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We are UMMA, a nurturing community of volunteers, partners and supporters who are helping people of all backgrounds transform their lives and communities in Lake County, Illinois. At our center in Waukegan, we offer free GED classes, tutoring, basic needs support including our food pantry and clothing drives, and our CareerLink program which helps clients get into living-wage employment.


Through our basic needs program, including food pantry, clothing drives, support and community outreach, we are helping people access the resources they and their families need to survive.

Visit our food pantry on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-5pm. Please bring ID.


Volunteers needed for our food pantry, truck deliveries, or helping fill grocery bags.


Without a GED, many clients struggle to find jobs that keep their families above the poverty line. We offer free GED classes, literacy classes, computer classes, and ESL to our students.

Sign up for classes by calling, emailing or stopping in. See calendar for dates. All classes are free and all are welcome.

Volunteer tutors needed!


Everyone needs someone to have their back. Our CareerLink program helps students not only find jobs but also launch their new career by teaching them computer skills, training and preparing them for interviews. CareerLink also allows for students who have graduated from the program to get paid internships with local businesses.

Sign up  for our CareerLink program, taught by Miss Tameeca Russell, and get trained for success. Call, email or stop in to register.

Volunteers needed! Also, you can recommend your  company to become a corporate partner.