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Outstanding community service work earns CLC staff member local awards

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Jan 24, 2022

African American Student Outreach and Programs Coordinator Beverly Phelps prides herself on being active in the community, and this January, she was awarded two different honors for her continued dedication to helping others.

Beverly Phelps at the Alpha Phi Alpha brunchThe Kappa Chi Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the first intercollegiate historically African American fraternity, awarded Phelps with the 2022 Community Service Award. The chapter is located in North Chicago and Waukegan, two areas where Phelps does a lot of her work. Phelps was one of three to receive the award. She was honored Jan. 15 at an annual event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a former member of the fraternity.

Photo: Beverly Phelps at the Alpha Phi Alpha brunch on Jan. 15.

“I was shocked, but also humbled when I heard I was receiving this award,” Phelps said. “I don’t do things for recognition. I do what I do because it’s my passion and my purpose.”

Phelps was also recognized by the Waukegan Township with the Drum Major award for being an influential leader in the community. She was honored at the 20th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Dreamers Breakfast on Jan. 17.

Some of Phelps’s community work comes from her position at College of Lake County. She helps provide information to underserved communities in North Chicago, Waukegan and Zion. She also uses her network to connect youths with professionals so they can serve as mentors.

“Knowing I’m making a difference is going to encourage me, even more, to continue what I do,” she said. “It's about helping people through struggles and supporting them. Sometimes all you have to do is lend an ear and listen.”

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College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.