About Us

Lake Area United Way is part of a network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 45 countries and territories. Locally, Lake Area United Way (LAUW) supports all of Lake County, Indiana and Lansing, Illinois.  Lake Area United Way believes that vibrant communities begin with thriving families. By mobilizing the caring power of our commmunity, we fuel more than 20 local programs that provide critical services to more than 70,000 Lake County residents. We strenghten the capacity of local non-profit organizations in our community through one-on-one coaching, training, and education. We connect reidents in crisis to local resources through our investment in the 2-1-1 hotline. We invest in leadreship in our community by engaging grassroots leaders and enhancing their capabilities and expanding their reach. We advance the common good through advocacy and volunteerism.

Lake Area United Way recognizes the value of volunteers and their power to make a difference.  Volunteers are at the forefront of much of the resource mobilization, relationship building, community impact agenda setting and other key United Way functions across the county. 

Volunteering is vital to a just society, fostering civic responsibility, participation and interaction.  It strengthens communities by increasing their capacity to identify and respond to human needs.  When people are engaged in their community, there are benefits to the volunteer, to the people and organizations that they serve, and for the community as a whole.

This is why Lake Area United Way is committed to furthering volunteerism in Lake County. In order to do so, we have created the Volunteer Lake County! initiative. This initiative will promote volunteerism throughout the county both on an individual and corporate level.

Lake Area United Way Mission

Lake Area United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community to advance the common good.






Volunteer Lake County! Mission

To stimulate and expand volunteerism in the community by connecting people to nonprofit and public organizations in order to improve the quality of life for all people.