Help us provide the comfort of clean clothes to women and children who are living in shelters. Clean clothes help promote health and wellness but also boost confidence and self-esteem. You can help by collecting powder laundry detergent and dryer sheets. Once done, you can schedule time with Jeff Lyall firstname.lastname@example.org at Lake County Haven to drop off your donations.
Write letters of encouragement or create cheerful cards to brighten a Senior’s day and provide some connection to the world again. Although many long-term care facilities are allowing families to visit their loved ones again, these notes and cards still are a great way to lift someone up. 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@uwlakeco.org.
Going out for a walk or jog? Become a "plogger" and pick up trash as you go! Or, 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 selfie while you help clean up the community and share with your social networks! Remember to tag us at @UnitedWayLakeCo and use: #Connect4Volunteering #(Company)LiveUnited
In preparation for our Holiday Wish List program, we will be collecting holiday wrapping paper, tape, ribbon, and bows to share with our community organizations to create beautifully wrapped gifts to share with their Home Visiting families at holiday time. To schedule a drop-off, contact Bobbi Selvik at Bobbi.Selvik@uwlakeco.org
United Way of Lake County’s Home Visiting Program is seeking diaper donations. Through Home Visiting, high-risk children receive early intervention services and health care to ensure they reach age-appropriate developmental milestones and begin life on equal footing with their peers. Please help fill this critical need by donating diapers or Pull-Ups, sizes 4-6. To set up a drop-off date and time please contact Rosa Herrera at Rosa.Herrera@uwlakeco.org.
Health and Hygiene items are a high need year-round for many individuals across Lake County, especially with the current decrease in income security. You can collect and pack the following items in kits: soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, and washcloths. Items can be packed in a clear Ziploc bag or clear water bottle, to which you can add a note of encouragement. Please make at least 7 kits that you can drop off at Midwest Veterans Center (2323 Green Bay Road North Chicago, IL 60064) Monday and Friday 1-3 pm.
Everyone loves to color! Coloring is a fun and expressive way for kids and families to stay busy and connected while practicing social distancing. Help collect coloring books, colored paper, crayons, markers, even watercolor paints to provide a creative outlet for our community’s children. Please collect items to create 4 kits. Put your items in a gift bag or a decorated paper bag. Once complete, contact Bobbi.Selvik@uwlakeco.org to schedule drop-off times at our office located at 330 S. Greenleaf St, Gurnee, IL 60031.
For kids who are working to grow their literacy skills, kind words and knowing that someone believes in them every time they open a book will be a great motivation! Gather up your cardstock, markers, stickers, and any other fun crafting items, and write some words of encouragement and some decorations on a bookmark for kids to come back to when they save their place in a book. Please make at least 5 bookmarks with words and designs that will encourage young readers. We encourage bilingual messages (English/Spanish). Don't forget to share pictures of your bookmarks with your social networks using the hashtags #Connect4Volunteering #(Company)LiveUnited
Bookmarks can be mailed to United Way of Lake County:
ATTN: Bobbi Selvik
330 S. Greenleaf St, Gurnee, IL 60031.
Back to school this year is so different from past years. Most Return to Learn plans have students learning remotely or in a hybrid model. They are in critical need of basic school supplies. Please help us ensure that our children have the essential tools to complete their assignments from home. You can help us collect wide-ruled composition books, wide-ruled notebooks, #2 pencils, sharpeners, crayons, erasers, folders, and blunt tip scissors. We will distribute these supplies to local school districts to keep learners active with school all year. To set up a drop-off date and time please contact Bobbi at Bobbi.Selvik@uwlakeco.org, our office is located at 330 S. Greenleaf St, Gurnee, IL 60031.
No one should go without warm, dry socks. Too often, those experiencing home displacement find themselves in need of these essential items. Please help us collect new socks of various children and adult (women/men) sizes. You can 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.
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.
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. Or you can also make addition/subtraction flashcards by writing the equation on one side and the answer on the other! 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 Bobbi Selvik at email@example.com if you have any questions or need guidance! When you are done, please mail the flashcards to United Way of Lake County: 330 S. Greenleaf St, Gurnee, IL 60031.
COOL Food Pantry is in high need of reusable grocery bags. You can help by gathering these paper grocery bags, so local veterans can properly receive and transport their food. You can drop them off directly at COOL Food Pantry (800 W. Glen Flora Avenue, Waukegan IL 60085), please call ahead at (847)662-1230 to set a drop-off time.
You can assemble nutritious Power Packs to keep children alert and healthy! In quart-size plastic bags include snack items like apple or orange juice, granola bars, fruit cups, applesauce, and crackers along with a note of encouragement. Please stay away from items with nuts and peanut butter or have low melting points. You can make 6 packs or more and drop them off at Beacon Place (603 S. McAlister Ave #6489, Waukegan, IL 60085). Please call ahead at (847)497-5787 to set a drop-off time.
Help children prepare for the cold winter months. Many families need help with providing warm winter clothes for their children. You can help by collecting coats, hats, scarves, boots, and socks.
Once complete, contact Bobbi Selvik Bobbi.Selvik@uwlakeco.org to schedule a drop-off at the United Way of Lake County office located at 330 S. Greenleaf, Gurnee, IL 60031.
Paper goods are a high need year-round for many individuals across Lake County, especially for those who face housing insecurities. You can help by collecting paper towels, toilet paper, facial tissues, and paper plates. You can also add a note of encouragement to express support. Please drop off at A Safe Place (2710 17th Street, Zion, IL 60099). Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a drop-off time.