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Lake Area United Way Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Federated Giving Programs, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Philanthropy

Mission: To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community to advance the common good.

Programs: Allocations to united way agencies - primary function of united way organization

planning and allocation - assessing community needs and determining allocation plans

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Scam artists. Donors to the Lake Area United Way should know that donations are used for political profiteering. The organization has been utilizing resources to support the West Lake Extension of the South Shore commuter rail. This is not the intended purpose of donations to this organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been the Chair of the Vision Council and a Board Member for over a year and can't say enough about the committment and dedication that I have seen from the Lake Area United Way staff, it's Board Members, Member Agencies, and Volunteers have for this organization and its efforts to help better Lake County Community in eductation, income, and health initiatives. The Lake Area United Way isn't satisfied with just tring to address the symptoms of the issues at hand, they dig much deeper to help address the underlying causes to help create long lasting changes.

Review from Guidestar

Luneil M.


Rating: 4

I have been a volunteer for United Way for over 20 years. My experiences with this organization has always been positive and very informative. I work on the allocation committee and I have reviewed may agencies. One of the agencies I even referred a personal acquaintance to. Deaf Services helped someone I knew that had a deaf family member. We had never heard of this agency before. The Deaf services help them get a much need hearing aid and also got legal aid from an interpreter, a service I did not know existed. These services proved invaluable to them. I was very impressed on how the Gary YWCA made an amazing turn around and now so many services and activities to the city. I know many who enjoy the water aerobics which is good for health and entertaining as well. They house a charter school and business offices. I also know that LAUW make sure that all the agencies are informed on what the need to do get funding.


Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for about 5 years. When the tornado hit in Griffith United Way stretched themselves almost beyond their means to help the people of my hometown. That speaks volumes to me. I never knew what great work this organization did until I became a volunteer.

Review from Guidestar