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Monthly Archives: May 2014

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Transform Rockford Volunteer Spotlight: Eddie Valdes

Volunteer spotlight

Name: Eddie Valdes

Age: 35

Occupation/profession: Financial advisor In Rockford area since: I live in Machesney Park and have lived in this area since childhood, moving here in the early ’90s from Chicago graduating locally from Guilford High School and Rockford University. Transform Rockford involvement: I am part of the facilitate team within the Transform Rockford Leadership Committee. We are charged with seeking feedback from volunteers as well as coaching and inspiring teams, volunteers and team leads for effective outcomes.

Quote: By creating unity for the future of our community, it instills a sense ownership, teamwork and pride as we plan for effective change together.

What’s new at Transform Rockford? The leadership committee has recently broken into three work teams: Development, Facilitation, and Training. For the facilitate/coaching team, we are currently working on the team evaluation approach to ensure that our working teams are functioning efficiently and effectively in alignment with our shared values, rules of engagement, and working toward realization of our vision.

What’s next? We recognize the vision of Transform Rockford is in its final stages of being drafted and will have a community reveal within the next month or so.

Source: http://www.rrstar.com/article/20140524/OPINION/140529579?template=printart

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Transform Rockford Volunteer Spotlight: Ed Koscak

Ed Koscak

Ed Koscak

Name: Ed Koscak

Age: 48

Occupation/profession: Technology sales

In Rockford area since: Our family originally moved to Rockford in 1995. Work moved us away from 2003 to 2005, after which we chose to move back to the region to finish raising our family here.

Transform Rockford involvement: Member of the Process team and several other strategy and work teams.

Inclusion: This core value states that Transform Rockford aims to “Cultivate and support an environment that fully engages our community’s differences and diversity to ensure that individuals and organizations are heard, valued and supported.” I believe inclusion is critical. But to truly create the transformation we are seeking, inclusion has to “include” people who are ready to go to work and “roll up their sleeves,” alongside many of the community members that are already volunteering. Transform Rockford will continue to gain traction, and ultimately, create transformation if we are inclusive and have community members look at this as “our initiative.” It’s encouraging to see more and more people come forward and do exactly that. That is part of what I believe our challenge is as a community — to roll up our sleeves and own this transformation together.

What’s new at Transform Rockford: After several thousand people around the region came out and gave their input on what the region’s vision should be, Transform Rockford began work on finalizing a draft of that vision for the community to review.

What’s next: Check out the Transform Rockford website, TransformRockford.org. All of the latest information, updates and happenings are posted regularly. There is also a forum to ask any questions you may have, an opportunity to sign on to support the shared values, and a way to volunteer to help the organization.

source: http://www.rrstar.com/article/20140517/Opinion/140519457?template=printart


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Check it out! RRSTAR: TransformRockford News Section

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TransformRockford has a section in the RRStar that you need to bookmark! The section highlights news, events, and articles concerning TransformRockford.

Check it out @ http://www.rrstar.com/news/transform-rockford


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Mike Schablaske: Creating a culture without crime in Rockford

 

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Mike Schablaske

I have had a unique opportunity in recent months. Through my work with Transform Rockford, I was able to attend community visioning sessions around the region. I was able to talk to people who participated in the sessions and to review their visioning input.

I cannot escape one impression: People across this region are deeply concerned about their basic need to be safe and to feel safe.

I heard it and saw it from people at Winnebago High School, at Pilgrim Baptist Church, at Wesley Willows, at Carpenter’s Place, at Rockford Country Club, at Orton Keyes, at the YWCA, at Roscoe’s North Pointe Wellness, at Belvidere Central Middle School and dozens of other locations. You can see the results on the Transform Rockford website at transformrockford.org.

In almost every setting, people shared with me that they see crime and fear of crime as roadblocks to pursuing opportunities and enjoying life. I have heard similar things from Realtors, employers, people who have left the region and people who have moved to the community.

We who live here are not alone in this concern for our region. While there are pockets of progress, we still compare unfavorably with other communities. Various rating agencies remind us of that from time to time.

Do we as a community accept the current condition? Absolutely not. As a region, we want to see dramatic reductions in crime statistics, changes in our personal experiences regarding safety, and changes in how people think of the Rockford region when it comes to crime and safety.

Watch for the rollout of a draft vision from Transform Rockford volunteers in coming weeks. I am confident that the draft vision for a transformed Rockford region will reflect a peaceful community where we have all worked to create a crime-free culture.

How might we make that change? In the next phase of Transform Rockford, strategies will be developed to address the issue.

Those strategies cannot just leave it to law enforcement to combat crime and change our community’s culture. This is going to require a community-wide effort on many related fronts. We need resources aligned from the public sector, the faith community, not-for-profits and the business community.

We must be strong enough and good enough to delve into root causes. We must consider initiatives that have worked here and elsewhere. Tough conversations and analysis must occur on related subjects like poverty, education, personal responsibility and recidivism.

Most of all, we will need to engage the great people of this community to do this work. It will not be easy. We will be tested.

This is why Transform Rockford uses shared values to guide behavior in challenging moments. Together, we can do this work with respect for one another and our community.

We must change.

Mike Schablaske is executive director of Transform Rockford.

Source: http://www.rrstar.com/article/20140517/SPECIAL/140519498/12896/NEWS?template=printart


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Keep active while waiting for Vision Draft

The Vision Drafting team is working hard drafting the words and passion of the region into a Vision Draft. In upcoming weeks the Vision Draft will be released for the community to once again give feedback on what will become the final Vision.

In the meantime:

  1. Keep talking to one another at work, home and school about ways to live out the share values
  2. Actively Participate in social media conversations about TransformRockford
  3. Actively Participate in Post-It Notes. click here
  4. Catch someone in the act of living out our shared values? Send a Photo

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TransformRockford Careers: Office Manager

Job Description

The Office Manager is responsible for performing office and administrative functions of Transform Rockford. The Office Manager will work with the Transform Rockford staff and volunteers and will play a significant role in facilitating dramatic community change. This position reports to the Executive Director.

See full job description

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to:

jobs@transformrockford.org

Indicate the job you are applying for in the subject line of the email.
You will be contacted if being considered for the role.

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TransformRockford Careers: Communications Manager

Job Description

The Communications Manager is responsible for developing, executing, and managing the Transform Rockford communication strategy. The Communication Manager ensures consistent and clear communication in alignment with Transform Rockford’s mission and shared values. This position reports to the Executive Director.

See full job description

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to:

jobs@transformrockford.org

Indicate the job you are applying for in the subject line of the email.
You will be contacted if being considered for the role.

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TransformRockford Careers: Program Director

Job Description

The Program Director is responsible for leading and managing the comprehensive array of Transform Rockford’s programs and services. The Program Manager sustains and drives the performance of issue and support teams and partners with team leads to review team performance and alignment to the mission, shared values, and process of Transform Rockford. This position reports to the Executive Director.

See full job description

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to:

jobs@transformrockford.org

Indicate the job you are applying for in the subject line of the email.
You will be contacted if being considered for the role.

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Transform Rockford: Volunteer spotlight ~ Lamis Diab

Name: Lamis Diab

Lamis Diab

Lamis Diab

Age: 35Occupation: Administrative assistant at Rock Valley College’s Office of Intercultural Student Services

Lived in Rockford area since: I was born in Rockford and attended Rockford Public Schools and Rockford College.

Transform Rockford involvement: I originally heard about TR in October of last year and became a member of the TR Analysis team in November.

The importance of shared values: Reaching out into every facet of the community is vital to the success of TR. We need to identify the needs of the community at large and ensure that everyone’s voice is heard, so that everyone’s needs can be met. The revitalization of the Rockford area is no small task. All of us have a role to play.

Source: RRStar


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Express Community Vision Results Added

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The Express Community Visioning Session results have been added to the Vision Draft page. Check them out!

See Vision Draft page