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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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 contact Bobbi.Selvik@uwlakeco.org.

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Wrap It Up! Birthday Style

Help us make a birthday special by collecting birthday wrapping paper, bags, tape, ribbon, and bows to share with our community organizations to create beautifully wrapped gifts to share with their Home Visiting families to help make a child's birthday special.

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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, and volleyballs so children can get back outside and enjoy the outdoors. Once complete, contact Bobbi Selvik at Bobbi.Selvik@uwlakeco.org to schedule a drop-off at the United Way of Lake County office.

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Encouragement Bookmarks

Using positive and kind words can create a supportive and encouraging environment for young learners, inspiring them to develop a love for reading and grow their literacy skills with confidence. 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 five bookmarks with words and designs that will
encourage young readers. We encourage bilingual messages (English/Spanish). 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.

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Collect Basic School Supplies

You can help us collect wide-ruled composition books, wide-ruled 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 with school. To set up a drop-off date and time, please contact Angela.Ramirez@uwlakeco.org to set up a drop-off date and time at United Way of Lake County's office.

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Let's Pack a Lunch!

Homemade lunches are healthier and more budget-friendly than fast food or many cafeteria options. Help women living in shelters re-enter the workplace by providing insulated lunch bags, thermoses, and water bottles. Take along wet wipes and hand sanitizers are always great additions. With summer around the corner, sunscreen and bug spray are also helpful.

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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 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.

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Birthday Boxes

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 of Lake County office, Monday through Thursday, between 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

United Way of Lake County,  ATTN: Community Engagement 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 during the summer months. Summer activity kits will be donated to local school districts and be distributed to families. You can include items such as chalk, bubbles, coloring/activity books, crayons, markers, beach ball, water balloons, and books. To set up at drop off date and time please contact Bobbi.Selvik@uwlakeco.org.

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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.

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

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