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Roman Salamon

Roman Salamon

Roman J. Salamon is the Director of Communications and Marketing with United Way of Rock River Valley.

There are many ways to give back to your community, ranging from volunteering to mentoring children and adolescents through local organizations, like the Strong Neighborhoods Initiative via United Way of Rock River Valley. However, one of the most effective ways to stretch your passion to help others is by making charitable donations. These donations put your money to work in local communities in several key ways.

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While you may have already filed your taxes for 2016, it is never too late to start thinking about ways to save on your taxes for next year. One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to reduce your tax bill is to donate to charity. These donations can help you save money and improve your long-term financial stability. In fact, consider how donating to a charity, like United Way of Rock River Valley, could help your finances in these five ways.

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School will be out soon, and while plenty of people will be planning their summer vacation, it is important to remember those in the community who may not have the ability to spend the summer lounging. Instead, you can help make the summer better and more enjoyable by volunteering for community service opportunities in your area. If you are not sure where to begin, consider volunteering for one of these fun, outdoor ways to give back to your community.

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With increased competition to get into the nation’s prestigious colleges and universities, more students need to understand how community service may impact their application. Having the right balance of community service and academic courses can help prospective students get into the college of their choice. As a result, students should understand how admission counselors are weighing community service, what types of community service can improve their chances and how to highlight such experiences in the application.

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With spring’s arrival, the time is perfect to refocus your efforts on attaining and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Rather than spending thousands on diets and exercise equipment, follow these seven life-hacks for healthy living Rockford residents can rely on.

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The income gap has been a part of mainstream media for years, but how it impacts communities is often overlooked. On the surface, it means the wealthiest people continue to growth their wealth, and those in the lower and middle classes face shrinking ability to live on their incomes. However, understanding how this topic hurts communities can help change income inequality Rockford residents have come to see.

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The arrival of tax season represents a major challenge for many people without the funds to file their income tax returns. Meanwhile, messages of financial hope get lost amid advertisements and promotions offered by retailers. The IRS' Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program gives those who cannot afford to file opportunity, but many do not understand what the program is and how it works. So, you can help those in your community by knowing a few things about it.

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United Way is known for working to improve community health, bring neighborhoods together for a common good and make a difference in the lives of those in need. Thus, more businesses and organizations are turning to United Way to plan, host or participate in community service opportunities, and successful workplace campaigns can be a major stepping stone toward giving back to your community. However, planning a workplace campaign or hosting a company volunteer day, known as Day of Caring, can be complicated, so use this guide to ensure nothing is overlooked or forgotten.

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From third-party educational institutions to government resources, a mountain of evidence indicates job training plays a major role in achieving financial stability. As explained by the Federal Reserve Board, people with more job training and education in their field tend to have a higher level of financial stability, but financial stability is much more than simply having money in the bank. Consequently, you need to understand how job training leads to community empowerment Rockford residents in need can use for better job placement and attain financial stability.

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One of the biggest excuses people give for not working out during the winter is that it is too cold. Even if you do not love exercising, you should still work towards staying active and staying healthy. Here is a list of simple ways to stay active during the cold winter months:

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United Way does all kinds of wonderful things to help our neighborhoods and families in need. This does not just happen, though. It takes a lot of help from individual donors in the community as well as community grants/community development. There are many different community grants and corporate gifts that help United Way do great things in communities such as provide financial classes, literacy classes, and other types of helpful education that people need to be successful. These are just a few examples of grants received and what United Way has done with them.

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The first years of childhood build the foundation upon which a lifetime of learning is established. Early childhood education programs in Rockford supported by United Way are designed to make this foundation strong and stable. Time and again, studies have shown that quality early childhood education sets children up for success not only in kindergarten and grade school, but in later life as well. Early education has such a profound impact, in part, because the majority of brain development occurs by the time a child is five years old. Additionally, early childhood education sets children up for academic success by encouraging school readiness.

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United Way of Rock River Valley brings together partners, donors and volunteers to focus on the big picture and create long-lasting impact. Whether you’re looking to volunteer, donate or advocate on our behalf, here are five simple community service opportunities that benefit people right here in Rockford.

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Do you have a question about  United Way of Rock River Valley  in the Rockford IL location? Below we have taken some of the most commonly asked questions and provided detailed answers to help you get a better understanding of what we do and how we help the Rockford, IL community.

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Income inequality refers to the extent to which income is unevenly distributed across the population. In the United States, income inequality has been steadily growing for the past 30 years. You can see a similar trend with income inequality Illinois. This unequal distribution of wealth in Illinois can have a number of negative effects on the community and impact the next generation’s opportunities for growth and advancement.

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Not everyone volunteers for the same reasons. Whatever your reasons are for volunteering, we at United Way of Rock River Valley in Rockford, IL, have a couple of suggestions to make sure that you get the most out of your experience.

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Have you ever heard the phrase, "It takes a village to raise a child?" The same is true when it comes to making sure that a child has a good foundation outside the home. For children to get the most out of youth development programs in Rockford, it's important for volunteers to be on the same page. If a child gets mixed messages from two different older influences, that can make it difficult for him or her to know whom to trust and which behavior to emulate.

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When it comes to team building, corporations have a lot of programs they can engage in. For-profit consultants can bring in a day's worth of fun and games, or a company may take its employees to an obstacle course. However, we at United Way of Rock River Valley know firsthand the benefits that a good corporate volunteering program can have on the community, on the employees, and, most importantly, on your business.

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We're constantly bombarded with the idea that education is extremely valuable, but few people take the time to say exactly why that is the case. This article outlines why education really matters. If you would like to help provide children in your area with a better education, look into education volunteer programs in Rockford.

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If you think Rockford youth development programs might be right for your teen, you may wonder how to motivate him or her to actually want to get involved in the community. Here are some of our top tips on how to get him or her to want to be a part of things.

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