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Mike Brown of Triumph Community Bank is about as local as it gets. Born at Saint Joseph Hospital, he was raised in Gilberts and left the area only to attend college at the University of Iowa. He then returned to Elgin to work in the banking industry, and has been here ever since. Mike has been on United Way of Elgin’s Board of Directors since 2011, and has served as Treasurer for most of that time. Like so many of our most dedicated volunteers, he started out on a Fund Distribution panel before moving up to an Impact Council and then ultimately joining the board.

Here in his own...

The academic success of children in later years depends heavily upon their kindergarten readiness. The first few years of education and preparedness are the most crucial to establishing a solid foundation from which children can adapt to school systems and learn successfully. During this period, children develop primary skills that form the foundations of reading, counting, and social interaction.

The levels of preparedness with which a child enters kindergarten are academic and emotional, and they rely most heavily on being prepared at home. It is vital to nurture related skills...

As health and nutrition are becoming more important factors in determining the foods cafeterias offer, communities can integrate with United Way campaigns that are aimed to provide more accessible options for healthy eating in schools and educate children on the importance of proper nutrition.

In the United States, more than two-thirds of adults and children are overweight or obese. Not only is this a physical health concern, but it can be crucial to the development of healthy mindsets. United Way recognizes the significance of educating parents on healthy options available to...

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