Notes of Encouragement

Homebound seniors and veterans are isolated and cut off from their family and friends. Writing letters of encouragement or creating cheerful cards can be a wonderful way to brighten their day and provide some connection to the world again. Please consider writing letters or making cards to send to a senior living center or a veteran center of your choice.

For a list of Long Term Care facilities that you can directly mail your notes to, contact Bobbi Selvik at bobbi.selvik@uwlakeco.org.

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Plogging/Neighborhood Clean-Up

Going out for a walk or jog? Become a "plogger" and pick up trash as you go! Meet a few friends and neighbors with your own garbage bags and gloves, and pick up litter and trash while safely distancing yourself from others.

Snap a few selfies while you help clean up the community and share with use. Photos can be sent to Karla Alamar at karla.alamar@uwlakeco.org.

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Make Cloth Masks

Various locations around the county are collecting homemade cloth masks to distribute to vulnerable populations. Please use these instructions to make a homemade mask. Individuals using homemade masks should follow these guidelines (Spanish). You may donate homemade cloth masks to the following locations:

  • Cool Ministries - 800 W. Glen Flora, Waukegan, IL 60085
    Bin inside back entrance. Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 1:30pm
    Contact: 847-662-1340
  • Christian Neighbors Church - 222 N. County Street, Unit C, Waukegan, IL 60085
    Contact: 847-512-4900
  • GiveNKind collection site at The Village Hall 1 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, IL 60069
    Contact: contact@givenkind.org
  • Lake County Housing Authority - 33928 N. Rte. 45, Grayslake, IL 60030
    Drop off bin located outside of main entrance during business hours.
  • Zion Township - 1015 27th Street, Zion, IL 60099
    Collection bin is located at the back door easily accessible by back parking lot during business hours.
  • Highwood Public Library - 102 Highwood Avenue, Highwood, IL 60040
    Contact: 847-432-5404
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Donate Diapers

Twice as Nice Mother & Child is seeking diaper donations. Diapers will be distributed to local families in need. Please help fill this critical need by donating diapers (Sizes 4, 5 & 6) and/or Boys/Girls Pull-Ups (3T-4T & 4T-5T). You can use the donation bin located outside the front door of the office at 3250-B N. Oak Grove Ave, Waukegan, IL 60087 available 24/7.

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Health and Hygiene Donation

Health and Hygiene items are a high need year-round for many individuals across Lake County, especially for those who face housing insecurities. You can collect help by packing the following items in kits: soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, and washcloths. Items can be packed in a clear Ziploc bag or clear water bottle. You can add a note of encouragement to show additional support.

Please drop off at PADS Lake County at 1800 Grand Ave., Waukegan, IL, Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please ring the bell and staff will come to the door and collect your donations.

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Locker Poster

For some students, returning to school will be an exciting, yet uncertain time. You can create 3 or more inspirational posters to welcome students back and motivate them towards a successful school year. These locker size friendly, 11” x 17” works great! We encourage bilingual messages (English/Spanish), for translation questions contact Karla Alamar at karla.alamar@uwlakeco.org.

Mail your finished posters to United Way of Lake County's office: 330 S Greenleaf St, Gurnee, IL 60031.

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Encouragement Bookmarks

For kids who are working to grow their literacy skills, colorful and encouraging bookmarks can help motivate a young reader! Gather up your cardstock, markers, stickers, and any other fun crafting items. Write some words of encouragement and add decorations on a bookmark. Please make at least 5 bookmarks with words and designs that will encourage young readers to keep reading. We encourage bilingual messages (English/Spanish), for translation assistance, contact Karla Alamar at karla.alamar@uwlakeco.org. Bookmarks can be mailed to 330 S. Greenleaf St, Gurnee, IL 60031.

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Summer Activity Kits

Activity kits are a fun way for kids and families to stay busy and connected while practicing social distancing and staying in their homes. Summer activity kits will be donated to Waukegan Public Schools District and be distributed to families. Please collect items for at least 4 kits. You can include chalk, bubbles, coloring/activity books, crayons, markers, even a beach ball! Put all your activities in a gift bag or a decorated paper bag. Once complete, please drop the kits off at Waukegan High School-Brookside Campus Door 5 at 2325 Brookside Ave, Waukegan, IL 60085, Monday-Thursday from 7:30am-3:15pm.

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The Gift of Groceries

Food insecurity is a critical issue that many of our Lake County families face. You can help feed those families by filling 2 or more paper grocery bags with non-perishable items. Please drop off your donations at COOL Food Pantry 800 W. Glen Flora Avenue, Waukegan IL 60085. Call ahead at (847)662-1230 to set a drop-off time.

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Bilingual Flashcards

Help us combat summer learning loss. You can make flashcards for elementary students simply by using index cards! For Pre-K students you can make flashcards for colors or numbers. For K-2nd grade you can write an age appropriate word on one side and either draw or cut out and paste a picture from a magazine on the other. Addition/subtraction flashcards can also be a great help. For our 3rd-5th grade learners, you can make flashcards for more complex words or multiplication/division equations. Please make at least one deck of 25 flashcards, wrap them with a rubber band and note the target grade level and subject (reading or math). We encourage you to make these flashcards bilingual (English/Spanish).

Reach out to Karla Alamar at karla.alamar@uwlakeco.org if you have any questions or need guidance! When you are done, please mail the flashcards to 330 S. Greenleaf St, Gurnee, IL 60031.

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