October 2020 e-Newsletter
You’re Invited: Power of the Purse!
Please join us on Sunday, November 8, for Women United’s signature fundraising event, Power of the Purse. Instead of our traditional in-person event, we will be hosting our first-ever online buying and bidding shopping experience that includes 50+ trendy designer bags and 20+ silent auction purses, baskets and items. You can also help send underserved children to a Summer BOOST Learning Program and donate books and toys to preschool learning centers in Lake County’s low-income communities.
You will find a variety of purse styles such as satchels, shoulder bags, and totes from well-known designers including Michael Kors, Coach, Kate Spade, Rebecca Minkoff, Karl Lagerfeld and more. Maybe you are more interested in jewelry from Kendra Scott or artist David Parker, wine, spirits, chocolate, baby items or sports paraphernalia. There is something for everyone! Retail therapy is even more fun when 100% of all items purchased support early learning programs in Waukegan, North Chicago, Round Lake and Zion.
Buy your ticket today! Click below to learn more.
UWLC Welcomes New Board Members
United Way of Lake County recently welcomed four new members to our 2020-21 Board of Directors: Michelle Hansen, Senior Partner with Aon; Thomas Hudson, Senior Vice President R&D and Chief Scientific Officer of AbbVie; John Idleburg, the Lake County Sheriff; and Kevin Slawin, President & CEO of Trustmark Companies.
“We are thrilled to welcome our newest board members,” said Kristi Long, President & CEO. “Their leadership skills, talents, expertise and genuine interest in our mission make them an asset to our diverse board and the organization.”
The four new members bring unique backgrounds and experiences to UWLC and we are pleased to have them serve on our board.
What’s New with Leaders United?
United Way of Lake County’s young professionals group, Leaders United, has continued to expand their outreach in the community. Recently some members and their families spent a couple of Saturdays volunteering at Cool Food Pantry in Waukegan. The group assisted with organizing the warehouse and sorting food that will go to feed families in need.
Leaders United will also be hosting their first virtual Financial Aid workshop in partnership with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) and Waukegan Public Schools on Friday, October 23, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Leaders United members and community volunteers will be available to assist high school seniors, current college students and their families navigate the FAFSA or state aid forms. This workshop is available to all Lake County students. Space is limited. Sign up by emailing Ms. Fulton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Meet Our New Intern: Sophie Hyde
We are excited to welcome Sophie Hyde, our newest Success By 6 intern! We love getting to introduce new people to the work we do at United Way of Lake County.
As part of our Success By 6 team, Sophie will work to provide parents with resources to help children receive a strong education and aid their overall development. She will also be assisting with the launch of a new program for UWLC called “Bright by Text.” Sophie focuses on embracing a multicultural perspective and promoting inclusivity. Learn more about Sophie below.
Now Available: Kindergarten Readiness Calendars
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.
Domestic violence was already an epidemic before the pandemic hit, but the health crisis has caused a tremendous spike in incidents of abuse. Even as lockdown restrictions are lifted, the abuse will not simply end. It remains a critical time for survivors, and greater awareness, education, and bystander intervention are desperately needed.
This October, join us in spreading the word that resources are available right here in our community to help those who are experiencing violence. Anyone living in Lake County can call our 211 helpline, 24/7, to speak with a real person who will guide you to local resources. Call 211, text your zip code to 898211 or visit 211LakeCounty.org. If you are experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency or fear for your safety, call 911.
Your Voice. Your Vote.
Voting is one of the simplest, yet most powerful, duties we as citizens hold. Let’s exercise our right to be educated, informed voters this year.
Early voting is underway now thru November 2. To find a convenient location, click here. Registered voters can confirm their Election Day voting location here. For more information on voting options, click here.