MAY 2018
United Way of Lake County Distributes 72,277 lbs. of Food to 51 Local Food Pantries.

Thanks to the generosity of Lake County businesses, organizations, agencies and residents who donated to our 26th Annual Feed Lake County Food Drive, 51 local food pantries benefited from our distribution of 75,277 lbs. of food on May 9, 2018. This is enough food to provide approximately 62,731 meals to residents suffering from hunger.

Volunteers from Moving Ahead Services donated their time to load all of the food into the cars and trucks of the food pantries.

In addition to this, funds totaling nearly $40,000 were donated during the food drive, which ran from March 1, 2018 through April 30, 2018. These funds will be used later in the year to help re-stock the food pantries and will provide approximately 158,192 additional meals.

It takes a village to pull off a food drive of this magnitude, and we are thankful for each and every person and organization who donated and/or contributed their time and effort to impact lives.

Approximately 990 volunteer hours went into collecting and sorting food in preparation for the distribution.

United Way of Lake County President and CEO Jennifer McCarty said, "We are passionate about fighting hunger in Lake County, where 1 in 8 residents live with food insecurity. The success of our food drive is a testament to our community's generosity and compassion for one another."
Young Leaders of United Way of Lake County Raise over $12,000 from Dine-to-Donate Fundraiser.

The Young Leaders of United Way of Lake County took on our Dine-to-Donate fundraiser this year with a bang! The group divided into three teams to make the event a competition. The team of Eastern Lake County was led by board member Morris Beverage III, President, Lighthouse Advisers; the Mentor team was led by board member Scott J. Marn, CFP, AAMS, Vice President-Investments, Benjamin F. Edwards & Co.; and the Western Lake County team was led by Kevin Malecek, Senior Development Officer, Lakeland Community College.

The teams recruited over 40 Lake County restaurants, who kindly participated in the fundraiser by donating a portion of their April 10th sales in support of our Feed Lake County program.

The Young Leaders team that raised the most funds will be announced at our Dine-to-Donate reception, Wednesday, June 16, 2018.

We are grateful to all of the participating restaurants and to our Young Leaders for joining us in our fight against hunger.
Highlights from United Way of Lake County's Annual Meeting.
Keynote Speaker Romona Robinson, WOIO-TV 19 news anchor and author of A Dirt Road to Somewhere , urged guests to, "Live in faith, not in fear."

Our 2017 Campaign Chair, Mark Sutherland, Vice President of Public Affairs for The Lubrizol Corporation and President of The Lubrizol Foundation, closed our 2017 giving campaign at our April 18, 2018 annual meeting and luncheon.

Sutherland announced that 91,971 services were provided to residents in need through United Way of Lake County’s support of agency programs.

Nearly two hundred and fifty people turned out for the luncheon at The American-Croatian Lodge in Eastlake where Chairman of the Board, Robert Lee of Lincoln Electric, passed the gavel to his successor Kathleen Buse, PhD of Advancing Women in the Workforce.

Many organizations and individuals were honored for their support.
June 27, 2018 Day of Caring
We are currently looking for volunteers to participate in our 26th Annual Day of Caring on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

We are also accepting applications from non-profit agencies, organizations and individuals in need of volunteer help.

The type of projects volunteers take on vary. Many include indoor and outdoor painting, weeding, yard clean-up, mulch spreading, gardening, and hosting socials for groups of seniors and children.

If you or members of your organization are interested in volunteering, or if you have a project you would like us to consider taking on, please contact us at 440-639-1082 or via email at .