How You Can Help

Find opportunities to donate or volunteer during this unprecedented time. We will continue to add more opportunities to this page as we learn about them.

Response Funds

COVID-19 Community Response Fund

United Way of Lake County, Lake County Government, Lake County Community Foundation, and the Lake County Municipal League have joined together to create the Lake County COVID-19 Community Response Fund. Hosted and administered by United Way of Lake County, the Lake County COVID-19 Community Response Fund will support local nonprofit organizations serving Lake County’s most vulnerable neighbors. The fund unites monies raised by Lake County philanthropies, corporations, and individuals to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing urgent resources for Lake County most at-risk neighbors.

Donations to the Lake County COVID-19 Community Response Fund can be made by visiting LIVEUNITEDlakecounty.org/covid19.

To pay by check, make checks payable to United Way of Lake County and note “COVID-19 Community Response Fund”, 330 S. Greenleaf Street, Gurnee, IL 60031.

COVID-19 Tanda Emergency Fund

Mano a Mano has a COVID-19 Tanda Emergency Fund to help immigrant families directly, who are often excluded from government benefits. Learn more or donate by visiting https://mamfrc.org/page-18194.

COVID-19 Response Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are needed to serve meals to those experiencing homelessness, deliver meals to seniors, donate blood, and much more in response to COVID-19. View a list of local volunteer opportunities at 211lakecounty.org.

Volunteer for the Lake County Medical Reserve Corps

Think about the difference you can make by joining our local Medical Reserve Corps. Help us to protect your family and community. Be a part of the mass vaccination effort in Lake County. Opportunities for non-medical volunteers include traffic control, check-in/data entry screeners, and our customer support team (remote role). Opportunities for individuals with a valid medical license include vaccinators, vaccination mixers, and wellness check observers. Visit our Lake County Medical Reserve Corps page to learn more.

Volunteer at Senior Call Center

The Lake County Health Department is providing special senior hours for residents age 65+ older to call in to receive support for COVID-19 vaccine registration through its AllVax Support Center.

Volunteers are needed to help answer calls and assist residents who may need help registering or who may have questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you're interested in volunteering please contact: lakecountycallvolunteers@gmail.com.  

The senior hours are as follows:

  • Tuesdays: Noon to 3 p.m.
  • Thursdays:  6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Fridays: Noon to 3 p.m.

Donate Personal Protective Equipment 

Long-term care facilities and first responders are in need of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies to safely respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. If you or your business have access to PPE, please consider making a donation.  Surgical, earloop and N-95 masks, gowns, gloves, eye protection, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer and forehead thermometers are among the most needed supplies. All items should be in the manufacturer’s original packaging and unopened. 

  • Large donations can be made through the State of Illinois website.  
  • Small donations that can be transported in a personal vehicle can be coordinated with Rebecca Kumar,  Lake County Emergency Management Specialist, at RKumar@lakecountyil.gov

Donate Blood

There is a severe shortage in the nation’s blood supply. You can help patients across the country by giving blood.

Vitalant: Vitalant (formerly LifeSource) operates two donation locations in Lake County, in Gurnee and Lake Bluff.  Please schedule your appointment in advance by calling 877-258-4825 or visiting vitalant.org.

American Red Cross: Schedule an appointment at https://redcrossblood.org.

Write Encouraging Notes to Front Line Workers

In our community, many are working tirelessly to save lives, protect our community and provide necessary resources. They are spending days, nights, and weekends away from their families as they respond to COVID-19. A few simple words of encouragement can help to lift spirits and keep everyone energized and focused while helping our community get through this challenging time.

To participate, design a card, take a picture, and tag the Lake County Health Department or Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Use the #UnitedAgainstCOVID #WeAreInThisTogether hashtags. 

For those without social media, pictures can be emailed to COVID19@lakecountyil.gov.

Check on your Neighbors 

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed right now but building connections and empathy can go a long way in reducing stress. Check-in on neighbors, especially those who may not have support networks or adequate resources. Calling and texting is a good example of responsible social distancing. “CAP” is a great way to remember your neighbors:

C – Check on your neighbors (through call or text)

A – Assess needs and assist when possible

P – Protect self and neighbors by adhering to social distancing guidelines