Beacon Place
Beacon Place is a neighborhood community center in southeast Waukegan that offers programs for children and adults which allow them to see a path toward their own brighter tomorrow by building the life skills they need, to achieve the dreams that they want. Our programs focus on academic growth, improved health, understanding the world around us and improving technology access and proficiency.

Our goal is to guide and inspire families towards a brighter tomorrow through programs and experiences that meet them where they are, and help them get to where they want to go. Beacon Place provides the guidance, resources and support, but it really is the children and families in our neighborhood that truly bring about the transformation – for themselves, for their families and for their community.

We need many, many adult and teen volunteers to help support our community. Won’t you join us? Please go to our website at to sign up today.

Catholic Charities
Fulfills the Church’s role in the mission of charity to anyone in need by providing compassionate, competent and professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities based on the value and dignity of human life.

COOL Ministries
Food Pantry EAST and Transitional Housing located on Water Street in Waukegan. Satellite Pantry WEST in Ingleside. Enough food to prepare a balanced breakfast, lunch and dinner for four days from either pantry. Transitional Housing for families with children at risk for homelessness. Serving all of Lake County since 1983.

Keeping Families Covered
Keeping Families Covered is a 501(c)(3) organization located in Waukegan that provides help and hope to families in crisis by distributing diapers and other basic needs to families. We also raise awareness about diaper need and period poverty, while working to build sustainable programs in Lake County.

As a member of the National Diaper Bank Network, our on-site diaper bank and mobile diaper pantry distributes over 500,000 diapers to families every year. We also provide other childcare necessities like wipes and infant formula, as well as gently used maternity wear, children’s clothing/shoes (newborn through youth size 12), baby gear and children’s books. As a member of the Alliance for Period Supplies, we also distribute free period products.

Keeping Families Covered currently supports over 1,800 children and 1,200 families each month—and counting. We have given away over 2.2 million diapers and over 100,000 pads to the most vulnerable residents in our community.

Mothers Trust Foundation
MTF provides immediate assistance to children in need who live in Lake County, the majority of which fall at or below the poverty level. This assistance cannot be obtained from other sources, filling gaps in the existing funding and social service networks. MTF receives requests for assistance from social workers, counselors, nurses and medical personnel, family counseling centers and service professionals from local agencies.

PADS Lake County is a community-based organization that provides trauma-informed support, resources, and shelter to individuals and families experiencing a housing crisis. We envision a community in which homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurring; one in which anyone who may experience a housing crisis has timely access to the proper resources and services based on their individual need.

A Safe Place
For 43 years, A Safe Place has provided services to victims of abuse and their families and is the sole service provider devoted exclusively to addressing domestic violence (DV) and human trafficking (HT) in Lake County. Guided by the mission of being the leading advocate for eliminating DV/HT in northern Illinois, the service continuum provides a safety net for victims and their children, addresses their crisis and long-term needs, and prevents future violence. Help Them To Hope funding ensures that A Safe Place is able to provide emergency relief, including: shelter, food, clothing, counseling, and services to victims in crisis.


Board of Directors and Recipients - 2017 Campaign

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Help Them To Hope
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