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.
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.
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RAS Hosts Speaker Reggie Dabbs April 25th
The Rockford Area Schools community is invited to listen to inspirational speaker, Reggie Dabbs, on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 7 pm in the Rockford High School Auditorium.
Born to an unwed teenager who at one time considered abortion as a viable option for solving her “problem,” Reggie Dabbs considers himself fortunate to be alive. With no place to go, the pregnant teenager ended up living in a chicken coop in Louisiana. It was there she remembered a former school teacher, Mrs. Dabbs, who had said to her students, “If you ever need anything, call me.” The girl called.
Mrs. Dabbs went to Louisiana, picked up the girl, and took her back to Tennessee where she and her husband, whose six children were adults by this time, took the girl into their home and cared for her until after the baby was born. They continued to care for little Reggie as foster parents until he was in the fourth grade, and then officially adopting him.
After graduating from college, Reggie began his public speaking. During one speaking engagement, his host asked if he would be interested in addressing a high school assembly. From that small beginning in 1987, Reggie has become a popular public school speaker.
“Today’s generation is facing unparalleled hurts, pressures and choices. If we can heal those hurts, help in times of pressure and equip students in their choices, we will have better students and a positive school atmosphere,” said Dabbs in a letter, “ I share with students often, ‘You can’t change your past, but you can change your future.’ With all that students are facing, we must give them hope.” Dabbs is also speaking with student at Rockford Elementary Arts Magnet School and Rockford High School during the school day on April 25.
From being a “problem” to an unwed teenager, Reggie is fast becoming one of the most in-demand speakers who helps teenagers meet their problems head-on and overcome them.
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