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 from 211 between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. The goal of this report is to share an overview of 211 data on top community needs and the populations we serve in Lake County, as well as trends and highlights throughout the year.
Last month, we celebrated the second anniversary of 211 services for Lake County with a 90-minute virtual event highlighting 211’s measurable year-two results and impact. We are thrilled with the number of community members who joined us to learn more about 211 and how it is benefiting Lake County. We are grateful to our host/moderator, expert panel, and 211 leadership team who shared data, insights and real-life stories of how 211 is making a difference every day.
In case you missed it, you can watch a recording of the event on YouTube below.
You’re Invited: Power of the Purse!
Join Women United on Sunday, November 7, for their signature fundraising event, Power of the Purse!
Women United has a virtual option available again—an online buying and bidding shopping experience that includes dozens of designer bags, silent auction purses, baskets and items. Get your ticket today!
100% of all proceeds and items purchased will support early education programs in Lake County’s most vulnerable communities through the Little Kids, Big Futures Fund.
Hispanic Heritage Month Book Drive
Earlier this month we launched a Hispanic Heritage Book Drive to put books by Hispanic/Latinx authors, featuring Hispanic/Latinx characters and influential figures, into the hands of eager young readers in Lake County. The books will be donated to local elementary schools, increasing children’s access to books promoting a positive equity message.
If you’d like to support the book drive, you can make a gift below.
Celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month
LGBTQ+ History Month is in October and each year it is marked with events celebrating the history and achievements of the LGBTQ+ community. When the observance was started, it mainly served as a call to action for the movement and its prosperity. But over the years, LGBTQ+ History Month has evolved into a national collaborative effort to bring extraordinary figures from the LGBTQ+ community into the spotlight. At United Way of Lake County, we are celebrating by learning the history and are a sponsor of LGBTQ+ Center Lake County’s fall fundraiser.
At United Way, 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 to aligning our culture and business practices to advance diversity, equity and inclusion to better address our community’s needs.
We would like your opinions!
The Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University is conducting a survey to find out about awareness, usage, and opinions of a new service for Lake County individuals and families. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete. The survey results will be used by the sponsor of the survey to help plan for the future of the service.
If your household is one of the limited number of households that is randomly selected to participate, please complete the survey. Your responses to the survey are very important to us. Your responses will be confidential. All information provided will be reported in summary form only. No information will be reported that will identify individual survey respondents.
Thank you for your participation.
Introducing Our Interns
We are excited to welcome our interns—Demetrius Nance, Humera Khaleel and Marissa Gomez!
Both Humera and Marissa are interns with our Success By 6 team. Humera’s work will be focused on Early Learning Clubs, Bright By Text, and Kindergarten Readiness Calendars. Marissa will be working with our Better Together families by providing necessary resources and assisting with kindergarten readiness. As part of our 211 team, Demetrius will be working in community engagement, focusing on Black and veteran communities.
Learn more about our new interns below.