Buchanan Family Foundation Grants Target Critical Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Issues

North Shore United Way (NSUW) is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Buchanan Family Foundation grants, totaling nearly $25,000. Family Service, LEAD and Speak Up! Prevention Coalition, Career Resource Center, Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA) and Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Senior Center will use grant funding to develop or expand innovative services for Lake Forest and Lake Bluff residents. “United Way has partnered with the Buchanan Family Foundation for more than 20 years to provide Lake Forest and Lake Bluff communities with the resources they need most,” says Sue Heintz, Buchanan Grant Committee Member and NSUW Board Member. “This year, we’re targeting those resources at critical local issues, including the mental and physical well-being of young people in our communities.” The Buchanan Family Foundation established this grant-making program with United Way in 1988, awarding one-year grants to non-profit agencies in the Lake Forest and Lake Bluff communities. A committee of local volunteers review grant applications and, this past spring, awarded nearly $25,000 to the following programs: Family Service — Granted $6,000 to re-establish Youth Advocacy Services, managed by licensed clinical social workers, offering educational, supportive, resource identification and psychotherapeutic services to youth and their families. LEAD and Speak Up! Prevention Coalition — Granted $6,000 for their program “Life’s a Journey, Not a Race,” which will help parents constructively address children on key risk factors for substance abuse and other behavioral challenges. Career Resource Center — Granted $4,000 to expand services (based on alumni suggestions), providing more relevance to the current economy, technology, employer expectations and new job-seeking strategies. Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA) — Granted $4,000 for the outreach, training and conduction of the Great Lakes Regional Games and Adult National Championships, an innovative athletic competition for youth and adults with physical or visual disabilities, including injured military individuals. Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Senior Center — Granted $4,000 for a Senior Advocate to help local seniors find caregivers, transportation and medical equipment while providing further counseling and emotional support. This allows seniors to remain at home and continue to live an independent lifestyle. “The Buchanan Family Fund grants allow non-profits to seed and grow new programs based on the needs of their clients,” said Joe Vanyo, interim Chief Professional Officer of NSUW. “By partnering with the Buchanan family, United Way continues to strengthen North Shore services and transform neighborhoods in need.”

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