There are various ways to help our community in the midst of COVID-19. Please see below for a list of available opportunities.
All rotating shelter sites and the Warren Township 24/7 emergency shelter have been discontinued and all clients have been moved into hotels.
In order to keep our clients, staff, volunteers & community as safe and healthy as possible, all clients have been moved out of the shelter system and into individual accommodations. PADS is providing hotel stays to all clients.
Please consider making a gift online to support our efforts. Due to the growing number of unexpected expenses, your donation will make an immediate impact.
Hand sanitizer - large sizes containing at least 60% alcohol preferable
Grocery store gift cards
Individual, ready-made meals for clients staying in motels
Non-perishable, microwavable meals (Easy Mac, Barilla pasta, Hormel Completes, ramen bowls), bread, peanut butter/jelly, fruit cups (with pull tabs), chips/pretzels/snacks, bottled water
Reusable shopping bags and boxes
Individual meal containers (microwave-safe)
Travel-sized spray bottles (for hand sanitizer distribution)
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: PADSLAKECOUNTY.ORG
- Donate. While all support is greatly appreciated, financial donations of any size will help support the Food Bank’s operations during this time of increased need. Every $1 donated helps provide $8 in groceries for our neighbors. Make a gift online now.
- Join the virtual Foodie 5K event.
- Volunteer. You may view any openings on our calendar, and if spots are not available our agency network needs support as well. If you are interested in volunteering at a pantry in your community you may search by zip code and contact the location directly to inquire about opportunities.
Immanuel's benevolence fund, LifeCARE, provides financial assistance to our church family members in case of a one-time need. During this time of social isolation, we are not meeting together, and thus not asking for our usual monthly over-and-above offering to support this fund. We know there will be ways that we can come alongside our friends who are struggling to make ends meet due to lost income. These funds go toward basic needs, medical expenses, counseling, etc.
You can give to our LifeCare fund by choosing the drop down option in online giving or by mailing a check marked "LifeCARE" to:
2300 N Dilleys Rd
Gurnee, IL 60031
The Cancer Treatment Centers of America (Zion, IL) are asking those with sewing machines and ability to make fabric masks for their medical professionals. You can find directions and a template HERE.
Masks can be delivered to:
Attn: Handmade Mask Donation Administrator
Comprehensive Care and Research Center, Chicago
2520 Elisha Ave., Zion, IL 60099
Questions? Contact: [email protected]
Serve Local makes serving in the community simple for attendees of Immanuel. To serve, we move beyond our building into the community to care for our neighbors in need. Ready to get started? Great!
Anyone and everyone can serve! We’d love to help you take your next step toward serving within our community, whether you’re serving with your community group, your family, or individually.
For Community Groups at Immanuel, Serve Local offers a number of service opportunities. To learn more or to register for a project, please visit our project list or contact us.
INDIVIDUALS OR FAMILIES
For individuals or families looking to serve in one-time or ongoing opportunities, please contact us.
Love INC of Lake County mobilizes local churches to transform lives and communities In the Name of Christ. Part of Love INC National, Love INC's network of volunteers from churches are helping disadvantaged individuals to rebuild their lives and create new relationships all in the Name of Christ. To volunteer, donate or learn more about Love INC, go to www.loveinclakecounty.org.
Love INC & Loved Twice Thrift Boutique have reopened to serve, with appropriate safety guidelines in place. Servants are delivering beds, other furniture, and household starter kits. Sales ministers are connecting with our community as they find great deals in their Boutique. Learn more at an upcoming Volunteer Orientation: http://www.loveinclakecounty.org/upcoming-events/.
Looking for something to do from home? Not comfortable being out yet? No worries! Check out their website for ways to serve from where you are. Donate for groceries, make phone calls, send words of encouragement, and more: http://www.loveinclakecounty.org/how-to-help-during-covid-19/
Contact [email protected] to get connected.
PADS Lake County is a community-based organization that provides trauma-informed support, resources, and shelter to individuals and families experiencing a housing crisis. We envision a community in which homelessness is rare, brief, and non-recurring; one in which anyone who may experience a housing crisis has timely access to the proper resources and services based on their individual needs.
We help individuals and families reach their full potential by providing a comprehensive approach to reducing homelessness. Our holistic services seek to help our neighbors create sturdy foundations in stable homes so that they can build brighter futures for themselves and contribute to our community.
Find out more HERE.
10 TO END
Housing First is a concept that puts formerly chronic homeless people directly into housing. It's had tremendous success in Lake County, and housed over 100 people. Nationwide, over 319,000 have thrived through permanent supportive housing!
You can help END Lake County chronic homelessness with $10 a month. Donate HERE.