It's true!  We have much to celebrate in our region...improving schools, an expanding base of jobs, and our best-kept secret -- the quality of life where leaders actually care about making this a great place to live.  But, there is more!  Many not-for-profit organizations are also making things better.  And you can be a part of this momentum by getting involved.  Just take a look at the organizations listed on this page and click on the links for more information and volunteer opportunities.  You can make a difference in your community.
Featured Organization

 

Visit them online at:
solvehungertoday.org/

 

The Northern Illinois Food Bank is the source of nutritious food, innovative feeding programs, and hope for more than 71,000 people each week. The organization provides food through a network of food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, youth and senior centers, and has a number of other direct distribution programs to assist hungry neighbors. The Food Bank acquires donated food directly from manufacturers as well as retail stores through their Food Recovery and Direct Connect programs. Their Child Nutrition Programs, including the federal feeding programs CACFP and SFSP, provide nutritious meals to kids after school and during the summer. The BackPack Program gives food-filled backpacks for weekend meals. The Food Bank helps make sure no one goes hungry in our area.

6315 N 2nd St, Loves Park, IL 61111
(815) 639-1257

Alignment Rockford
(815) 637-7623
Alignmentrockford.com

Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois chapter
Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
(815) 484-1300
alz.org/Illinois

American Red Cross
(815) 963-8471
redcross.org/il/Rockford

Anderson Japanese Gardens
Mon-Fri 9:00 am-6:00pm Sat 9:00am- 4:00pm Sun 10:00-4:00pm
(815) 316-3285
andersongardens.org

Angelic Organics Learning Center
M-F 9am-5pm
(815) 389-8455
learngrowconnect.org

Barbara Olson Center of Hope
(815) 964-9275
b-olsoncenterofhope.org

Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry
Sunday Closed
Monday 8am-3pm Tuesday 8am-3pm Wednesday
Closed Thursday
8am-3pm Friday 8am-3pm
Saturday Closed
Food Distribution day is Tuesday
(815) 569-1571
bbcfoodpantry.com

Boone County Conservation District
8a-4:30p
(815) 547-7935
bccdil.org

Boys and Girls Club of Rockford Varies by club:
see website
(815) 972-5973
rockfordboysandgirlsclub.org

BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Education Center
Monday-Saturday: 9am-6pm
(815) 765-2113
braveheartsriding.org

Carpenter's Place
Monday-Friday 8am- 4:30pm.
We are closed weekends and holidays
(815) 964-4015
carpentersplace.org

Catholic Charities Ombudsman Program
800-369-0895
rockforddiocese.org

Chicago Rockford International Airport
(815) 969-4412
flyrfd.com

Children's Closet
(815) 332-2157
(see rock river valley food pantry)

Children's Home + Aid
(815) 720-2162
childrenshomeandaid.org

Comprehensive Community Solutions, Inc
Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
(815) 963-6236
youthbuildrockford.org

Discovery Center Museum
Monday-Friday 10am-5pm
(815) 963-6769
discoverycentermuseum.org

Ethnic Heritage Museum
Sundays 2-4 pm.
weekly by preregistration and calling
(815) 962-7402 (815) 962-7401
ethnicheritagemuseum.org

Gigi's Playhouse
Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
(815) 654-7529
gigisplayhouse.org/Rockford/

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois
Mon-Fri: 8:30am-5pm
(815) 962-5591
girlscoutsni.org

Golden Apple Foundation
(815) 226-4180
goldenappleofrockford.com

Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois
Store hours: Mon-Fri (9am-9pm)
Saturday (9am-7pm) Sunday (10am-6pm)
Donation hours: Monday-Friday (8am-8pm)
Saturday (8am-6pm) Sunday (9am-5pm)
(815) 965-3795
goodwillni.org

Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center
9am-4pm Mon-Wed/ Friday 9a-7p
healingpathwayscrc.org

Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center
24/7
(815) 629-2212

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Business
office: Mon-Fri 8a-4:30pm, 2nd floor, 5417 N Second St, Loves Park. No drop offs.
Recycling Center 9a-noon Saturdays only.
13125 N. Second Street Roscoe IL 61073.
Times for offsite Special Events vary: Metals & Electronics Drive
9am-3pm. 1st Saturdays in May & October at Machesney Park Mall south parking lot.
Clothing Drives
9am-2pm on the 2nd Saturday in May, July and October at Belvidere Township Building and all Schnucks Market locations in Winnebago county.
Medication collection
2nd Saturday in June 9am-2pm, Machesney Park mall, south parking lot 9am-noon, South Beloit Fire Station and Belvidere Township Building.
(815) 637-1343
knib.org

Ken-rock Community Center
9-9pm Monday-Thursday 9-6pm Fridays Weekends-seasonal
(815) 398-8864
kenrock.org

Klehm Arbortum & Botanic Garden
9am-8pm everyday May-October
(815) 965-8146
klehm.org

La Voz Latina
(815) 965-5784
lavozlatina.org

Lifescape Community Services Inc.
8:00am- 4:30pm Mon-Fri
lifescapeservices.org

LYDIA Home Association
8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday
(815) 966-0039
lydiarockford.org

Midway Village Museum, Museum Center, Mill house, Old Doll's House and Museum Store:
Janaury-April/ September-December Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm
Saturday 10:30am-4pm closed Sunday and Monday May-August Tuesday- Friday 10am-4pm
Saturday and Sunday 10:30-4pm
Closed Monday Village Hours: Thursday-Sunday 11am-4pm
(May) Tuesday-Sunday 11am-4pm (June-August)
Last Village Tour starts at 3pm
Closed Monday
(815) 397-9112 EXT 111
midwayvillage.com

Northern Illinois Alliance on Mental Illness
Hours will vary. Please see our website listed below
(815) 963-2470
www.nami.com

Northern Illinois Food Bank
630-443-6910
solvehungrtoday.org

Northern Illinois Hospice & Grief Center
Office Hours: 8:30am-4:30 pm Mon-Friday
(815) 398-0500
northernillinoishospice.org

Northern Illinois SCORE
Wednesday and Friday, 9am-12 noon
otherwise by appointment
(815) 962-0122
northernillinoisscore.org

Northwest Community Center
(815) 964-6885 ext 240
northwestrockford.org

Ogle County CASA (Court appointed special advocates)
Monday-Thursday 8:30am-4:00 pm.
Friday 8:30 am-noon
(815) 288-1901
casaleecarroll.com

Prairie State Legal Services
8:30am-12pm and 
1:00pm-5:00 Monday-Friday
(815) 965-2134
pslegal.org

RAMP
Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
(After Memorial Day to Labor Day please note Friday Summer hours 8am-12pm)
(815) 968-7467
rampcil.org

Remedies Renewing Lives
General hours of operation: Mon-Thu 8a-5p Fridays until 1pm.
Services outside of these hours are by prior arrangement (medication, group and individual counseling).
The emergency domestic violence shelter is staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
(815) 966-1285
remediesrenewinglives.org

Rock House Kids
Office hours are Mon-Friday 9am-3pm.
Children programming Mon and Wed evenings 5:30-8pm
After school program Tues/Thurs 3:30-5pm
(815) 962-5067
rockhousekids.org

Rock River Center, Inc
Mon-Fri 8:30a-4:30p
Cafe hours Tuesday-Thursday 8:30a-2p
(815) 732-3252
rockrivercenter.org

Rock River Valley Pantry
421 S. Rockton Ave M-F 1-4PM.
1100 Broadway M-F 10A-12P
(815) 965-2466
rrvp.org

Rock Valley College Community Education
Mon-Fri 8a-5p
(815) 921-3900
rockvalleycollege.edu

Rockford Area Arts Council
(815) 963-6765
artsforeveryone.com

Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Mon-Fri 5AM to 4PM Sat 8AM to 12PM
(815) 209-2459
gorockford.com

Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore:
Wednesday-Friday 10a-6p Saturday 10a-4p
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30a- 4:00p
(815) 636-4573
hfh-il-rock.huterra.com

Rockford Lutheran School
(815) 877-9551
rockfordlutheran.com

Rockford MELD Homeless shelter-
620 Kishwaukee St. 24 hours
Ph: (815) 963-3369
Adm Office M-TH 8am-4:30pm
Ph: (815) 633-6353
rockfordmeld.org

Rockford Park District
rockfordparkdistrict.org

Rockford Public Schools
Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm
(815) 489-7295
www3.rps205.com

Rockford Rescue Mission
(815) 965-5332
rockfordrescuemission.org

Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling
M-F 8:30-4:30
Evenings by appointment
(815) 636-9811
rsaconline.org

Rockford University
Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00 pm
(815) 394-5143
rockford.edu

Rosie's Birthday Club
rosiesbirthdayclub.org

Shelter Care Ministires
8:30am-4:30pm
(815) 964-5520
shelter-care.org

Shining Star Childrens Advocacy Center
(815) 284-1891
shiningstarcac.org

St. Paul Lutheran Church & School
Office staffed 8am-4pm
(815) 963-5435
stpaulrockford.org

The literacy Council
8am-7pm Monday-Thursday
(815) 963-7323
theliteracycouncil.org

The Salvation Army
(815) 962-7207
salarmywinnebago.org

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens
Tues-Sun, office open 9am-5pm
Tours at 1pm and 3pm
(815) 964-2424
tinkercottage.com

Trinity Day Care, Inc
5:30am-5:30 pm Mon-Fri
(815) 986-5437
trinitydaycare.com

United Way of Rock River Valley
8:00am-5:00pm
(815) 968-5400
unitedwayrrv.org

Village of Progress Consumers
present 9am-2:30p
(815) 732-7520
vopinc.org/vop_foundation0.aspx

Winnebago County CASA
Mon-Fri 8a-5p
(815) 319-1240
winnebagocountycasa.org

YMCA of Rock River Valley
Mon-Fri 5am-10pm, Sat 6am-6pm, Sun 9am-5pm
(815) 489-1240
rockfordymca.org

Youth Services Network
Office Hours 8am-4:30 on call 24 hours/7 days a week
(815) 986-1947
ysnkids.com

ZION Development
(815) 964-8280 Ext 10
ziondevelopment.org