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New job training workshop targets Ellis Heights and Midtown neighborhood residents with key employment skills

Strong Neighborhoods Workforce Development Institute

(Rockford, Ill. - 09/28/2015) – United Way of Rock River Valley, in collaboration with Workforce Development Institute and Rockford Rescue Mission, is holding a brief information session on a new job skills training workshop targeting unemployed residents in Ellis Heights and Midtown District neighborhoods. Through the Strong Neighborhoods Workforce Development Institute, unemployed and employer-referred adults can strengthen key job skills such as goal setting, interpersonal skills, problem-solving, negotiation skills and self-motivation. Training will be held at Rockford Rescue Mission's main campus on West State Street starting in October.

The partnership between United Way and Workforce Development Institute is a result of United Way's Strong Neighborhoods initiative, which will dramatically improve the quality of life for children and families in two of the region's most challenged neighborhoods. Through neighborhood engagement discussions, United Way discovered residents' needs for better education options closer to the neighborhoods, and training related to strengthening employment skills. The Workforce Development Institute was first launched in Freeport Housing Authority.

 

DETAILS

When: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Where: Crusader Community Health on West State Street, Board Room (1200 West State Street, Rockford, Ill.)

 


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 leaders among the 25 Black Leaders to Watch awards

25 Black Leaders to Watch

(Rockford, Ill. - 08/31/2015) – Ashley Burks and Matthew Simpson of United Way of Rock River Valley along with two board members were among those honored at last Friday's 25 Black Leaders to Watch event, hosted by Soul News Network.

 

Ashley Burks-100x100Ashley Burks, United Way neighborhood impact manager for Midtown District, was honored as a Young Leader on the Rise.

 

 

 

 

Jedediah CantrellJedediah Cantrell, United Way board member and vice president of operations at SwedishAmerican Health System, was honored as a Woman to Watch.

 

 

 

 

Danielle PotterDanielle Potter, United Way board member and senior manager of community recreation for Rockford Park District, was honored as a Community Mover and Shaker.

 

 

 

Matthew SimpsonMatthew Simpson, United Way neighborhood impact manager for Ellis Heights, was honored as a Community Mover and Shaker.

 

 

 

 "United Way is fortunate to have the benefit of their outstanding talent and leadership in advancing our important mission in the community," says Paul A. Logli, President/CEO of United Way of Rock River Valley.

Visit Soul News Network for a complete list of 25 Blacks Leaders to Watch.

 


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.

Seasoned community advocate and Byron resident joins United Way as Ogle County Director

Alan-Jones-Hire

(Rockford, Ill. - 08/03/2015) – United Way of Rock River Valley is pleased to announce the hiring of Alan Jones as Relationship Manager/Ogle County Director. In his new role, Jones joins United Way's relationship management team and will oversee resource development and program operations for Ogle County as well as manage corporate accounts in Winnebago County. Jones assumed his responsibilities today.

More than 425 businesses and local labor partners in Ogle and Winnebago counties align their annual philanthropic giving with United Way, pledging nearly $4.8 million during the last campaign year. In addition to managing corporate accounts, Jones will represent United Way at ongoing events including civic and human services meetings and provide oversight of Ogle County operations, including United Way 2-1-1 and grant investments.

"Alan brings a deep-rooted knowledge in community advocacy and nonprofit marketing that will assist us in our impact work. We are thrilled to welcome him to the United Way team. His considerable expertise of the region, particularly in Ogle County, will be a great asset to our organization," said Linda Sandquist, Vice President.

Jones brings more than 25 years of marketing, communication and community relations experience, including 15 years as a television anchor and producer for 23WIFR. More recently as the marketing and fund development director for Lifescape Community Services, Jones led fundraising efforts for the senior centered nonprofit organization, which included maintaining the donor management system and developing the creation of appeal campaigns. He holds certification in Centers of Disease Control Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication Regional Training.

A longtime resident of Byron, Jones served on the board of Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County and volunteered with several organizations including Byron Community Unit School District #226, ByronFest, and Byron Police Department. He is currently a member of the Bryon Rotary Club.

 


United Way of Rock River Valley

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.

100 percent of Ogle County disaster relief allocation spent on tornado restoration efforts in Rochelle

Northern Illinois Disaster Relief Rochelle

(Rockford, Ill. - 08/28/2015) – Since the tornadoes that left a trail of devastation in several Northern Illinois communities, United Way of Rock River Valley reports that 100 percent of monies allocated to Ogle County from the Northern Illinois Disaster Relief Fund has been spent directly on restoration efforts in Rochelle, Ill through American Red Cross of Northwest Illinois. Ogle County's share of the Northern Illinois Disaster Relief Fund represents nearly $54,000 or 41 percent of total dollars.

United Way of Rock River Valley, in collaboration with Kishwaukee United Way, United Way of Boone County, United Way of Lee County, and United Way of Ogle County, created the Northern Illinois Disaster Relief Fund to support relief and long-term recovery efforts for communities devastated by tornadoes on April 9, 2015.

Over $130,000 was collected through the Northern Illinois Disaster Relief Fund, including contributions from Chicago Bears ($100,000) and FCA Foundation ($25,000), a charitable arm of FCA US LLC (formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles). Funds were allocated based on estimates of damage per county, without administrative fees, to relief and recovery efforts through the United Way partners as follows:

  • Kishwaukee United Way (DeKalb County) – $59,751 (46 percent)

  • United Way of Boone County – $13,000 (10 percent)

  • United Way of Lee County - $4,000 (3 percent)

  • United Way of Ogle County - $53,996 (41 percent)

Organizations that received United Way disaster fund assistance were evaluated and held strictly accountable. Agencies were required to prove services provided and demonstrate need for financial support.

 


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.

Rockford Police and United Way announce community outreach initiative, “Strong Neighborhoods Days”

Strong Neighborhoods Days

(Rockford, Ill. - 07/20/2015) – The Rockford Police Department and United Way of Rock River Valley will launch the first in a new series of community outreach events this week. "Strong Neighborhoods Days" block parties are a partnership of the Rockford Police Department and United Way of Rock River Valley. The block parties evolved from the success of the former "Cops on the Block" events that have taken place in previous summers.

"Strong Neighborhoods Days" block parties provide an informal opportunity for neighbors to meet and engage with district police officers. Activities include giveaways, bomb robot demonstrations, and tours of the Rockford Police mobile command center and select Strong Neighborhoods Houses. United Way will provide food, catered by Zina Horton from local favorite, Zammuto's, and will also be distributing free t-shirts to attendees.

"Community engagement is a critical element to healthy and vibrant neighborhoods," said Assistant Deputy Chief Michael Dalke. "Strong Neighborhoods Days is an opportunity to develop new and strengthen existing relationships with residents."

The Rockford Police Department and United Way have been working closely together with the SwedishAmerican Health Foundation in the establishment of the Strong Neighborhoods House on Revell Avenue, and with Zion Development Corporation to identify houses on 8th Avenue and Irving Avenue that will be developed as Strong Neighborhoods Houses. These houses will serve as a space where officers can help facilitate problem solving and build a safer and healthier neighborhood.

"United Way is working with community partners to build safe and healthy neighborhoods. Strong Neighborhoods Days is an excellent way for police officers and neighborhood residents to get to know each other," said Paul Logli, President and CEO of United Way of Rock River Valley.

The event will occur once a week on Thursdays for the next five weeks from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the following locations:

  • July 23, 2015 – Revell Strong Neighborhoods House (1233 Revell Ave.)
  • July 30, 2015 – Irving Strong Neighborhoods House (312 Irving Ave.)
  • August 6, 2015 – 8th Ave Strong Neighborhoods House (908 8th Ave.)
  • August 13, 2015 – Morgan and Ferguson (1000 Ferguson. By St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church)
  • August 20, 2015 – Blackhawk Courts (338 15th Ave.)

Police officers and United Way volunteers will go door-to-door throughout the neighborhood to make introductions, distribute event information and invite residents to attend leading up to each event.

For more information, please contact Ashley Burks, community impact manager of United Way of Rock River Valley, at 815.986.4805 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 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.