May 2020 e-Newsletter
Women United Donates Nearly Two Tons of Hand Sanitizer
In just 3 hours, a team of amazing volunteers labeled, poured, capped and boxed nearly two tons of hand sanitizer. We first want to thank the Women United members and other volunteers for their time and hard work. Shout out to Karen Jones and her nonprofit, Chocolate Chips Association, for loaning the volunteers lab coats and safety glasses. A special thank you to Andrew Warrington at United Conveyor Corporation. This project wouldn’t have been possible without his commitment of warehouse space and the expertise of his engineers who helped coordinate the machinery needed for this project.
“We are pleased to mobilize our membership for this project that gets 450 gallons of hard-to-find hand sanitizer in the hands of Lake County nonprofits and residents,” said Diana Nielander, manager of Women United. “As a result, Northern Illinois Food Bank, Catholic Charities, Waukegan Public Schools, ElderCare and others have hand sanitizer to use while delivering critical programs and can offer it to their clients. We are very proud to be able serve in this way.”
View photos of our amazing volunteers in action, below.
Leaders United’s Mask Donation Drive
Leaders United, a group of young professionals supporting the work of United Way of Lake County through volunteerism and philanthropy, launched a mask donation drive to support 3,500 Waukegan Public School students and families in need during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The mask drive is running through May 28. Donate unused disposable or homemade masks to help out essential workers and families. Drop off your mask donations at the Waukegan Police Department located at 101 N. West St., in Waukegan.
Read more about the donation drive in the Lake County Journal. Stay up-to-date on what Leaders United is doing by following them on Facebook.
Lake County’s COVID-19 Community Response Fund
On March 20, we established the Lake County COVID-19 Community Response Fund to support local nonprofit organizations serving Lake County’s most vulnerable neighbors.
Since launching, a total of $453,262 from the fund has been granted swiftly back into the community to 35 local nonprofits so they can continue their work providing critical resources for Lake County’s most at-risk children and families. Additional grants will be awarded on a rolling basis to quickly respond to urgent and evolving needs, as funds are available.
For a limited time, First Midwest Bank is doubling the impact of gifts made to the fund, up to $50,000. That means your gift will count twice. Donations of any amount will make an immediate impact on critical needs in Lake County. United Way covers all administrative costs so that 100% of donations go directly to recipient agencies.
We are so grateful to the hundreds of individuals and organizations who have donated! If you’d like to make a gift in support of the fund, please click below.
Women United’s Kendra Scott Partnership
Thank you to all of the people who participated in Women United’s virtual Kendra Scott Gives Back event. As a result of your shopping efforts, Women United raised $900, which will support early literacy programs in Lake County. This successful effort is the first piece of an exciting partnership with Kendra Scott, which will include a special in-store event in October.
Respond to the 2020 Census Today
The next 10 years depends on your next 10 minutes! Answer 10 questions and help bring a decade of funding to Lake County for roads, schools, healthcare and much more. It’s easy, confidential and important. You can respond online at my2020census.gov, by phone at (844) 330-2020, or by mail.
If you need help responding or have questions, call 211 or text your zip code to 898211.
Have you seen our signs?
Keep an eye out for our six billboards throughout Lake County promoting United Way of Lake County’s 211 helpline.
If you need assistance finding food, shelter, rent or utility assistance, or other essential services, call 211 or text your zip code to 898211 to speak with someone who can guide you to available resources. 211 is open to everyone in Lake County, 24/7. You can also visit 211LakeCounty.org.
New 211 Videos Available
We now have 30-second promotional videos for 211! There are two versions in both English and Spanish. You can view or share the videos on Facebook or view them on YouTube. You’ll find other promotional materials available on 211LakeCounty.org, in the 211 Toolkit. Thank you to everyone who has helped us spread the word about this great helpline!