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United Way of Lake County Fights to Ensure the Basic Needs of our Most Vulnerable Residents are Met.

Everyone deserves access to opportunities for a happy and healthy life, yet in Lake County, nearly one-third of all residents struggle to afford life's basic needs. This includes basic necessities such as food, shelter, transportation, health care and child care.

At United Way of Lake County, we believe that health, education and financial stability are the pillars for a good quality of life. At the very foundation of this, however, is basic needs. Kids are unable to focus in school, adults cannot be relied upon at work and it's not possible for those in need to better their lives and prosper when their most basic of needs go unmet. This is where we come in and why we fight for the basic needs of Lake County's most vulnerable residents.

United Way is the best way to help the most people. With your support and donation, we're helping provide food, homeless shelter, childcare, legal support, rent assistance, transitional housing and emergency services to help ensure basic needs are met.

Below are the 2018-2019 Basic Needs programs we help support as we fight to uplift our residents in need by helping to ensure life's most basic needs are met.  Will You Join Us?

Catholic Charities Emergency Services 
YMCA of Lake CountyChild Care
 Legal Aid  Legal Aid for Low Income 
 Lifeline  Supportive Housing 
 Lifeline  Rental Assistance 
 Lifeline  VITA Income Tax Program
 WRCDC/New Directions for Living  Transitional Housing 
 Project Hope  Homeless Shelter 
 Salvation Army Citadel  Emergency Services 
 Salvation Army Citadel  Red Shield - Daytime Shelter Program 
 Salvation Army Service Units  Emergency Services 

Feed Lake County

Beyond the above programs, our Feed Lake County program helps feed our community's hungry. Last year, we raised enough food to provide nearly 205,000 meals to Lake County residents in need. Additionally, our support of the Lake County Council on Aging's Congregate Meal program helped provide over 28,500 warm, nutritious meals to seniors who might otherwise go hungry. And through our support of Birthright, last year 284 babies from low-income providers received needed formula and nourishment.