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VOLUNTEER & ASSISTANCE
 
Local Volunteer Opportunities
United Way of Rock River Valley

612 N Main St Ste 300
Rockford, IL 61103
(815) 968-5400
Fax: (815) 968-5878

Lifescape Community Service's
Non-Profit Jobs

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CHILD ABUSE

Camelot Community Care, not for profit agency, 815-484-9180--Therapeutic Foster Care, 24 hour crisis intervention, Counseling services for youth and families, On- going foster parent training, and much more...
Children's Home and Aid Society of Illinois, 910 2nd Avenue, Rockford, Illinois 61104, 815-962-1043--Pregnancy and early parent counseling, adoption, post adoption counseling, foster care, treatment foster care, preventive mental health services for children, family preservation services and Parents Anonymous groups.
 

COUNSELING

Alcoholics Anonymous, 815-968-0333
Anger Alternatives, Classes and support groups to eliminate chronic anger, 815-399-5534
Family Consultation Service, 210 N. Longwood Street, Rockford, Illinois 61107, 815-962-5585--Professional counseling service for families and individuals experiencing conflicts and problems arising from marriage, divorce, parent-child relations and other interpersonal, environmental or situational conditions.
Lutheran Child Family Services, 815-544-9594 or 800-845-6350--Provides youth and family counseling, crisis intervention and involvement in delinquent behavior, marriage counseling, group family life presentation.  Office in Belvidere and Rockford
Remedies., (Personal Health/Abuse Services and Education), 319 S. Church Street, Rockford, Illinois 61101, 815-962-0871, Crisis Line, 815-962-6102 (TDY also)--Assists persons who have problems with substance abuse or family violence:  WAVE (Working Against Violent Environments) shelter and support services for victims of domestic violence and other homeless.  Substance Abuse Treatment--Screening, assessment, treatment and aftercare for substance abusers--adults and adolescents.  Free or sliding fee schedule services, Medicaid eligible.
Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling, 4990 East State Street, Rockford, Illinois 61108, Crisis Line, 815-636-9811 (24 hours)--Services for ages 12 and above who are victims of sexual assault and abuse, 24-hour crisis intervention, therapy and legal advocacy.
 

DAY CARE SERVICES

Adult Day Care

Mindset Acres Adult Day Center, LLC

Located in the former Colonial Village Mall at 1340 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL is open for business!  We provide recreational services for homebound adults aged 18 and older.

Programs:

At home:

Up and At'em- at home first thing in your morning- bathe, dress, eat and transportation to MAADC

Ciao for Now- transportation home at the end of your day

Onsite:

Arts & Crafts- Every Thursday attend a professionally led class in art

Ceramics- Every Friday the artist returns to do ceramic work

News and Views- Discuss and pontificate on current local, national and international events

Build It- Robert will share his construction talent and youʼll create something from start to finish

Write or Read- Create stories and poems to share with everyone (or keep for yourself)

Hours of Operation:            

7:00am - 6:30 pm Monday thru Friday             

9:00am - 12 noon Saturday                 

Additional Weekend, Night time or Emergency Respite care hours are available. Ask for details.

We all know parenting can be hard.  Kids depend on us, and sometimes it seems like there isn’t enough time in the day, money in the bank, or strength in a person to give them what they need.  But help is available – help from other parents who might have a good idea of what you’re going through.  And if we don’t, we can listen to you, talk about it, and offer our own ideas and support.

Parents Care & Share of Illinois a program of the Children’s Home & Aid society of Illinois provides free confidential help when parenting gets tough.  Groups meet in Rockford and the surrounding communities.  Child care is provided unless otherwise noted. For more information call 815-962-1043.

Blackhawk Learning Connection, 421 Buckbee, Rockford, Illinois 815-962-8853--Serves children 2-8 years.  Sliding fee scale
The First Step, 1300 Pearl St. Belvidere, Illinois 61008, 815-544-6560--Subsidized care for low income families.  Serves ages 2 years to 11 years
Rockford Day Nursery, Rockford, Illinois, 815-962-0834--Serves children 2-12 years, Sliding fee scale
YWCA Child Care Solutions, 4990 East State St. Rockford, Illinois 61108 Phone: 815-484-9442 Quality child care has become a major concern in our society today.  Parents, businesses, and child care providers must face the dilemma of how to find, or provide, the best possible care for children.  In response to that need , the YWCA Child Care Solutions was founded in 1991 to provide child care referrals and consumer education to parents, offer training opportunities and technical assistance to child care providers, work to develop new child care options and assist employers in meeting their employees' child care needs. Whatever your interest in quality child care,
 

DISABLED

Abilities Center (Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois) 1907 Kishwaukee Street, Rockford, Illinois 61104-5121, 815-965-3790--Employment and training for people with disabilities and other special needs; job evaluations; job placements; work experience/work support; adult educations; Indochinese refugee center
Access Services of Northern Illinois 7399 Forest Hills Rd Rockford, IL 61111, 815-282-8824   Not-for-Profit Agency that Provides Service Coordination for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
The Arc of Winnebago, Boone & Ogle Counties, 400 N. First Street, Rockford, Illinois 61107-3904, 815-965-3455--Area Resource Center for Persons with mental retardation, developmental delays or disabilities.  Services include:  Independent living support, representative payee, leisure recreational activities, Family support, guardianship assistance, education and training and direct advocacy services
Barbara Olson Center of Hope, 3206 North Central Avenue, Rockford, Illinois, 815-964-9275, TDD 815-964-9388--Provides vocational and educational training, and employment opportunities for youth and adults with developmental disabilities including social/recreational opportunities, therapy, living skills education, and social/medical services to clients
Center for Sight & Hearing, 8038 MacIntosh Lane, Rockford, Illinois 61107, 815-332-6800 (Voice ) 815-332-6810 (Fax) and 815-332-6820 (TTY)--Services for personas who are blind or have low vision, deaf or hard of hearing.  Adaptive technology-loan and service center.  Low Vision Clinic, orientation and mobility training, programs for children, sign language and speech reading, developmental training, client training for job placement. 

Mission: To support persons with vision and/or hearing loss to live independently.  Services: Low Vision Clinic, Simple Solutions Store, adaptive technology for vision or hearing loss. Classes in New Visions, sign language and speech reading, technical assessments and training in Zoom Tech JAWS and Braille, Individual counseling and training for job placement, employer assistance, Social and recreational activities. If you need additional information please contact Rhughes@rockfordcenter.org.

Children's Development Center, 650 N. Main Street, Rockford, Illinois 61103, 815-965-6745--Day care, early intervention, pediatric therapy, foster care, services to parenting teens and their children, and counseling for referred DCFS clients
Goldie B. Floberg Center, 58 West Rockton Road, Rockton, Illinois 815-624-8431--Comprehensive residential program providing special education and related therapeutic services.  Community Integrated Living Program for adults providing therapeutic services and work-related training
Muscular Dystrophy Association Rockford District, 5411 E. State Street, Suite #205, Rockford, Illinois 61108, 815-229-1632--Consistently striving to combat 40 neuromuscular diseases through basic and applied scientific investigation, local comprehensive programs of medical services and clinical care, and wide-spread professional and public health education.  MDA programs are designed to assist individuals in maintaining the quality of life, enhance independence and maintain mobility and provide help and hope to those served.  Solely funded by contributions.
RAMP, 202 Market St. Rockford, Illinois 61107, 815-968-7467, 815-968-2401 TTY--Services and advocacy for people with disabilities:  personal assistants, ADA, sign language interpreters.  TTY distribution, Independent Living Skills training, recreation and bus training services
Rock River Academy Therapeutic Day School — Rockford

This is a 12-month comprehensive program, offering a rigorous academic program combined with a strong focus on the social/emotional growth of the students. It is a co-educational population comprised of students aged 5-21 who exhibit a wide range of behavioral/emotional problems. The program operates Monday through Friday at three separate locations. All programs are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and North Central Association.

The director for the Rock River Academy Therapeutic Day School is Patrick C. Littlejohn, M.A., N.C.C., L.C.P.C.

The Northwest Academy Therapeutic Day School is located at 3445 Elmwood Road, Rockford, Ill. 61101. Please call (815) 877-3440 for additional information.

RocVale Children's Home, 4450 N. Rockton Avenue, Rockford, Illinois 61103, 815-654-3050--Individualized programming for children and young adults ages 6-21 including residential, medical, behavioral and social services.  Operates Maguire & Forbes Group Homes for developmentally disabled adults
Stepping Stones of Rockford, Inc. 706 N Main St Rockford, IL 61103, 815-963-0683--Provides Housing and Rehabilitation to Persons with Serious Mental Illness
 
DISABLED SPORTS
Rockford Chariots Wheelchair Athletic Association, It is the mission of the Rockford Chariots Wheelchair Athletic Association to provide access to quality adult competitive wheelchair basketball opportunities and to support individual athletic achievement for people with physical disabilities in Rockford and surrounding areas.
Wheelchair Soccer--Rockford Park District, Sponsor of Rockford High Voltage - A good source for information on starting a team. Contact: Christy Stefely Phone 815-987-1600 (tty/voice)
 

EMERGENCY SERVICES

American Red Cross, Rock River Chapter, 727 N. Church Street, Rockford, Illinois 61103, 815-963-8471, After hours, 800-784-3272--Disaster preparedness, education and relief, communication to military families, year-round homeless shelter, OSHA approved First Aid and DPR instruction, AIDS education and water safety
St. Elizabeth Community Center, 1536 S. Main Street, Rockford, Illinois, 815-965-6993, Crisis line, 815-969-6526--Services include emergency assistance (clothing, food, etc.), preschool, counseling for troubled youth, educational and craft programs, youth recreational and sports programs and senior citizen activities
Salvation Army (East & West), 500 South Rockford, Avenue, Rockford, Illinois, 815-226-4400, 210 North Kilburn Avenue, Rockford, 815-963-2480--Social Services Coordinator, 815-972-1135--For thrift store locations & pick up of donated items, 815-397-0440--Social welfare programs including emergency assistance with food, clothing, shelter and utilities in east side facility, delinquency prevention and intervention programs in west side facility
 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Booker Washington Community Center, 524 Kent Street, Rockford, Illinois 815-968-8861--Multi-service community center offering educational, recreational, social and cultural programs, Includes Senior Activity Center, computer training, Operation Homework, organized sports, youth theater, Summer Day Camp and community meeting space
Catholic Charities, Rockford, 921 West State Street, Rockford, Illinois 61102, 815-965-0623 [24-hour line]--Social Services Programs include: foster care, adoption, and crisis pregnancy counseling, individual marriage and family counseling, family-based intervention, advocacy for senior citizens through Long Term Care Ombudsman
Comprehensive Community Solutions/YouthBuild Rockford 917 South Main Street Rockford, IL 61101, 815-963-6236 Non-Profit Agency Offering Education, Job Training & Development of Affordable Housing
Crime Stoppers, 420 W. State Street, Rockford, Illinois 61101, 815-963-7867 or 800-799-2590--Crime Stoppers help solve and prevent further crimes in the community.  Crime Stoppers offer a cash reward on tips that lead to an arrest or indictment while completely protecting the caller's identity.  Callers use a special code for future communications
Harlem Community Center, 900 Roosevelt Road, Machesney Park, Illinois 61115, 815-633-5817--Providing a positive environment for growth through a variety of recreational, educational and human service programs for all age groups, 9400 Forest Hills Road, 61111, New recreational facility includes baseball diamond, bike paths and Playworks
Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Office of Law Enforcement Region 1, 2612 Locust Street, Sterling, Illinois 61081, 815-625-0086 (or contact your local State Police District)
IDLE-TARGET ILLINOIS POACHERS HOTLINE 800-252-0163--Help protect Illinois' Natural Resources
Janet Wattles Center, 526 W. State Street, Rockford, Illinois 815-968-9300 TDD 815-968-2648, Belvidere office, 815-544-4849--Comprehensive mental health services including emergency services, case management, day treatment, outreach for adults, children and their families
Junior League of Rockford, Inc - 4118 Pinecrest Road, Rockford, IL 61107, 815-399-4518 an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers
La Voz Latina (Hispanic Resource Development Center), 814 N. Court Street, Rockford, Illinois 61103, 815-965-5784--Bilingual services include adult education, job placement, citizenship, youth tutoring and counseling, parent education, senior outreach, information and referral, interpretation, translation, and Spanish for professionals
Ken-Rock Community Center, 3218 Eleventh Street, Rockford, Illinois 61109, 815-398-8864--Neighborhood center offering educational, recreational and social service programs.  Includes Title XX teen counseling, youth recreational and sports programs, G.E.D. classes, Visiting Nurses, Meet and Eat, SHARE and Bingo
Northwest Community Center, 1325 N. Johnston Avenue, Rockford, Illinois, 815-964-6885--Services include after school activities, summer camp, youth and adult recreation, SHARE, counseling, senior services and Neighborhood Resource Center
Philip Behr Jewish Community Center, 1500 Parkview Avenue, Rockford, Illinois, 815-399-5497--Nondenominational community services, child care, recreation and education for all.  Includes senior activates, year-round day care, preschool, kindergarten, SAT preparation, continuing education classes, summer camp and outdoor pool program
Prairie State Legal Services, 975 North Main Street, Rockford, Illinois 61103, 815-965-2902, Toll free, 800-892-2985, TDD, 815-965-5114--Free legal services on the basis of income, age and type of legal problems including landlord-tenant, subsidized housing, public aid, dissolutions, disability, Medicare and senior citizen concerns
Rockford Area Literacy Council, 982 N. Main Street, Rockford, Illinois 815-964-7323--Literacy services for adults through private one-on-one tutoring or classes in basic reading, writing and/or English language/English as a second language skills through the 8th grade level
The Rockford Community Foundation, 321 W State St Ste 1300, Rockford, IL 61101, 815-962-2110--RCF serves the 5-county area through philanthropy. It is an endowed, public charity that provides donors a flexible and cost-effective vehicle for charitable giving.
Rockford Jaycees Inc. PO BOX 494 Rockford, IL 61105, 815-964-5341, Offers Professional and Social Outlets for Today's Young Americans
Rockford Rescue Mission Ministries 715 W State St Rockford, IL 61102, 815-965-5332--Supply free food and shelter for the homeless
Shelter Care Ministries, 412 N. Church Street, Rockford, Illinois 815-964-5520--Emergency and transitional housing for families, outreach and advocacy.  Jubilee drop-in center for adults with mental illness and Saturday soup kitchen.
YWCA, 4990 East State Street, Rockford, IL  61108, 815-968-9681--Our facility has 15,800 square feet, and features a training room, 120 capacity conference space, children's play area, administrative offices, Child Care Solutions, We Can, workshops & seminars, Single Parent programs, and is home-base for numerous girls outreach programs. It is located near the entrance to Rockford College on East State Street in Rockford.
 

HEALTH SERVICES

Visiting Nurses Association, 4223 East State Street, Rockford, Illinois 815-971-3550--Provides home health, hospice, home medical equipment rental and sale, private duty nursing, long-term care coordination services, health promotion and related eldercare services
 

SENIOR CITIZEN SERVICES

Illinois Department of Aging, Senior Helpline, 800-252-8966 (Voice and TDD)
Northwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging, Rockford Plaza, 2576 Charles, Rockford, Illinois 61108-1605, 815-226-4901 or 800-542-8402, 815-266-1954 TTY
Ogle County Senior Services, 215 W. Washington Street, Oregon, Illinois 815-732-3252 or 800-541-5479--Services to senior citizens including information and referral, transportation, outreach, assistance with medical, insurance or government forms, health screening, congregate meals and friendly visiting
Cornerstone Resources, 326 W. Jefferson, #200, Rockford, Illinois 61101, 815-962-6000--Providing a variety of services for the older adult including, Bright Side Adult Day Centers, therapeutic day care of impaired adults, Senior Assist, information and assistance and outreach to the aging, Mobile Meals, diet prescribed meals delivered to homebound older adults, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteer opportunities and Presenter of Senior Expo and Super Seniors Awards
Lifescape Community Service's, 705 Kilburn Avenue, Rockford, Illinois 61101-6537, 815-963-1609 or 800-779-1189--Lifescape Community Services offers a “one-stop resource” for older adults.  Whether a person wants information on possible government benefits or lacks the ability to maintain proper nutrition, Lifescape can help. With our wide array of services under one umbrella, we protect the frailest of our citizens with adult day care and help the active older adults stay involved in their community through meaningful volunteer opportunities. Meals on Wheels, Home delivered meals, mobile meals.  Retired and senior volunteer program, senior assistance, day centers.

Siena on Brendenwood - For over 80 years, the Catholic Diocese of Rockford has maintained a strong commitment to service in the Rockford area. Established in 1993, St. Anne Place grew from the desire of the Diocese to provide a retirement community to serve the independent living needs of the senior population, of all faiths.  At St. Anne Place, we offer our residents all of the comforts of home, plus the personal time to enjoy their own pursuits. It is the varied interests and lifestyles of our residents that make St. Anne Place an enjoyable place to live.  To Learn More about St. Anne Place or to schedule a tour, call (815) 399-6167

Wesly Willows - A new level of living awaits you on the campus of Wesley Willows - rooted in the values and elegance of the past - made comfortable and secure with today's technology and services.  4141 North Rockton Avenue
Rockford, Illinois 61103
(815)-654-2530
Toll Free 1-877-817-9332

...a church related retirement community
 

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Alcoholics Anonymous, 815-968-0333
Cocaine Anonymous, 815-963-5023
Narcotics Anonymous, 815-964-5959
 

YOUTH CONCERNS

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Rockford YMCA, 200 Y Boulevard, Rockford, Illinois, 61107, 815-489-1131--Provides adult role models and friends for children 6-14 from single-parent homes
Boys and Girls Club Association of Rockford
  • Downtown Club: 1615 S. Fifth, Rockford, 815-967-0685
  • Flodin Club:  Mill and Lyford Roads, Rockford, 815-332-4988
  • Carlson Club:  Evans and Elm Avenue, Rockford, 815-633-2287
  • Blackhawk Center:  330 15th Avenue, Rockford, 815-961-1213
  • Administration:  330 15th Avenue, Rockford, 815-972-5973
Boy Scouts of America, Blackhawk Area Council, 1800 Seventh Avenue, Rockford, Illinois 61104, 815-397-0210--Works with community organizations to provide programs that build character, community awareness, citizenship and fitness.  Scouting is for boys 6-14 and young men and women 15-21
Boys Town National Hotline, 800-448-3000
Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., Rock River Valley Council, 2101 Auburn Street, Rockford, Illinois 61103, 815-962-5591--Programs for girls 5-17 (including special needs) that build self-esteem, values, leadership and citizenship.  Community service, arts and pluralism programs, drug abuse, pregnancy and eating disorder prevention, year-round camping
Youth Services Network, Inc., 3703 N. Main Street, Rockford, Illinois 61103, 815-986-1947 - Fax 815-986-1954 - Assist agencies in coordinating services to youth and families.  YSN provides services to emotionally and mentally disturbed youth, pregnant and parenting teens, runaway & homeless youth, youth with drug/alcohol problems and with school/truancy problems.