United Way of Lake County (440)352-3166


United Way of Lake County supports educational programs throughout our communities.

Dollars raised in Lake County stay in Lake County to keep our children and schools strong.  The following programs were deemed effective and efficient by a panel of volunteers.




 BB-BS Prog.  Big Brothers/Big Sisters          51,000
 Sidekick Prog.  Big Brothers/Big Sisters          39,000
 Boy Scouts  Boy Scouts           15,647
 Cub Scouts  Boy Scouts           50,591
 Explorers  Boy Scouts             4,538
 Volunteer Development  Boy Scouts             5,476
 Camping  Camp Sue           37,700
 Child Care  Child Care on Sq.           64,080
 Scholarships  Fine Arts Assoc.           32,000
 Youth Enrichment  Girl Scouts           10,431
 Reading Program  Lake County Captains             8,000
 Youth Development  Sal. Army Citadel           50,000
 Child Care  Starting Point             9,000
 Deveruex Program  Starting Point           10,000
 Child Care  YMCA           23,208
 Scholarships  YMCA           93,200
 Teen Leadership  YMCA           14,500
 You Go Girl/ Grocery  YMCA             5,150


United Way Works to end America’s education crisis


Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. But with more than 1.2 million children dropping out each year, America faces an education crisis. The cost? More than $312 billion in lost wages, taxes and productivity over their lifetimes.1 These trends are reversible, but only when communities and public, private and nonprofit sectors work together.

Our Goal

In 2008, United Way Worldwide launched a 10-year initiative to cut the number of high school dropouts in half by 2018. It’s an ambitious goal, but by utilizing our core strengths — a national network, committed partners and public engagement capacity — we can achieve it.

Our Strategy

We can’t focus on high school alone. High school dropouts are 12 years in the making, usually starting early childhood education behind schedule. United Way's model focuses on supportive communities, effective schools and strong families — strategies and approaches rooted in research. Tackling the education challenge requires reframing education on a birth to 21 continuum.

How You Can Help

To reach our goal, we need your help. The strategies proven to work are those that connect communities to their schools: parent involvement; literacy volunteers in the classroom; mentors for disadvantaged students; business leaders engaged in early childhood advocacy. Volunteer to help.

1Figure according to Communities in Schools, one of America’s leading drop-out prevention partnerships.