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Position Open: Director, Born Learning Academies of Whiteside County

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Director, Born Learning Academies of Whiteside County

Born Learning Academies   Everyday life is a learning experience for children. Born Learning is a pubELOGO2lic engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities. A Born Learning academy includes six sessions, each being in the evening. The topics include: importance of learning, building relationships, building your child’s language skills, nutrition and health, how children learn and routines/learning on the go. Each session is approximately an hour and a half. The sessions are typically held in a school building in the community.

Position Background and Details  
Currently, United Way of Whiteside County funds two academies each year, one in the spring and one in the fall. Through a generous donation from the program’s funder, we are able to add this position in order to increase the number of academies offered. 

The director will coordinate calendars with school administrators in Whiteside County who want to host academies on their campus. The director will manage every aspect of the academy including, but not limited to, ordering supplies and incentives, marketing the academies to parents and/or caregivers in a variety of ways; registering families; speaking at public and private events to advance the program; designing marketing materials, arranging for volunteers and food to serve parents and their children at the academies, and arranging for qualified daycare workers to care for the children while parents are learning. Additionally, the director will lead the academies as an instructor/facilitator. The position reports to the United Way’s CEO. Compensation DOE and subject to continuation of the grant year-to-year.
Required Skills and Experience
• Two years of college at an accredited institution
• Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Suite and Adobe products
• Experience speaking publicly
• Pleasant adaptable attitude
• Preferred background in education

How to Apply 
• Send your resume with a cover letter marked confidential explaining why you are the ideal candidate for this position to: Ms. Diana Verhulst, CEO, United Way of Whiteside County, P.O. Box 806, Sterling, Illinois, 61081 or preferably email your material to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• Include two professional references
• Include any hyperlinks to your work if it appears online
Please, no calls.
Further description of the position and compensation range will be made available upon application. 
United Way of Whiteside County is a 501 c 3 nonprofit and an equal opportunity employer. More information about Born Learning can be found at bornlearning.org
Part-time (hours will vary)

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United Way Smashes Fundraising Goal

Agency thanks donors, honors companies at luncheon

By TODD McKENNA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 815-625-3600, ext. 5576

March 20, 2019 STERLING – There were plenty of smiles and hearty handshakes at the annual United Way of Whiteside County celebration luncheon – and with good reason.

The agency soared past its fundraising goal, raising $45,000 more than the $775,000 it had hoped for when the campaign kicked off last year.

Kevin Anderson, campaign chairman, proudly revealed the final total of $820,244 Wednesday to about 200 people representing many of the businesses that donated that money.

Now he has to do it again: Anderson announced he also will lead the next fundraising campaign.Kevin and Goal 2“Yes, it’s a tremendous accomplishment, but we already have to think about next year,” he said.

I’s gratifying to see that so many businesses continue to help support the agency financially, said Sara Dail, United Way board president.

“We’re proud of where we are, and we now have 33 programs and agencies (that receive funds),” Dail said.

A few of those agencies had representatives who spoke on how important the United Way funds are to keep their programs and services going.

Fiona Cummings, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, talked about some of the wonderful things a few members have done for the Scouts.

“Some started a giving garden where they got to learn how to raise vegetables and then donated them to local food pantries,” Cummings said. “Others collected socks, hats and gloves to give to the needy.”

Another portion of the United Way funds goes to April House in Morrison, which helps investigate reports of child abuse and assists the victims with emotional support as they tell their story.

“We actually celebrate when the phone rings, because that means a child has the courage to come forward and tell their story,” said Carrie Melton, its executive director. “Child abuse does happen here, and April House allows us to give kids a voice.”

Diana Verhulst, CEO of the United Way of Whiteside County, understandably was thrilled with the campaign’s fund total but said more work lies ahead.

“We celebrate smashing the lid off of our funding goal,” Verhulst said.

“But there are many challenges ahead, and we need to meet them. Today, it’s about you and the changes you make in our community.”

United Way award winners

In addition to announcing its successful fundraising campaign totals Wednesday, the United Way of Whiteside County handed out a raft of awards:Company Of Year Wahl ClipperCommunity Partner Award - Sterling Public Works

Campaign Agency Award - Woodlawn Academy

Community Partner Award - Sterling Fire Department

Community Partner Award - Sterling Park District

Community Partner Welcome Aboard Award - Kroger

Valued Partner Award - Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Outstanding Small Business Award - SBM Business Equipment

Campaign Agency Community Impact Award - Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Campaign Agency Newcomer - April House

Giving Excellence Award - Sterling/Rock Falls Child Care Center

Giving Leader Award - YWCA

Advocacy Excellence Award - Rock Falls Civic Fund

All-In Award - Sterling Federal Bank

Small Business of the Year Award - United Craftsmen

Educational Award - honorable mention - Rock Falls District 13

Educational Award - Sauk Valley Community College

Give/Advocate/Volunteer Award - Frantz Manufacturing

Good Neighbor Award - Sauk Valley Media

Community Stewardship Award - Jakobs Brothers Farms

Government Organization Award - Sterling Police Department

Newcomer Award - Fulton Elementary

Beacon Award - Timken Drives

Community Spirit Award - Sauk Valley Bank

Community Leadership Award - Community State Bank

Extraordinary Leadership Award - Craig Bowen

Chairman's Award - Sterling Federal Bank

Director's Award - Sterling Steel

Live United Award - Com Ed

President's Award - Frantz Manufacturing

Doyle-Huntley Award - CGH Medical Center

Company of the Year - Wahl Clipper

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