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January 2023 e-Newsletter

  Voices United: A Celebration of MLK Jr. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, we partnered with McCall Elementary in Waukegan to host a new reading event—Voices United: A Celebration of MLK. Black community leaders from across Lake County were invited to read to the students. Each book provided a unique opportunity for […]
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Staff Spotlight: Jessica Ceisel

We are pleased to introduce, Jessica Ceisel, our Senior Manager of Women United & Donor Engagement. Keep reading to 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 […]
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December 2022 e-Newsletter

  Wishing You a Warm and Bright Holiday Season! You helped us accomplish so much this year! Thank you for supporting our mission to build an equitable Lake County community where everyone can thrive. We are so grateful for your kindness and generosity. Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season. – Your friends at […]
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Holiday Opportunities Guide is Here!

Each holiday season, we publish a guide that includes giving and volunteer opportunities throughout Lake County. This easy-to-use guide includes winter volunteering opportunities, agency wishlists and contact information for food pantries to help our neighbors in need. Donate as an individual or unite your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to spread the holiday cheer with […]
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November 2022 e-Newsletter

  Celebrating 100 Years of Caring for Lake County We’ve been responding to our community’s most pressing needs for a full century and are proud of the difference we’ve made and continue to make in the lives of our friends and neighbors. While the support we’ve provided has changed with the needs of Lake County, […]
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Staff Spotlight: Jessica Gomez

We are pleased to introduce Jessica Gomez, our Success By 6 Initiative Coordinator. Keep reading to 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? My journey […]
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October 2022 e-Newsletter

  211 Year Three Results and Impact We are pleased to share our third annual report for 211 that summarizes the tremendous impact 211 continues to make, including another 57,374 connections to critical services and help! The report is now available for download and provides a snapshot of the demographic data and top needs requested […]
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September 2022 e-Newsletter

  Hispanic Heritage Month Book Drive Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 through October 15. Join us in celebrating and honoring Latinx and Hispanic literature, experience and storytelling by giving the gift of reading to local children! The books in our collection are by Hispanic/Latinx authors featuring Hispanic/Latinx characters and influential figures. The books will […]
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August 2022 e-Newsletter

  ‘Stuff the Bus’ Exceeds Expectations We are thrilled to share that we exceeded our goal for this year’s Stuff the Bus school supply drive! We prepared 2,200 backpacks full of supplies and 900 grade-specific supplementary string bags, which were distributed to students at Waukegan Public Schools’ Back to School Resource Fair. Since then, we’ve […]
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July 2022 e-Newsletter

  Healing After the Highland Park Tragedy When tragedy hit the Highland Park community on July 4, our 211 team quickly mobilized to bring the best practices in crisis response from experienced 211s across the nation. More than 5,000 community members were directly impacted by the mass parade shooting and our 211 helpline has been […]
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June 2022 e-Newsletter

  Women United Celebrates $1 Million Raised for Early Education Women United announced that they will distribute $186,000 this year through their Little Kids, Big Futures philanthropy fund to support nine critical early education programs. That means that Women United has also surpassed the $1 million milestone of money raised for early education in Lake […]
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Staff Spotlight: Taylor Bellson

We are pleased to introduce Taylor Bellson, our Account Manager. Keep reading to 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? My journey with UWLC began […]
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Staff Spotlight: Katie Martinez

We are pleased to introduce Katie Martinez, our Donor Relations Specialist. Keep reading to 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 working at […]
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Women United Allocates $1,000,000 in Eight Years to Early Education Programs

Women United is Lake County’s premier 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 distribute $186,000 through its Little Kids, Big Futures philanthropy fund to support nine critical early education programs that will ensure the […]
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May 2022 e-Newsletter

  Premier Leaders Event Raises $275K for Our Education Programs and 211 On May 19, Lake County civic and business leaders gathered for our 9th annual Premier Leaders Event at The Shanty in Wadsworth. Attendees mingled while enjoying food and cocktails, learned about our work and plans to increase programming, and then raised their paddles […]
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April 2022 e-Newsletter

  Thank You, Volunteers! This week is National Volunteer Week and we’d like to take this time to recognize all of the selfless individuals who lend their time, talent, and support to serve our community. As an organization that relies heavily on volunteers to carry out its mission, this annual week of celebration is near […]
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Staff Spotlight: Gale Graves

We are pleased to introduce Gale Graves, our Vice President of Community Impact. Keep reading to 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)! What is your title and role? My role as […]
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March 2022 e-Newsletter

  Celebrating Read Across America Day In early March, community and corporate volunteer readers gathered in person and virtually to share the joy of reading with elementary school students at Pleviak in Lake Villa, Little Fort in Waukegan and East in Zion. Throughout the week, 62 volunteers read to more than 1,050 pre-K to third-grade […]
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February 2022 e-Newsletter

  Lake County Recognizes February 11 as 211 Day In special recognition of our 211 helpline, the Lake County Board proclaimed February 11 as “211 Day” in Lake County, Illinois. We are grateful to Lake County government for their partnership and generous support of our 211 service, as well as the many partners and individuals […]
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January 2022 e-Newsletter

  I Have a Dream… Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is an inspiration to millions around the world. We reflect on the lessons of his life; that extraordinary change begins when ordinary men and women are willing to stand up to the progress they seek. And just as we celebrate the progress he helped inspire, […]
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