May 2024 e-Newsletter

  Help Us Stuff the Bus! Each year, kids across Lake County go back to school lacking the supplies needed to succeed in school. The price for essential supplies is increasing and many families struggle to afford everything on their child’s school supply list. But together, we can make a difference! Join our Stuff the […]
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Women United Grants $181,000 to Early Education Programs

Women United is Lake County’s premier women’s organization that strengthens the community through philanthropy, leadership, and volunteerism while cultivating meaningful connections and belonging. In May 2024, it was declared that Women United is distributing $181,000 through its Little Kids, Big Futures philanthropy fund to bolster eight critical early education programs to ensure the foundation for […]
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Staff Spotlight: Maria Nava

We are pleased to introduce Maria Nava, our 211 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 join UWLC? I joined UWLC in April 2024. Tell […]
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Staff Spotlight: Yajaira Balderas

We are pleased to introduce Yajaira Balderas, our 211 Engagement 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 join UWLC? I joined UWLC on March 18th, […]
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April 2024 e-Newsletter

  We Love Our Volunteers! It’s National Volunteer Month 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 celebration is near and dear to […]
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March 2024 e-Newsletter

  Celebrating Read Across America In celebration of Read Across America, we organized 48 community and corporate volunteers to share the joy of reading with the students at Howe Elementary in Beach Park and Pleviak Elementary in Lake Villa. The volunteers read stories that amplified this year’s theme, Celebrating Diversity, in English and Spanish. All […]
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February 2024 e-Newsletter

  211 Day Celebrated Across Lake County In special recognition of United Way of Lake County’s 211, the Lake County Board, as well as the Villages of Antioch, Gurnee and Mundelein, and Cities of North Chicago, Waukegan and Zion, have all proclaimed February 11, 2024 as “211 Day”! We are grateful to our local government […]
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January 2024 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 our annual 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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December 2023 e-Newsletter

  Wishing You a Happy, Healthy 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 health and happiness this holiday season! – Your friends at United […]
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November 2023 e-Newsletter

  Lake County’s Guide to Holiday Giving & Volunteering Our annual Holiday Guide is now available! It includes giving and volunteer opportunities throughout Lake County, agency wish lists and contact information for food pantries to help our neighbors in need. When we work together to support our community, we all flourish, making Lake County a […]
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October 2023 e-Newsletter

  211 Year Four Results and Impact We are pleased to share our fourth annual report for 211 that summarizes the tremendous impact 211 continues to make, including another 79,088 connections to critical services and help! The report provides a snapshot of the demographic data and top needs requested from 211 between July 1, 2022 […]
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September 2023 e-Newsletter

  ‘Stuff the Bus’ Exceeds Expectations We are thrilled to share that we exceeded our goal for this year’s annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive! Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we prepared and distributed 3,072 backpacks full of supplies to students across Lake County! We are so proud that many more children […]
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‘Stuff the Bus’ 2023 Exceeds Expectations

United Way of Lake County’s Stuff the Bus supply drive provides students in Lake County, IL with new school supplies—preparing them for their academic studies, building their self-esteem, and setting them up for success. We are pleased to share the results of our fifth annual supply drive. We are thrilled to share that we exceeded […]
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August 2023 e-Newsletter

  United Way and HACES Expand Parent Mentor Program United Way of Lake County and HACES (Hispanic American Community Education and Services) are proud to announce a partnership and collaboration to deliver an expanded Parent Mentor program that puts parents in the classroom to mentor Waukegan students, kindergarten through fifth grade. Parents are trained as […]
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Staff Spotlight: Marissa Gomez

We welcome Marissa 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 join UWLC? My journey at UWLC began in August […]
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July 2023 e-Newsletter

  Volunteers Build New Playground at Oakdale Elementary After three days of hard work and with the help of more than 90 volunteers, Oakdale Elementary School in Waukegan now has a magnificent new playground! We are amazed by the dedication of our volunteers and excited for the students to enjoy this new space. “It was […]
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Women United Grants $186,000 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. In May 2023, 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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June 2023 e-Newsletter

  Celebrating Pride in Lake County On June 10, we had the pleasure of sponsoring and participating in the LGBTQ+ Center’s PrideFest in Round Lake Beach, alongside many of our community partners. On June 17, we also had the opportunity to join in Waukegan’s Pride Drive, hosted by Waukegan Friends. While celebrating progress, we understand […]
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May 2023 e-Newsletter

  Premier Leaders Event Raises $251K for Our Education Programs and 211 On May 24, Lake County civic and business leaders gathered for our 10th annual Premier Leaders Event at College of Lake County’s impressive new Student Center in Waukegan. Attendees mingled while enjoying food and cocktails, learned about our work and plans to increase […]
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April 2023 e-Newsletter

  We Love Our Volunteers! It’s National Volunteer Month 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 celebration is near and dear to […]
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