The Will County United Way Foundation and COVID-19
To seek assistance we encourage one to call our 24/7 Helpline operated by Crisis Line of Will County; Phone: 815-722-3344; Website: www.willfinduhelp.org.
We also have a Community Resource document that is a compilation of services available and refers to common questions received by our office. This document and information will soon be on our website https://uwwill.org.
Opportunities to Help
In order to assess the opportunities to help, we are actively working with community-based partners on identifying their needs. Currently, we have a survey gathering the in-kind needs, unforeseen hardships, and changes to hours of operations or programs for local organizations. Initial findings are consistent:
• 65% report financial needs to assist with operations and programs due to increased cleaning/sanitizing costs and/or cancellation of fundraising events.
• 70% report a critical lack of cleaning, sanitizing and proper Personal Protection Equipment including masks and gloves.
• Organizations that rely on volunteer support are experiencing volunteer shortages.
As we continue our outreach efforts, these opportunities will continue to unfold. Our Online Volunteer Center: https://uwwill.galaxydigital.com/, is currently equipped with an on-going list of in-kind donations needed, as well as a link for volunteers to give their time.
Will County COVID-19 Response Fund
With the surge in unforeseen needs, it is critical that these organizations have the resources they need to continue to operate at the highest capacity. A donation to the Will County COVID-19 Response Fund will support the agencies that are ensuring our neighbors can access basic needs in this time of crisis.
• Will County COVID-19 Response Fund Link: https://www.uwwill.org
Together, we will get through this crisis, and be stronger as a community. Stay safe and healthy!