Better Together: From a Mother’s Perspective

To share a glimpse into our Better Together Program — continuing this fall at Green Bay Elementary School in North Chicago — we interviewed a mother who is participating in the program with her son. HOW HAS THE BETTER TOGETHER PROGRAM BENEFITED YOU AND YOUR CHILD? The program allows me and my son to be together without […]
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Staff Spotlight: Jennifer Cheng

Welcome to this week’s Familiar Faces Friday. In this spotlight we are introducing Jennifer Cheng, our Donor Services Manager. Come learn more about Jennifer and the work she does for United Way of Lake County! When did you start working at United Way of Lake County? I returned to United Way of Lake County January […]
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Staff Spotlight: Michelle Crombie

Welcome to Familiar Faces Friday! This week we are excited to introduce Michelle Crombie. Michelle is our Vice President of Community Impact. Continue reading to learn more about her and the work she does here at United Way of Lake County. When did you start working at United Way of Lake County? My first day […]
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AmeriCorps VISTA: Katherine Velazquez

We are thrilled to welcome Katherine Velazquez to our United Way of Lake County team. Katherine will be joining us as our AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) member working on our Success By 6 team. Join us in welcoming Katherine! What is your name? Katherine Velazquez Where did you go to school? I […]
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Better Together: Fall 2017 Session

Our Better Together Program has started back up this fall at Green Bay Elementary School in North Chicago. We are thrilled to continue our Better Together blog series to give our supporters a first-hand look into this program and the children and families it serves. For our first post, we asked our Success By 6 Initiative […]
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Join Us in Celebrating National Voter Registration Day!

United Way of Lake County is excited to participate in a national effort to engage and mobilize Americans in our political process by helping to register over a hundred thousand voters across the country on September 26, 2017, National Voter Registration Day. First held in 2012 for that year’s presidential election, National Voter Registration Day […]
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Staff Spotlight: Sue Baehr

Welcome to another in our Familiar Faces Friday series! We love introducing you to our staff here at United Way of Lake County and this week we are talking to Sue Baehr, our Program Manager for Reading Success. When did you start working at United Way of Lake County? I began working at United Way […]
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September 2017 e-Newsletter

Introducing our Leadership Directory We are excited to share our Leadership Directory recognizing our top supporters. Thanks to their continued support, children and families are on a path for success, and their future success ensures the success of our businesses and communities. For every program, every new initiative and every dollar raised, individual lives are […]
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Summer 2017: Donation Drives

Throughout the summer, companies and local organizations around Lake County hosted donation drives collecting items such as, school supplies, furniture, clothing and much more. United Way of Lake County was able to find a home for these donated items with local schools and community organizations to help children and families in need of these items. […]
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United Way Days Recap: August – September 2017

Summer is coming to an end, but that hasn’t stopped the following companies from volunteering their time revitalizing school grounds, supporting local organizations and making the community a cleaner environment. We would like to thank and recognize these companies for encouraging their employees to take time out of their workday to create lasting change in Lake County on our United Way […]
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Meet the Interns: Abygail Perez

This autumn we are excited to welcome Abygail Perez, our newest intern! We love getting to introduce new people to the work we do at United Way of Lake County. Our interns have participated in putting on programs like Success by 6, Reading Success and Kindergarten Countdown Camp. Join us in welcoming Aby! What is your […]
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Staff Spotlight: Carolina Herrera

Welcome back to Familiar Faces Friday! This week we are excited to introduce Carolina Herrera, our Community Engagement Manager. Come learn more about her and her role at United Way of Lake County! When did you start working at United Way of Lake County? I joined United Way of Lake County in November of 2012. […]
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Bear Down: United Way’s Partnership with the NFL

At United Way of Lake County, we believe that preparing children to thrive in school is the best way to disrupt poverty. That’s why we engage in activities that are focused on ensuring children are ready for their first day of school, students are reading at grade level, and that youth is graduating from high […]
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Staff Spotlight: Sarah Campos

Familiar Faces Friday is back to introduce Sarah Campos, our Digital Marketing and Communications Manager. Sarah oversees many different projects here at United Way of Lake County, and one of those projects is our blog! When did you start working at United Way of Lake County? I started working at United Way of Lake County […]
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Kindergarten Readiness: Why is it Important?

As we approach the beginning of the school year, it’s important to take into account why it’s so crucial for children to be ready for Kindergarten. Brian Cox, from United Way Worldwide explains more: “The academic success of children in later years depends heavily upon their kindergarten readiness. The first few years of education and preparedness […]
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Staff Spotlight: Cynthia Zimmerman

Welcome to Familiar Faces Friday! This week we are thrilled to introduce Cynthia Zimmerman, our Special Events and Marketing Administrator. Every person in our organization helps make the programs you know and love possible. Learn more about Cynthia and her work here at United Way. When did you start working at United Way of Lake County? I […]
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Staff Spotlight: Edna Galvan

Welcome back to Familiar Faces Friday! Can you believe it’s already been a month? We love learning about our staff and hearing how United Way of Lake County has impacted their lives. This week we are getting to know Edna Galvan, the Manager for Success by 6. When did you start working at United Way of […]
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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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