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 a 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. Always have a need for volunteers. 763-477-5480.
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.
"You won’t understand the unabashed power of a community until you're a part of one."
When RiverWorks was launched in 2009 our tag line was and continues to be, "Community Helping Community."
I see that tag line played out in so many practical and powerful ways.
- In one week, there were food drives by the Boy Scouts, US Postal employees, and Galaxy Kids. Hundreds of pounds of food.
- A Rockford Middle School class came to the food shelf to learn about where their donations go, and learn about why people sometimes need the food shelf. The next night one of the boys from the class brought his mom. They needed food but didn't think they could come.
- The 500 sandwiches that were made by MOPS for the upcoming Lunch Box Fever Summer Food Program.
- The generosity of people giving their time to prepare, pack and deliver LBF lunches to kids who might not otherwise get a meal.
- The financial generosity to bring Reggie Dabbs to Rockford to inspire our students.
- The amount of donations at the thrift store that we can sell and then give back to benefit the community.
- Amazing projects of Thousand Hearts Serve Day focusing on Health, Hunger and Habitation.
We are better when we do things together and we are a community that gets things done. Spread the news—there are still people that don’t know about the great opportunities in serving; they have not caught the spirit or experienced the power of a community.