United Way to Invest Over $3 Million into Rock River Valley

By: WIFR Newsroom
By: WIFR Newsroom

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The United Way of Rock River Valley will invest $3,007,782 toward building strong communities and improving lives within the Rock River Valley during its 2014-2015 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The vast majority of investments will be allocated as grants to education, income, and health programs within Winnebago and Ogle counties. In addition to these community programs, United Way invests in other strategic initiatives that support the community in such areas as volunteerism, school readiness, early grade reading and access to human services.

The awards are part of United Way’s Community Impact model which invests in programs that produce measurable results toward goals in the areas of education, income, and health. Funding was recommended by trained volunteers that devoted over 700 hours toward the investment process, which began in November 2013. Trained volunteers evaluated programs against several criteria such as community need and impact, program outcomes and effectiveness, and efficient resource management and collaboration. Recommendations were forwarded to the United Way of Rock River Valley board of directors and approved on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.

This year, United Way is allocating grants to 88 programs within Winnebago and Ogle counties, of which 31 are receiving new two-year terms beginning July 1, 2014. In addition to those programs, United Way invests in community initiatives such as Success By 6®, which focuses on school readiness; Re-Entry Services for Returning Citizens, which supports formerly imprisoned adults with meaningful skills and training; and United Way 2-1-1, a free information and referral line.

Winnebago County Community Programs July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015:

*Programs receiving new two-year funding as of July 1, 2014.

American Red Cross
Emergency Services - $18,073

Angelic Organics
Roots and Wings Youth Leadership - $40,665

Barbara Olson
Development Training - $31,628

Big Brothers Big Sisters (YMCA of Rock River Valley)
*One to One Mentoring - $50,000
RAISE - $16,602

Blackhawk Learning Connection
Kreative K - $67,775

Boys and Girls Club
*Prevention - $150,000

Boys Scouts of America, Blackhawk Area Council
Career Exploring - $45,183

Catholic Charities Diocese of Rockford
Family Services - $13,555
*Refugee Resettlement - $20,000

Children's Home and Aid
*Pregnancy and Early Parenting - $15,000
MotherHouse - $45,183

Comprehensive Community Solutions
YouthBuild Green - $45,183

Discovery Center Museum
After School Achievement - $18,073

Easter Seals Development Center
*Teen Family Support - $30,000

Family Counseling Services of Northern Illinois
Family Counseling Services - $39,092

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois
aMAZE Violence Prevention - $31,628

General Girl Scouting - $24,399
Project Opportunity - $31,628

Goodwill of Northern Illinois
*Tax Outreach - $10,000
*Financial Literacy - $5,000

Joyner Neighborhood Resource Center
21 and Over Parenting - $7,229.00
Family Advocacy Program - $27,110

Ken-Rock Community Center
Asset and Enrichment - $9,036
Strong Communities/Strong Families - $23,495
Title XX Delinquency Prevention - $8,584

Lifescape Community Services, Inc.
Bright Side Adult Day Center - $13,555
Medication Management - $16,727
Mobile Meals - $45,183
Senior Assistance - $18,073

Lydia Home Association
Lydia Urban Academy - $36,147
Youth Development through Work Study - $13,555
Safe Families for Children - $23,495

Northwest Community Center
*After School - $19,688
*CYS (Title XX) - $8,571
*Out of School Suspension - $25,230
Neighborhood Empowerment - $19,466

Patriots' Gateway Community Center
*Real Life Skills - $20,000

Prairie State Legal Services
*Legal Services - $50,000

RAMP
iBelong - $22,126
Teens N Transition - $23,809

Remedies Renewing Lives
*Domestic Violence Shelter - $50,000
Domestic Violence Walk-In Counseling - $27,923

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

Rockford MELD
MELD Groups - $40,665

Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling
Strong Self Plus - $18,642
Adult Counseling - $17,345
Youth Counseling - $11,312

Rosecrance
Triage Center - $45,183

Saint Elizabeth Catholic Community
Early Childhood Development - $15,814
Youth Services - $16,717

Shelter Care Ministries
Emergency Housing - $6,975
Maya's House - $7,229
Transitional Housing - $18,073

The Literacy Council
Project Read - $37,954

The Salvation Army of Winnebago County
Kilburn Sal Community Center - $26,799
Emergency Service - $60,546
*Women's Restorative Justice - $55,000

YMCA of Rock River Valley
*Black and Latino Achievers - $26,474

Youth Services Bureau of Illinois Valley
*M.I.S.T.E.R. - $8,000
Family Services - $13,555
Solutions Counseling - $13,555

Youth Services Network, Inc.
Crisis Intervention - $13,826

ZION Development Corporation
Grand Apartments - $21,731

Ogle County Community Programs July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015:
*Programs receiving new two-year funding as of July 1, 2014

Boys Scouts of America, Blackhawk Area Council
*Comprehensive Youth Development - $3,000

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
*15th Judicial Court - $8,500

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

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

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois
*Girl Scout Leadership Experience - $3,000

HOPE of Ogle County
*Domestic Violence Walk-in Services - $25,000

Hub City Senior Center
*Senior Transportation - $17,000

Lifescape Community Services
Nutritional Services - $6,000

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
*In Touch Services - $5,000
*School Based - $3,000

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

Ogle County Probation
The Reporting Center - $16,000

Pinecrest Community
*Manor and Terrace Daily Activities - $5,000

Polo Senior Center
*Bi-monthly Newsletter - $3,000

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

Rochelle Christian Food Pantry
Food Distribution - $6,000.00

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

Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling
*Sexual Assault and Abuse Counseling - $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 Linda Sandquist, Vice President, by emailing lindas@unitedwayrrv.org.


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