Current Volunteer Opportunities
United Way of Lake County is proud to offer a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year.
Check this list regularly for schedule updates and additional information. If you are with a company and would like to do a group volunteer project, contact Carolina Herrera for information on how to secure a team volunteer opportunity.
To view a PDF of our general volunteer opportunities by each of our four program areas (Success By 6, Reading Success, Stay in School and Safe and Stable Families), click here.
Computer Learn and Earn Volunteer:
We are in need of volunteers to help us refurbish computers for our Computer Learn and Earn Initiative! Experience refurbishing computers (testing & installing hardware, cleaning hard drives and reinstalling operating systems/hardware) is desired, but training can be provided. Hours are flexible. Click here for more info.
LIVE UNITED SATURDAYS!
United Way of Lake County hosts monthly public volunteer opportunities. Join us and other community volunteers by registering for any of these events:
*Children ages 5 and up are generally welcome to attend with an adult present, so get the whole family involved and LIVE UNITED on Saturday!
Please check back for updates!
Community Opportunities:Our Reading Success and Stay in School programs are both in need of bilingual volunteers.
Reading Success volunteers work as readers and tutors in Waukegan Elementary schools in grades 1 through 3 in the classroom during the school day. Please read below for more information, including an application. Please contact Sue.Baehr@uwlakeco.org for more information.
Stay in School volunteers aid in translating information that Computer Learn and Earn speakers are presenting, as well as answering any questions Spanish-speaking parents might have. This opportunity is interacting with other adults during both daytime sessions and evening sessions. Please contact Alicia.Garcia@uwlakeco.org if you are interested in this opportunity.
Did you know? 3rd grade reading scores are the best predictor of whether a child will graduate high school or not.
Join us in delighting and igniting a child's love of learning by collecting and donating books. In partnership with Bernie's Book Bank, we are looking for new or gently used English, Spanish and bilingual books for children. Books can be dropped off at United Way of Lake County's office during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. To view a video of our efforts, click here.
Reading/Tutoring for First- through Third-graders:
United Way needs volunteers (either as individuals or teams) starting in Fall 2012 to spend an hour a week either reading to small groups of elementary children or tutoring a child in reading. Volunteers are trained and asked to donate a minimum of 40 minutes per week for a seven-month period working with children at Waukegan's elementary schools under the supervision of a classroom teacher. (If you are in a team, your group could coordinate schedules so that each volunteer takes a week that works for them.)
As a Reading Success volunteer, you will be helping children develop their language and reading skills. Classroom readers work at Glen Flora, Lyon Magnet and North schools. Reading tutors work at Clearview School and Glen Flora.
Volunteer Tutor Description
Volunteer Reader Description
Volunteer Disclosure Statement
*NOTE: All United Way of Lake County volunteers are subject to a full background check and fingerprinting. United Way of Lake County does not allow anyone with a felony conviction to volunteer with our organization.