The Lake County Community Foundation’s 2014 Grant Recipients announced

Post date: Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 3:45pm

Waukegan, IL-June 26, 2014 - The Lake County Community Foundation, an affiliate of The Chicago Community Trust, announced $153,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations serving the urgent needs of the most vulnerable individuals and families in the county.

The following grant recipients have demonstrated exceptional commitment to making Lake County a better place to live, work and raise a family in the areas designated to have the most impact on the county’s current needs.

2014 Grant Recipients:

A Safe Place ($25,000 category: Efficient Governance - Pursue Coordinated Investments)
Beacon Place ($5,000 category: Human Capital - Capacity Building)
Hanul Family Alliance ($5,000 category: Human Capital - Capacity Building)
The Alliance for Human Services ($75,000 category: Human Capital - Sustain the Health and Human Services System)
Waukegan Park District ($2,000 category: Human Capital -Sustain the Health and Human Services System)
Waukegan Public Library ($20,000 category: Human Capital - Improve Education and Workforce Training)
UChicago Impact ($10,500 category: Human Capital - Improve Education and Workforce Training)
Ounce of Prevention Fund ($10,000 category: Human Capital - Improve Education and Workforce Training)
YouthBuild Lake County ($15,000 category: Human Capital - Improve Education and Workforce Training)
Zion Benton Children’s Service ($5,000 category: Human Capital - Capacity Building)
Zion Benton Elementary District 6 ($21,000 category: Human Capital - Improve Education and Workforce Training)

Please join us in congratulating this distinguished group of community leaders by visiting their websites to learn more about how they are making a difference in Lake County. To view pictures from the event please visit us on Facebook

For nearly a decade, The Lake County Community Foundation has been on the cutting edge of addressing these issues and is proud to promote collaboration among non-profit health and human service providers in Lake County, enabling the delivery of innovative, sustainable and accessible programs to the county’s most vulnerable residents.

The next grant making cycle will begin anew in the winter of 2014, please visit for information about our funding priorities.

About The Lake County Community Foundation

The Lake County Community Foundation would like to thank Linda and Vincent Buonanno and Tempel Farms for their generous support of the 2014 Grants Reception.

Since 2003, The Lake County Community Foundation, an affiliate of The Chicago Community Trust, has partnered with donors to leverage and guide their philanthropy to help transform the lives of the most vulnerable people across our county. Together, we have contributed over $2.5 million to 80 nonprofit organizations that support basic human needs, community development, education and health throughout Lake County. By connecting the generosity of donors across Lake County with the most pressing needs of the community, we ensure that our county thrives today and for generations to come.


Family Summer Learning Day at Waukegan Public Library

Post date: Monday, June 16, 2014 - 3:21pm

The Kohl Children’s Museum will present a Summer Learning Day at the Waukegan Public Library on Saturday, June 21, with free hands-on science activities for families.

From 1 to 4 p.m., two education specialists from the museum will present interactive activities for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The activities will focus on physical fitness, science, technology, reading, and math. No registration is required, families are welcome to drop-in and stay as long as they like.

Summer Learning Day is a part of the Waukegan Campaign for Grade Level Reading initiative by the United Way of Lake County with the Waukegan Public Library, Waukegan Public School District and many key social service organizations. The campaign’s goal, by the year 2020, is to eliminate the achievement gap for third grade reading between Waukegan schools and the state of Illinois so that Waukegan children will enter school with the skills they need to succeed, have fewer unexcused absences and that children from low income homes will not fall further behind over the summer.

Summer Learning Day is a national advocacy day recognized to spread awareness about the importance of summer learning for our nation’s youth in helping close the achievement gap and support healthy development in communities all across the country. For more information about Summer Learning Day, call Gale Graves at (847) 623-2041, ext. 223.

Waukegan Public Library Summer Courtyard Concert Series Announced

Post date: Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 8:52am

Starting in June, many Waukegan residents and employees will continue their longstanding tradition of lunching outdoors every Friday during the summer months while listening to free concerts held in the Waukegan Public Library courtyard.

Every Fridayfrom June 6 to August 29, musicians will perform a wide range of musical styles including jazz, rock, folk, and bluegrass from noon to 1 p.m. in front of the library on Clayton and County Streets. If it rains, concerts will move indoors to the Bradbury Room in the library’s lower level. Listeners can bring their own lunch or purchase lunch available for sale onsite from Green Town Tavern. Drinks and baked goods are also available for purchase by the Friends of the Waukegan Public Library. The Courtyard Concerts are generously sponsored each year by the Friends of the Waukegan Public Library.

June 6: Patrick Woods

June 13: The Rockin’ Fenderskirts

June 20: Donna Herula

June 27: Bel Sonore Chamber Ensemble

July 11: Derrick Procell

July 18: Potts and Pans

July 25: The Limitations

Aug. 1: Ian Gould

Aug. 8: Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band

Aug. 15: The Hollands

Aug. 22: The Thomas Brothers Band

Aug. 29: Freshwater

To listen to a clip of featured bands, visit  For questions about the Courtyard Concert series, call Rena Morrow, Marketing and Exhibits Manager, at (847) 623-2041, ext. 231.