Make A Difference In The Lives of Children With New ‘It Takes a Village’ Program From The United Way And FSD #145

Freeport, IL – United Way of Northwest Illinois is excited to partner with Freeport School District 145 to mobilize community members interested in making a difference in the lives of children in our community. Through a new program called, It Takes a Village, trained volunteers will assist elementary children by working with them one-on-one or in a small group setting each week. Volunteers will assist students in reading, math and other areas and also provide a positive role model for the students. Volunteers will be trained and have access to support services from retired teachers and education experts and will be able to choose dates and times that fit into their schedule. In addition, volunteers will need to pass a background check to be accepted.

Early grade reading is a priority area for United Way of Northwest Illinois. The impact of early childhood reading is critical for not only children and schools, but the community as a whole. Research shows that students who read at grade level by 3rd grade are less likely to drop out of school or be involved with the criminal justice system. We also know that it takes more than teachers to make this happen, it takes a village, and we need you.

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The United Way of Northwest Illinois will host an Open House on Wednesday August 9th at the Freeport School District Central Office located at 501 South St. in Freeport, IL. The open house will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Those interested in learning more about this opportunity can attend to find out more information, have their background check completed, and sign up for the first training opportunity. The background checks will be at no cost to the volunteer, thanks to the support of a grant from the Freeport Community Foundation.

The United Way of Northwest Illinois fights for the education, financial stability, and health of every person in Northwest Illinois. You can join us in this fight, by giving as little as one hour per week and signing up to be a volunteer today. For more information, please attend the open house, contact the United Way office at 815-232-5184, or visit and view the job description in its entirety.


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