Lake County’s health and human service organizations are experiencing an unprecedented demand for services from neighbors and communities significantly impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
It’s critical these organizations have the resources they need to continue to operate at the highest capacity.
Your donation will support the agencies that are ensuring our neighbors can access critical needs in this time of crisis, including emergency food assistance, rental and stable housing assistance, utility assistance, access to health care, and the many unforeseeable needs that are beginning to arise and are being identified through the 211 information and referral helpline.
In collaboration with Lake County Government, Lake County Community Foundation, and Lake County Municipal League, United Way of Lake County launched the Lake County COVID-19 Community Response Fund to unite the funds raised by Lake County’s philanthropies, corporations and individuals to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the county.
As we are individually taking steps to protect our own families, workplaces and neighborhoods from the effects of the virus, let’s not forget the impact this will have on our neighbors. Missing paychecks, the inability to pay rent and utilities, and a lack of access to food and essential supplies are realities that many in our region will have to face in the coming weeks.
Please join us in supporting our neighbors across Lake County, Illinois!
Thank you to our partners who have come together from philanthropy, government, and business to support our community through the Lake County COVID-19 Community Response Fund.
We are already seeing a great strain on local health and human service providers. Based on the most pressing needs identified by 211 and with input from leading non-profits, we will prioritize funding to local non-profit agencies tasked with addressing the critical needs of people and families in our community during this COVID-19 outbreak and its consequences.
Funding decisions will be made by United Way of Lake County staff and volunteers with the Community Impact Council. They will review each application and select for funding organizations that best meet the identified needs. The distribution for the week of March 30 will focus on the provision of Emergency Food and Shelter. As grants are awarded, we will post them on this page.
For assistance finding food, shelter, rent or utility assistance, or other essential services, call 211 or text your zip code to 898211 to speak with someone who can help. 211 is available 24/7.
Funding will be distributed in several segments throughout the COVID-19 crisis as we receive it. Funding will be announced on this website. Please check back often as the focus of the distributions will change and the deadlines will be tight. The distribution for the week of March 30 will focus on the provision of Emergency Food and Shelter. Only 501(c)3 non-profit organizations actively meeting this need at the present time should apply. Funding must serve Lake County residents only. A total of $25,000 is available for this distribution.
Organizations eligible to apply should submit a one-page application containing the following information:
This funding request is due by 4:00 p.m. Monday, March 30 and should be emailed to Robin Bultman at email@example.com. Because of the quick moving nature of this proposal process, no late submissions will be considered.
If you have questions about this request for proposal, contact Michelle Crombie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next distribution is set for the week of April 6. Details to be announced by April 3 on this website.
United Way of Lake County is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit. EIN: 36-2167949.
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