OHU staff organizes fundraiser in Hudelson Region


The One Hope United staff in Charleston, Ill., organized a fundraiser at Monical’s Pizza on Tuesday, July 31, raising nearly $300 for the agency.

Many people came to the Charleston restaurant at lunchtime carrying flyers, which allowed OHU to receive 20 percent of the customer’s total bill. In an effort to bring further recognition to OHU and help people in the community understand what we do, the staff also attached an “About Us” section to each flyer. Monical’s restaurants in Mattoon, Sullivan and Arcola, Ill., also participated in the fundraiser.

Special recognition and thanks goes to OHU employees Kristy Hardwick, Heather Drake and Casey Hoenes for going above and beyond to make sure flyers were passed out in all four locations! Great teamwork!

One Hope United’s Charleston staff (pictured) organized an OHU fundraiser at four Monical’s Pizza restaurants on July 31.

OHU Recognizes Staff for Representing Agency’s Promises

One Hope United gave out the 2012 Promise Awards to nine staff members at the joint board meeting on June 15. The awards recognize employees who exemplify the agency promises of hope, collaboration, innovation, leadership and results.

Below is a list of this year’s award winners:

Hope Awards: Denny Clouse and Adrienne Patterson Green

The Hope Award recognizes employees who inspire others; present a hopeful, positive outlook for the future; embrace our mission; serve as agency ambassadors; encourage others; are persistent; and promote a culture of respect.


Leadership Award: Margaret Vergamini and Emily Blackburn

Leadership Award winners are inspiring, visionary strategists; enable others to act; model the way; encourage the heart; challenge the process; and inspire a shared vision.

Innovation Award: Katrina Brewsaugh and Rachel Stransky

Innovation Award recipients model the way by thinking outside the box; challenging the process; bringing solutions to problems; finding a better way to do business; and serving as implementers and trailblazers.


Results Award: Sarah Tunning

This award is given for being an achiever; having a relentless pursuit of excellence; being passionate about quality and attention to detail; seeing projects through and closing the communication loop; and believing improvement is possible.


Collaboration Award: Jean F. Nobbe

The Collaboration Award acknowledges an employee for modeling the way by embracing partnerships and outreach; practicing servant-leadership; valuing teamwork and communication; and promoting a culture of respect.


In addition, this year the Executive Leadership Team gave out a special Super Star award to recognize the significant contribution of one of its own.

Super Star Award 2012: Dr. Fotena A. Zirps

This award recognizes exceptional leadership and innovation, and it offers appreciation for lighting a path for future One Hope United leaders to flourish.


Congratulations to all the award winners and thank you for your dedication to protecting children and strengthening families!

To download and/or view all the Promise Award photos, click here.


Volunteers help Busy Bee children plant gardens, beautify nature area

Thanks to more than 40 volunteers from Illinois Tool Works (ITW) and the United Way, children at Busy Bee Children’s Center in Waukegan, Ill., are enjoying a newly planted vegetable garden and revamped nature area.

On June 14, the volunteers assisted the children at the Waukegan day care center in planting tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, zucchini, pumpkins and yellow squash plants that were donated by ITW. Busy Bee now has eight gardens, one for each class. When the vegetables are harvested they will be donated to a local food pantry.

The volunteers and children also beautified the campus nature area, where the Busy Bee ducks reside, by planting deer- and duck-resistant perennials. The perennials, donated by ITW, are around the pond and throughout the area. Further, the group made the grounds a more welcoming place to learn by clearing brush and removing low-hanging limbs. Outdoor play equipment also was power washed.

At the end of the day, the children presented the volunteers with thank-you cards that each classroom had made.

The children are thrilled with their new gardens and part of each class period is spent watering, weeding, and learning how plants grow.

This “Day of Caring” event will be part of a video created by ITW to promote a new volunteer program for the company’s employees. Volunteer hours will be tracked by the company and an equivalent monetary donation will be made to the participating agency at the end of each year.

Pictured: Andy Kroll of Illinois Tool Works got a hug from one of the children from Busy Bee Children’s Center after he and other volunteers helped beautify the center’s grounds.

One Hope United supporter gains volunteer award

Long-time One Hope United supporter Danette Williamson received the “Elite Volunteer of the Year” award from her employer, Baxter Healthcare. The award included $1,000 for her favorite charity, and she chose to donate the money to One Hope United.

“Danette has been a strong advocate for our mission,” said Marilee LaMattina, development associate at One Hope United.

Williamson, who works at Baxter’s Round Lake Beach, Ill., office, first got involved with One Hope United 10 years ago when she sponsored one child at the holidays. The next year she organized her co-workers at Baxter and provided gifts for 20 children. This holiday gift drive grew each year, and in 2011 Williamson and her Baxter co-workers sponsored 115 children.

These Baxter employees supported One Hope United even further by participating in our Back-to-School campaign, collecting backpacks and school supplies for the children we serve.

Also, since 2008, Williamson has been on the Blue Ribbon Event committee, helping to plan our annual April fundraiser to help prevent child abuse.

In recognition of her outstanding volunteer service, Baxter chose Williamson for the award. She was presented with a check in May at a meeting with Baxter’s entire Medical Delivery division.

Pictured, L to R: Danette Williamson, Baxter SP Contract Analyst; Marilee LaMattina, OHU Development Associate; and Brik Eyre, Baxter general manager, US Medication Delivery.






Forty Three New Friends at Busy Bee Children's Center

The children and staff at Waukegan child care center Busy Bee are grateful for all of the students and staff from Grayslake North High School that came out to spend the morning at the Center. The children had a great time sharing their environment with the visitors. The students helped clean the duck pond area, organize closets and cabinets, cleaned and sanitized equipment, and of course, shared some quality time with the children.

We love volunteers!

Glenview School Age Programs Get Moving to the Beat!

Arielle Gunevich, a Junior from New Trier High School, volunteers Thursday afternoons at Glenview School Age, a One Hope United day care center in Glenview. Arielle leads the children in aerobic, gymnastic, and dance activities.

We are grateful that she takes the time to come work out with our kids and the children get so excited when she arrives!

One Hope United operates child care centers throughout the Chicagoland area.

Wilmette Child Development Center's Preschool Room 112 Presents the 26 Letters of the Alphabet

Stemming from Preschool Room 112’s interest in letters and their formation, children at the Wilmette Child Development Center manipulated their bodies using gross motor skills and the bodily kinesthetic intelligence to form our own “human alphabet.” First, we examined how the letters of the alphabet are formed and determined how many people we would need for each letter. Next, children assigned themselves a portion of the letter. Through the use of an additional intelligence not commonly associated with writing, children were able to contort their bodies to truly learn the lines and curves of the letters. Many children found it difficult to make curved letters, just as writing curved letters requires additional fine motor skills. The Wilmette child care center offers infant, toddler/twos and preschool programs.

First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest – 2011 Faithful Friend Award

One Hope United Northern Region is proud to recognize the contributions of First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest by awarding the organization with the agency’s 2011 Faithful Friend Award.

First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest is a dedicated supporter of child abuse prevention programs at One Hope United, especially The Parent Group. Founded in 1859, the church has reflected the goals of its founders to live together as a community dedicated to a Christian life and to betterment on earth through education and benevolences. From the earliest moments, “systematic contributions” were encouraged with particular Sundays designated for major benevolences. The list of benevolences increased over time with a goal of 30% of the total budget going to mission.

The Faithful Friend Award is given each year to a church or religious institution that has supported One Hope United in our mission of protecting children and strengthening families. This award was presented to Reverend Corey Nelson on January 29, 2011 by Marilee LaMattina, Development Associate for One Hope United Northern Region.

Robin Korom – 2011 Volunteer of the Year Award

One Hope United Northern Region is very proud to honor Robin Korom as the Volunteer of the Year for 2011.

Born and raised in Antioch, Illinois, Robin is married to Louis Korom and they have three children.  They spend their family time between homes in Spring Grove, Illinois and the Northwoods of Wisconsin—but remain solid Bear fans!

Professionally, Robin has served the business community in Lake County for more than 25 years as a commercial lender and is currently Vice President of Commercial Lending at Consumers Credit Union in Gurnee. This work has allowed her to assist entrepreneurs realize their dreams of small business ownership.

In between many hobbies and work and families, Robin has contributed tremendously to the mission of One Hope United throughout the last four years.  She currently serves as the Blue Ribbon Committee chair and has taken on the goal to raise $200,000 for OHU programs in 2012.  She brings her strong business sense, her organization, and her creativity to this committee as well as many other activities year round such as the Back to School Drive, Holiday Giving, the annual golf outing, and cooking for Thanksgiving for the CARE residents.

“By the grace of God I have had many blessings in my life, a loving family, a warm, safe home to grow up in, the ability to get a good education and many positive role models to guide and support me in all that I do. Getting involved with One Hope United has given me the opportunity to give something back to those who have not been as fortunate as I am.”

Her dream to help transfer blessings benefits the children and families of OHU. Thank you Robin!

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