‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com and let us know!