Uniting Leadership & Resources

We know that a quality education leads to systemic, sustainable change. We help by educating our at-risk children and preparing them to succeed in a changing world.


Our programs and services are focused on children and families achieving self-sufficiency, which is vital to developing a healthy community.


By giving our children a solid educational foundation and focusing on preventive programs, we are growing a stronger Lake County community.


A whole community working together produces lasting, positive change. United Way is well positioned to help lead this important effort.

Stronger Relationships and Success
        in a Changing World

Our huge network of partners throughout the community provide in-depth knowledge of the needs, strengths and potential of Lake County.

Find Help Lake County

Working with over 50 agencies, we have identified four key programs to prepare our children to succeed in a changing world.

Local Expertise

With our thorough understanding of the specific needs, strengths and potential of Lake County, we’ve designed preventative programs to create lasting change and opportunities for a better life for all.


We are working to advance the common good throughout Lake County. Our community deserves more and is counting on us to make a difference.

Volunteer in Lake County

Help prepare our children to succeed now. Join us in working to advance the common good throughout Lake County by volunteering today.

  • safestablefamilies

    Safe and Stable Families


    Safe and Stable

    View details
  • programs-img2

    Success by Six


    by 6

    View details
  • reading success

    Reading Success Program



    View details
  • stay in school

    Stay In School Program


    Stay in

    View details
Previous Next
  • stay in school

    Bridging the Summer Gap

    Our Stories

    Keeping kids on track during the summer months through the inception of a full-day Summer Learning Program in Waukegan.

    View details
  • safestablefamiliesSTORY

    Devona’s Wish

    Our Stories

    Devona’s wish for her four children is that they “go to college, succeed in life and be something…so that they don’t end up on the street.”

    View details
  • homevisitngSTORY

    Alma’s Story

    Our Stories

    Meet Alma, a 7 year old who gained the confidence in her abilities thanks to Success By 6’s Home Visiting Initiative.

    View details
  • stories-img4

    Teachable Moments

    Our Stories

    Meet Madison, a preschooler who lives with her mother in a low income apartment complex, she is learning core skills to succeed in school.

    View details
Previous Next

14 September 2015

Coasters for a Cause

United Way of Lake County is partnering with Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, IL to offer a special promotion, called Coasters for a Cause, during Fright Fest. When you use promocode: UNITEDWAY, you will receive discounted tickets to use on October 2nd, 3rd, or 4th. Visit sixflags.com/greatamerica to purchase your tickets.

9 September 2015

Leadership Breakfast

Tickets are now available for this year’s Leadership Breakfast that will be held on Wednesday, October 14th from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Independence Grove in Libertyville. We are pleased to present Diana Rauner, the First Lady of Illinois and President of Ounce of Prevention, as this year’s keynote speaker. Diana will share the importance of early childhood programs to prepare children for success in school and in life.

22 June 2015

Chicago Bears Play 60 Character Camp

The Chicago Bears are hosting a Play 60 Character Camp on Wednesday, June 24 for kids ages 8-13.

1 April 2015

Annual Community Celebration and Volunteer Recognition Thursday, May 14, 5:30PM

Annual Community Celebration Event Honoring Our 2014-2015 Volunteers.

25 March 2015

UWLC Awarded “Pacesetter” Award in Early Reading Work

Waukegan’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Recognized for Demonstrating Real Progress in Helping Kids.

23 March 2015

KeyLime Cove Community Days

NOW through June 19, 2015, United Way of Lake County is partnering with KeyLime Cove to offer day passes to the indoor waterpark for just $25 per person per day.

22 October 2014

Does your family need food assistance?

Participating food pantries supplying food to Waukegan families during school strike.

29 September 2014

UWLC Joins Campaign for Grade Level Learning

Waukegan joins national movement to increase the number of children from low-income families reading proficiently at the end of third grade.

29 August 2014

2014 Power of the Purse Sunday, November 2, 11:30AM

The Power of the Purse celebrates the power of women’s philanthropy. Meet some amazing women and learn how the Women’s Leadership Council is changing the lives of Lake County children through early childhood education and literacy.

You Can Help

We rely on your generous donations to accomplish our goals and projects. Please support us and help build a stronger Lake County community.


Get Connected

At United Way, we love connecting our members and friends with opportunities to volunteer in the community.

Learn More