December 2017 e-Newsletter

We Are United Way

Celebrate the Season of Giving

We are thrilled to share that we exceeded our goal of $13k, raising $13,213 on #GivingTuesday. These funds will be used to sponsor more families in our Home Visiting Program that provides free early intervention and health care services to the highest-risk families in Lake County.

We would like to thank those individuals who made a Giving Tuesday gift and recognize our Matching Gift Sponsor, P&G for pledging to match all gifts made up to $6,500.

If you missed out on #GivingTuesday, consider making a tax-deductible, year-end gift to support our education programs. NRG will match 100% of year-end donations up to $6,500. A matching gift means that your impact doubles for children that need and deserve our help.

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Holiday Donation

Holiday Donations 2017

‘Tis the season of giving! Click the button below to see all of the donations that we have already received this holiday season. Thank you to all the companies, organizations and individuals who have brought smiles to our Lake County children and families through the spirit of giving.

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Reading Success

New Year, New You: Become a Volunteer Reading Tutor

Our Reading Success Program is designed to improve literacy skills for Waukegan elementary students who are unable to read at grade level. After six months of one-on-one tutoring, 99% of students improved their reading skills and, on average, those within the program showed a 17-point increase on their standardized reading test scores.

We are looking to add more volunteer classroom tutors in the new year. If you would like to become a reading tutor, all that is needed is an hour a week and a love of reading! We welcome both English and Spanish speaking volunteers. To learn more about the program, click the button below.

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Holiday Kids

File Your Taxes for FREE with MyFreeTaxes

Tax season is right around the corner! We are very excited to offer the My Free Taxes Program to Lake County residents once again.

MyFreeTaxes is an easy, safe, and free way to file your taxes online. Available for residents in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, you can file your federal and state returns for free at MyFreeTaxes.com. United Way promotes MyFreeTaxes to help support the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community, and maximizing your tax refund is a key step towards that goal.

The income cap for tax season 2018 will be $66,000 for individuals and households. Similar to last year, MyFreeTaxes will use H&R Block’s premium product. Stay tuned for more information in January!

Learn more about MyFreeTaxes by clicking the button below.

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Holiday Babies

Give Back This Holiday Season

Looking for giving and volunteer opportunities this holiday season? View our Holiday Opportunities Guide! It’s an easy-to-use guide filled with holiday volunteering and giving opportunities through the Lake County community.

Donate as an individual or unite your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to spread the holiday cheer with children and families in need and deserving of our help. Click the button below to view this year’s guide.

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Support United Way As You Shop This Holiday Season

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support United Way of Lake County (UWLC) every time you shop, at no cost to you. You’ll find the exact same shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to our organization.

Before you begin shopping, select United Way of Lake County in Gurnee, IL to receive donations from eligible purchases. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation to UWLC!

Click below to select UWLC as your AmazonSmile charity of choice.


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