October 2018 e-Newsletter

2-1-1 Expected to Launch in Spring 2019

United Way of Lake County’s free, confidential county-wide referral service is one step closer to reality thanks to support from the Lake County Government Board. Soon, residents will simply be able to dial 2-1-1 for personal assistance, much like they dial 9-1-1 for emergency assistance. The new 2-1-1 service will connect residents to various resources from shelter and housing options, supplemental food programs, services for veterans, health care, and many other critical services to help improve and save lives.

The Board recently voted to allocate $80,000 in video gaming revenue to 2-1-1. Due to this additional funding, we are excited to announce that our expected launch date of 2-1-1 is Spring of 2019.

Watch this video as Lake County Board Member Steve Carlson explains what this service will do for residents in Lake County.

“This will change lives. This will save lives. This is one of the most important things we’ve done on this board in many years.”
– Steve Carlson, Lake County Board Member

Click below to sign-up to receive our 2-1-1 communications so you can stay up-to-date on the pending launch in Lake County.


New Board Members Spotlight

United Way of Lake County recently welcomed seven new members to the Board of Directors. In September, we highlighted Kate Collins and Maria Colunga. Next up, hear from Lori Suddick and Demar Harris about why they decided to join the Board. Click the buttons below to read their full Q&As.

“I want to contribute my time to helping others and I think engaging in community impact work through United Way is a great way to do so.”

-Lori Suddick, President, College of Lake County

“I want to be part of that agent of change within Lake County and leverage any resources I encompass to contribute to future generations.”

-Demar Harris, Director of Programs and EEO Officer, County of Lake – Workforce Development


Save the Date: Giving Tuesday – November 27, 2018

Giving Tuesday is a global holiday dedicated to giving back to your local community and takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Join this global movement by supporting United Way.

This year, your Giving Tuesday gift to United Way of Lake County will help expand our Home Visiting Program. Home Visiting delivers free early intervention services to the home of families with infants and preschool-age children who are struggling with poverty and who have limited access to health and community services.

United Way developed, fine-tuned and implemented Home Visiting to produce measurable outcomes that lead to long-term benefits for low-income, high-risk children and their families living in Waukegan, North Chicago and Zion. Since 2007, Home Visiting has successfully provided a linkage to care for more than 900 high-risk families (4,000 individuals).

Why Give on Giving Tuesday?
Our matching gift sponsor, Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County, will be matching 100% of Giving Tuesday donations up to $5,000. A matching gift means that our impact will double for children and families that need and deserve our help.

Click below to learn how to get involved with Giving Tuesday this year.


Support Mundelein Students and Success By 6

Mundelein High School recently announced that our Success By 6 Program will be the recipient of the proceeds from their Variety Show on Friday, November 2, at 7 p.m. We are so grateful and excited to be selected! We encourage everyone to support the wonderful students at Mundelein High by attending their show.

The show will take place at the high school’s auditorium. Admission is only $3 for all seats. Among the acts performing this year are vocal soloists and duets, dance soloists, duets and groups, and an instrumental group entry.

Click below to view the show’s poster.


Staff Spotlight: Karla Medina Alamar

Recently, we welcomed Karla Medina Alamar to our United Way family! We are thrilled to have her as our new Community Impact Initiative Coordinator. Karla is mainly responsible for volunteer engagement and project outreach.

Learn more about Karla and her work at United Way by clicking below.


In Memory of Charles Bassett

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our long-time friend and volunteer, Charles Bassett. Charles passed away on Friday, September 28. Charles really enjoyed giving back to the community. He had been volunteering with us since 2004. He was kind, caring and he truly enjoyed being a member of the United Way family.

He also volunteered for the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, was a member of the Lake County Coalition for the Homeless, and worked in the division of Developmental Disabilities for the Department of Human Services before retiring. Charles will be greatly missed.

-Kristi Long, President and CEO

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