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Employment and Business Resources

Employment Resources

Grayslake Library Databases

Learning Express Library: Career preparation section: has tutorials on writing a resume and a cover letter, interview with confidence. Many videos on resume writing and finding a job in tough economic times.

Illinois Government

IDES: Illinois Department of Employment Securities has career resources.
Illinois Worknet Center: A Tips, tools and resources section; (in Spanish & English)

Lake County, IL
Job Center of Lake County: Has job resources in pdf format.

Chicago, IL
Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership: Lists companies that are hiring now.

Business Resources

Illinois Department of Employment Security: File online for unemployment benefits

Illinois Legal Aid Online / Getting Unemployment Benefits: Explains unemployment rights during the pandemic

U.S. Small Business Administration: SBA is here to assist small businesses with accessing federal resources and navigating their own preparedness plans as described by the CDC’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers.

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity: There mission is to provide economic opportunities for businesses, entrepreneurs, and residents that improve the quality of life for all Illinoisans.

Emergency Small Business Grants and Loans Assistance: Under the leadership of Governor JB Pritzker, DCEO is working with partners to launch emergency assistance programs for Illinois small businesses.

How to help in your community

Order takeout or delivery: Order meals from your local restaurants and tip generously! (Yes, experts agree that ordering takeout is safe during the outbreak.)

Order a gift card and use it later: This is a great idea to support other businesses as well. Hair salons, local shops, tourist attractions and even pet boarding facilities may offer gift cards, so you can show loyalty to local businesses even when you can’t patronize them.

Consider paying ahead for services: Some services, like home cleaning, can be purchased ahead of time and then scheduled later. If you know you’ll use it, go ahead and purchase it.

Send a little tip to your hair stylist or nail technician: If you know them, you probably have their Venmo or other payment information.

Over-tip delivery drivers or other service professionals still on the job: They are likely facing serious pressures and personal risk and could use your appreciation.

Pre-book your next service appointment: Eventually, you’re going to have to get your hair done or your pet groomed. Make an appointment now so the businesses know you’re still with them.

Prevent Spread

Practice the 3 C's - Clean, Cover, Contain


  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.


  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • If no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.


  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

CDC do-it-yourself no-sew and sewn face masks

See all CDC guidelines


Social Distancing

If You Are Sick

From Lake County Health Department:

Stay home. If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, stay home. Distance yourself from others in the household and if possible, stay in your own bedroom and use your own bathroom. If your symptoms worsen, call your healthcare provider.

Do not walk into a healthcare facility, urgent care clinic, or hospital before calling. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor. If your doctor believes that you need to be tested for COVID-19, your doctor can refer you to a testing site.

If you do not have a primary care provider, please contact the Lake County Health Department at (847) 377-8800.

Coronavirus Self-Checker

Evaluate your symptoms with this online tool from Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Medical Information and Updates

Centers for Disease Control: Get up-to-date information from this health authority

Johns Hopkins Interactive COVID-19 Map: Updated global map revealing COVID-19 stats and news from around the world

Illinois Covid-19 Hotline 1.800.889.3931 or email

Illinois Department of Public Health: Find current information and statistics for COVID-19 in Illinois

Lake County, IL / Health Department & Community Health Center: Help and info for our local area

State of Illinois Coronavirus ResponseFind official info including Governor Pritzker’s news conference updates here

World Health Organization: Global perspective and guidance

Get help

Call 211 to Get Connected to the Help You Need

If you need help finding any social service, including resources for finding food, healthcare, paying your utility bills, mental health services, etc., please reach out to United Way of Lake County’s free, confidential 211 service through any of the following:

Breakfast & Lunch for Children

Even though schools are closed, many schools are still offering breakfast and lunch to feed the many children in Lake County who depend on the meals. View an interactive map in which you can type in your address and find the nearest school in your area serving breakfast/lunch. Click on any dot on the map to view the address and a link to more info for that school district.

Child Care Assistance Program

During the declared COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the children of individuals working in healthcare, human services, essential government services (such as corrections, law enforcement, fire department), and essential infrastructure are eligible to receive childcare through the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). A dedicated help line has been created so Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (CCR&Rs) can help connect essential workers families to emergency childcare.

  • Call toll-free 888-228-1146
  • Text 312-736-7390 Monday - Friday between 8:30 AM-5:00 PM

To find childcare in your area, go to and enter your zip code or select your county from the drop down. You can find more information here.

Food Pantries

Avon Township: Due to COVID19 Avon Township Offices will be working via phone (847.546.1446). The building is closed to the public but you may call for services over the phone and we will help best we can.  Our office hours will be limited to the same hours as the pantry.  The Avon Cares food pantry will be open during normal service hours. We will be supplying food boxes via drive-thru service. The hours are Monday and Wednesday 1 pm-3:30 pm and Friday 9 am- 11:30 am.

Northern Illinois Food Bank partners with feeding programs across 13 counties to serve people needing food. Use the locator map to find local food pantries or soup kitchens.

How to Help

Find volunteer opportunities in Lake County here.

COVID-19 Community Response Fund

United Way of Lake County, Lake County Government, Lake County Community Foundation, and the Lake County Municipal League have joined together to create the Lake County COVID-19 Community Response Fund. Hosted and administered by United Way of Lake County, the Lake County COVID-19 Community Response Fund will support local nonprofit organizations serving Lake County’s most vulnerable neighbors. The fund unites monies raised by Lake County philanthropies, corporations, and individuals to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing urgent resources for Lake County most at-risk neighbors.

Donations to the Lake County COVID-19 Community Response Fund can be made by visiting

To pay by check, make checks payable to United Way of Lake County and note “COVID-19 Community Response Fund”, 330 S. Greenleaf Street, Gurnee, IL 60031.

Donate Blood

There is a severe shortage in the nation’s blood supply. You can help patients across the country by giving blood.

Vitalant: Vitalant (formerly LifeSource) operates two donation locations in Lake County, 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

Write Encouraging Notes to Front Line Workers

In our community, many are working tirelessly to save lives, protect our community and provide necessary resources. They are spending days, nights, and weekends away from their families as they respond to COVID-19. A few simple words of encouragement can help to lift spirits and keep everyone energized and focused while helping our community get through this challenging time.

To participate, design a card, take a picture, and tag the Lake County Health Department or Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Use the #UnitedAgainstCOVID #WeAreInThisTogether hashtags.

For those without social media, pictures can be emailed to

Check on your Neighbors

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed right now but building connections and empathy can go a long way in reducing stress. Check-in on neighbors, especially those who may not have support networks or adequate resources. Calling and texting is a good example of responsible social distancing. “CAP” is a great way to remember your neighbors:

C – Check on your neighbors (through call or text)

A – Assess needs and assist when possible

P – Protect self and neighbors by adhering to social distancing guidelines

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.

Common Sense Media Resources for Families (COVID-19) Navigate social distancing and school closures with quality media and at-home learning opportunities for your kids.

National Geographic for Kids / Facts about Coronavirus Information for families to learn together.