KCC Volunteer Spotlight: Nicole Jones

Here at United Way, we are fortunate to work with some of the most service-oriented, internally-driven and compassionate people in the community. Among them are the United Way interns, volunteers and staff. Today we’d like to spotlight Nicole Jones, one of our Kindergarten Countdown Camp (KCC) volunteers. Pictured above is Nicole during a Kindergarten Countdown […]
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KCC Volunteer Spotlight: Peggy Lavin

Here at United Way, we are fortunate to work with some of the most service-oriented, internally-driven and compassionate people in the community. Among them are the United Way interns, volunteers and staff. Today we’d like to spotlight Peggy Lavin, a Kindergarten Countdown Camp volunteer. What is your role at the camp? As a volunteer, I […]
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Staff Spotlight: Stephanie Guadarrama

This Familiar Faces Friday, we are introducing Stephanie Guadarrama. Stephanie is one of our  Kindergarten Countdown Camp Coordinators for the Success By 6 Program (SB6). Learn more about her role, what she likes to do in her free time and how she connects to the programs developed by United Way of Lake County (UWLC)! When […]
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Meet the Interns: Emma Paukert

This summer, we are excited to welcome Emma Paukert, one of our new Kindergarten Countdown Camp (KCC) interns! We love getting to introduce new people to the work we do at United Way of Lake County.  Read on to learn more about Emma’s experience with KCC so far! What is your role at Kindergarten Countdown Camp […]
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Women United Spotlight: Marilyn Mines

Welcome to Women United’s Member Spotlight series. This week, join us in learning more about Marilyn Mines and her connection to Women United. If you would like to learn more about Women United and the work they do, click here. What year did you join Women United? 2015 What is your professional background? I am a […]
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A Reflection of My KCC Volunteer Experience: Candy Carrasco

Here at United Way, we get to work with a variety of people across many different fields in many different ways. This blog was written by one of our Kindergarten Countdown Camp (KCC) volunteers, Candy Carrasco. Read on to hear from Candy as she reflects on her experience volunteering for KCC.  Pictured above is Candy during […]
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Staff Spotlight: Amy Warrington

This Familiar Faces Friday, we are introducing Amy Warrington. Amy is one of our Kindergarten Countdown Camp Coordinators. Learn more about her role, what she likes to do in her free time and how she connects to programs developed by United Way of Lake County (UWLC)! When did you start working at UWLC? I started […]
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Women United See KCC Come to Life in North Chicago

On June 26, Women United members volunteered as Reading Buddies at the North Chicago Kindergarten Countdown Camp (KCC). Reading Buddy volunteers spend an hour in the classroom introducing the concept of books, stories and reading to the children attending camp. Pictured above are some of the children Women United volunteers read with, displaying their craft […]
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Meet the Interns: Amy Juarez

This summer, we are excited to welcome Amy Juarez, our newest Marketing intern! We love getting to introduce new people to the work we do at United Way of Lake County. As part of our Marketing team, Amy will assist with research, social media, graphic design, events, and much more. Join us in welcoming Amy! […]
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Kindergarten Countdown Camp: Round Lake Principal Testimonial

Up next for our Kindergarten Countdown Camp (KCC) summer blog series, we’d like to introduce Jason Smith, the principal at Pleviak Elementary School. During the month of June, 30 students are attending a 3-week KCC at Pleviak Elementary in Round Lake. What benefits does Kindergarten Countdown Camp have for the children and families attending? Kindergarten […]
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June 2018 e-Newsletter

Program Highlight: Early Reading Success Last year, our Reading Success Program launched a new initiative called Early Reading Success, a program developed to expose kindergarten students to the basics of reading. In this initiative, trained volunteers read stories to small groups of children and lead them in a short activity related to what they have […]
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Women United Spotlight: Amber Harker

Welcome to Women United’s Member Spotlight series. This week, join us in learning more about Amber Harker and her connection to Women United. If you would like to learn more about Women United and the work they do, click here. What year did you join Women United? I actually heard about Women United earlier this year, […]
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Kindergarten Countdown Camps, Preparing Children for their Futures

The future belongs to those who prepare for it today. -Malcolm X When Malcolm X said those words, he probably wasn’t thinking about four and five-year-olds, but this week a whole group of children entered the doors of a school for the very first time. They are heading to Kindergarten Countdown Camp (KCC) and they […]
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Combating Summer Learning Loss, One KCC at a Time

As we approach the beginning of summer, it’s important to learn how to combat summer learning loss and understand the impact it has on our children’s future success. Kindergarten Countdown Camp Volunteer, Edna Galvan, works with children on an activity to identify their shapes and colors. Over the course of the summer, idle, low-income students […]
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Staff Spotlight: Susan Mendoza

This Familiar Faces Friday, we are introducing Susan Mendoza. Susan is our Executive Assistant. Learn more about her role, what she likes to do in her free time and how she connects to the programs we offer at United Way of Lake County (UWLC)! When did you start working at UWLC? I started on July […]
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Women United Spotlight: Karen Mahnke

Welcome to Women United’s Member Spotlight series. This week, join us in learning more about Karen Mahnke and her connection to Women United. If you would like to learn more about Women United and the work they do, click here. What year did you join Women United? 2017 What is your professional background? I work at […]
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May 2018 e-Newsletter

  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 […]
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Staff Spotlight: Rosa Herrera

Welcome back to Familiar Faces Friday! This week, we are introducing Rosa Herrera. Rosa is our Initiative Coordinator for our Success By 6 Program (SB6).  Learn more about Rosa and her work at United Way of Lake County (UWLC) by reading below! When did you start working at United Way of Lake County? I started working […]
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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 to visit with small groups of Waukegan students. Career Speakers are successful local professionals […]
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Women United Allocates $133,250 Towards Funding for Early Literacy Programs

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, it was announced that Women United will allocate $133,250 in grants, through its Little Kids, Big Futures Philanthropy Fund to support six critical early prevention and early literacy programs […]
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