United Way Investing $2.7 Million into Rock River Valley

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- United Way of Rock River Valley has announced it will invest $2.7 million toward building strong communities and improving lives within the Rock River Valley during its 2013-2014 fiscal year. The vast majority of investments will be allocated as grants to community programs that strengthen the education, income and health of communities in Winnebago and Ogle counties. In addition to these proven and effective community programs, United Way is making an investment toward strategic and innovative initiatives that solve critical community problems.

The awards are part of United Way’s Community Impact model which invests in effective programs and initiatives that produce measurable results toward goals in the areas of education, income and health. Funding was recommended by trained volunteers in Winnebago and Ogle counties that devoted over 700 hours toward the investment process which began in November 2012. Trained volunteers evaluated programs against several criteria such as community need and impact, program outcomes and effectiveness, and efficient resource management and collaboration. Programs were awarded funding on a two-year cycle. Recommendations were forwarded to United Way of Rock River Valley Board of Directors which approved the investments on Wednesday, May 22, 2013.

This year, United Way is allocating grants to 92 community programs within Winnebago and Ogle counties, in addition to investing in its own initiatives such as Success By 6®, which focuses on school readiness; I READ, which focuses on early-grade reading; and 2-1-1, a free information and referral line. Grant allocations were awarded on a two-year cycle and begin July 1, 2013.

New programs receiving United Way funding:

• 21 & Over Parenting, Joyner Neighborhood Resource Center: The program provides parents/caregivers the opportunity to learn more appropriate ways to interact with their children and to empower participants to acquire healthy options and alternative behaviors. The program instills the belief in parents that they are capable of making informed decisions and responsible choices for their children.

• Career Exploring, Boy Scouts of America, Blackhawk Area Council: A work-site based program which provides real-world career experiences and leadership development for young men and women. The program helps prepare youth to become responsible, caring and engaged adults.

• Daily Activity Program, Pinecrest Community Center: The program helps residents of the retirement center feel useful, enhance physical and psychosocial well-being, and provide a sense of belonging. Activities reduce anxiety and depression, assist in muscle strengthening, sensor stimulation, blood circulation, alleviation of pain and rediscovery of talents.

• Family Advocacy Center, Joyner Neighborhood Resource Center: The Family Advocacy Center provides intensive family-centered, community-based support services to empower and strengthen families with a focus on those individuals referred by DCFS who currently have children in placement and are working toward returning home and those who are in crisis and at-risk for DCFS intervention.

• Reentry for Returning Citizens, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois: A multi-faceted program that provides returning citizens with meaningful skills, training and continuing services as they return home from prison and become productive and responsible members of their communities. This is collaboration with LSSI, City of Rockford, Winnebago County and United Way of Rock River Valley.

• Triage Center, Rosecrance, Inc.: The Rosecrance Crisis Triage Center provides crisis care for persons experiencing a psychiatric crisis and expedites the process of assessment and referrals for persons with serious mental illness. The Triage Center also serves as an access point to all behavioral health services.

• Youth Development through Work Study, Lydia Home Association: An innovative program which helps at-risk youth understand the relationship between high school and adulthood and make connections to their future careers. The program focuses on teaching work readiness and real-life job experiences.

Winnebago County Community Programs July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014:

American Red Cross, Rock River Chapter
Emergency Services - $20,000

Angelic Organics Learning Center
Roots and Wings Youth Leadership - $45,000

Barbara Olson Center of Hope
Development Training - $35,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the YMCA of Rock River Valley
One to One Mentoring - $50,000
RAISE - $18,372

Blackhawk Learning Connection
Kreative K - $75,000
Creative Curriculum - $23,625

Boy Scouts of America, Blackhawk Area Council
Career Exploring - $50,000

Boys and Girls Club of Rockford
Prevention - $198,819

Catholic Charities, Rockford
Family Services - $15,000

Children's Home + Aid
MotherHouse - $50,000
Pregnancy & Early Parent Counseling - $15,000

Comprehensive Community Solutions
YouthBuild Green - $50,000

Discovery Center Museum of Rockford, Inc.
After School Achievement - $20,000

Easter Seals Children's Development Center
Teen Family Support - $30,000

Family Counseling Services of Northern IL
Counseling - $43,260

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois
aMAZE Violence Prevention - $35,000
General Girl Scouting - $27,000
Project Opportunity - $35,000

Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois
Financial Literacy - $10,000
Tax Outreach - $20,000

Harlem Community Center
Neighborhood Playground - $14,000

Ken-Rock Community Center
Asset and Enrichment - $10,000
Strong Communities/Strong Families - $26,000
Title XX Delinquency Prevention - $9,500

Joyner Neighborhood Resource Center
Family Advocacy - $30,000
21 & Over Parenting - $8,000

La Voz Latina
AMBOS Youth Program - $35,000

Lifescape Community Services
Bright Side Adult Day Center - $15,000
Medication Management - $18,511
Mobile Meals - $50,000
Senior Assistance - $20,000

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
Reentry for Returning Citizens - $25,000

Lydia Home Association
Lydia Urban Academy - $40,000
Safe Families For Children - $26,000
Youth Development Through Work Study - $15,000

Northwest Community Center
After School Program - $17,688

Neighborhood Empowerment - $21,541
Comprehensive Youth Services - $7,570
Out of School Suspension Program - $20,000

Patriots Gateway Community Center
Life Skills Center - $20,000

Prairie State Legal Services
Legal Services - $42,000

RAMP
iBelong - $24,485
Teens N Transition - $26,347

Remedies Renewing Lives
Domestic Violence Walk-In Counseling - $30,900
Domestic Violence - $50,000

Rockford Area Arts Council
Arts Learning Project - $5,000

Rockford MELD
MELD Groups - $45,000

Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling
Adult - $19,194
Strong Self Plus - $20,630
Youth - $12,518

Rosecrance, Inc.
Triage Center - $50,000
Resource Recovery Center - $25,000

Saint Elizabeth Catholic Community Center
Early Childhood Development - $17,500
Title XX Delinquency Prevention - $13,727
Youth Services - $18,500

Shelter Care Ministries
Emergency Housing - $7,719
Employment Program - $35,000
Maya's House - $8,000
Transitional Housing - $20,000

The Literacy Council
Project Read - $42,000

The Salvation Army
Emergency Services - $67,000
Kilburn Sal Community Center - $29,656
Women's Restorative Justice - $60,000

YMCA of Rock River Valley
Black/Latino Achievers - $25,000

Youth Services Bureau of Illinois Valley
Family Services - $15,000
M.I.S.T.E.R. - $5,000
Solutions Counseling - $15,000

Youth Services Network
Crisis Intervention - $15,300

Zion Development Corporation
Grand Apartments - $24,050

Ogle County Community Programs July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014:

Boy Scouts of America, Blackhawk Area Council
Comprehensive Youth Development - $2,271

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
CASA - $8,500

Easter Seals Children's Development Center
Family Support - $3,000

Focus House
Counseling - $11,000
Residential - $11,000

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois
General Girl Scouting - $2,250

HOPE of Ogle County
Domestic Violence Walk In Services - $23,000

Hub City Senior Center
Senior Transportation - $17,000

Lifescape Community Services
Nutritional Services $6,000

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
In Touch Services - $4,750
School Based Services - $4,000

Mt. Morris Senior Center
Health and Fitness - $5,000

Ogle County Probation
Reporting Center - $16,000

Pinecrest Community
Daily Activities - $5,000

Prairie State Legal Services
Civil Legal Assistance - $7,500

Rochelle Christian Food Pantry
Food Distribution - $6,000

Rock River Center
Ogle County Senior Center - $14,000
Senior Information Services - $8,480

Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling
Sexual Assault and Abuse - $9,500

Serenity Hospice & Home
Bereavement Care - $10,000

Shining Star
Victim Advocacy - $12,500

Village of Progress
Consumer Transportation - $17,000

For more information on United Way’s investment strategies and community impact, contact Heather Ayers, Community Building Manager, by emailing heather@unitedwayrrv.org or Jennifer Beckman, Director of Ogle County, by emailing jennie@unitedwayrrv.org.


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