ROCKFORD (WREX) — United Way of Rock River Valley continues celebrating 100 years of service by giving back and looking forward.
The group welcomed the community to an open house Wednesday at Memorial Hall in Rockford.
On this day 100 years ago, community members gathered at Veterans Memorial Hall to form a charitable federation. That group led to United Way of Rock River Valley.
During the open house, visitors got to see artifacts from United Way campaigns from over the last century.
"I think it's good for the Rockford community to recognize the work that United Way has done. Not only have we raised $230 million, but we have been important in the establishment of programs that have really improved the quality of life for people," said United Way of Rock River Valley President & CEO Paul Logli.
United Way of Rock River Valley says it is now making an effort to improve the performance of middle school students so they can be ready for college or a career.