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Help! Rock Valley College Calls For Volunteers After Storm Damage


Rock Valley College is asking for the community's help with campus cleanup efforts. Monday's storm has been classified as an EF1 tornado. Campus officials said it touched down on the RVC main campus behind the Woodward Technology Center and by the creek, causing significant damage and spreading debris throughout the college grounds.

The College is looking for volunteers from the community who would be willing to come out on Friday, Aug. 14, from noon to 4 p.m., or Saturday, Aug. 15, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Instructions for volunteers:

Enter campus via the Mulford Road entrance -- the address is 3301 N Mulford Road, Rockford IL 61114.

Pull into the first parking lot -- Lot 1, first right when you enter off Mulford Road.

Look for a white Rock Valley College Police Emergency Response trailer and check in at the trailer.

Sign waiver and receive safety training and be issued a vest to wear.

Wear closed toe shoes or preferably boots.

Bring heavy duty gloves -- RVC will have gloves for those who do not have any.

Bring eye protection -- RVC will have eye protection for those who do not have any. 

Jenna Dooley has spent her professional career in public radio. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois - Springfield. She returned to Northern Public Radio in DeKalb after several years hosting Morning Edition at WUIS-FM in Springfield. She is a former "Newsfinder of the Year" from the Illinois Associated Press and recipient of NIU's Donald R. Grubb Journalism Alumni Award. She is an active member of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association and an adjunct instructor at NIU.