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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.   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.

Click on the volunteer button to see Thrift Store Volunteer Opportunities for July and August!