Connect Rockford is a group of like minded neighbors that believe in the power of being neighborly!

Real neighbors. Real community.

Connect Rockford

Our Mission

Our Vision

To build and nurture a connected, thriving community in Rockford

Every resident in Rockford’s neighborhoods will be connected with each other and with essential resources by creating a robust, engaged, local network which cultivates trust and safety, empowers neighbors, and fosters a sense of belonging for everyone.


“All of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we’re giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That’s one of the things that connects us as neighbors—in our own way, each one of us is a giver and a receiver.”

Mr. Rogers

OUr community, our story

About Us.

Connect Rockford was first imagined as an invitation to engage neighbors within their unique neighborhoods, for connection, fun, and to come together to solve the problems that were also uniquely theirs. But then Covid-19 forced us all to socially isolate, and a new need for connection was born out of necessity, at a time of crisis.    [ click here for more … ]

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In order to have good neighbors, we must also be good neighbors. That applies in every field of human endeavor.

Harry S Truman

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The Steering Committee

The Connect-Rockford Steering Team is here to help keep us on track as we expand neighborhood by neighborhood through the city of Rockford.

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Barb Chidley

Barb Chidley

Neighborhood Specialist,
for the City of Rockford

Charmaine Logwood

Shelter Care Ministries

Jeremiah Griffin

Jeremiah Griffin


Pastor Griffin is a husband and father of nine children and has been in Rockford for the last fourteen years.  Pastor serves at Halsted Road Baptist Church and Living Stones in northwest Rockford.  Pastor Griffin is involved with several community groups including Northwest Neighbors, a Christian Community Development Corporation in Rockford, Illinois.

Ostella Lockett

Site Coordinator
Rockford Park District

Derricka Davis

Derricka Davis

Community Recreation & Aquatics Manager Rockford park District

Nitro Starling - Rockford, Illinois

Nitro Starling


Nitro always dreamed about living around beautiful trees and winding back roads, and she has found that in the City of Rockford. As a resident for 8 years, Nitro has a great passion for our city. She has faced many challenges in her life, growing up in the Cabrini-Green housing projects of Chicago, a single mother with 3 kids at a young age, yet she was still able to work and finish school. 

    In 2009, Nitro became a Real Estate Agent and in 2012 she studied  Interior Design at the Art Institute of Chicago. Nitro believes that the seed of love has been planted and nurtured within her from the caring of family and neighbors, without whom she would not be the person she is today.  Nitro is ready to share some major love with her neighbors and community.

Danielle Angileri

Danielle Angileri

Executive Director
NAMI Northern Illinois