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Staff Report
9:30 pm CDT March 28, 2020

United Way of Lake County has launched the COVID-19 Community Response Fund as a way of supporting the demand that local nonprofit are experiencing during the coronavirus pandemic.

The fund was established in collaboration with Lake County government, the Lake County Community Foundation and the Lake County Municipal League.

It supports local nonprofits that serve Lake County's most vulnerable neighbors. 

"We know how important our nonprofit agencies are to the people of Lake County," Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart said. "They are there for all of us, particularly our most vulnerable, every day and especially in times of crisis. By giving to this fund, we ensure that the volunteers and experts remain on the front line, protecting our residents and providing critical services."

Grant funding will focus on critical needs, such as food security and basic supplies, rental and utility assistance, access to health care and prescriptions, and emerging emergency needs identified real time through the 211 information and referral helpline.

“We have never known a time more important than now to come together to support the critical needs of Lake County,” said Kristi Long, President and CEO of United Way of Lake County. “The COVID-19 Community Response Fund was created to move resources quickly and provide much needed support for local nonprofit social services organizations addressing the community’s greatest needs during this challenging time.”

Donations to the Lake County COVID-19 Community Response Fund can be made by visiting LIVEUNITEDlakecounty.org/covid19. To pay by check, make checks payable to United Way of Lake County and note “COVID-19 Community Response Fund”, 330 S. Greenleaf Street, Gurnee, IL 60031.