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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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For the past year, I have been working with the leadership of Zion West Neighborhood Association, specifically helping the group establish a vision for its neighborhood improvement efforts. Early on the group determined to focus on creating a safe and healthy neighborhood for residents of Ellis Heights.

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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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The LIVE UNITED award recognizes an organization's exemplary demonstration of United Way's spirit of Give, Advocate, and Volunteer throughout the year. This organization is a champion for improving lives in the community through corporate philanthropy, volunteer efforts and community impact.

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Community engagement at the neighborhood level is a critical element to building a strong neighborhood. It builds authentic relationships and creates trust among the residents. Last summer, the Rockford Police Department launched a series of community outreach events based on the former “Cops on the Block” event. During what is now called Strong Neighborhoods Days, neighbors met and engaged with district police officers in a block-party setting.

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Here at the United Way of Rock River Valley, we work hard to create education volunteer programs in Rockford. We organize volunteers to help with tutoring and teaching students in some basic subjects in school. What we have found through some research is that the same subjects that students struggle with here are pretty much the same all around the nation. Wherever you are, there is likely a school that could use your help with students in the following important subjects.

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When it comes to the problem of poverty, it might seem too large to tackle as an individual, especially if you aren't exactly well-off yourself. Yet, seeing the working poor and what they have to go through to make ends meet probably speaks to your compassion. After all, helping those who need it in your community is ultimately good for you. A strong economy depends on all of the community's members participating in it. At United Way of Rock River Valley in Rockford, IL, we offer several ways to find assistance for low income families in Rockford.

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We congratulate Tabitha Keyes on her new job!

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Youth development programs in Rockford are a great way to strengthen communities and offer a helping hand to children in need. Here at United Way of Rock River Valley, we have spent years tracking and measuring the right programs to fund. The following three elements are what we have found to be the most influential.

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If you have a desire to create good Rockford youth development programs, then we salute you. Here at United Way of Rock River Valley, we have seen firsthand many times how influential these programs can be when they are created in the right way. Our recipe for success includes ways to promote education, income, and health. This post will briefly describe what we do to promote these important elements.

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If you want to help offer assistance for low income families in Rockford, then there are some great service opportunities out there to get you involved. Here at United Way of Rock River Valley, we can help you find the right ways to serve using your time and talents in influential ways. The following is a short list of some of the ways you can greatly impact the families in need in your area:

  • Get corporate sponsorship: We can always use more people to reach out to local companies to ask for monetary support.
  • Volunteer with existing programs: We have a lot of programs in place that can always use more helping hands.
  • Spread the word: There are others out there like you who would like to help. We would love help getting the word out there to these people.
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When people ask us here at United Way of Rock River Valley how we are able to offer so many important services to the local community, we have one main answer: corporate volunteer programs in Rockford. This really has been our secret for success for a long time now.

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When volunteering in your community, we understand that you want to find ways to have the biggest impact. With so many worthy causes and volunteer opportunities available, knowing where your efforts are the most worthwhile can help you decide where to put your time and effort. Read on as we explain some ways you can personally impact your community and causes that are worth your while.

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Finding ways to make a difference helps bring about positive changes for individuals, families, communities, and future generations. Helping women and girls obtain an education is a seemingly small issue that has staggering effects. Education volunteer programs in Rockford facilitate learning, school readiness, development of life skills, and much more. Read on as we explain the poverty cycle and lack of education, how it impacts women, and what we at the United Way of Rock River Valley are trying to do about it.

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A quality education of daily learning is important for all children. The thing is, children can't learn if they are not at school. Class sizes, curriculum, and teacher training are factors, but often a root cause for failing to meet education standards is student absenteeism. We at the United Way of Rock River Valley would like to explain just why empty desks are a problem and also how education volunteer programs in Rockford are trying to be part of the solution to this and many other challenges facing school districts.   

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Plain and simple: these cold winter months are rough on the body. But spring is on the horizon. As a way to motivate you through the harsh winter, set a goal to complete your first 5K. Don't think you can? If you can walk 20 minutes, we have a plan that will get you running in no time.

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