November 2020 e-Newsletter
Lake County Celebrates Measurable Results of 211 Helpline
United Way of Lake County marked the first anniversary of 211 services for Lake County on Oct. 27 with a 90-minute virtual event targeted to key stakeholders, partners and community leaders.
The event highlighted 211’s measurable year-one results and impact, including how the system has transformed the way individuals and families in Lake County are connecting to essential health and human services. A panel of Lake County human services experts discussed how 211 more efficiently connects people in need to a wide range of available resources to improve and save lives.
The free, confidential, multi-lingual, 24-hour information and referral helpline was launched Sept. 24, 2019, by United Way of Lake County in collaboration with the county and many community partners. Through 2019, more than 95% of the U.S., but less than 30% of Illinois, had access to 211. Lake County is the largest county in Illinois to have implemented 211.
In its first year of service, 211 has made a combined total of 56,423 connections, including 6,760 calls and texts to the 211 contact center and 49,663 visits to the 211LakeCounty.org website.
Power of the Purse Raises $62k for Early Literacy Programs
On November 8, Women United held their signature fundraising event, Power of the Purse. Instead of their traditional in-person event, they hosted their first-ever virtual fundraiser in the form of an online buying and bidding shopping experience. More than 165 generous women joined forces virtually to raise $62k!
Power of the Purse raises funds for Women United’s Little Kids, Big Futures philanthropy fund to support critical early literacy programs that will ensure the foundation for strong and successful academic futures for Lake County children. Since 2014, Women United has granted nearly $700k to worthy early literacy programs. Power of the Purse ensures that more children receive the support they need to be prepared for kindergarten and are ready to succeed.
“We are thrilled about the success of this year’s Power of the Purse event which surpassed our fundraising goals,” said event chair, Judy Kotsiopoulos. “While we were not able to be together in person due to the pandemic, we worked hard to transform this year’s event into a fun online experience knowing that our local children have never needed us more. We are extremely grateful for the generous support of Women United members and their friends who make this event possible every year.”
Check Out Our Holiday Guide
Each holiday season, we publish our Holiday Guide that includes giving and volunteer opportunities throughout Lake County. The guide also includes 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 truly enviable place to live and work for all.
Reading Success: The Pivot to Virtual Tutoring
Due to the pandemic, United Way of Lake County’s Reading Success program has transitioned to a virtual format in order to ensure that students who need reading tutoring can continue to connect to our volunteer tutors.
Reading Success volunteers meet weekly with their students using the Google Classroom platform. Each volunteer and student pairing reads stories and answers story-related questions together. The readings largely come from Learning A-Z and Raz-Kids, which provide leveled reading resources and deliver interactive computer-based books and quizzes at 29 reading levels. In addition, volunteers have opportunities to share their own favorite stories with their students.
The goal of Reading Success remains the same: to help ensure the students chosen for the program achieve at or near grade level reading by the end of 3rd grade.
Thank you to our dedicated volunteers, the teachers who have welcomed the volunteers, and the Waukegan Public School District staff who have assisted us in launching virtual Reading Success. It truly takes a community!
For more information on Reading Success, please contact Sue Baehr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
High School Student Supports Pandemic Relief Efforts
We are excited to introduce our bilingual 2020-2021 Kindergarten Readiness school year calendars! These calendars are free to you and a great resource for families. The Kindergarten Readiness Calendar (KRC) is designed for preschool-age children and is filled with activities to help families get ready for the first day of kindergarten.
KRCs are available to anyone in Lake County and come in a box of 50. If you would like to request calendars, please fill out our form by clicking the button below.
Please indicate at what time you would like to pick up your calendars in the “additional comments” section of the online order form.
Pick-ups will only be available on Mondays from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. at United Way of Lake County’s office: 330 South Greenleaf Street, Gurnee, Illinois 60031.
Live Well Lake County
Everyone has times when they need emotional support. Even if you can handle what you are going through alone, you don’t have to.
United Way of Lake County has partnered with the Health Department’s new Live Well Lake County initiative to offer easy ways to get help, such as grief support, options for safe telehealth visits and harm reduction training. To learn more, please visit LiveWellLC.org/TakeCare.
To connect with local resources, please call 211 or text your zip code to 898211.
Now Available: Kindergarten Readiness Calendars
Our bilingual 2020-2021 Kindergarten Readiness school year calendar is free and a great resource for Lake County families. The calendar is designed for preschool-age children and is filled with activities to help families get ready for the first day of kindergarten.
If you would like to request calendars, please fill out an order form below and indicate at what time you would like to pick up your calendars in the “additional comments” section. Pick-ups are only available on Mondays from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at United Way of Lake County’s office (330 South Greenleaf Street, Gurnee, IL 60031).
United Way of Lake County is Hiring
Want to join our team? We have two open positions: