Our Annual Community Walk-a-thon offers a perfect opportunity for the entire Beacon Place family of children, parents, grandparents, volunteers, and community members to come together. Each step we take earns money as several sponsors have pledged to donate based upon how many laps/miles we complete.  Come and join the walk or consider making a donation to help us increase the amount our families can raise!  

    July 21: Family game night at Beacon Place 5:00-7:00 pm
    July 24: Community Walk-a-Thon 11:00-1:00 pm
    August 4: Beacon Tutoring Expo
    August 7: Last day of summer programs

who we are


Beacon Place is a neighborhood community center in Waukegan, IL with programs for children and families focused on food, nutrition, overall health, academic support and the development of life skills that allow each individual to see their own path to a brighter tomorrow.


what we do


As a neighborhood community center,  we guide and inspire families toward a brighter tomorrow through programs and experiences that meet them where they are, and help them get to where they want to go.

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So many children rely on subsidized lunches during the regular school year, but when summer break begins, those school lunches are no longer available. Our lunch program helps to feed hundreds of kids each summer.

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Our kids are guaranteed to get their hands dirty in the summer Kids Garden Program! Designed to teach gardening and nutrition skills, kids gain the satisfaction of seeing how their hard work can improve their lives and their communities.

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We recognize that kids ages 12-15 require a more customized approach for personal development and community involvement. Our Tweens and Teens program helps them reach their potential.

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Only 5% of the kids in our community meet state standards, but they really want to do better in school and are willing to work hard to improve. Beacon Place provides afterschool homework help and year round tutoring in math, reading, science, and computer coding to kids kindergarten through high school.

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Strong communities start with strong families. We work to support our moms, dads and caregivers with programs including ESL, health and nutrition, parenting support, civic responsibility and community engagement.

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our impact


More than 15,000 meals, more than 9,000 pounds of food, more than 30 hours of cooking and nutrition classes


More than 6,500 hours of academic tutoring for kids, more than 1,000 hours of adult enrichment and 10 family and community wide events


More than 200 volunteers
provided nearly
8,000 volunteer hours

news and notes

Beacon Place is the midst of another busy summer!
Check out our latest newsletter for info on:

  • Update on our Summer Programs
  • Spotlight on dedicated volunteer, Wendy Beaver
  • Two amazing young volunteers receive the Beacon Place Leadership  and Service Award and Scholarship
  • June 13 Chipotle Fundraiser
  • July 24 Community Walk-A-Thon

our sponsors