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United Way awards next round of COVID-19 fund grants

GURNEE – United Way of Lake County announced $124,075 has been awarded in the seventh round of Lake County COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund grants to nine local organizations.  

This grant cycle focused on programs that decrease or help children adjust to social isolation, as well as the purchase and distribution of items needed to educate children and youth engaged in remote learning in Waukegan, North Chicago, Zion, Round Lake and Highwood 

The grant recipients for the seventh funding distribution: 

• A Safe Place, to provide Chromebooks with software for school-age children of domestic violence and/or human trafficking victims who have had to escape abuse so that they can participate in remote learning.  

• Beacon Place, to support the Best of Beacon program for first through eighth grade students in Waukegan and North Chicago. The program provides relief from social isolation through on-site programming and also provides supplies to enhance remote learning.  

• Boys and Girls Club of Lake County, to support operations for an all-day in-person program for 30 days, with the goal to decrease social isolation of children and keep them engaged in remote learning.  

• Erie Family Health Centers, to provide a pediatric wellness program with educational supports and behavioral health services for children and adolescents impacted by the pandemic.  

• Highland Park Community Early Learning Center, to purchase sanitizer that enables them to provide child care and programming for children ages 2 to 5 in low-income families in Highwood, North Chicago, Waukegan, Gurnee and Highland Park. 

• Reading Power, to aid development and test a virtual one-to-one model tutoring program for Lake County students learning remotely.  

• Waukegan Parks Foundation, to support programs addressing decreased socialization and enhancing remote learning for children, including the Get to the Water for Fun program to keep families active during the pandemic and a Ready2Read program to aid reading development and social engagement.  

• Waukegan Public Schools, to purchase school supplies and books for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.  

• YouthBuild Lake County, to purchase technology for students to continue their education and prepare for the reality of a reshaped workforce.  

The Lake County COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund unites funds raised by philanthropies, corporations and individuals to support nonprofits on the front lines of the crisis. Since the fund was launched March 20, $1,002,337 has been granted back into the Lake County community to 46 nonprofits. 

For more information about the Lake County COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, future funding opportunities or to donate, visit 

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