July 2021 e-Newsletter
Become a Reading Success Tutor!
Do you enjoy working with elementary-age children? Do you want to make a difference in the community where you live or work? 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 is 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:
This year, in-person and virtual tutoring options are available. Volunteering will begin in late September or early October. Our program runs through the end of May.
If you are interested in volunteering as a Reading Success tutor, please contact Sue Baehr at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 775-1032.
4 Ways to Beat the Summer Slide
“Summer slide” is the tendency for students, especially from low-income families, to lose some of the educational gains they achieved throughout the school year during their summer break. Preventing summer slide is a considerable factor in ensuring all Lake County children are on a pathway to future success.
We’ve put together a list of four ways to keep your child academically and physically engaged over the summer months.
United Way’s New 211 PSA Campaign
United Way Worldwide recently launched a national PSA campaign, in partnership with the Ad Council, to spotlight the many benefits of 211. The campaign emphasizes top needs requested by 211 such as food assistance, help paying bills, health care answers and mental health resources. The main message is that 211 can be the guiding light when times get dark.
We are excited to see how this new campaign will help raise awareness of 211 in Lake County, which will lead to more people getting connected to the help they deserve in their moments of need.
Check out the new 60-second English ad:
Women United’s Golf Fundraiser
On July 19, Women United hosted a sold out golf fundraiser, called Play A-Round for Lake County Kids, held at White Deer Run in Vernon Hills. The weather was beautiful and players enjoyed 18 holes, lunch and dinner, a silent auction, numerous contests, and games with an array of prizes.
The event raised funds for Women United’s Little Kids, Big Futures Fund, which makes grants to early childhood education programs in Waukegan, Round Lake, Zion, and North Chicago. Since 2014, Women United has raised and granted $850K.
Thank you to the event chairs, Judy Kotsiopoulos and Ali Walton, and all the golfers, volunteers, and sponsors for making this a successful event. We’ll share an update soon about the total dollars raised.
Wine & Learn About Women United
You’re invited to Women United‘s Wine & Learn on August 18 at 6 p.m. in Libertyville. You’ll learn all about what it means to be a member and how this amazing group of women is supporting early childhood education in Lake County. Women United has a flexible program structure that enables busy, successful women to engage at whatever level works best for them.
We hope to see you there!
Follow Leaders United on Social Media
Leaders United—our group for young professionals that creates positive change in Lake County—has a presence on both Facebook and LinkedIn. Follow them for invitations to fun events and volunteer opportunities, updates on their work in the community, and much more. Click below to view their social media profiles.