‘Tis the season for giving back! If you’re interested in volunteering or donating this season, there are many worthy causes in the Rockford area to support. Here are some options for your family to help spread holiday cheer to others in our community who are in need.

Food Drives

Giving Back and Volunteering in the Rockford Area

Turkey Donation for Salvation Army in Beloit

Where: The Salvation Army
628 Broad Street, Beloit, WI

What’s Needed: Turkeys

Donations Accepted: Now – November 22, 2018

Turkey donations for Salvation Army’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner are needed. Donations can be dropped off Monday – Thursday form 9 am – 4 pm.

Clothing Drives

Giving Back and Volunteering in the Rockford Area

15th Annual Warming Tree at Beloit Public Library

Where:  Beloit Public Library
605 Eclipse Blvd, Beloit, WI

What’s Needed: New handmade or purchased mittens, scarves, hats, socks for kids birth – 18 years old

Donations Accepted: Now – December 3, 2018

Help Beloit kids stay warm this winter! Beloit Public Library is collecting new home-made or purchased mittens, scarves, hats, and socks for children ages birth to 18 years. Drop off your donations during regular library hours.

Giving Back and Volunteering in the Rockford Area

Just Breathe 815 Winter Coat Drive

Where:  Wheels by R.T.
7261 Harrison Ave, Rockford, IL

What’s Needed: Winter coats, hats, gloves, and scarves for ages 13-24

Donations Accepted: Now – November 15, 2018

Just Breathe 815 and Wheels by R.T. are collecting winter gear for homeless individuals in our area. Bring new or used and in good condition coats, hats, gloves, scarves for people between the ages of 13-24.

Book Drives

Giving Back and Volunteering in Rockford area

Holiday Book Drive

Where: Several drop-off locations around Rockford

  • Midland States Bank locations – Rockford, Loves Park, Machesney Park and inside Schnucks)
  • Rockford Police Stations (District 1, 2 and 3)
  • Transform Rockford (303 N. Main Street)
  • Winnebago County Administration Building (404 Elm Street)
  • Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (102 N. Main Street)
  • Rockford Chamber of Commerce (308 W. State Street)
  • Rockford Area Economic Development Council (100 Park Avenue)
  • Rockford City Hall (425 E. State Street)

What’s Needed: New or mint condition books for infants through Pre-K

Donations Accepted: November 19 – December 7, 2018

Drop off a new, or like-new book at any of our three district stations to help us support Transform Rockford and young readers in our community over the holiday break! Start gathering now. and bring in your donations starting next Monday.

Giving Trees

Giving Back and Volunteering in the Rockford area

Salvation Army Giving Trees at CherryVale Mall

Where:  CherryVale Mall (upper level near Claire’s)
7200 Harrison Ave., Rockford, IL

What’s Needed: Gifts for families in our community

Donations Accepted: November 23 – December 24, 2018

Want to help a local family during the holidays? Buy a new teddy bear, book, or mittens… something to put on or under the Giving Tree. Shoppers can purchase items and return them to the Giving Tree from Black Friday through Christmas Eve.

The Giving Tree, located on the upper level near Claire’s, will be available from November 23rd to December 24th. Through this program, necessities and Christmas gifts are provided for local in-need families and children from Winnebago County.


Volunteers Needed

Giving Back and Volunteering in the Rockford Area

Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army

Where: Many locations in the Stateline

What’s Needed: Donation of your time, bell ringing

Donations Accepted: November 23 – December 24

The Salvation Army Red Kettles have been a holiday tradition since 1891. But did you know, the money raised during our kettle campaign is used to bring joy and relief to those in need throughout the entire year? Bell ringers are needed at numerous locations in Cherry Valley, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Rockford, Roscoe, Winnebago, Beloit, and Janesville. Sign up at www.registertoring.com

Giving Back and Volunteering in the Rockford Area

Food Packers for Northern Illinois Food Bank

Where: Northern Illinois Food Bank – Rockford branch
765 Research Pkwy, Rockford, IL

What’s Needed: Donation of your time, packing food

Donations Accepted: All year

Northern Illinois Food Bank needs volunteers to inspect, sort, and package food distributed to our hungry neighbors. Ages 8+ are welcome to volunteer. Sign up here.

Giving Back and Volunteering in the Rockford Area

Volunteer Work for Rockford Rescue Mission

Where: Rockford Rescue Mission
715 West State St. Rockford, IL

What’s Needed: Donation of your time

Donations Accepted: All year

The Rockford Rescue Mission needs volunteers who can serve a meal, tutor in their Works! Center, serve coffee at the cafe, or mentor a recovering man or woman. Sign up here.   

If you’re in need of help, please know there are resources out there for you too.

Christmas Assistance Sign Ups at The Salvation Army

Rockford, IL

5430 E. State St, Rockford, IL

November 12 – 16 from 9 am – 3 pm
November 14 from 3 pm – 6 pm

Winnebago County residents need to bring:
1. Photo ID for head of household
2. Proof of address for “every member of the household, including children” (current link eligibility with household names, recent mail, OR school records) Must be dated within the last 30 days
3. Proof of birthdate for every child in household aged 15 & younger (birth certificate OR school records).

November 19 – December 14 from 9 am – 3 pm
Registration will continue at The Salvation Army Social Service office at 416 S. Madison St., Rockford.

Beloit, WI

628 Broad Street, Beloit, WI

Saturday, November 17 from 11 am – 3 pm

You will need photo ID for head of household (adult applying), ID for every member of the household including child (medical cards, birth certificates, school IDs or letter from school), proof of income for the last 30 days (food share benefit letter, reduced lunch letter, or income for everyone in household), proof of address (utility bill, driver’s license does not count). All low-income families who live in Beloit and South Beloit are eligible. For questions, call 608-365-6572 x103.

We’re adding to this list as we find resources. If you know of something we’ve missed, please email us at hello@statelinekids.com and let us know!

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