Super volunteers make REF Phone-a-thon a success

More than $22,000 raised for educational programs

Stephanie Ragon volunteers for the Rockford Education Foundation’s (REF) annual Phone-a-thon. This is her third year making calls to the community in an effort to raise funds for educational grants. Ragon is a “super volunteer” because she doesn’t just volunteer for one shift—she’s there all three nights and sometimes stays for two shifts if she is needed.

Volunteers like Ragon helped the REF raise $22,000 through the Phone-a-thon February 15-17.

Linda and Peter Skornia volunteer on the phones during Rockford Education Foundation’s annual Phone-a-thon.

Ragon has five children and first heard about the Phone-a-thon through Rockford High School’s band program and this year was a parent volunteer representing Assumption School. When asked why she volunteers her time, she replied, “It is a wonderful and simple way to support our kids’ educational needs.”

Another pair of super volunteers are Peter and Linda Skornia. The Skornias have been making callsfor REF for four years. With two children in Rockford schools, they feel that working at the Phone-a-thon is an effective way to spend their volunteer hours.

“It takes a lot of volunteers to have a successful Phone-a-thon,” said Sue Arend, REF administrator. “The more volunteers we have, the more calls we can make and the more funds we raise. We’re grateful for our super volunteers as well as the generous

support of our community.”

Pledge cards for the REF Phone-a-thon have been mailed. Those who did not receive a call during the Phone-a-thon last week but would like to support the REF can call (616) 863-6317 or visit their website at

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