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.

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 Response Volunteer Opportunities

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

Volunteer for the Lake County Medical Reserve Corps

The Lake County Medical Reserve Corps is a volunteer group that works supports the increased demands of the healthcare system in the event of a major health emergency. Volunteer by emailing HLHealthEM@lakecountyil.gov or calling 847-377-8186.

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.