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Rating: 4.92 stars   63 reviews 535

Nonprofit Issues:

Education, Human Services, Economic Development


221 Washington Street Waukegan IL 60085 USA


The UMMA Center is a new nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals in underserved areas of Lake County. By providing various education, career development, and outreach programs the UMMA Center will strive to remove the large socioeconical gap that exists in Lake County. Focusing its core efforts in Waukegan, North Chicago, and Zion the UMMA Center has begun GED Training, Computer Training, Money Management Seminars, and a Food Pantry. In addition the UMMA Center works in community to educate the community on Islam and Muslims in America. More information can be found at our website www.ummacenters.org


UMMA Center has educated, fed, clothed and served over 25,000 people since our opening in 2004.

Target demographics:

Low income residents in Lake County IL. UMMA students range from 16-65 in general.

Geographic areas served:

Lake County IL


The UMMA Center’s Education Empowerment (EE) program provides FREE group classes, individual tutoring, educational assessments and training seminars for low income residents of Lake County. Students generally range from 16 to 65 years of age. Classes Offered in: Pre-GED: Training and assessments GED: High School Level training in Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading and Writing Basic, Intermediate and advanced computer training classes From learning how to use a computer to Financial Literacy classes Our Basic Needs (BN) program offers a food and clothing pantry so our clients don't have to go to sleep hungry and can learn about making healthy choices. Our Community Outreach and Development (CO) program serves over 150 refugee families and partners with various community organization to help develop the underserved residents of Lake County.

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

UMMA center has changed my life. The company I worked for the last twenty years moved out of state. So I found myself without a job, 43 years old, no specialized training and no computer skills. Thanks to the UMMA center I'm learning how to use a computer , and increasing my skills. Also at UMMA Center I was thankful to hear of a program CareerLink. This program helps with job skills, resume building, and interviewing skills. The great benefit is that you have the chance to gain an internship with a company. So thank you UMMA for being here for the community and for making this big impact on my life and family.

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Rating: 5 stars  

To start I want to thank God for another day to do good and productive thing's.
I am truly blessed to have the support I feel and receive from the Wonderful Awesome & Caring staff at the Umma Center! They truly all go above and beyond for those that truly want to better themselves and also those that might need a little extra push. Equality. Five Stars is my rate peaceful atmosphere, and great learning experiences. I enjoy volunteering, working with Mrs Mary and Ms Elizabeth V. Their dedication and time that is spent on me is more than appreciated . I am oh so Grateful for the UMMA CENTER. Thank you All from the bottom of my heart
Sincerely Diana.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I'm thankful for the UMMA Center. It has helped me to perfect my skills with Microsoft Office. Ryan Gayer the Computer Instructor is very knowledgeable of what he is teaching. He has encouraged me to develop my computer skills. I thank GOD for my experience at the UMMA Center.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Hattie Carter, I am a former student of the UMMA Center and I am now a volunteering TA to Ryan Gayer, the computer teacher. He is an excellent teacher who is very patient with the students and will answer any and all questions you may have.

The UMMA Center is dynamic in helping their students, from the neighborhood and surrounding areas, in accomplishing their goals in education , in three major areas: The GED Program , which helps students that did not receive their diploma in getting their GED; The Computer Training Program for those that are new to computers and those that want to enhance their skills and proficiency in using the Microsoft Office Apps; such as computer basics, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and including internet usage. The computer classes are given in English and Spanish. Upon completing the computer courses you will receive a certificate for completion. This can be added to your portfolio, which will definitely help those of you who wish to sharpen your skills so that you could possibly get a better paying job, advancement on your current job or just start you own business and they also offer a Financial Literacy Program, which can help to improve your knowledge on how to budget and how to balance a check book. The UMMA Center also has a Food Pantry to offer assistance to anyone in need of food.

By taking the computer classes, I have increased my computer savvy to where I can think seriously about a home based business and I don’t have to pay anyone to do my computer work. If you would like to increase your skills in order to boost your hiring power, or just for your own benefit, I highly recommend that you think about taking one or all of these classes that are offered to the community by the UMMA Center for “FREE” once again for “FREE”. You just can’t let these opportunities past you by. The UMMA Center is a great place.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm thankful for the time Mr. Ryan Gayer (umma center) spends teaching the Excel 2014 class

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Rating: 5 stars  

Thanks UMMA, after working for a company for 21 years, I lost my job, I didn't know what to do. All the experience that I had was nothing for the companies that were hiring. I need to know more about Excel, PowerPoint, Access, etc. I heart about UMMA and I call Ryan Gayer and started to learn more about all those program at the same day. I'm very happy to be part of this organization and I'm definitely learning a lot. I found a job where I don't need much of those program, but I'm still coming to classes, because I feel comfortable coming here. Ryan is on excellent instructor.

Thank you Ryan/UMMA and keep doing a great job!!!

Minerva Melchor

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I immensely enjoy volunteering at the UMMA Center every time I have the opportunity. UMMA is an amazing organization that provides its community with great resources and aid. Volunteering at the UMMA center made me more aware of the disappointing issues at hand in our community today. UMMA works to diminish these stresses from those that are burdened by them. This organization takes every step it can to help its clients. Personally I interviewed a few clients this past summer and they couldn't help but be extremely appreciative of the UMMA Center. This organization has changed so many lives and will continue with great success in the future. I will definitely come back and volunteer at the UMMA Center with any opportunity I have!

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I'm thankful for the time MR. Ryan Gayer (umma center) spends teaching these classes....

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My Father teaches the class on Excel at the UMMA center and he told me I could learn a lot about Excel program if I took the class. So, I took the class and learn everything very quickly the program that taught me was quick and to the point about the basics of excel. although a have much to learn about excel I know a lot more thanks to this class.

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UMMA does wonderful things in their community! The staff and volunteers truly care about the population they serve.

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