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Coronavirus Info Guide: Give help


Lend a hand to neighbors in need, if you are able. 

Food Pantry 

Our local food pantry continues to collect food, toiletries, and standard household supplies. Especially needed now:

  • paper towels
  • toilet paper
  • condiments: ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise
  • salad dressing
  • sugar
  • flour
  • pasta sauce (no glass jars, please)
  • diapers: sizes 5 & 6
  • fresh and frozen foods (the pantry has refrigerators and freezers)

Donations accepted Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Vernon Township offices, 3050 N. Main St., Buffalo Grove.

Cash donations also accepted; call Nancy Urice at 847-634-4600.

Buffalo Grove Helping Buffalo Grove

A group of volunteers helping delivery food and medicines to neighbors in need, mostly those who are at high-risk. To get involved:

Visit this group's Facebook page and request to become a member


Lake County Community Crisis Relief Fund

Your generous, tax-deductible donation will ensure that local nonprofit organizations have resources to quickly respond to the urgent needs that our most vulnerable Lake County neighbors are facing. Donate by credit card or check.

Stevenson: One Family

Your tax-deductible donation to the Stevenson High School Foundation assists Stevenson families in need. Learn more.

United Way of Lake County

Give to the COVID-19 Community Response Fund: Your tax-deductible monetary donation will support local agencies that are ensuring our neighbors can access critical needs, including 

  • food assistance
  • rental and stable housing assistance
  • utility assistance
  • access to health care

Give blood

Save lives by donating blood. There is currently a nationwide shortage of supply and all blood types are needed. There are two organizations in Lake County that participate in blood collection:  

  • Vitalant (formerly LifeSource) operates two donation locations, in Gurnee and Lake Bluff. Please schedule your appointment in advance by calling 877-258-4825 or visiting
  • American Red Cross: Schedule an appointment at


Lake County Mass Vaccination Program

The Lake County Health Department seeks volunteers to help with the COVID-19 public vaccination effort. Both non-medical and medical volunteers are needed. If you are accepted and complete volunteer training, you will be given the opportunity to be vaccinated. 

Other volunteer work

View other opportunities to make a difference, often right where you are:



Help children cope

How to explain the coronavirus to children, from PBS Kids.

Tips and resources for parents and guardians, from the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Check on others

"During this time when staying home is so critical, don’t forget to check in with your neighbors, family members, and friends to ask about any stress and anxiety they may be feeling. Though we are physically apart, we can still support one another and stay connected through the phone or via video chat."

 —Mark Pfister, Lake County Health Department Executive Director