The Heart of Rockford Business Association (HRBA) is pleased to announce it has partnered with the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA for HRBA’s January 15-31 Community Unity program. The HRBA launched Community Unity in April 2009 to provide nonprofits with the opportunity to raise money for their organizations by shopping and dining locally, rather than deferring local dollars to catalogs, chains, big box stores or Internet sales. Three times a year (Jan. 15-31, April 15-30, Oct. 15-31), participating HRBA businesses donate 10 percent of sales to the partnering nonprofit whenever a customer presents his or her Community Unity ID card at the time of sale. Bev Thiel, executive director of the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA, noted that the YMCA Belmont branch “is excited to partner with the Heart of Rockford to raise money for its Strong Kids Scholarships. The YMCA provides programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all, and this means not turning anyone away due to their ability to pay. The YMCA offers scholarship money for families with financial needs so that they can participate in sports programs, after-school tutoring, summer camp, and a variety of classes and activities.” Thiel also noted so far this year the YMCA has served 180 people in the amount of $60,380. HRBA businesses participating in the Jan. 15-31 Community Unity program include: A Charmed Life Nail Salon, Aunt Candy’s Toy Company, Baskets in the Belfry, Bow-Dacious Designs, The Corner Bar, Creative Concepts, Dam Dogs, G. Willikers, Great Northern Trading Co., Imperial Computer Solutions, Jade, J.T. Stitchery & Frame Shop, Kimberly’s Boutique, Paper Doll, Pegasus Sports, Poindexter’s Specialty Marketplace, Reading Books, Reds on the River, Right at Home, Right Up Your Alley, The Rockford Squire, Rogue River Tavern, Sage & Roses, Ward’s Hair Place, and Xscape Salon. The YMCA will distribute Community Unity ID cards at its Belmont location, as well as have them available online at www.grymca.org, or clip from this week’s issue of The Rockford Squire newspaper. Members are encouraged to share the cards with family, friends and colleagues, as well as forward them electronically. The more Community Unity cards in circulation, the greater the potential to raise funds for Strong Kids Scholarships. Whenever a customer presents the Community Unity card the participating […]
Heart of Rockford Business Association
Heart of Rockford businesses kick off holidays Healthcare product drive to benefit North Kent Service Center clients Grand Rapids ranks as one of the nation’s more philanthropic communities, and Rockford is certainly well-known for its support of charity events, food drives, faith-based initiatives, and support of nonprofits near and far. This rings especially true at the holidays, when families and businesses dig deep to buy toys, fill food baskets, and “adopt” members of the community who need extra help. The Heart of Rockford Business Association is one such group that supports numerous charity events throughout the year, including Rockford’s Relay for Life/American Cancer Society, Think Pink/Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Community Unity, and silent auctions and walkathons for multiple causes. This holiday season, the group decided on a somewhat alternative way to lend their hand. Heart Steering Committee member and Baskets in the Belfry owner, Polly VonEschen, explained, “Families relying on federal assistance cannot use WIC dollars to purchase basic healthcare items like shampoo, soup and deodorant, and food pantries and community service centers typically don’t receive these types of donations. As a result, many of our Heart businesses have set up collection bins in their stores and are offering some sort of gift or reward to customers who donate for their generosity. All of our donations will be sent to the North Kent Service Center to help residents in our community.” Acceptable products include toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, bath gel, soap, and any additional items for cleanliness. Gifts will be accepted through the holiday season. For further details, contact one of these Heart of Rockford Business Association members: A Charmed Life Nail Salon, Aunt Candy’s Toy Co., Baskets in the Belfry, Bow-Dacious Designs, The Candle Shop, The Corner Bar, Creative Concepts Plus, Custard by the Dam, Dam Dogs, Frame & Mat Shop, G. Williker’s, Great Northern Trading Co., Gremel Communications Inc., Imperial Computer Solutions, Independent Bank, J.T. Stitchery & Frame Shop, Jade, Kimberly’s Boutique, Paperdoll, Pegasus Sports, Poindexter’s Specialty Marketplace, Reading Books, Reds on the River, Right at Home, Right Up Your Alley, Rockford Flower Shop, Rockford Independent, The Rockford Squire, Rogue River Tavern, Rudy Kazoody’s, Sage & Roses, WAR Chest Boutique, Ward’s Hair Place, and Xscape Salon.