May 2018 e-Newsletter


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Women United Distributes $133,250 In Grants

Women United is Lake County’s premiere women’s organization for strengthening the community through philanthropy, leadership and volunteerism while creating a meaningful sense of belonging.

Just this month, the group announced that it will distribute $133,250 in grants through its Little Kids, Big Futures Fund to support six critical early intervention and early literacy programs. Since 2014, Women United has distributed over $375,000 to worthy nonprofits to ensure children living in Lake County’s most vulnerable communities are prepared for kindergarten and ready to succeed.

To read more about the Little Kids, Big Futures Fund and its funded programs, click below.

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Proceeds From Golf Championship Benefit United Way

Come see the future stars of the PGA TOUR at the Rust-Oleum Championship on June 4-10, 2018 at the Ivanhoe Club.

Charitable giving is a core element of the championship with all proceeds benefiting local charities. Please consider selecting the United Way of Lake County at checkout!

Weekly grounds passes are available for only $20, and daily pavilion passes are also available. Children under 17 are admitted at no charge with a paying adult. A Kid Zone with youth-oriented activities including face painting and a bounce house will be featured near the clubhouse on Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10. A craft beer and wine tasting for adults will also be available near the 17th hole on Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10.

To learn more and register, click below.

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New Board Members at Annual Meeting

Sights and Sounds From Our Annual Meeting Event

Lake County advocates and community members joined us to hear about our successful work in the community, honor our outgoing and incoming board members, as well as watch the premiere of our 2018 Outstanding Volunteer recognition video where we highlight four SUPER volunteers.

We’d like to recognize and thank our outgoing board members for their commitment and leadership while serving on the board:

  • Scott Jones, Cancer Treatment Centers of America
  • Carl Skoog, BMO Harris Bank

We’d also like to welcome the following individuals who are joining our Board of Directors:

  • Maria Colunga, Round Lake Area Schools (pictured above)
  • Dru Garcia, Lake County Partners
  • Demar Harris, Lake County Government Workforce Development (pictured above)

To meet our 2018 SUPER volunteers featured in our video and learn about their connection with United Way, click the button below.

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Volunteers on cork board

New Volunteer Opportunity: Kindergarten Countdown Camp

We are looking for several in-classroom volunteers to assist with our Kindergarten Countdown Camp (KCC). KCC is a free summer learning program for incoming kindergarteners who have never attended preschool nor been in a classroom setting. Quality early childhood programs, like KCC, produce lasting effects for a child – entering kindergarten with the academic, emotional and social skills needed to be successful.

Classroom volunteers must be 16 years or older and willing to commit 2-3 days a week for at least 5-10 weeks, between June 11 and August 16. For more details, click below.

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YLoD Students

YMoV Students

School Year In Review: Career Speakers

Many students in our community often times do not have the resources available to gain exposure from professional role models essential for developing career interests. Through our Stay in School Program, we aim to help bridge that gap by coordinating Career Speakers visits with small groups of Waukegan students. Career Speakers are successful local professionals who demonstrate the value of staying in school and illustrate the direct connection between academics and future success.

This school year, we worked with two student groups at Abbott Middle School in Waukegan, Young Ladies of Distinction and Young Men of Vision. Read more about each Career Speaker by clicking below.

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Connect With Us On Social Media

Want to keep in touch more often than just our once-a-month newsletter? Become a part of our social community by following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram, where you can see what’s new, share your thoughts and be among the first to know about all the ways that United Way is creating lasting change in Lake County.

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Andrew Warrington

Board Chair Spotlight: Andrew Warrington

This month, we published a special blog highlighting our current Board Chairman, Andrew Warrington. Andrew is President and CEO of United Conveyor Corporation and has served on our board since 2014 and just celebrated his first year as Board Chairman this May!

In the blog below, Andrew discusses what inspired him to serve on United Way of Lake County’s Board and his personal connection with United Way’s education programs.

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E3 Summit

United Way Participates in Congressman Schneider’s E3 Summit

On April 14, Congressman Brad Schneider hosted a public symposium to discuss the future of our economy, environment, and education with thought leaders and experts from across Illinois’s Tenth District.

United Way of Lake County’s Vice President of Community Impact, Michelle Crombie, along with Round Lake Area B.E.S.T. Coalition and Steans Family Foundation participated in the E3 Summit’s education panel discussion on expanding access to Pre-K.

Click the button below to learn more about the challenges, uncertainties and need for access to quality early childhood programs in Illinois.

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