Inside INdiana Business

Lake Area United Way invests in e-learning

(photo courtesy of Lake Area United Way)

GRIFFITH, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – The Lake Area United Way is investing more than $575,000 to assist working parents who will rely on e-learning, out-of-school care and child care this fall. The nonprofit says a portion of the funding will support a part-time, temporary e-learning and out of school care navigator to work with families and employers.

Lake Area United Way says parents must be employed, reside in Lake County, and meet income guidelines to qualify.

 “Our goal is two-fold,” says Lisa Daugherty, president of Lake Area United Way, “We want parents to be able to work if their children’s school closes, and we want kids to be safe, supported, and learning.”

Crossroads YMCA is developing the YMCA Out of School learning programs at two sites including the Griffith Family YMCA and the Hobart Family YMCA.

“The YMCA is looking forward to another partnership with Lake Area United Way,” says Jay Buckmaster, chief executive officer at Crossroads YMCA. “We joined together to provide Emergency Childcare at the beginning of the pandemic, and now we’re working to provide safe and affordable options for families through the YMCA’s Out of School Learning programs. We are proud to have a partner to make these options possible during challenging times.”

Beginning Sept. 8, the YMCA plans to offer enrichment and activities for children at each program site.

You can find more information about the Crossroads YMCA program by clicking here.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana is currently registering for its “In Club Virtual Learning” for school year fall programming in each of their clubs. You can register online by selecting your club location.

The Lake Area United Way says it is supporting working parents who enroll children in The Adventure Club, which offers full day e-learning support in Merrillville schools. The club provides before and after school care in Munster, Tri Creek and Lake Central school systems.