Trisha Welte, AFL-CIO Labor Liaison on Monday, December 7, 2015. This is the third year in which Northwestern Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council directed proceeds from their Golf Play Day to United Way, totaling over $20,000.

For more information, visit Success By 6 initiaitive or contact Ella Nelson, Impact Coordinator, by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 


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.

United Way urges Congress to support bipartisan tax package that strengthens working families

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(Rockford, Ill. - 12/17/2015) – Late Tuesday night, Congressional leaders announced they had successfully negotiated a bipartisan tax package that aligns with United Way's work in reducing childhood poverty and building hope for families throughout our neighborhoods. The legislation makes permanent the expiring provisions of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) that have been a major priority for United Way over the past year. Congress has a chance today to pass the bipartisan tax package. The House will vote on the package today; the Senate will vote on it tomorrow.

One of United Way's key investments in the areas of financial-stability is the volunteer tax assistance program through Goodwill of Northern Illinois. Last tax season, nearly 2,400 families and individuals filed a federal and state tax return for free through the program, resulting in over $880,000 Earned Income Tax Credits. At minimum, the tax package will ensure EITC remain at the same levels. For this upcoming tax season, in collaboration with Goodwill, United Way will offer free tax assistance directly to residents in Ellis Heights and Midtown neighborhoods through the Strong Neighborhoods Houses.

 


 

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United Way of Rock River Valley advances the common good in Winnebago and Ogle counties, creating opportunities for a better life by focusing on education, income, and health. United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change.

School readiness book instills a love of libraries and books in young readers

Lola at the Library

Mark Richeson, Ironworkers Local 498, reads December's school readiness book to students in Miss Joann's pre-k class
 

(Rockford, Ill. - 12/03/2015) – This month, over 4,000 pre-k students will receive Lola at the Library  / Lola en la biblioteca as part of December's book title for Success By 6® Page Turner Reading Program. The program is part of United Way's school readiness initiative that helps children birth to age 6 learn, grow, and enter kindergarten ready to succeed. Members of Northwestern Illinois Building and Construction Trades Council introduced and read the book to pre-k students at Fairview Early Childhood Center.

In Lola at the Library, it's Tuesday --- and on Tuesday's, Lola and her mom go to the library. But before her mom is even out of bed, Lola has packed her backpack with her library books and her card. Written by Anna McQuinn, the simple text and large, bright acrylic illustrations make this book perfect for instilling a love of libraries and books in young readers.

Each month during the school year, pre-k children receive their very own age-appropriate book selected by early childhood specialists. Children begin to build their personal libraries and parents receive tips on ways to engage their young child in learning at home. Teachers also incorporate activities developed around each book title into their classroom curriculum. Books and materials are provided for English- and Spanish-speaking families.

United Way of Rock River Valley, in collaboration with City of Rockford Head Start, The Diocese of Rockford, Harlem School District #122, Kreative K, Montessori, Rockford Lutheran School, and Rockford Public Schools District #205, assists educators in developing pre-literacy skills in students that are essential for kindergarten readiness. Since the majority of brain development occurs between birth and age five, quality early learning and care programs have a profound impact on lifelong success and support cognitive, social and emotional development.

For more information, visit United Way's Success By 6 initiaitive or contact Ella Nelson, Impact Coordinator, by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 


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.