United Way Sets off on Year of Work

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United Way of Lake County began an exciting new year of leadership, teamwork and local results at the 78th Annual Fundraising Campaign Kick-Off Wednesday, September 18 at 8:00 a.m. at the United Way Gifts In Kind Warehouse in Waukegan, Ill.

Over 150 guests attended ready to participate in over a dozen community improvement projects including painting, tiling, landscaping, carpeting, resident assistance, a field trip, reading to children and delivering meals after the event .

The Excelon West Singers of ComEd donated their time to entertain the guests at the breakfast.

Kristi Long, President & CEO of United Way of Lake County, announced the organization's fundraising goal of $10.3 million and explained to the audience that the needs have greatly increased in our community.

"A gift to United Way of Lake County goes further than any other investment you'll make this year," Long said in her speech. "Just one gift annually helps to give resources such as funding, volunteers, goods and services to the partner agencies that need it most in our community."

After breakfast, guests split up to complete their different volunteer projects for the day.

The projects are in remembrance of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11 and will be registered with Points of Light Foundation and the USA Initiative. These two groups ultimately led to the Unity in the Spirit of America (USA) Act.

The USA Act, signed into law this year by President George W. Bush offers Americans the opportunity to respond to the tragedy in a uniquely American way - by volunteering to rebuild communities. …