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December 2021 e-Newsletter

  Wishing You a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season! Despite the many challenges and changes this year, you helped us accomplish so much! Thank you for supporting our mission to create lasting change in the Lake County community. We are grateful for your kindness and generosity. Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season. – […]
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Staff Spotlight: Alina Mozo

We are pleased to introduce our newest staff member, Alina Mozo. Alina is our Executive Assistant. 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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Staff Spotlight: Jessica Ceisel

We are pleased to introduce our newest staff member, Jessica Ceisel. Jessica is our Community 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 start […]
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November 2021 e-Newsletter

  UWLC Welcomes New Board Members United Way of Lake County recently welcomed three new members to our 2021-22 Board of Directors: Sandi Johnson, Principal of Clearview Elementary School; Tara Thomas, Academic Enrichment Coordinator at Zion Elementary School District; and Capt. Jason J. Williamson, Commanding Officer at the Great Lakes Naval Station. “We are thrilled […]
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October 2021 e-Newsletter

  211 Year Two Results and Impact We are pleased to share our second annual report for 211 that summarizes the tremendous impact 211 continues to make, including another 50,350 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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Staff Spotlight: Michelle Sanchez

We are pleased to introduce our newest staff member, Michelle Sanchez. Michelle is our Donor Relations 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 […]
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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 Thanksgiving and 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 […]
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Meet the Interns: Demetrius Nance

  We are excited to welcome Demetrius Nance, 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, Demetrius will be working in community engagement, focusing on Black and veteran communities. Join us in welcoming Demetrius! Where do […]
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Meet the Interns: Marissa Gomez

We are excited to welcome Marissa Gomez, 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 Success By 6 team, Marissa will be working with the Better Together families by providing necessary resources and assisting with kindergarten readiness. Join […]
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Meet the Interns: Humera Khaleel

We are excited to welcome Humera Khaleel, one of our newest interns! We love getting to introduce new people to the work we do at United Way of Lake County. As part of our Success By 6 team, Humera will be working with the Early Learning Clubs, Bright By Text, and Kindergarten Readiness Calendars.  Join […]
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September 2021 e-Newsletter

  Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of what it means to LIVE UNITED. We celebrate unique and diverse identities and experiences. We believe that all people deserve fairness, justice and security. We create a welcoming environment in which everyone feels valued and respected. We commit […]
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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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