Education-Changing the Odds

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EDUCATION: Pathways to Success

It's Hard to Catch up When you Start from Behind.

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An astounding 54%* of Lake County children enter kindergarten without the sufficient skills and knowledge to engage in kindergarten-level instruction. These children are at risk of being left behind throughout school and life. Studies show that children who begin kindergarten prepared to learn are more likely to stay engaged in school and be on track to graduate from high school; will be less likely to receive government assistance in adulthood; will have lower rates of felony arrest, convictions and incarcerations; and will be more likely to go to college, own a home and earn well above the median income. This is why one of our new five-year goals includes changing the odds for our children. We're working to build a stronger community by supporting programs centered on education, kindergarten readiness and early intervention programs to prevent children from suffering the lasting effects of early childhood adversity and trauma. 

Meet our Education Impact Champion, Lisa M. Habe, President and Chairman of Interlake Stamping in Willoughby

Joining us in our fight to change the odds for Lake County children is Lisa M. Habe, President and Chairman of Interlake Stamping in Willoughby. Lisa is passionate about giving local and giving back to the community where she lives and works. Leadership and volunteerism are two central themes in Lisa’s professional career. Her volunteerism has primarily focused around her industry and education. Lisa served for many years on Lakeland Community Colleges’ Foundation board. She also works tirelessly to support young women considering technical careers and to promote manufacturing to future generations. Lisa and her husband John have also been supporters for several years of the Break through Schools, a northeast Ohio charter school.

















“Too many of our children are not kindergarten ready, which means they start their school career at a deficit. Our goal is to give our kids a chance at success, which is why I’ve joined United Way of Lake County to help change the odds. I am a proud CHAMPION of their five-year education goal which aims to give the children of our community a fighting chance in life that spans from cradle to career. To demonstrate my support and championship of United Way of Lake County's efforts, I've contributed $10,000 to their campaign. I am confident  my contribution will make a significant and sustainable impact for Lake County children. It is my hope you will join me in choosing United Way of Lake County as your way to support our community. They do great work.” ~ Lisa M. Habe


United Way of Lake County 5-Year EDUCATION Goal

Our five-year goal includes increasing the percentage of Lake County children ready to enter kindergarten prepared to meet every educational milestone and successfully complete their education.
United Way of Lake County is Changing the Odds
United Way of Lake County will change the odds for our community’s children who lack the support they need for a brighter future. An investment in United Way of Lake County helps provide children with a foundation for success throughout school and life. Studies show that the  developmental sweet spot for childhood learning is from birth through pre-k and that a focus on kindergarten readiness sets children on the path for success and life-long learning, decreasing the need for costly interventions down the line. 
At United Way of Lake County we work to ensure every child gets a strong start in life by providing access to needed resources. Our goal is for our children to grow into adults who thrive in the job market and life!
When you invest in United Way of Lake County, you are investing in the future of our community’s children! Lisa Habe has joined us to champion children. Will you do the same?
100% of gifts made to our Community Impact Fund stays in Lake County, changing the odds for our community of friends and neighbors in need.
All United Ways are independently operated and governed. This allows us to best serve the communities we work within. In our case, this is Lake County, Ohio. As such, we are solely dependent upon local donations. 
*Source: Ohio Department of Education