Staff Spotlight: Deanna Olmem

Welcome to another installment of Familiar Faces Friday! We are excited to introduce Deanna Olmem, our Program Manager for Community Investments and Safe and Stable Families. When did you start working at United Way of Lake County? I started working at United Way as a Social Work intern from Northeastern Illinois University in 2009. After […]
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United Way Days Recap: July 2017

This summer, companies have been busy volunteering their time revitalizing school grounds, reading to preschoolers and assembling literacy kits for children in the community. We would like to thank and recognize the following companies for encouraging their employees to take time out of their workday to create lasting change in Lake County! #VolunteersInAction Baxter International Kindergarten Countdown Camp […]
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Staff Spotlight: Sara Martínez

Welcome back to Familiar Faces Friday! Today we are introducing Sara Martínez, our Administrative Services Assistant. When did you start working at United Way of Lake County? I was officially hired on July 1, 2016. What made you want to be a part of this organization? The mission they have for education in early learning. […]
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Why Summer Learning Matters

As we approach the end of the summer and the conclusion of Kindergarten Countdown Camp, it’s important to recognize the importance of summer learning and the impact it has on children. Over the course of the summer, idle, low-income students lose two to three months’ worth of reading skills while non-low-income students improve these skills. […]
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Staff Spotlight: Kelly Cotter

Welcome to another Familiar Faces Friday. This week we are excited to begin introducing our staff members. Each and every person makes an impact on the work United Way of Lake County does. Their contributions make our programs possible. We’d like to begin today by introducing our Initiative Funding and Advocacy Manager, Kelly Cotter. When did […]
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Kindergarten Countdown Camp: Edna Galvan

We are thrilled to share the last post in our Waukegan Kindergarten Countdown Camp (KCC) summer blog series. Here to wrap things is our Success By 6 Program Manager, Edna Galvan, sharing her reflection of camp this summer at Lyon Elementary School. What is your role at Camp? Whenever I had the opportunity to visit camp, I would […]
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Kindergarten Countdown Camp: Suzanne Neumann

We are thrilled to share the next post in our Kindergarten Countdown Camp (KCC) summer blog series that kicked off in Waukegan on June 19th. Up next, we have Suzanne Neumann, a volunteer Reading Buddy, sharing her reflection of the past several weeks of camp: What is your role at Camp? I am a volunteer […]
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Kindergarten Countdown Camp: Ashley Latz

We are thrilled to share the next post in our Kindergarten Countdown Camp (KCC) summer blog series that kicked off in Waukegan on June 19th. Up next, we’d like to introduce Ashley Latz, a Waukegan educator, sharing her experience as a KCC teacher this summer. Tell us about yourself and your role in camp. My name is […]
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