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Notes of Encouragement

Homebound seniors and veterans are isolated and cut off from their families 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@uwlakeco.org.

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Let’s Have a Ball Basic Sports Equipment Drive

Help children prepare for warm-weather fun.  Collect basic sports supplies to share with community children.  Collect new equipment like baseballs, soccer balls, basketballs, playground balls, volleyballs so children can get back outside and enjoy the outdoors.

Once complete, contact 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.

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Calculator Recycling Drive

Support Lake County youth with donations of calculators for Elementary, Middle, and High School Students. Donations will be cleaned and distributed to schools so students can have access to these much-needed items.  We are seeking basic function calculators, scientific calculators such as TI-30XIIS, and graphing calculators such as TI-84. Once complete, contact 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.

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Donate Diapers

United Way of Lake County’s Better Together program is seeking diaper donations. The goal of the program is to build a community where parents can learn how to become their child’s first teacher and provide a safe place where children can develop the readiness, physical and cognitive skills crucial to their education. 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@uwlakeco.org.

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Wellness Kits Donation

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) on Mondays and Fridays between 1-3 p.m.

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Encouragement Bookmarks

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 and tag us at @UnitedWayLakeCo.

Bookmarks can be mailed to United Way of Lake County,
ATTN: Community Engagement
330 S. Greenleaf St, Gurnee, IL 60031.

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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 continue to motivate students to learn. 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).

When you are done, please mail the flashcards to United Way of Lake County,  ATTN: Community Engagement 330 S. Greenleaf St, Gurnee, IL 60031.

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Coloring is Fun Kits

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.

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Collect Basic School Supplies

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.

To set up a drop-off date and time please contact Bobbi.Selvik@uwlakeco.org, our office is located at 330 S. Greenleaf St, Gurnee, IL 60031.

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Contact Bobbi Selvik at Bobbi.Selvik@uwlakeco.org or (847) 775-1022

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