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 allow families to visit their loved ones again, these notes and cards are a great way to lift someone. 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, contact Angela.Ramirez@uwlakeco.org.
We will collect holiday wrapping paper, tape, ribbon, and bows, in preparation for our Holiday Wish List program. These materials will be shared with community organizations to create beautifully wrapped gifts for their Home Visiting families at holiday time. To schedule a drop-off, contact Angela.Ramirez@uwlakeco.org.
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 Angela.Ramirez@uwlakeco.org to schedule a drop-off at the United Way of Lake County office located at 330 S. Greenleaf, Gurnee, IL 60031.
United Way of Lake County's Better Together Program seeks items to assist new mothers. The program aims to provide a safe place where children can develop the readiness and physical and cognitive skills crucial to their education, as well as establish a community where parents can learn to be their child's first teacher. Please help fill this critical need by collecting items such as baby shampoo and wash, onesies, baby socks, baby bottles, baby wipes, washcloths, and diapers. To set up a drop-off date and time, please get in touch with 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, packed in a clear Ziploc bag, string bag, or a large clear water bottle. To which you can add a note of encouragement. To schedule a drop-off, contact Angela.Ramirez@uwlakeco.org.
These are made 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 card stock, markers, stickers, and other fun crafting items and write some words of encouragement with some decorations. Please make at least five bookmarks with words and designs to encourage young readers. The bookmarks can be mailed to United Way of Lake County. You can tag us at @UnitedWayLakeCo.
Bookmarks can be mailed to United Way of Lake County,
ATTN: Community Engagement
330 S. Greenleaf St, Gurnee, IL 60031.
Food insecurity is a critical issue that many of our Lake County families face. You can help feed those families by filling two or more paper grocery bags with non-perishable items. Please drop off your donations at COOL Food Pantry at 800 W. Glen Flora Avenue, Waukegan, IL 60085. Please call ahead (847)662-1230 to set a drop-off time.
Help a family celebrate their child's special day by creating a birthday box. Each box should contain a box of cake mix, a tub of frosting, sprinkles, birthday candles, a disposable cake pan, and a book in a bag or small container. Completed kits can be dropped off at the United Way office, Monday through Thursday, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
United Way of Lake County, ATTN: Community Engagement 330 S. Greenleaf St, Gurnee, IL 60031.
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, and watercolor paints to provide a creative outlet for our community's children. Please collect items to create four kits. Put the supplies in a gift bag or a decorated paper bag. Once complete, contact Angela.Ramirez@uwlakeco.org to schedule drop-off times at our office.
You can help us collect wide-ruled composition books, wide-ruled spiral-bound notebooks, #2 pencils, sharpeners, Crayola crayons, Crayola markers, erasers, folders, dry-erase markers, and blunt tip scissors. We will distribute these supplies to local school districts to keep learners active in school. Please contact contact Angela.Ramirez@uwlakeco.org to set up a drop-off date and time.