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United Way of Lake County - Lake County Relief Fund

A Full 100% of Funds Raised are being put Back into our Community

The work we do at United Way of Lake County is solely for the benefit of the Lake County community and residents. This is why we've established a Lake County Relief Fund. Our goal is to provide relief where needed as we navigate the COVID-19 health crisis and the re-opening of our society. Monetary donations from this fund are being used to alleviate unforeseen needs  in our county due to the pandemic. While society is slowly re-opening, the coronavirus is still with us, we are a long way from "normal," and the critical needs of our community continue. Many are suffering the effects of the stay-at-home order and will continue to suffer in the long-term until we are all safe and life as we know it fully resumes. We're continuing to work with our partner agencies and local non-profits to identify critical needs and resource gaps, and funds are being provided on a rolling basis. A full 100% of donations raised are being put back into the Lake County community.

We encourage you to scroll down to read about the impact we are making due to the generosity of our community.


Your Donation Dollars at Work

Food Pantries:  Lake County food pantries are experiencing an influx of requests for food given school closures, layoffs and the need to ensure our high-risk elderly are fed. In response, we held our first emergency food distribution on March 18, 2020. We provided $20,000 in food to 40 local food pantries and are continuing to monitor needs and assist where needed. A list of Lake County Food Pantries we help support can be found here.

Home-Delivery Grocery Program for Seniors: We are proudly funding a program to provide relief to Lake County seniors in need of home-delivered groceries. We've joined forces with Laketran, Lifeline, Council on Aging, RSVP and the Lake County Board of Commissioners to provide assistance to our most vulnerable population. Homebound seniors, 60 years of age or older, who live in Lake County and do not have anyone to shop for them are eligible to receive one bag of groceries per week. Click here for complete program details. For a promotional flyer about the program, click here.

2020-2021 School Supply Distribution hosted by the Lake County Salvation Army (in leiu of the county's cancelled Back-to-School Bash):  We've provided funds to provide free school supplies for up to 2,000 children in need. 

Project Hope for the Homeless:  We've provided funds to help the homeless during the pandemic. The support we've provided Project Hope for the Homeless has been put to work to assist with the extended hours they are providing in compliance with Ohio's stay in place order.Their extended hours provide our community's homeless with safe refuge from the streets where they are vulnerable to falling ill.

Prescription Assistance Program:  The Prescription Assistance Program of Ohio provides free prescriptions to those in need. The funds we've provided are helping the agency meet the increased demand they are facing from Lake County residents who have lost jobs and health insurance during this time.

The agency fills prescriptions once a week. Click here for details on their program or call 440-352-1999.

Lake County Free Clinic: We have provided funds to the Lake County Free Clinic to help uninsured and underinsured Lake County residents get needed medical care. The clinic is experiencing a great influx of need from those who have lost jobs and health insurance in the face of the Coronavirus. The increase in funds we've provided is allowing them to help more of our friends and neighbors in need as we navigate our way through this unprecedented time.

The Lake County Free Clinic accepts appointments only by phone. They do not accept walk-ins. Should you or someone you know need care, call 440.352.8686, ext. 2.
Lake County YMCA: We have provided funds to help essential workers with childcare via the Lake County YMCA. Funds have been provided to them in support of their licensed pandemic apoproved child care centers for essential workers. Locations include Willoughby, Painesville and Mentor
The Salvation Army of Lake County: We have provided funds to help The Salvation Army of Painesville meet the increased demand they are facing for meals due to the many residents who have found themselves without adequate resources to acquire food, either from purchasing items at stores or through other community resources. The funds we've provided are being used to meet the need and provide individually packaged, single-serve food items that can be packed in take-out containers, non-food items to package meals for take-out, including boxes, paper bags and snack sized bags, and bottled water.

How You Can Help

Now more than ever, we need to pull together and help one another. If you are in a position to do so, please consider making a gift to the Lake County Relief Fund.

3 Simple Ways to Give

1. Online:

Important: Please list LCRF in the notes section on the bottom of our online donation form to designate your gift to the Lake County Relief Fund.


2. Text LCRelief to 44321 


3. Mail a Check:

Checks should be made payable to United Way of Lake County and mailed to:

United Way of Lake County
ATT: Lake County Relief Fund
9285 Progress Pkwy.
Mentor, OH 44060

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