July 2019 e-Newsletter

Premier Leadership Event Raises Over $207,000 for Our Education Programs and 211!

On June 26, Lake County civic and business leaders gathered for our sixth annual Premier Leadership Event at The Shanty in Wadsworth. We are proud to share that over $207,000 was raised to support United Way’s education programs and the launch of 211 thanks to the generosity of our guests and sponsors.

We would like to recognize and thank our guest speaker, Kathleen O’Connor, Libertyville Township Supervisor. Her remarks on 211 underlined the importance of this vital service being launched in Lake County this coming fall.

“211 is a simple idea. Frequently, simple ideas have the greatest impact. In a day, where we can literally “google” anything and receive the desired answer – it’s not the same experience when seeking help. A “google” search may begin the exploration of finding a much needed social service but it has limitations…

For over 30 years, I’ve worked in social services and it is an extremely difficult system to navigate. People are often connected to resources by trial and error. As a Township Supervisor, I have observed how incredibly frustrating it is for folks when they are told they don’t live in our Township and need to contact another one…The social service “run around” adds to their anxiety. All too often, families will stop seeking help because it’s just too difficult.

Imagine a system that allows a family to speak to a person who will help them identify their needs, narrow their search, explain how they can connect to that much needed resource, help them begin to feel hopeful again. Imagine if that conversation could begin with a simple call to 211. Imagine how much healthier of a county we would be!”

We are very grateful to our event sponsors for their support:

To view pictures from this exciting event, please click the button below.

Become a Reading Success Tutor

Do you enjoy working with elementary-age children? Do you want to make a difference in the community you live in or near? United Way of Lake County’s Reading Success Program welcomes you!

Our program serves elementary schools in Waukegan and we place volunteers in first through third grade classrooms. No prior experience required, only a love of children and books! We are always in need of bilingual Spanish speaking volunteers. To be a volunteer tutor, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Pass a background check
  • Commit to 1 hour per week in the classroom

If you are interested in volunteering as a Reading Success tutor, simply fill out this online form with your basic information. Our volunteer coordinator will call or email you with more information in a few days. Volunteering begins in late September and early October. Our program runs through the end of May.

For more information, please contact Sue at sue.baehr@uwlakeco.org or
(847) 775-1032.

Welcome LEADERS UNITED to Lake County

LEADERS UNITED of Lake County (LULC) is a group of caring and committed young professionals on a mission to encourage philanthropy and volunteerism among their peers. The goal of LULC will be to impact issues that affect students and families across Lake County. This is also an outstanding opportunity for those who are seeking to build leadership experiences.

Interested in becoming a member?

Your gifts of time, talent and resources will ensure children and families living in Lake County’s most vulnerable communities are supported with access to the resources they need to thrive.

Learn more by clicking below.

Women United Invites You to Next Wine & Learn

Women United of Lake County invites you to attend their Wine & Learn on August 22 at 6 p.m. in Libertyville to learn more about membership with Women United and the way 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 Join? Please RSVP to Janice at Janice.Scarbalis@uwlakeco.org before August 19.

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


It’s Not Too Late to Help Stuff the Bus!

United Way will be driving a school bus around Lake County to pick-up all donations this Friday, July 26. A big thank you to everyone who has donated school supplies so far! We will share the results of the donation drive in next month’s e-Newsletter.

You still have time to donate!

If you would like to drop-off school supplies, you can do so at our office’s reception desk. Address: 330 S. Greenleaf St., Gurnee, IL 60031.

If you would like to make a monetary donation, please click here. Learn more about our Stuff the Bus donation drive by clicking the button below.

Staff Spotlight: Maria Gray

Recently, we welcomed Maria Gray to our United Way family! We are thrilled to have her as our new Senior Relationship Manager on our Resource Development team. Maria’s role is to manage corporate campaign accounts and individual donors.

Learn more about Maria and her work at United Way by clicking below.



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