March 2020 e-Newsletter
Lake County’s COVID-19 Community Response Fund
We’re at an unprecedented time and our ability to respond to the increasing needs is crucial. The COVID-19 health crisis is a real-time picture of the increased challenges that families across Lake County are facing every day. Our community’s health and human service organizations are experiencing a huge surge in demand for critical services from neighbors and communities significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. It’s critical that these organizations have the support they need to continue to operate at the highest capacity.
United Way of Lake County has established the Lake County COVID-19 Community Response Fund to support local nonprofit organizations serving Lake County’s most vulnerable neighbors. The fund, established in collaboration with Lake County Government, Lake County Community Foundation and Lake County Municipal League, unites monies raised by Lake County philanthropies, corporations and individuals to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the county.
Funds will support providers responding to growing requests for assistance with:
You can help by doing two things:
Please join us and support our local nonprofit partners through the Lake County COVID-19 Community Response Fund. Together, we can ensure they have the vital resources needed to address critical needs in this time of crisis.
If you need 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.
Questions about COVID-19?
Here’s where you can get accurate, reliable and up-to-date information:
We Are Here For You!
While our offices are closed temporarily to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, our work continues as staff are working remotely and can be reached at (847) 775-1000. If you need help connecting to available community resources, call 211 or text your zip code to 898211. Our 211 information and referral helpline is available 24/7. You can also visit 211LakeCounty.org.
UWLC Hosts Countywide Reading Day in Honor of Dr. Seuss
In early March, over 100 volunteers participated in a county-wide volunteer effort to read to 2,000 students across 82 classrooms in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day. Volunteers read Dr. Seuss books to students ranging from pre-K to 3rd grade.
View photos by clicking on each of the schools below:
Reading Success Celebration Continues
Women United Raises $20,000 at Bingo Bash
Census 2020: A Full Count is Important for the Future of Our Children
The Census helps determine which areas qualify for the critical resources that children and families depend on for the next 10 years—basically an entire childhood!
Accurate census data means our local communities will be more likely to get the roads, schools, child and senior centers, hospitals, and other services our families need. It will also decide how much money Illinois will get to help pay for All Kids health insurance, school breakfast and lunch programs, food stamps, financial aid for college, and many other programs that are important to keeping our children healthy, strong and well educated.
Responding to the Census is easy! This year you can respond online at my2020Census.gov. If you have not received the Census invite letter with your unique Census ID, you can still respond by using your address instead of the Census ID.
If you need help responding to the census or have questions, call 211 or text your zip code to 898211. You can also contact United Way of Lake County at (847) 775-1000.