Jennifer McCarty, President & CEO of United Way of Lake County with 2018 Campaign Chair Morris Beverage III, emcee of the kickoff festivities at Captains Stadium.

High School Drumline Showcase Attracts Record Crowd. 

We proudly kicked off our 2018 Giving Campaign the evening of Wednesday, September 12 with a free community event at Classic Park in Eastlake. A record number of over 1,000 locals attended.

Residents turned out in droves to cheer on their favorite high school marching band drumlines. Participants included the high school drumlines from Fairport Harbor, Harvey, Lake Catholic, Madison, Riverside and Wickliffe.

The event was the brainchild of Morris Beverage III, United Way of Lake County’s 2018 Campaign Chair and President of Lighthouse Advisers in Mentor. It was sponsored by Lake Health.

During the evening, Beverage encouraged guests to vote for their favorite drumline performance by stuffing each school’s donation jar with dollar bills.
“United Way is the best way to help the most people, and I’m looking forward to my time leading this campaign. I know the impact one dollar and one person can make. I also know the enormous impact we can make collectively when, as a community, we commit to taking care of our own,” said Beverage.

Beverage went on to say that nearly one-third of Lake County residents struggle to afford life's basic necessities. “Many working residents live paycheck to paycheck and do not have a savings to fall back on. Too many people in our community are faced with the daily dilemma of whether to put food on the table for their families, fill their gas tank to get to work, pay the electric bill or pay for needed medication,” said Beverage.

At the end of the evening, Beverage announced that the Riverside Regiment Drumline ensemble raised the most individual donations to claim the title of “Community Impact Champion.” Overall, the six drumlines raised a total of $2,593 and donations continued to come in after the event taking the total raised to benefit Lake County’s most vulnerable residents to over $3,500.

 “We’re looking forward to making the drumline showcase an annual tradition. We had amazing feedback and the band directors were especially thrilled their students had the opportunity to both perform and give back to our community,” said United Way of Lake County President & CEO Jennifer McCarty.
This Foursome from The Lubrizol Corporation came ready to represent!

Group Awards $15,218 in Grants at 5th Annual Fundraiser.  

Members of Young Leaders of United Way of Lake County awarded $15,218 in grants the morning of August 31, 2018 during their 5 th Annual Golf Outing Fundraiser at Black Brook in Mentor.

The mission of the Young Leaders is to positively impact the lives of children in Lake County through improved health and education. They work toward this, in part, via the support of 501(c)(3) and nonprofit organizations in Lake County with grants that promote a similar mission geared toward youth. 

Funds were awarded to 7 non-profit agencies and organizations whose programs directly impact the lives of children and youth in Lake County.
“We are thrilled to be able to impact Lake County's youth in such a big way and are honored to serve our community. It’s the driving force behind our purpose and the reason our members feel so strongly about their involvement in our program,” said Andrew Phelps, chair of Young Leaders of United Way of Lake County. “Our community is lucky to have so many dedicated agencies, people and programs to serve our children and youth.”

“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” ~Sherry Anderson
We Want to Hear from You!
We are hosting a series of Town Talk conversations open to residents of Lake County and want to hear from you.

The forums provide the opportunity for you and your neighbors to participate in an open, interactive discussion about your vision of the community you want to live in and what community issues and concerns you have.

Our goal in hosting Town Talk conversations is to ensure that as we move forward in our mission of measurably improving the lives of Lake County residents, our focus is on the areas members of our community and donors feel most strongly about.

Town Talk is based on the work of the Harwood Institute. The conversations will last 90-minutes and are "kitchen-table" like discussions where groups of approximately 12 participants share their opinions about the Lake County community they live in.

There is no fee to attend. The format of each meeting will be identical. Residents of Lake County may attend any one of three Town Talk dates with an advance RSVP. All Town Talk conversations will take place from 5 pm – 6:30 pm on the dates and locations listed below:

October 25 (Thursday): Madison Public Library, 6111 Middle Ridge Rd.
October 30 (Tuesday):  Mentor Public Library, 8215 Mentor Ave.
November 8 (Thursday): Eastlake Public Library, 36706 Lakeshore Blvd.

Please RSVP online now at or by calling 440-639-1286.
Access to books and educational material is the single biggest barrier to literacy in the United States, and children of low-income families face even greater barriers. Studies show that the first 5 years of a child’s life is crucial to their overall development and that the experiences children have during their formative years sets the stage for learning later in life.

In our on-going fight for the education of Lake County children, we're excited about our partnership with Painesville City Schools in support of a new Cradle to Kindergarten initiative designed to help children succeed in school. 

This is an early literacy initiative available exclusively for new babies born at Lake Health whose families reside in Painesville. Families enrolled in the program will receive free books, materials, and support to empower and engage parents in their child’s literacy development. Books and materials are offered in both English and Spanish.

The hope is to increase kindergarten readiness while building positive, long-lasting relationships with school families before their children step foot into a kindergarten classroom.

A program application and further information can be accessed from our website by clicking the yellow button below.
FEMM Volunteer Project.
Our Women's Leadership Council (WLC) recently launched a new volunteer initiative in partnership with the Women's Center of Lakeland Community College.

The initiative, entitled FEMM, is designed to empower female students of Lakeland Community College and to encourage them to take charge of their own lives.

FEMM offers students a unique learning opportunity through dialogue and idea exchange, often considered the best way women learn.

Members of our WLC share inspirational stories from their own lives on topics which include goal setting, interpersonal communications, professionalism and money.

The program takes place at Lakeland Community College over a period of four sessions from September 14 through November 9.