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                                                Lunch Box Fever is a summer “meals on wheels” program for kids. From June                                                 thru August, on Monday –Thursday volunteers cooked, and delivered food to an                                                 average of 70 kids per day. These are kids that might not otherwise had a meal. 2016                                                 over 3600 meals were provided.

                                                Thousand Hearts Serve Day - Every May in our community nearly 400 people take                                                 day to serve our community. Some of the projects include clean up, providing                                                 basic necessities like haircuts, dentist vouchers, health fair, opportunity to                                                 give blood, food drives, and senior lawn clean up and more. May 20th is the date for                                                 2017.

                                                  In January of 2012 the RiverWorks Thrift Store opened. All proceeds go back into the                                                      community through RiverWorks programming. Also when there is a need we donate                                                   as we can to families in need. We provide caps, gloves, coats. We have given away                                                   furniture, bedding, and clothes to people who needed them.    

​                                                In 2010 we began with the RiverWorks Food Shelf – and today continue to serve                                                 130-150 families a month in our community. Most of our food is purchased from Second                                                 Harvest and we rely on the donations of individuals, business, churches, and                                                 foundations to help us continue the mission.In 2016 we fed 4,837 mouths. 

                                                Community Gatherings - One important aspect of RiverWorks is helping people connect                                                 in our community. During the year we participate or sponsor events like Movie in the                                                 Park, Music in the Park, National Night Out, and our biggest event is Crow River                                                 Christmas. These events that are free and if there is a cost for concessions or meals it                                                 is never above $2.00. The intent is to make this affordable to all families

                                                Future Programs Initiative - RiverWorks is always watching to see what needs in our                                                 community are going unmet.  To do this we survey community leaders to work together                                                 on finding the gaps in helping our community thrive.  Currently we are working on a                                                 couple of ideas.  One involves bringing hope to the youth of our community, and the                                                 other is about developing adults that have been unemployed for a length of time find                                                 meaning work.       
A donation to RiverWorks means your are partnering with us in 
Community Helping Community through our many programs. 
Please join your friends and neighbors in the Fifth Annual Thousand Hearts Crow River Serve Day volunteering to complete over twenty projects in one day of serving our community on Saturday, May 20! We continue the tradition of “Sharing faith and love by gathering and serving in our communities to address Health, Habitation and Hunger”.  

All projects and activities are found by visiting the website, and clicking on “Volunteer”.  

Sign up using Sign Up Genius soon; many of these projects are family friendly and fill quickly! This is an easy way to volunteer to be a blood donor too!

In addition to projects, Sign Up Genius lists many activities for the day.  

The Hospitality Center in the Lions Building in Riverside Park, Rockford, will offer breakfast treats from 8:30am to 10:00am – free will offering. Enjoy a snack, turn in the liability waiver (download from Sign Up Genius) in exchange for a wristband and head out to a project on the free shuttle bus service. Return for lunch from 11:30am to 1:00pm - free will offering. 

Riverside Park will also host
  • The Rockford Farmer’s Market from 9:00am to 1:00pm  
  • Red Cross Bloodmobile from 9:00am to 3:00pm. 
  • During the lunch period there will be kid’s games, a yoga class and a presentation by the Rockford Fire Department regarding new CPR guidelines. 
  •  From 9:00am to 3:00pm, drop off eyeglasses and hearing aids to the Rockford Lions, new clothing items for homeless and in transition Veterans and donations of food for the RiverWorks Food Shelf. 
  • To top off the day, volunteers and their families are cordially invited to attend a Celebration Program and Pizza Dinner beginning at 4:00pm in the Rocket Commons at Rockford High School. RSVP on Sign Up Genius before May 10. Want a cool Thousand Hearts T-Shirt? Order on Sign Up Genius before May 10, pick up and pay ($10) at the Hospitality Center on May 20 from 8:30am to 3:00pm.

Questions can be directed to Annette Tryon at 

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