ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — A ceremony in Rockford celebrates a local non-profit’s century of service.
An open house at Memorial Hall recognized the exact day United Way was founded, December 4, 1919.
December 4, 2019 was declared United Way of Rock River Valley Day.
Currently, the non-profit is working with middle school students to keep children on track to be college or career ready.
United Way hopes that effort reduces crime, poverty and unemployment in the Stateline.
“It’s great to see the community acknowledge the important role of the United Way and all the people that have worked to support United Way,” said United Way of Rock River Valley President and CEO, Paul Logli. “Either in going out and helping to raise the money, or going out and determining where the money is going to go, or doing the things that the money was given to do.”
In the last 100 years United Way has raised over $230 million in Rockford and Winnebago County.