Lake Area United Way, Inc.

aka LAUW   |   Griffith, IN   |  http://www.lauw.org

Mission

Lake Area United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community, which we believe are essential to a productive and successful life. We do that by mobilizing individuals, engaging organizations, and applying resources within our community work.

Ruling year info

1972

President & CEO

Ms. Lisa Daugherty

Main address

221 W Ridge Rd

Griffith, IN 46319 USA

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EIN

23-7170019

NTEE code info

Fund Raising Organizations That Cross Categories includes Community Funds/Trusts and Federated Giving Programs) e.g. United Way (T70)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

After 18 months of intensive research which included community convening, data review and analysis, the Lake Area United Way board voted unanimously to focus on the issue of ALICE households in Lake County. ALICE, a United Way acronym, represents the growing number of individuals and families who are working, but are unable to afford basic necessities of housing, food, child care, health care, and transportation. In Lake County, ALICE represents 1 in 4 households. These individuals and families are faced with difficult choices daily. Put food on the table or gas in the car? Take a sick child to the doctor or pay the utility bill? We believe that these are hard choices that no working family should have to make. Utilizing the collective impact approach, Lake Area United Way intends on tackling the root cause of struggling working families in Lake County. To do this, we have developed a five year implementation plan.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Fundraising

Service List: Funding/Fundraising Information and Referral

Population(s) Served

An interactive app designed for Struggling Working Families, Resource Round Up connects families to community resources, programs, and supports for which they are eligible. Families can also search and connect to quality child care providers and receive direct text message alerts to their mobile devices to inform them of new community programs and resources.

Population(s) Served

United Way's coalition of non-profits, faith based organizations, and government entities that share a common mission of supporting Struggling Working Families. United For Families convenes providers on a regular basis, provides a vehicle for ongoing and consistent communication among providers, serves as a catalyst for cross-sector collaboration, and encourages better coordination of efforts among providers.

Population(s) Served

Creates opportunities for people to volunteer, learn, and lead in their communities. We strive to provides volunteers with a high-quality experience that fuels further actions, and we envision a day when everyone is inspired and equipped to be the change they want to see in the world. Volunteers can connect to local service opportunities through our online volunteer center, www.volunteerlakecounty.org.

Companies can encourage employee volunteerism through customized online portals where they can post service opportunities and track how employees are giving back.

Population(s) Served

Prescription Savings Card is free to everyone and easy to use with no registration or eligibility criteria. FamilyWize applies to all FDA approved prescription medications and saves and average of 43%.

Population(s) Served

Level Up is a pilot program designed to provide ALICE families with information and referrals for services including job skills training, scholarships, basic needs supports, mental health resources, and one-on-one support from a Family Career Navigator. The Family Career Navigator helps the participants create goals and then walks with them along the path to self-sufficiency. Participants take place in monthly meetings where they can network with other members of the program as well as hear from content experts on things like resume writing, interview skills, self-care, financial planning, etc.

Population(s) Served

The NWI COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund launched on March 18, 2020, to help ensure individuals, children and families in need are supported during this pandemic. Lake Area United Way and a coalition of partners are working with the human services sector to identify these immediate needs and make emergency funds available to organizations working directly with vulnerable populations.

The coronavirus is not just a health crisis. It’s an economic crisis, and the depth and magnitude of its spread is uncertain. At Lake Area United Way, we are committed to keeping you up-to-date on the unprecedented effort to help our most vulnerable populations during this crisis.

Population(s) Served

Charity Tracker provides non-profits and faith based organizations a universal, shared, web-based database to gather and report statistical information on individuals and families served. Benefits include: reduces duplication of services, maximizes existing resources, makes the application process easier for individuals and families, provides organizations with real time data.

Population(s) Served

In Lake County, ALICE represents 1 in 4 households. These individuals and families are faced with difficult choices daily. Put food on the table or gas in the car? Take a sick child to the doctor or pay the utility bill? We believe that these are hard choices that no working family should have to make. Utilizing the collective impact approach, Lake Area United Way intends on tackling the root cause of struggling working families in Lake County.

After much research and evaluating of community needs, Lake Area United Way came to the conclusion that a focused effort should be made around the issue of jobs for ALICE families. We are working on developing strategies to help these families improve job skills and educational opportunities so that they can find employment in jobs that will lift them out of the ALICE classification. We are creating a collation of community organizations that can help us develop these strategies and make sure they are successful.

Population(s) Served

In Lake County, ALICE represents 1 in 4 households. These individuals and families are faced with difficult choices daily. Put food on the table or gas in the car? Take a sick child to the doctor or pay the utility bill? We believe that these are hard choices that no working family should have to make. Utilizing the collective impact approach, Lake Area United Way intends on tackling the root cause of struggling working families in Lake County.

For many families in Lake County finding quality, affordable child care can be difficult. Many ALICE families in particular face difficult choices in order to afford care. Lake Area United Way is putting together a coalition of community groups to work on creating and implement strategies to help ALICE families access affordable, quality child care.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

In 2015, Lake Area United Way embarked on a three year process to transition to a community impact business model. In this new model, our organization is taking a laser like focus to complex social issues negatively impacting the community. Utilizing collective impact, LAUW will serve as a backbone organization convening a diverse group of stakeholders to address the root cause of community issues.

Collective impact is a framework to tackle deeply entrenched and complex social problems. It is an innovative and structured approach to making collaboration work across government, business, philanthropy, faith based, non-profit organizations and citizens to achieve significant and lasting social change.

As a backbone organization, Lake Area United Way will guide the collective group in developing vision and strategy, support aligned activities, establish shared measurement practices, build public will, advance policy, and mobilize funding.

Outcome A: United for Families Network expands representation and participation of the faith based sector and major ALICE employers.
Outcome B: United for Families Network members actively participate and engage in network activities.
Outcome C: Charity Tracker participants are amenable to changing how services are delivered to ALICE households
Outcome D: ALICE households benefit from Charity Tracker Referrals
Outcome E: Work Groups identify and recommend common goals and strategies for LAUW investment in child care and jobs as well as key performance indicators and action plans.
Outcome F: A “community of care” is established and providers take a holistic approach to serving ALICE households.
Outcome G: ALICE households have increased access to essential programs and services
Outcome H: A collective approach is taken to address systemic issues impacting ALICE households.

Lake Area United Way is uniquely positioned to implement Charity Tracker and the United for Families Network due to our proven track record of serving as a community convener and collaboration builder. Over the course of our organization's history, we have developed long lasting relationships with local nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government partners. In previous endeavors, Lake Area United Way has leveraged these relationships to drive collaborations that have impacted significant issues in our community such as early childhood education. We are also members of FSG's Collective Impact Community of Practice which as provided our organization with access to more than 200 national funders that are active practitioners in the collective impact movement.

Utilizing the collective impact approach, Lake Area United Way intends on tackling the root cause of struggling working families in Lake County. To do this, we have developed a five year implementation plan. Phase I and II of the plan have been successfully completed. The priority focus areas of need are Child Care and Jobs. LAUW has formed and is facilitating cross-sector Work Groups who will help LAUW determine the scope of each group, develop strategies for impact around child care and jobs, and drive implementation of those strategies. Lake Area United Way has also created the United for Families Network (UFFN). UFFN is the coalition of social service agencies, government entities, and faith based organizations that deliver services to ALICE households established in 2016 and cultivated in 2017 and 2018. To date, more than $4.5 million of assistance has been provided to households in Lake County by the participating organizations using CharityTracker.

Financials

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Lake Area United Way, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 6/5/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Chris White

The Times Media Company

Term: 2019 - 2020

Michael Jasaitis

Austgen Kuiper Jasaitis P.C.

Marijo Dluzak

Dluzak & Associates, Inc.

Louie Gonzalez

Ivy Tech Community College

Julian Marsh

Gary Housing Authority

Aaron McDermott

Latitude Co.

Marisa Smoljan

McMahon & Associates CPAs, P.C.

Evelyn Morrison

Methodist Hospitals

Allen Spajer

Frank Mrvan

North Township Trustee

Desila Rosetti

Organizational Development Solutions, Inc.

Christopher White

The Times Media Company

Matt Saltanovitz

Indiana Economic Development Corp.

James Dye

JWD Management, Inc.

Tom McDermott, Sr.

Michael Schneider

First Financial Bank

Jeff Strack

Strack & Van Til LLC

Phil Taillon

City of Hammond

Leo Correa

St. Catherine Hospital

Jennifer Montague

NIPSCO

Michael Wortham

BP America, Inc.

Sherri Ziller

Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/19/2020

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