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January 2020 e-Newsletter

New Year, New Volunteer Opportunities

Want to get involved and make a difference in your community this year? We organize year-round volunteer opportunities that you or your company can get involved in. Check out these two current opportunities:

Dr. Seuss Readers

Join us on Monday, March 2 or Friday, March 6, to participate in Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and Read Across America Day. Volunteers will be “guest readers” and share their love of reading with kindergarten through third grade children.

Career Speakers

Career Speakers are successful local professionals who demonstrate the value of staying in school and illustrate the direct connection between academics and future success. Career Speakers engage students in discussions focusing around career exploration, creating future pathways, and encourage leadership and success in school. Speakers will visit Waukegan schools now through the end of Spring.

Interested in volunteering? Contact Bobbi Selvik at Bobbi.Selvik@uwlakeco.org.

View our full list of volunteer opportunities – both one-time and ongoing – by clicking the button below.


Thank You for Your Support!

In December 2019, our Board of Directors sponsored our end of year campaign and matched all gifts up to $7,000. We are thrilled with the support of our community and happy to announce that we exceeded our goal! A huge thank you to everyone who made a gift and to our Board.

The funds raised will support children and families right here in Lake County and make it possible for us to make an even bigger impact on our local community to help improve and save lives. Together, we are achieving long-lasting results for our community, our neighbors, our children.


Give the Gift of Reading – Dr. Seuss Book Fundraiser

We are raising money to purchase Dr. Seuss books to be donated to classroom libraries at local elementary schools.

On March 2, dozens of volunteers will go to classrooms across Lake County for Read Across America Day and read Dr. Seuss books to the young students. Books will be donated for ongoing use in these classrooms.

You can give the gift of reading today—every little bit helps. Thank you for your support and helping us foster a love of reading in our youngest learners!


You’re Invited to Women United’s Windy City Bingo Bash

Join Women United on March 7 for their co-ed Windy City Bingo Bash fundraiser at the Merit Club in Libertyville. Tickets are now available!

Attendees will enjoy a fun night of Juke Box Bingo*, Chicago-style snacks and desserts, beer, wine and cocktails (with and without alcohol), sports-themed games, silent auction, 50/50 raffle and prizes galore.

All proceeds from this event will support early literacy programs through the Little Kids, Big Futures Fund.

*Juke Box Bingo is a combination of “Name That Tune” and traditional BINGO. Instead of listening to numbers being drawn (B-1, I-17, yawn!), you and your friends will be tapping your toes to the beat of the music, sipping your favorite beverages, and stamping bingo cards to win prizes!

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Sip, Chat and Learn with Leaders United

Join Leaders United of Lake County on Thursday, February 6, from 6 – 8 p.m. at North Shore Distillery (13990 Rockland Road, Green Oaks) to talk with current and prospective members and learn how to get involved. Enjoy drinks and snacks while learning more about how to create positive change in Lake County.

Leaders United is a group of volunteer young professionals who strive to help local students achieve success and become the future leaders of tomorrow.

Interested in joining? Contact Bobbi Selvik via email at Bobbi.Selvik@uwlakeco.org.


The 2020 Census and Lake County

This spring the 2020 Census will take place. The goal is to count every person living in the country and it is done every ten years. The Official Census Day is April 1, 2020.

A full census count is very important to the future of our children in Lake County.

The number of people counted in our state by the Census Bureau will determine where schools, roads, hospitals, childcare centers and senior centers will be built. It will also determine how much money Illinois will get to help pay for All Kids insurance, school breakfast and lunch programs, finical aid for college, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also known as SNAP or food stamps) and many other programs that are important to keeping our children healthy, strong and well educated.

Children are often missed in the census count.

It is important that you count everyone who is living in your house on April 1, 2020. This includes you, all the children living with you whether they are yours or someone else’s, and anyone else like grandparents, cousins or even friends who are living in your home. You should count everyone, even if they are not U.S. citizens (the Census Bureau does not ask about citizenship). The information you provide to the U.S. Census Bureau is safe and secure and cannot be shared with anyone else by law, including any other government agencies.

Responding to the 2020 Census is an easy, safe and very important way to help provide resources for our children and our communities over the next 10 years.

How to make sure your family is counted.

You will get information from the U.S. Census Bureau in the mail in March and April on how to respond by phone, online or with a mail-in paper questionnaire. You can answer the census questions anytime between March and June.

If you do not answer before the end of April, a Census Bureau worker will knock on your door and ask you the questions face-to-face. The best way to avoid a visit is to respond by phone, online or with the mail-in questionnaire before the end of April.


Women United invites you to attend their Wine & Learn on Thursday, February 20, at 6 p.m. in Libertyville to learn more about membership and how we mobilize our efforts to support early childhood literacy.

Together we strengthen Lake County through philanthropy, leadership and volunteerism with a flexible program structure that enables busy, successful women to engage at whatever level works best for them. Become a part of something bigger!

Want to attend? Please RSVP to Janice at Janice.Scarbalis@uwlakeco.org by Monday, February 17.

Learn more about the event on Facebook by clicking the button below.


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