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.
The mission of Carpenter’s Place is to provide the tools necessary for rebuilding
the lives of homeless adults. On average, one homeless person gets into housing
every day they are open at Carpenter’s Place. Among its many services, the
center, located at 1149 Railroad Avenue, has a large day room with a home-style
atmosphere, case management area, bathrooms, showers, storage for personal
belongings, kitchen, classrooms, art room, laundry facility, donation room, and
office space. In addition, a current array of very practical and essential life
services center around professional, holistic, and goal-oriented case management.
Effective service linkages, coupled with accountability, are provided for those
caught in the downward spiral that has led to their living on the street.
1149 Railroad Avenue, Rockford, IL 61104
Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois chapter
Anderson Japanese Gardens
Mon-Fri 9:00 am-6:00pm Sat 9:00am- 4:00pm Sun 10:00-4:00pm
Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry
Monday 8am-3pm Tuesday 8am-3pm Wednesday
8am-3pm Friday 8am-3pm
Food Distribution day is Tuesday
Boone County Conservation District
BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Education Center
Monday-Friday 8am- 4:30pm.
We are closed weekends and holidays
Chicago Rockford International Airport
(see rock river valley food pantry)
Ethnic Heritage Museum
Sundays 2-4 pm.
weekly by preregistration and calling
(815) 962-7402 (815) 962-7401
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois
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)
Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center
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.
9am-2pm on the 2nd Saturday in May, July and October at Belvidere Township Building and all Schnucks Market locations in Winnebago county.
2nd Saturday in June 9am-2pm, Machesney Park mall, south parking lot 9am-noon, South Beloit Fire Station and Belvidere Township Building.
Ken-rock Community Center
9-9pm Monday-Thursday 9-6pm Fridays Weekends-seasonal
Klehm Arbortum & Botanic Garden
9am-8pm everyday May-October
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
(815) 397-9112 EXT 111
Northern Illinois Alliance on Mental Illness
Hours will vary. Please see our website listed below
Ogle County CASA (Court appointed special advocates)
Monday-Thursday 8:30am-4:00 pm.
Friday 8:30 am-noon
Prairie State Legal Services
(After Memorial Day to Labor Day please note Friday Summer hours 8am-12pm)
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.
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
Rock River Center, Inc
Cafe hours Tuesday-Thursday 8:30a-2p
Rock River Valley Pantry
421 S. Rockton Ave M-F 1-4PM.
1100 Broadway M-F 10A-12P
Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Mon-Fri 5AM to 4PM Sat 8AM to 12PM
Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore:
Wednesday-Friday 10a-6p Saturday 10a-4p
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30a- 4:00p
Rockford MELD Homeless shelter-
620 Kishwaukee St. 24 hours
Ph: (815) 963-3369
Adm Office M-TH 8am-4:30pm
Ph: (815) 633-6353
Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling
Evenings by appointment
Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00 pm
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens
Tues-Sun, office open 9am-5pm
Tours at 1pm and 3pm
YMCA of Rock River Valley
Mon-Fri 5am-10pm, Sat 6am-6pm, Sun 9am-5pm
Youth Services Network
Office Hours 8am-4:30 on call 24 hours/7 days a week