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We believe advocating for good public policy is critical to our mission to improve the lives of the children and families in Lake County.

United Way engages in public policy advocacy because we recognize our experience, knowledge, partnerships and influence can help inform policy-makers’ decisions regarding the policies affecting our community. We provide a nonpartisan platform for people to take meaningful action that will make a difference.

We can’t do it alone, and we need your support.

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Combating Summer Learning Loss with Kindergarten Countdown Camps

As we approach the beginning of summer, 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, low-income students lose two to three months’ worth of reading skills compared to their peers from higher income families. These children […]
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Reading to Learn by Third Grade

Why is third grade such a pivotal moment in the academic trajectory of a child? The simple answer, third grade is the beginning of the transition from learning to read, to reading to learn. Reading Success Tutor, Michelle Kusher, and Karina, 3rd Grader at Glen Flora, during one of their tutoring sessions. According to the […]
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Best Way to Contact an Elected Official

The best way to have your voice heard is by voting for politicians that represent your views and keeping them informed by calling your elected officials directly. Legislative offices track phone calls and letters and will bring issues to the forefront if they are being addressed by large groups of constituents. Here is a step […]
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United Way Participates in Congressman Schneider’s E3 Summit

On April 14, Congressman Brad Schneider hosted a public symposium to discuss the future of our economy, environment, and education with thought leaders and experts from across Illinois’s Tenth District. United Way of Lake County’s Vice President of Community Impact, Michelle Crombie, along with Round Lake Area B.E.S.T. Coalition and Steans Family Foundation participated in […]
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Public Policy Agenda

United Way of Illinois’ public policy agenda reflects the work of United Ways across the state in the areas of education, income and health. Additionally, United Way advocates for sound policies affecting the non-profit sector’s capacity to advance the common good. United Way of Illinois has established engagement strategies within each of the following four […]
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Support for DACA Individuals

  United Way of Lake County Announces Support for DACA Individuals As an organization that serves many constituents and people impacted by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the United Way of Lake County supports a solution with a pathway to citizenship for DACA individuals. There are an estimated 40,000 enrollees in the DACA program […]
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