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Nicor Gas investment in United Way demonstrates total commitment to community impact

Nicor Gas Check

(Rockford, Ill. - 12/03/2015) – Representatives of Nicor Gas, an AGL Resources Company, presented a corporate check in the amount of $21,600 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 company's long tradition of support for United Way's across Northern Illinois, which began in 1954.

"The generous support from Nicor Gas helps us create opportunities for children and families to achieve a better quality of life," said Paul A. Logli, CEO/President of United Way of Rock River Valley. "We appreciate their total commitment to our community."

In addition to the corporate check, Nicor Gas annually pledges employee contributions through its United Way workplace campaign. Nicor Gas was also a key partner in developing the recently opened 8th Avenue Strong Neighborhoods House by moving two gas meters to make room for an ADA-compliant ramp.

Nicor Gas representatives Jim Kuchler, regional director, David Pietryla, community relations manager, and Jeremy Thomas, supervisor of field operations, presented the check to Logli during Wednesday's United Way of Rock River Valley board meeting.

 

About Nicor Gas
Nicor Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS), is a natural gas distribution company that serves more than 2 million customers in a service territory that encompasses most of the northern third of Illinois, excluding the city of Chicago. For more information, visit www.nicorgas.com.

About AGL Resources
AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) is an Atlanta-based energy services holding company with operations in natural gas distribution, retail operations, wholesale services and midstream operations. AGL Resources serves approximately 4.5 million utility customers through its regulated distribution subsidiaries in seven states. The company also serves over one million retail customers through its SouthStar Energy Services joint venture and Pivotal Home Solutions, which market natural gas and related home services. Other non-utility businesses include asset management for natural gas wholesale customers through Sequent Energy Management and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. AGL Resources is a Fortune 500 company and a member of the S&P 500 Index. For more information, visit www.aglresources.com.

 


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.

8th Avenue Strong Neighborhoods House brings critical resources to local residents

Strong Neighborhoods House

(Rockford, Ill. - 12/01/2015) – United Way of Rock River Valley, in collaboration with Rockford Police Department and ZION Development, unveiled the first of two Strong Neighborhoods houses for Ellis Heights and Midtown residents. The 8th Avenue Strong Neighborhoods House, located at 908 8th Avenue, will become a resource for residents, where local police officers will have regular office hours as a way to help facilitate problem solving and build a safer and stronger neighborhood.

"All families deserve an opportunity to live in a safe and healthy neighborhood," says Paul A. Logli, President/CEO of United Way of Rock River Valley. "The house will be a great center of activity for police to set up in the neighborhood and build positive relationships with residents. When those positive relationships start to develop then we also have a safer neighborhood."

The house is the culmination of nearly half a year of collective work by United Way, volunteer groups and key partners such as ZION, which serves as landlord of the property, and Northwestern Illinois Building and Construction Trades Council. United Way invested about $40,000 in house renovations. As a result, the 8th Avenue Strong Neighborhoods House will serve a number of functions in addition to the regular police presence. The house provides a space for community gatherings and delivery of critical human services.

"This house is intended to be a warm and welcoming place for the residents. United Way will be out in the neighborhood listening to and helping residents identify key programming that will improve their quality of life," says Logli.

Currently, United Way has secured a free tax assistance program at the house for residents through Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois and is in planning with University of Illinois Extension to bring summer youth programming.

The 8th Avenue Strong Neighborhoods House is a direct response to needs discovered through United Way's Strong Neighborhoods initiative, which is dramatically improving the quality of life for children and families in two of the region's most challenged neighborhoods. Over the past year, United Way's community impact team has visited with residents, businesses and agencies in Ellis Heights and Midtown neighborhoods to learn their aspirations and needs. Safety, healthy living, school readiness, job training, and access to critical resources were priorities identified through the community engagements.

The second Strong Neighborhoods House is scheduled to open in the Ellis Heights neighborhood in early spring 2016. For more information, please contact Linda Sandquist, vice president of United Way of Rock River Valley, at 815-968-5400 or 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.

LIVE UNITED Event at Bachrodt Auto Mall to help keep kids in school

Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall Event

(Rockford, Ill. - 11/02/2015) – Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall and First Northern Credit Union invites you to LIVE UNITED DAY on Saturday, November 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to help support children living in poverty. Families living in poverty cannot use SNAP to purchase personal hygiene items such as shampoo, deodorant, and soap. As a result, young children are missing school because of adequate health care products.

During the event, United Way of Rock River Valley staff and volunteers will collect donations of personal and hair care products at Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall and work together with Youth Services Network to distribute the items to Rockford-area families that need them the most. Individuals are also encouraged to learn more about becoming a volunteer through United Way's Tiny Hands, Big Hearts pre-k mentoring program and I READ mentoring program.

 

EVENT DETAILS
When: Saturday, November 7, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall – 7070 Cherryvale N. Boulevard, Rockford (behind Cherryvale Mall)

For more information, please contact Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall at 815-332-6622.

 

 


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.

Celebrate generosity by giving back on #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday

(Rockford, Ill. - 11/23/2015) – United Way of Rock River Valley is once again joining millions around the world in #GivingTuesday (December 1) to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide during the holiday season. Similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days synonymous with holiday shopping, #GivingTuesday, held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, harnesses the power of social media to inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support. This year, United Way's #GivingTuesday Campaign will support programming for two Strong Neighborhoods Houses in the regions most challenged neighborhoods.

Since its founding in 2012, online giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has increased more than four-fold, based on findings by Blackbaud and the Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, produced in partnership with the Case Foundation. Last year, local donors came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday by raising $1,000 for United Way's Strong Neighborhoods initiative, which was over a 100 percent increase from the previous year goal.

This year, United Way's goal is to raise $4,000 in support of programming for Strong Neighborhoods Houses in Ellis Heights and Midtown neighborhoods. A joint collaboration between United Way, City of Rockford Police Department and ZION Development, these houses will build positive relationships between residents and local police officers, provide necessary human services directly to the residents, and improve the overall quality of life in the neighborhood. Programming includes financial literacy and mental health resources for families and activities for youth.

To take action on #GivingTuesday, the community is encouraged to TEXT the keyword STRONG15 to 41444 or donate using this secure, mobile-friendly form. People can also take action by making a pledge to become a volunteer reader, mentor, or tutor.

Visit our #GivingTuesday event page for more details.

 


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.

New neighborhood group cleaning up crime along Peach Court

Zion West Neighborhood Association

(Rockford, Ill. - 10/29/2015) – Zion West Neighborhood Association is hosting a cleanup project along Peach Court in the Ellis Heights neighborhood. The project serves as the association's first group activity and immediately addresses resident concerns over the blight and safety of the street. Peach Court, located between School and West Jefferson streets, has become a barrier between the Fairgrounds Valley public housing apartments and the larger neighborhood. With overgrown brush and litter, the street is a target of regular criminal activity. Zion West Neighborhood Association is part of West Gateway Coalition, which encompasses the Ellis Heights neighborhood.

United Way of Rock River Valley has been working together with West Gateway Coalition and Zion West Neighborhood Association to empower the group to become more effective and strategic in the Ellis Heights neighborhood. The partnership is a result of United Way's Strong Neighborhood initiative, which is addressing the widespread social and economic issues affecting residents in two of the regions' most underserved neighborhoods.

 

DETAILS
When: Saturday, October 31, 2015
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Peach Court (between School and West Jefferson streets)

Contact: Rev. Marvin Hightower Sr. - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; 815-962-7813

 


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.