February 2018 e-Newsletter


We Are United Way

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Roses are red, violets are blue, there’s so little that we could do without YOU! We are blessed to know many amazing people—like you—who generously make gifts, volunteer their time or spread the word about the ways in which United Way is strengthening local communities in Lake County.

This Valentine’s Day, we want to thank YOU for your kindness, generosity and for being our Valentine.

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at United Way of Lake County!

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5 Tips Before Doing Your Taxes

In preparation for the tax season, we have put together a list of five key tips to consider before doing your taxes.

Tip #1: Don’t pay to file your taxes.

Find out why and see all five tips by clicking below.

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Science Speakers

Looking for Enthusiastic Scientists!

Spring is almost here and, once again, we will be hosting Science Speakers Week at participating Waukegan elementary schools during the week of April 23, 2018.

We are looking for scientists who are interested in sharing their passion and knowledge about science-related careers and opportunities with 5th graders. If you are interested and would like more information, please click the button below or contact Jennifer Jensen at Jennifer.Jensen@uwlakeco.org or (847) 775-1042.

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Dr. Seuss

Help Us by Organizing a Dr. Seuss Book Drive

March 2 is both Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day. For the last several years we have celebrated by organizing an event in which volunteers visit local schools and read Dr. Seuss books to students.

This year, we are collecting Dr. Seuss books that will be donated to schools in Lake County in honor of Read Across America Day. You can help us by hosting a book drive with your friends, family or co-workers to collect new or gently-used Dr. Seuss books by Friday, February 23. To coordinate a drop-off, contact Sara Martinez at Sara.Martinez@uwlakeco.org or (847) 775-1026.

Click the button below for the Dr. Seuss book titles that you can donate.

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Women United and Baby Talk Partnership

Women United Announces Partnership with Baby Talk

This year, our Women United (formerly Women’s Leadership Council) started a new partnership with Baby Talk, a program out of Waukegan, that identifies at-risk families with children ages birth to three in need of early intervention programming or preschool special education services.

We interviewed Diana Nielander, Social Enterprise and Affinity Group Manager, on the Women United’s involvement with this program. Read the full interview by clicking the button below.

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Kristi Long

Staff Spotlight: Kristi Long, President & CEO

Check out the latest installment of Familiar Faces Friday featuring our President and CEO, Kristi Long. Learn more about Kristi and her incredible role here at United Way by clicking below.

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Young Ladies of Distinction Learn Criminal Justice

Last month, 20 students from the Young Ladies of Distinction program at Abbott Middle School in Waukegan participated in a daylong workshop to learn about the phases of the criminal justice system; from observing a court hearing to touring the State’s Attorney’s Office, Coroner’s Office and Lake County Jail.

This opportunity was a collaborative effort thanks to many entities of our Lake County government. A special thank you to Mike Nerheim, Lake County State’s Attorney and United Way of Lake County Board Member, for offering such an educational day.

Click the button below to watch the video recapping these students’ day.

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Libertyville Poker Run

Try Your Hand at the Libertyville Poker Run

Calling all runners, walkers and people looking to have a good time! Try your hand at Libertyville Running Club‘s unique Poker Run 10K on March 3. This is the best way to do some good, indulge in food and drink, and still call it exercise.

Proceeds from the 10K will benefit United Way of Lake County! Click the button below to register and learn more.

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