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* Coronavirus / COVID-19: Get help

Local resources

Food Pantry for Vernon Township Residents

Located at 3050 N. Main St., Buffalo Grove, the pantry provides nutritionally balanced food to township individuals and families who are in need of assistance. The Vernon Township Food Pantry is a community project supervised by the township. Drive-through hours are held the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month, 8–9 AM families only; 9 AM–12 PM open to all.

Buffalo Grove Helping Buffalo Grove

If you're a resident of Buffalo Grove who needs assistance with shopping or picking up medicines, contact this volunteer group. There are no delivery fees; you pay only for the groceries, household supplies, or prescriptions that are delivered, all free of contact. Ideal for anyone at high risk or unable to leave their home. To get help:

EMAIL bghelpingbg@gmail.com

CALL 312-725-8984

Lake County Assistance

Get help finding food or shelter, securing rent or utility assistance, or connecting to other essential services:

CALL 211

TEXT your zip code to 898211 to speak with someone who can help, 24/7

VISIT 211lakecounty.org

 


 

Services & relief

Bus service

Vernon Township has worked with Pace to offer low-cost bus rides by appointment within the township, Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. The bus is sanitized periodically throughout its service hours. Arrange a ride as far in advance as possible:

CALL Vernon Township at 847- 634-4600, Monday–Friday, 8:30 AM–1 PM.

VISIT vernontownship.com

Child care for essential workers

If children can stay home, they should stay home. If this isn't possible, childcare centers have been set up for groups of 10 or fewer children. For info

VISIT dhs.state.il.us

Help for Illinois Families

Apply for emergency assistance to cover the costs of utility bills, rent, temporary shelter, food, and other household necessities. For more information and application info,

VISIT illinois.gov/dceo/CommunityServices

Homeowner Relief

Get information about active programs from the Illinois Housing Development Authority: 

VISIT www.ihda.org/

Mental health support

Illinois has launched Call4Calm, a free emotional support text line for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19.

TEXT “TALK” or “HABLAR” (for Spanish) to 552020 to speak with a mental health professional

Mobile food pantry

Northern Illinois Food Bank hosts pop-up markets around the area.

VIEW the calendar & locations

PCs for People

Illinois has launched a statewide network that receives, refurbishes, and redistributes used computers to those in need. Find out if you're eligible for a free computer and sign up to be alerted of PC distribution events near you:

VISIT www.pcsforpeople.com/illinois/

Protecting your finances

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides up-to-date information and resources to protect and manage their finances during this difficult time.

VISIT www.consumerfinance.gov/consumer-tools/

Rental Assistance

Lake County residents: If need help paying rent (or utility bills) because you’ve lost income due to COVID-19, you are encouraged to apply for the COVID Housing Relief Program (CHRP). Applying is easy:

DIAL 211; you will be connected with someone who can help

or

TEXT your ZIP code to 898211 and you will be connected with someone who can help

Small business & nonprofit assistance

Get the info and help you need to weather this crisis.

Tax relief

VISIT irs.gov

Utilities relief

Lake County residents: If need help paying utility bills (or rent) because you’ve lost income due to COVID-19, you are encouraged to apply for the COVID Housing Relief Program (CHRP). Applying is easy:

DIAL 211; you will be connected with someone who can help

or

TEXT your ZIP code to 898211 and you will be connected with someone who can help

 

For customer support and payment options, also check with your service provider/s:

  • AT&T
  • Comcast
  • ComEd: The company is offering bill assistance options available to help those struggling with past-due balances. Such customers should contact ComEd immediately at 1-800-EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661), Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Customers may also visit ComEd.com/Support to learn more about the payment assistance options and eligibility requirements. Power shutoffs have been suspended until March 2021.
  • Lake County Public Works: moratorium on water/sewage shutoffs and a cessation of late and penalty fees began March 17, 2020, and continues until the state’s disaster proclamation is lifted. Contact pwbilling@lakecountyil.gov for more information.
  • Nicor Gas
  • North Shore Gas
  • Peoples Gas
  • Verizon

Wi-Fi/Internet Access — free

Xfinity has extended free access to hotspots. Nationally there are 1.5 million public Xfinity WiFi Hotspots available to anyone who needs them, including non-customers.

  • Find a hotspot near you: visit wifi.xfinity.com and input your city or ZIP code.

Connect to the internet using Vernon Area Library's Wi-Fi in the parking lot. Navigate to 300 Olde Half Day Rd., look for the designated parking spaces in the public lot.

  

Help Is Here hotline

CALL 1-833-234-6343 (833-2FIND-HELP) for assistance with state services including

  • food security
  • emergency housing
  • child care
  • domestic violence protection
  • Medicaid help
  • mental health services