Here are photos recapping our Women’s Leadership Council’s signature Power of the Purse fundraising event held on November 5th at the Royal Melbourne Country Club to raise funds for early literacy programs in Lake County.
To view the full photo album, click here.
On November 5th, our Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) held their 12th annual Power of the Purse fundraising event at the Royal Melbourne Country Club in Long Grove. Over 200 women joined together for an afternoon filled with a champagne brunch and an assortment of games to win purses, jewelry, wristlets and much more.
The Women’s Leadership Council of United Way of Lake County is a group of 90+ women with a common commitment to making a difference through philanthropy, leadership and volunteerism. As women who give at the Leadership Level of $1000 or more, this group uses the power of their time, talent and resources to ensure children are prepared for kindergarten and ready to succeed.
The event raises funds for critical early literacy programs that ensure a foundation for strong and successful academic futures in Lake County. As of 2017, nearly $235,000 has been granted to worthy nonprofits. Power of the Purse ensures that more children receive the support they need to be prepared for kindergarten and ready to succeed.
To view photos from this year’s event, click here.
We’d like to thank the following event sponsors for making Power of the Purse possible:
Buy a Book, Build a Future Sponsors
Thank you to the additional Game, Raffle and Decor Sponsors: Arlington Insurance Services, Inc., Zengeler Cleaners, Gentle Dental Care, Peak Performance Action Coach, The Law Office oF Judy K. Maldonado, photos.by.dev and Judge Christy Bishop.
Here are photos recapping our UWLC Executive Forum held in October 2017 that included a panel discussion on technology’s role in business innovation.
To view the full photo album from our Executive Forum at Independence Grove, click here.
United Way Hosts Executive Forum Event on Business Innovation
On October 18th, we hosted an Executive Forum at Independence Grove in Libertyville. Over 120 business executives and community members gathered to hear from a panel of industry leaders sharing insights on using technology as a driver for business innovation. Our panelists included:
Jeff McRae, Senior Vice President of Strategy & Strategic Ventures, Allstate
Alex Wuerfel, Vice President of Global Marketing and Commercial Operations, AbbVie
Glenda Abbott, Director of Quality Assurance, Diagnostics Division, Abbott
Our panelists and speakers expanded and inspired thinking about the technology and innovation evolving now and the development of our youth critical for tomorrow.
To read more about our Innovation Event, click the button below.
for Leading the Discussion
On Wednesday, October 18th, United Way of Lake County hosted an Executive Forum at Independence Grove in Libertyville. Over 120 business executives and community members gathered to hear from a panel of industry leaders sharing insights on evolving technologies that have led to innovation in their industries.
Pictured from left to right: Vice Admiral (ret) Philip Cullom, Chief Innovation Officer (2014-2017), U.S. Navy, Jeff McRae, SVP – Strategy & Strategic Ventures, Allstate, Glenda Abbott, Director – Quality Assurance, Diagnostics Division, Abbott, Alex Wuerful, VP – Global Marketing and Commercial Operations, AbbVie and our Moderator, Dave Hoyt, Corporate VP, Daugherty Business Solutions.
Our objective for this event was to expand and inspire thinking about the technology and innovation evolving now and the development of our youth critical for tomorrow. Topics discussed included: Internet of Things (IoT), Digital Engagement, Big Data/Analytics and Cognitive Computing in various fields.
United Way’s Board Chairman, Andrew Warrington, shared how United Way of Lake County has broken from its traditional business model to shift its focus on developing programs to disrupt the cycle of poverty in Lake County, IL. As a result, United Way has developed more than a dozen unique and meaningful programs to address formerly unmet community needs. To learn more about our programs, click here.
To share a glimpse into our Better Together Program — continuing this fall at Green Bay Elementary School in North Chicago — we interviewed a mother who is participating in the program with her son.
The program allows me and my son to be together without distractions. I like that no phones are allowed. Plus, we both get to learn new things.
I have seen improvements in my son’s social skills. He is less shy and talks more.
My hope is that my son grows up to be prepared and that he tackles obstacles with an open mind. My dream is that he becomes a priest.
I will never forget the first Better Together session we attended where he first played and interacted with others. Because of this increase in interaction, my son is more prepared for daycare and school.
To read our past Better Together blog posts and learn more about the program, click here.
Our Better Together Program has started back up this fall at Green Bay Elementary School in North Chicago. We are thrilled to continue our Better Together blog series to give our supporters a first-hand look into this program and the children and families it serves. For our first post, we asked our Success By 6 Initiative Coordinator, Rosa Herrera, to give some history on this program and why it was developed in North Chicago.
United Way of Lake County’s Better Together Program was developed to increase services for North Chicago families with children birth to 3-years of age. Our Better Together Initiative started in the Fall of 2016, in a joint collaboration of Green Bay Early Childhood Center, our Women’s Leadership Council and our Success By 6 Program.
Success By 6’s goal in North Chicago is to improve key school readiness skills and improve parent engagement in learning for children ages birth to age five. With the implementation of Better Together in North Chicago we engage the child’s “special adult” to proactively explore and implement tools and techniques to become their child’s first teacher. In collaboration of the child’s “special adult” we help children develop age-appropriate social, emotional, and intellectual skills needed to begin school ready to learn.
Illinois Report Card (NC-SD 187) 2015-2016 demonstrates over 80% of its student population as low income students. While North Chicago faces many challenges, Better Together seeks to provide equitable opportunities to increase school readiness and lifelong success. We strive to create an inclusive environment where families feel comfortable and safe to support their child’s early development.
At Better Together you will find families who live in North Chicago and on the Great Lakes Naval Base. A camaraderie is formed as families understand they share a common goal of wanting their child to accomplish their dreams. We recognize that every child is unique with an array of strengths and abilities and meet the child and their families where they are at. At Better Together we understand the uniqueness of each individual; respect the diversity in families and children; and recognize that children are best supported and understood in the context of culture, family, community and society.
The families of Better Together are guided to create better outcomes for their child’s growth and development. Both adults and children develop a sense of belonging, self-worth, and ownership as they contribute to the group’s efforts, as well as learning how to effectively express themselves amongst others. By sharing their experiences they are connected and encouraged by other families who face similar circumstances.
Our commitment in Better Together is to create an environment where parents and children are exposed to learning tools they can use in everyday life. In every session we engage children on a variety of levels, whether it’s through interest-driven activities or encouraging them to learn a new skill; the opportunities are endless. Exposing them to such experiences promotes social, emotional and intellectual skills of children.
Through the application of a variety of materials such as, books, toys, and pictures, that are culturally responsive to our classroom environment families see themselves portrayed in the larger context of their community. By creating a solid foundation in which families understand that they play a critical role in stimulating their child’s growth and development, we carve a path to future success. Ultimately, with this solid foundation, Better Together children will have a greater chance of achieving their education and lifelong goals. Preparing them to become our future workforce, citizenry and leaders of our communities.
In October, we will share a mother’s perspective on the program. To view our past Better Together blog posts, click here.
We are excited to share our Leadership Directory recognizing our top supporters. Thanks to their continued support, children and families are on a path for success, and their future success ensures the success of our businesses and communities. For every program, every new initiative and every dollar raised, individual lives are being changed forever.
Click the button below to view our 2016-17 Leadership Directory.
You’re Invited: Power of the Purse
Our Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) invites you to their signature fundraising event on Sunday, November 5th at the Royal Melbourne Country Club in Long Grove. Enjoy a generous champagne brunch and an upbeat afternoon celebrating the special women in your life.
Proceeds from Power of the Purse will go towards the WLC’s Little Kids, Big Futures Philanthropy Fund. As of 2014, $235,000 has been invested in the Lake County community through the Little Kids, Big Futures Philanthropy Fund, an initiative directed by WLC members.
Space is limited. Click the button below to reserve your seat!
Kindergarten Countdown Camp Expands into Beach Park
Kindergarten Countdown Camp (KCC) is an initiative designed to bridge the gap for Lake County’s youngest learners, who have had little to no preschool experience, entering kindergarten this fall.
This summer, we expanded KCC into the Beach Park community serving two classrooms this past August. Each day, the children attending learned key kindergarten skills, such as recognizing shapes, letters, counting and writing their name. Children read books with their teacher and community volunteers to begin developing a love of reading. They also learned how to listen to their teacher, get along with classmates, and understand the routine of school.
During camp, we filmed a Facebook LIVE video capturing the children participating in a water investigation activity led by Kohl Children’s Museum. To view that fun, learning activity, click the button below.
United Way Days: August – September 2017
As the summer comes to a close, we’d like to recognize several companies and organizations that have been busy volunteering their time revitalizing school grounds, reading to students and making a positive impact in the community. We would like to thank and recognize O.C. Tanner, Baxter International, Hollister Incorporated, and ITW for taking time out of their workday to create lasting change in Lake County.
Click the button below to read more about the latest United Way Days that took place in our community in August and September.
Our Continued Partnership with the Chicago Bears
On September 10th, United Way of Lake County had a table at the Chicago Bears home opener game against the Atlanta Falcons. Our staff passed out materials on our education programs and held a raffle for a football autographed by Offensive Lineman, Kyle Long.
For over forty years, the NFL and United Way have partnered to strengthen communities across America. As the longest running collaboration between a major sports league and a nonprofit — the partnership provides a powerful vehicle for change in communities. Locally, United Way of Lake County and the Chicago Bears joined forces to create opportunities that encourage young people to get active and maintain healthy relationships.
Read more about our partnership with the Chicago Bears on our blog.
Summer 2017: Donation Drives
Throughout the summer, companies and local organizations around Lake County hosted donation drives collecting items such as, school supplies, furniture, clothing and much more. United Way of Lake County was able to find a home for these donated items with local schools and community organizations to help children and families in need of these items.
Read more about the donation drives that took place this summer on our blog.
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Throughout the summer, companies and local organizations around Lake County hosted donation drives collecting items such as, school supplies, furniture, clothing and much more. United Way of Lake County was able to find a home for these donated items with local schools and community organizations to help children and families in need of these items. #VolunteersInAction
Pfizer held a professional clothing drive and donated the pieces to College of Lake County. Donated clothing will be given to students that attend workshops in which they will learn how to be a professional in the workforce as well as how to conduct themselves in interviews.
The Nike Factory Store at Gurnee Mills Outlet Mall donated twice during the summer with various items that will be distributed to students in need across the county.
From bookshelves to canopy tents, Marytown Shrine in Libertyville donated supplies to United Way of Lake County’s Better Together program at Greenbay Elementary School in North Chicago and other local organizations in Lake County! A shout out to MP Services for providing a truck for transportation..
Aptar Group Inc. donated school supplies to John Clark Elementary School in Waukegan. A motivated and fun group of employees took time out of their day to drive to Clark Elementary to drop off school supplies. While they were there, the students excitedly shared their academic goals with them.
Assistant Principals, Ms. Sheri Rosen & Ms. Holly Kaprosy graciously accepted school supplies that were donated by MEDLINE & Catholic Charities. They were thrilled to see a variety of backpacks and school supplies that the students at West Elementary School in Zion will be able to use immediately.
Protective Asset Protection located in Bannockburn, Illinois for donating school supplies to Carman-Buckner Elementary School in Waukegan!
Summer is coming to an end, but that hasn’t stopped the following companies from volunteering their time revitalizing school grounds, supporting local organizations and making the community a cleaner environment. We would like to thank and recognize these companies for encouraging their employees to take time out of their workday to create lasting change in Lake County on our United Way Days recap blog! #VolunteersInAction
On August 14, a group of employees from O.C. Tanner and their families spent the day creating an Early Learning Trail for students at West Elementary School in Zion.
To start off Baxter’s volunteer week on August 14, a group of employees went to the Native Seed Nursery at Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve to collect native seeds and assist with weeding seed beds. The seeds that the group collected will be used to restore preserves across Lake County.
A group of Baxter employees spent the afternoon at Captain James A. Lovell Jr. Federal Health Care Center – VA in North Chicago. There the volunteers helped organize games such as Bingo for nursing home veterans on August 14.
On August 15, a group of Baxter employees spent the morning with NorthPointe Resources to help add beauty to a group home where people with disabilities live. Volunteers helped with the general yard work clean-up such as weeding, trimming, and spreading mulch.
Early afternoon on August 15, a group of Baxter employees volunteered to help the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Park City with sorting, labeling and packing items such as frozen meat, oatmeal, produce and more!
A group of Baxter employees went to the south unit of the State Beach Park to assist with a beach cleanup on August 16.
On August 17, another group of Baxter employees volunteered at Northern Illinois Food Bank in Park City. The efforts that the volunteers do will help NIFB to be able to distribute the product to their network partners.
To end Baxter’s volunteer week, a group of employees went to A Safe Place, an emergency shelter, on August 18. Volunteers helped clean and throw out unused items, and also created a more welcoming environment to serve their clients.
On August 21, a group of United Way of Lake County employees put on their LIVE UNITED t-shirts and served as volunteers at the welcome back picnic for the Waukegan Public School District teachers and staff that was held at the Waukegan High School – Washington Campus. They were also joined by volunteers from the Navy and the community.
United Way of Lake County employees served as bilingual volunteers for Catholic Charities’ Christmas Gift Program. The volunteers helped with the intake process and translated the Christmas wishes for the families. The program provides gifts to needy families, children and seniors throughout Lake County by matching the needs of the disadvantaged with individual donors, churches, corporate donors, schools and other donor groups.
A group of Hollister employees spent their afternoon at Captain James A. Lovell Jr. Federal Health Care Center – VA to help organize Bingo for nursing home veterans on August 24.
On September 14, ITW-Buehler employees volunteered at the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Park City to help organize packaged goods to be sent out to the organization’s network partners.