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August 2021 e-Newsletter

  School Supply Drive Exceeds Goal This summer, we had the goal of collecting and distributing 1,000 backpacks full of school supplies to Waukegan Public School students. It took 90 volunteers more than 180 hours to organize the supplies and pack the backpacks, resulting in nearly 1,500 backpacks distributed! We are thrilled to have such […]
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Meet the Interns: Eric Jones

We are excited to welcome Eric Jones, our newest intern! We love getting to introduce new people to the work we do at United Way of Lake County. As part of our 211 team, Eric is helping set up a new site on Power BI so that more people can easily access data collected from […]
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KCC Coordinator Spotlight: Stephanie Guadarrama

Here at United Way, we are fortunate to work with some of the most service-oriented and compassionate people. Today, we’d like to spotlight Stephanie Guadarrama, who has helped coordinate Kindergarten Countdown Camp (KCC), our free summer learning program for incoming kindergarten students with little to no preschool experience. KCC prepares students for a successful start […]
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July 2021 e-Newsletter

Become a Reading Success Tutor! Do you enjoy working with elementary-age children? Do you want to make a difference in the community where you live or work? United Way of Lake County’s Reading Success program welcomes you! Our program serves elementary schools in Waukegan and we place volunteers in first through third-grade classrooms. No prior […]
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June 2021 e-Newsletter

Premier Leaders Event Raises $250K for Our Education Programs and 211 On June 2, we held our 8th annual (and second virtual) Premier Leaders Event. The event featured a data-driven, inspiring keynote address by early childhood expert Dr. Cristina Pacione-Zayas, we discussed our big plans to increase programming that builds equity in Lake County, and […]
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4 Ways to Beat the Summer Slide

Get inspired with these strategies to help keep your child’s mind powered up all season long. “Summer slide” or “summer learning loss” is the tendency for students, especially from low-income families, to lose some of the educational gains they achieved throughout the school year during their summer break. To combat the “summer slide”, here are […]
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Combating Summer Learning Loss with Kindergarten Countdown Camp

Now more than ever, it’s important to learn how to combat summer learning loss and understand the impact it has on our children’s future success. Over the course of the summer, students from low-income families lose two to three months’ worth of reading skills compared to their peers whose families are not low-income. These children […]
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Trustmark and United Way Partner in “Break to Educate” Series

Trustmark, a national benefits provider, is a long-time and loyal supporter of United Way of Lake County. Our mission to improve lives in Lake County, and Trustmark’s mission are in happy alignment. We are thrilled to have Trustmark as a partner all these years, and we are excited to participate in their “Break to Educate” […]
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May 2021 e-Newsletter

Women United Allocates $850k in Seven Years to Early Education Programs Women United is proud to announce that they will distribute $166k in grants this year through their Little Kids, Big Futures philanthropy fund to support eight critical early education programs. Since 2014, Women United has distributed $850k to worthy nonprofits that ensure children living […]
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Women United Allocates $850,000 in Seven 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 $166,000 through its Little Kids, Big Futures philanthropy fund to support eight critical early education programs that will ensure the […]
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April 2021 e-Newsletter

Student Coin Drive Raises $2K for COVID Relief Community service projects are a great way to encourage students to think about the world around them. At St. Gilbert School in Grayslake, it is an annual tradition to raise money for an organization as a school-wide service project. This year, we are thrilled that the student […]
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National Volunteer Week 2021

National Volunteer Week is April 18-24, and we would like to take this time to recognize all the selfless individuals who dedicate their time and energy to serve our community. As an organization that relies heavily on volunteers to carry out its mission, this annual week of celebration is near and dear to our hearts. […]
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March 2021 e-Newsletter

Celebrating Read Across America Day In early March, community and corporate volunteer readers gathered virtually to promote the joy of reading with students at East Elementary in Zion, North Elementary in Waukegan, and Pleviak Elementary in Lake Villa. Throughout the week, more than 725 students were introduced to these special guest readers. Teachers love this […]
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9 Ways You Can Help Improve Gender Equity in Lake County

Challenges faced together are often easier to manage. That’s true no matter your age or stage in life. Having someone who is by your side to help you face challenges is the power of mentorships! This Women’s History Month, we are celebrating the power of mentoring – in all its forms – in order to […]
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Staff Spotlight: April Ryan

We are pleased to introduce our newest staff member, April Ryan. April is the Executive Assistant who helps support our President & CEO, Kristi Long. 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 […]
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Staff Spotlight: Elaine Rezotko

We are pleased to introduce our newest staff member, Elaine Rezotko. Elaine is the Resource Development Specialist with our Resources Development team. 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)! […]
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Staff Spotlight: James Daubs

This Familiar Faces Friday, we are highlighting James Daubs, Campaign Associate. Learn more about his role, what he likes to do in his free time and how he connects to the programs we offer at United Way of Lake County (UWLC)! When did you start working at UWLC? September 2020. What is your title and […]
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February 2021 e-Newsletter

Celebrating Black History Month with Book Drive To celebrate Black History Month, we are hosting a virtual book drive during the month of February. Help us put books featuring Black characters and influential Black American figures into the hands of eager young readers in our community. We will use the funds to purchase the books […]
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Meet the Interns: David Astudillo

We are excited to welcome David Astudillo, our newest intern! We love getting to introduce new people to the work we do at United Way of Lake County (UWLC). As part of our 211 team, David is capturing 211 caller stories for our newsletters and collecting monthly report data. He is also assisting the marketing […]
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January 2021 e-Newsletter

Year-End Campaign Raises $117,000! At the end of 2020, we launched a campaign to raise funds for our education programs and 211. Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, we raised more than $117,000! That amount includes a $7,500 matching gift from our sponsor, Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County. We want to thank our […]
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