Evanston Garage Sale Supports North Shore United Way

North Shore United Way (NSUW) is thrilled to thank Allie Paschen and her family for hosting a wonderful Garage Sale in Evanston on Saturday, July 28.  Allie and her team of volunteers raised an incredible $1,220 to support LIVE UNITED 2020 and Evanston, a United Way Partner Community. Allie, also a UPS Campaign Leader, reached out to neighbors and family members to collect sale items for this community event. In addition to a lemonade stand with sweets and grilled lunches, the family was selling books, CDs, framed pictures, clothes, toys, furniture, kitchen items and household decorations. The family received so many donations, they were scrambling to organize display tables to accommodate it all. Unusual donations included a banjo, hammock, treadmill, scooter and BowFlex Machine. A host of volunteers, sporting United Way’s iconic “LIVE UNITED” white t-shirts, helped guests purchase the low-priced treats and navigate through tables from crystal glasses to computer monitors. Allie advertised this event with her Evanston community, gathering support and making sure everyone knew that 100% of event proceeds would benefit United Way in the process. Evanston is a United Way Partner Community, one of more than 40 throughout Chicagoland. As a Partner Community in United Way’s new vision, LIVE UNITED 2020, Evanston will receive significant investments in health, education and financial stability programs over the next eight years. These larger, more impactful grants are set to create and sustain meaningful change in the growing community. Currently, Evanston is receiving NSUW’s largest grant ever, an Education Initiative investment targeting at-risk middle school students transitioning to high school. Thank you to Allie, the Paschen family and her entire Evanston neighborhood for making this event such a success. These contributions are truly helping change the odds for Evanston families in need. See photos from Saturday’s garage sale!   Submitted on behalf of Mary Teeter, Development Manager at North Shore United Way.  

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.”

Highland Park Mural Project Represents Latino Heritage and Inspires Youth

North Shore United Way is proud to support Family Service, as the organization partners with Highland Park High School and YEA! Highland Park  on the Mural Project to brighten Vine Avenue. The Mural Project, also featured on the Highland Park High School website, is the latest result of the ongoing collaboration in the community between the school and this important United Way Partner Agency. “This is a great example of why our programs like the Latino Youth Initiative that are funded by United Way, and our partnerships with organizations like Highland Park High School and the YEA Foundation, are so crucial to our work to change and improve the lives of our community members,” said Paul Dean, Executive Director of Family Service in Highland Park. Post submitted on behalf of Mary Teeter, Development Manager at North Shore United Way.  

North Shore United Way Celebrates Great Year At Annual Luncheon

North Shore United Way hosted its annual Community Celebration at Mortons The Steakhouse in Northbrook on Thursday, June 28. More than 70 guests enjoyed a three-course meal while Wendy DuBoe, President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, gave a keynote address highlighting United Way’s LIVE UNITED 2020 vision. Marla Glabe, NSUW Board President, and Deb Price, NSUW Executive Vice President (and incoming Board President) added their thanks to the community. NSUW honored its top 10 Corporate Citizens for their contributions and helping United Way achieve its 10-year vision. NSUW’s 2012 top corporate citizens are: Tenneco, PotashCorp, Costco #348 in Glenview, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Costco #1074 in Mettawa, the City of Evanston, Neiman Marcus, Northbrook Bank & Trust Co., Target #927 in Evanston and School District #65 in Evanston. Joe Vanyo, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Regional Operations for United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, led the awards portion of the ceremony, recognizing key individuals and companies who went above and beyond this year in serving United Way and the community. The following individuals and teams were recognized: COMMUNITY SPIRIT THROUGH SERVICE AWARD: Martha Arnston, Childcare Network of Evanston (CNE). Over a long and notable career of 37 years, Martha has served the early childhood community with selfless compassion and creativity. From classroom teacher to Executive Director of Childcare Network of Evanston (CNE), Martha has demonstrated a consistent commitment to high quality early education for all children in the community. Martha has tirelessly advocated the best, research-based strategies for teacher training — whether the teacher was in a school or in a home — and her work has improved outcomes of children far beyond those whose names and families she knows. LIVE UNITED AWARD: Richard Rushkewicz, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Northbrook Bank and Trust. Rich has been a long-time supporter of United Way and Northbrook Bank and Trust one of our top corporate citizens over many years. This year, Rich took his participation further. In addition to volunteering to help United Way secure further support from the business community, Rich featured United Way in recent advertisements highlighting the Bank’s commitment to community service. BEST NEW CAMPAIGN: First Insurance Funding Corporation. First Insurance Funding Corp., led by President & CEO Frank Burke, welcomed NSUW in a first-time campaign this year. The campaign, managed by Human Resources Manager, Lisa Lowenthal, included “kick-off” speeches during the company’s all-staff meetings, a t-shirt prize for United Way trivia, and a corporate gift to top employee contributions. CAMPAIGN LEADERS OF THE YEAR: Costco in Glenview. COSTCO #348 in Glenview has always been one of NSUW’s top corporate citizens. This year, they pledged a record high in employee contributions, and increased their giving 16%. While this award usually goes to one person, NSUW proudly recognizes General Manager Kristen D’Agostino, Campaign Leader Lucy Rodriguez and the entire campaign team at COSTCO, for their energy and ingenuity in using incentives, special events, United Way speakers, creative materials and old-fashioned competition to take their campaign to the next level. YOUNG LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD: Amanda Zhou, NSUW Youth Board President. Amanda Zhou, a graduated senior from Lake Forest High School, led the North Shore United Way Youth Board in fundraisers and events supporting the Jean Youngs Baddeley Grant. With her leadership, the Youth Board raised thousands of dollars for programs helping their peers in crisis. She organized the first-ever Cross-Town Classic (a hockey match between Lake Forest High School and Lake Forest Academy), a youth Walk-a-thon and supported NSUW in the spring Food Drive. Amanda will attend M.I.T. in the fall. SPECIAL THANK YOU: NSUW also recognized Board President Marla Glabe, who steps down this year from her position as Board President. Marla will continue in a very active role as one of NSUW’s Member Advisory Committee representatives with the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. Marla was a board member and committee chair of area United Ways as far back as 2004, while she was an Allstate executive. She was the President of the North Suburban board throughout a series of complicated United Way mergers and NSUW’s first President over the past two years. Deb Price will succeed Marla in the Board President position. North Shore United Way thanks all our guests for attending, and all our supporters for another wonderful year. This event was sponsored in part by Northbrook Bank & Trust Co. Photo Credit:   ©2012 jill brazel photography

Give in Style: Runway to the Races

This event has been postponed until further notice.   Fashion. Delicious catered brunch. Gorgeous hats. Summertime.  Events don’t get much better! Join North Shore United Way at “Runway to the Races,” a fashion show and brunch event benefitting LIVE UNITED 2020. Northbrook’s high-end retail mall hosts this women —only seasonal treat at Northbrook Court. Featured fashions include styles from Burberry, Chico’s, CUSP, Neiman Marcus, Cache, Francesca’s Collection, Tommy Bahama, Mark Shale and White House Black Market. Highlighting modern, derby-day inspired design, this show is sure to impress. It’s classic and edgy styles celebrating the elegant and chic. Guests can add to the glamour by wearing their own favorite hat! Tickets are available for $25, and include two complimentary tickets from Arlington Races. Described as “the most beautiful track in America,” Arlington has been home to premier sold-out events including the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. An eclectic brunch will be provided by Whole Foods. Whole Foods catering represents the highest standard in the industry: fresh, local and organic produce, premium meats and responsibly-sourced seafood, cage-free eggs and the best hormone-free dairy products. They will even be providing their new signature drink, Tropitinis, to kick off the party. Feel free to contact North Shore United Way at 847.674.2668  with any questions. Post submitted on behalf of Mary Teeter, Development Manager at North Shore United Way.   Photo Credit:  Michael  Mandiberg

North Shore United Way Is Strengthening Families Through Financial Advancement Work

North Shore United Way, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, City Aldermen and the City of Evanston partnered to host the Financial Advancement Summit on May 16. The event brought together financial institutions, non-profits, government representatives and private citizens to focus on solutions for Evanston residents who are “underbanked,” and discuss next steps for economic empowerment work in the community. Nine million households in this country are “unbanked,” according to Dr. Robert Meyer of Loyola University. About 21 million households are “underbanked” (a figure that has risen steadily over the past 30 years), and the population that uses alternative banking services (fringe banks) is typically minority. North Shore Untied Way is proud to be a part of conversations and driving services supporting local families. Financial stability is one of the three building blocks of good life and strong families, and a pillar of LIVE UNITED 2020, United Way’s 10-year vision to transform 45 communities of greatest need throughout Chicagoland. The following is an excerpt from a recent Evanston Roundtable article about the Financial Advancement Summit and these important financial issues.  Read more  about the work happening in Evanston or contact North Shore United Way at 847-674-2668. Payday Loans and Other Non-Traditional Financial Services By Mary Helt Gavin, Evanston Roundtable On May 16, the City of Evanston and United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and the North Shore United Way co-sponsored a financial workshop on the topic of how to facilitate access to traditional banks for those who now use payday loans, currency exchanges and pawn shops for quick money. “We hope to create policies to put payday loans out of business,” [Peter Braithwaite, alderman of the Second Ward] told the some 60 representatives of financial institutions and social service agencies who serve low-income families and individuals (in the Parasol Room of the Morton Civic Center). Ald. Grover said there are several dimensions to the problem. “There is the family dimension, and what [the presence of payday loans] says about a neighborhood. And we’re trying to starve out what feels like businesses with predatory practices.” In the financial world such facilities, as well as pawn shops, check-cashing facilities and “rent-to-own” businesses, are called “alternate financial services” (AFSs) or “fringe banks,” said Dr. Robert Meyer of Loyola University. Those who exclusively use fringe rather than traditional banks are termed “unbanked”; those who use an AFS at least twice a year in combination with traditional banks are considered “underbanked,” said Dr. Mayer. “Fringe banks are very good at what they do, and they serve a need,” he said. Nine million households in this country — 8 percent — are unbanked, Dr. Mayer said. That number has held steady or declined over the past several years, while the number of underbanked households — now about 21 million or 18 percent — has increased steadily over the past 30 years. He said nationwide, the population that uses fringe banks is typically minority — 42 percent of Hispanics, 54 percent of African Americans and 18 percent of Caucasians. About half of the fringe banking population has an income below the poverty level, “so about half of the underbanked have higher [than poverty-level] incomes.” The solution to the problem of the unbanked and underbanked will not be easy or straightforward, he said. Post submitted on behalf of Mary Teeter, Development Manager at North Shore United Way.

Thank you to Potbelly Guests for Supporting LIVE UNITED 2020!

Thank you to United Way supporters and Potbelly patrons for supporting North Shore United Way at our Potbelly Sandwich Shop fundraiser in Highland Park on May 23. It was a great event bringing together community members, local agencies and young people to celebrate our LIVE UNITED 2020 investments in Highland Park, a United Way Partner Community. Guests enjoyed live music, a free sample of Potbelly’s newest sandwich (the Mediterranean Sandwich with Hummus, feta cheese, artichokes, red peppers and cucumbers — mmmm!) and a wonderfully friendly Potbelly staff, garbed in United Way’s iconic white “LIVE UNITED” tshirts. 25% of all dinner-time sales supported LIVE UNITED 2020, our 10-year commitment to channel resources into health, education and financial stability programs in communities of greatest need. Special thanks to Potbelly manager, Nick Rosa, who if he isn’t famous in his neighborhood, should be. Nick regularly goes out of his way to support local non-profits in Highland Park through fun fundraising events, and we’re grateful United Way could participate. Submitted on behalf of Marion Flynn, Development Manager at North Shore United Way.

Financial Advancement Summit in Evanston Discusses Economic Empowerment Strategies

North Shore United Way, Northwest Suburban United Way and United Way of Metropolitan Chicago are proud to partner with the City of Evanston in the upcoming Financial Advancement Summit on Wednesday, May 16. The summit will bring together financial institutions, non-profits, government representatives and private citiznes to focus on solutions for Evanston residents who are “underbanked” and discuss next steps for economic empowerment work in the community. Alderman Peter Braithwaite and Jane Grover will open and close the event. Other keynote speakers include: – Dr. Robert Mayer, Loyola University, – Annette Charles, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago – Lucy Mullany, The Illinois Asset Building Group Each speaker sessions will be followed by discussion to identify solutions to important financial issues facing our community. The Financial Advancement Summit is FREE and open to the general public. For event and RSVP details, click here. Solutions to these financial issues are crucial to providing opportunities for families in Evanston — but the issues can also be confusing and complicated. What does it mean to be “underbanked”? People (or businesses) who are underbanked have poor access to mainstream financial services. Obstacles towards banking include geography, financial literacy (understanding), language and other socioeconomic conditions that make it difficult to participate. Many families who are underbanked must use alternative financial services (including cheque cashers which charge individuals to cash their paycheck). Why is being “banked” important? In addition to fortifying the financial stability of your family, banking will become increasingly important due to recent decisions by the US Department of the Treasure. The U.S. Treasury is requiring all citizens receiving Federal Benefit checks to switch from paper checks to electronic payments by March 1, 2013. Citizens can receive their money through direct deposit to a bank or credit union (or opt to receive a Direct Express Debit MasterCard). In either case, understanding the issues around banking is key to receiving your benefits in a way that fits your life. Find out more information about this issue. United Way is committed to promoting and investing in financial stability programs and strengthening communities through income initiatives. Financial stability is a key building block of good life and strong families. LIVE UNITED 2020, United Way’s 10-year vision to transform communities of greatest need, focuses on health, education and income. This Summit allows industry leaders, nonprofits, government representatives and private citizens to consider the next steps in local banking in Chicagoland.

Join NSUW on May 17 at Potbelly Sandwich Shop in Highland Park!

Highland Park, a North Shore United Way (NSUW)  Partner Community (together with Highwood), has a lot to celebrate. A small hamlet, Highland Park is a beautiful lakefront community, home to 30,000 residents, 850 businesses and world-class musical and cultural opportunities. But as many Highland Park neighbors and friends know, success and challenges go hand-in-hand. North Shore’s highest poverty rates are in neighboring Highwood, where nearly 1 in 4 families with children live in poverty. In Highland Park, the cost of living is 50% higher than the national average. Families experiencing set-backs (including job loss, medical emergencies and sustainability in a difficult economy) find themselves struggling that much more against higher day-to-day living expenses. NSUW is joining with Highland Park. The city has been selected as a United Way Partner Community in our bold vision, LIVE UNITED 2020. LIVE UNITED 2020 is United Way’s 10-year vision to channel income, education and health resources into communities of greatest need. Together, we’re fighting at the root causes of poverty and creating better lives for all. Join us at Potbelly Sandwich Shop in our Partner Community, Highland Park, on Thursday, May 17 between 4pm and 7pm. 25% of dinner-time sales will support LIVE UNITED 2020 and our Partner Communities on the North Shore. NSUW is excited to host this great event at Potbelly Sandwich Shop, a business which knows how new services can mean growth and success. Potbelly’s genesis was not in the restaurant industry — but the world of antique dealings. In 1977, a nice young couple decided that they could draw more customers to their antique shop by offering sandwiches. Soon enough, guests were forgetting the old, and coming to the shop for food and desserts. Today, more than 200 shops across the country bring neighborhoods together. Help NSUW bring great services to Highland Park (and enjoy a delicious sandwich in the bargain!) See you at Potbelly in Highland Park on May 17! Submitted on behalf of Mary Teeter, Development Manager at North Shore United Way Photo Credit:  Kim  Kruse

North Shore United Way is Standing Against Racism

Posted on behalf of Marion Flynn, Development Manager at North Shore United Way.   This Friday, April 27,  North Shore United Way will be participating in an important community event with the YWCA Evanston/North Shore.  All individuals are being called on to take a bold Stand Against Racism by lining Ridge Avenue in Evanston from Howard Street to Wilmette from 12:45 to 12:55. “The persistence and pervasiveness of racism divides our community and creates disparities in education, healthcare, economics and other institutions affecting the quality of life,” stated Karen Singer, CEO of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore. “Our strength comes from numbers — that’s why we are asking people to come out and join any of the 35 organizations that have partnered with us!” According to Eileen Heineman, Racial Justice Program Manager at the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, over 35 local organizations have already signed on to participate in the Stand, including Evanston Community Foundation, Oakton School, St. Francis Hospital, St. Nicholas Parish, North Shore United Way, Childcare Center of Evanston, Second Baptist Church, Pope John XXIII School, Washington School, Unitarian Church of Evanston, Evanston Coalition for Latino Resources, Interfaith Action of Evanston, the City of Evanston, various groups from ETHS, Immigrant Advocacy Project, Sojourner Covenant Church, Lake Street Church, St Mark’s Episcopal, St. Paul’s Lutheran, Evanston History Center, the Flying Fish Swim Team, Evanston Quaker Meeting, Baker Demonstration School, Evanston Area Black Catholics, PeaceAble Cities Evanston, Roycemore School, Evanston Public Library, Omega Pi Ps Fraternity and various student groups at Northwestern University. Says Heineman, “the Civic Center will empty and line Ridge on their block, and we hope to have a small band group from ETHS playing there as well.” See the entire Triblocal article. Photo Credit:  Christian  Guthier