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"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller

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United Way is leading a place-based strategy to dramatically improve the quality of life for our children and families because strong neighborhoods make a strong community.

To do that, we currently operate two Strong Neighborhood Houses in Rockford, and one in Machesney Park. Through partnerships with other local impact organizations, programs and services are offered to neighborhoods that provide, among other services, educational opportunities and activities, mental health and addiction support and services, and build hope for neighborhood families.


This statewide campaign provides educational resources that bring awareness to practices for safe use, safe storage, and safe disposal of prescription opioids. Toolkits comprised of resources specifically for parents, coaches, and athletic directions are available. Everyone can access The Prescription Playbook for free.

Our Mission: Empowering and educating Illinois youth, parents, coaches, athletic trainers, educators, and other adult impactors to practice the safe use, storage, and disposal of prescription, illicit, and over-the-counter substances.   

Our Vision: To eliminate Illinois overdose numbers by empowering and educating youth to make safe and smart decisions.   


Kinnikinnick School District Vision
"To educate our students to be responsible citizens with the knowledge, character, confidence and skills necessary to achieve personal success and make a positive difference in the world."


Rockton-Roscoe News, the first daily news outlet exclusively for Roscoe, Rockton, and South Beloit since 1835, provides independent, locally-owned journalism for northern Winnebago County, Illinois, with local news, events, advertising and generally good information for residents and businesses of the Stateline area. You can reach the editor at 815-408-0140‬ or

Rockton-Roscoe News believes in providing readers with accurate, unbiased local news and follows ethics guidelines set forth by the Society of Professional Journalists.


The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) convenes national, state and community leaders to exchange best practices and provide resources that help prevent misuse of prescription medicines.


The Birdies for Ben Golf Outing was established in 2022 in remembrance of Ben Schoenhardt by combining a sport he enjoyed to play with the advocacy for opioid death prevention.


Agencies in Winnebago County have come together to address the opioid crisis. These agencies formed the Winnebago County Opioid Response Team which is organized into 3 pillars to coordinate community activities and evidence-based strategies. These 3 pillars of focus are prevention, treatment, and recovery


Gordon Flesch understood businesses could only thrive if the communities that surround them were also thriving. That spirit of charitable giving carries on in the form of annual contributions to non-profits located in the communities where our customers live, work, and play. In all, donations exceed more than $2.4 million since the foundation’s inception in 2002.


Since its inception, the Stateline Community Foundation has provided essential funding to programs that promote the quality of life in the Stateline.

This includes the communities of Beloit, Brodhead, Clinton, Orfordville, Rockton, Roscoe and South Beloit.

Organizations recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code* and providing services to the Stateline area are eligible to apply for grants from the Stateline Community Foundation


Improving the quality of life of individuals and families living with mental illness through support, education, advocacy, and hope. 

  • Educating the public about mental illness

  • Working to eliminate the stigma of mental illness

  • Advocating for increased funding for research into the causes and treatment of mental illness

  • Advocating for better policies and legislation around the treatment of those touched by mental illness


The Tommy Corral Memorial Foundation (TCMF), a 501c3 non profit organization was established by the family of Tomas (Tommy) Corral III, a 19-year-old who lost his battle with depression to suicide. Since the Foundation was established, TCMF has been working in the community to increase education on the factors that lead to suicide, actively developing resources, and providing financial support to help those struggling with mental illness and suicidal thoughts. Our mission is to enhance mental health of individuals, their families, and their community through awareness, prevention, support, and education.  


The mission of the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office is to provide timely, accurate determinations of cause and manner of death based on fact and evidence, with integrity and compassion for families, community, public health and public safety. 

Winnebago County Coroner's Office

Coroner, Jen Muraski

403 Elm Street, 2nd floor
Rockford, IL 61101
(815) 319-4970


We are the voice for those who feel they don’t have one.

We believe the power of compassion, connection, and hope will aid in the creation of bonds that will empower those we serve to build trust, overcome challenges, and create pathways to perseverance.

We aim for a unifying approach on prioritizing mental health, delivering education, and eradicating cultural stigmas.

We strive to prevent suicide by eliminating access barriers to care, facilitating mentorship programs, and connecting our clients to a comprehensive offering of support groups through our community partners – and providing graceful postvention support accepting those on their path to resilience.

Dedication. Expertise. Passion.


Jennifer Muraski,
Winnebago County Coroner

"I was honored to be asked to speak at the Rockton River Market tonight. Thank you Live R.E.A.L. Foundation for sharing your story. Beverly Coleman - Pomering, you are an inspiration. Keep up the hard work…it WILL pay off.". #EndOverdose

Carrie Schrader, RX after attending the

Rockin' for Live R.E.A.L. Benefit Concert

"I am so thankful for some giggles over the weekend, and a much needed distraction. My fellow 80's ladies, you ROCK!I
And, (Beverly Coleman-Pomering) you amaze me! Keep up the amazing work you're doing of bringing education & awareness to help stop the stigma around mental illness & substance use dependency!"

Black Diamond

Makenzie, Local Mortician

"While I love, admire, and respect, each family I work with at the funeral home. I’d like to talk about this lady here, her name is Bev. I worked with Bev when her father passed away, he was an adorable old man who had suspenders that looked like a ruler. They proudly showed his sobriety coins at his funeral, 36 years of dedicated hard work of sobriety. I met their whole family at his funeral. Then, a few months after his funeral, I got a call from Bev with the news that her 20-year-old son Alex, had passed away from fentanyl. Addiction is sneaky and I believe everyone, at some point in their life, will know someone or struggle themselves with substance abuse.
Bev could have stayed in a dark place from such devastating losses in the same year. She could have been mad at the world and God (and I’m sure there was many times where she was) but, she chose to take one day at a time, and establish the Live REAL foundation and try to help families who have struggled in the same way she has. She created a mission to try to prevent opioid deaths by providing people with Narcan education and support. She leads with love and compassion to those who struggle with addiction. Addicts are not bad people, they are people struggling and some with mental illness. It can be treated with community support, love, compassion, and with people like Bev who care to sit with someone struggling and in pain.
Don’t let your next decision be your last decision. Don’t wait to seek help. Just open your hand and be willing to receive, and I believe everyone has the capability to overcome the urges of self destruction.
You deserve to be okay."

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