United Way Days Recap: August – September 2017
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.
Baxter International – Finance Volunteer Week
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.
United Way of Lake County
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.
ITW – Buehler
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.