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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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When you think of a vegetable — let's say a sweet potato — chances are you can easily think of several ways to prepare it, or at least ways in which others have prepared it for you. Now think of what it would be like to have little or no knowledge of what a sweet potato is or how to cook it. Then apply that scenario to the most common vegetables we consume each day. This exercise may help you understand the experience that countless individuals go through each day. Many families, especially households with low incomes, do not eat the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables. This can be contributed to a limited access to fresh produce or knowledge of nutrition and how to prepare these foods.1 In Rockford, this is more common than you may think. For over six years, United Way has invested in a healthy living program that addresses this community need in a way that is fun, engaging and inspiring for all those involved.

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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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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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