Fox Valley United Way
January 2012
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Support the Souper Bowl of Caring Food Drive!

 

Join us on Saturday, February 4th and help restock our local food pantries.  All donations support the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry and the Kendall County Food Pantry!  Special thanks to Jewel-Osco for their support! Click Here for a complete list of participating stores and drop off locations.

 

"As a grocery retailer, providing hunger relief is a top priority for us," said

Jewel-Osco President Brian Huff.  "Therefore, we are proud to partner with Fox Valley United Way on its Souper Bowl of Caring, which will benefit many in the community who are struggling with hunger and in need of food assistance".

SPARK Ignited!
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Mayor Tom Weisner speaking at the SPARK press conference

For the last three years, the Fox Valley United Way Success by Six Committee has been studying early education opportunities in Aurora and determining ways to improve success in school through quality preschool care and education for all children. The result of these efforts, the SPARK Initiative - Strong, Prepared And Ready for Kindergarten - announced a two-year $250,000 matching funds grant from the Dunham Fund at a press conference on January 12. The Fox Valley United Way and the Dunham Fund were joined by City of Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner and the superintendents of the four partner school districts for the event. Click here to read more.

 

Old Second Start BankingMany Thanks to
Old Second National Bank
 

Long-time Corporate Sponsor, Old Second National Bank, recently donated 2 laptop computers, 3 printers and 46 hours of technical support to upgrade the Fox Valley United Way's office computer system. Special thanks to Brian Schluntz, 1st Vice President of Information Technology and his fabulous technicians: Joshua Bohde, Brian Sharp, Jessica Trovato, Kevin Cieslak, Eddie Prado and Gary Baer.

3,500 Thank Yous!
The Accounting Team at Exelon in Warrenville joined in a friendly competition to raise money for the 2011 Holiday Assistance Program. Their "Penny Wars" contest divided staff into 3 teams who received a point for every penny placed in the team's jar. If an opposing team deposited a nickel, dime or quarter, it negated 5, 10 or 25 points from that jar. Together the 3 teams collected more than $3500 which was used to purchase grocery gift cards for 71 local families to buy needed food items dExelonuring the holidays. What a great fundraising idea! Many thanks from Fox Valley United Way to all the Exelon employees who participated.

THANKS TO OUR HOLIDAY HELPERS!

Gift Wrap Station
Before Christmas, volunteers from the Fox Valley United Way Resource Development Committee raised money by offering holiday gift wrapping at Westfield Mall. We were joined by Whitney Rusin, Student Activities Director @ West High and a number of enthusiastic West High students. Also, Karen Kulzer & Ashley Preciado and the young, gifted musicians of the Fox Valley Academy of Music and Art from Oswego provided wonderful entertainment for those waiting for their packages to be wrapped. A total of $1,624.65 was raised over the two day period. A BIG THANKS to all the volunteers who helped make this holiday event such a success!
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Advocate.
You can make change happen with your voice. Governor Quinn enacted legislation earlier this month to increase the value of the Earned Income Tax Credit for low and moderate income working families in Illinois.  To read more, click here!

Volunteer.
We still need Volunteers to help with the Souper Bowl of Caring!
February 3, 2012
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Help the Fox Valley United Way tackle hunger in our community!
Click here for details.

A Brighter Holiday
Thanks to the generosity of individual and corporate donors, the Fox Valley United Way's 2011 Holiday Assistance Program provided clothing, toys and grocery gift cards to 101 families including 246 children. Click here to see a complete list of this year's sponsors-folks who acted with compassion and concern for their neighbors in need.

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