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Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 and unemployment benefits

Registration for COVID-19 Vaccine through Lake County


Vaccine Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Vaccine – Clinical data, general vaccine safety information, and the CDC’s COVID-19 data tracker are all available from this easy-to-use website.

Food and Drug Administration COVID-19 Vaccine Information   – Information on the approval process for COVID-19 vaccines, including a breakdown of both currently available vaccines.

Health Department & Community Health Center, Lake County, Illinois COVID-19 Information – Vaccine information and the official link to the Lake County AllVax portal to register for vaccine notification when appointments are available. COVID testing and local health services information is also available here.

Illinois Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Information – Vaccination phases and eligibility are explained, along with FAQs about vaccine distribution statewide.

Vaccine Finder – Operated by epidemiologists and software developers at Boston Children’s Hospital, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control, Harvard Medical School, and Castlight, this is a free, online service where users can search for locations that offer vaccinations.


General Resources

211: 211 is a free service provide by the United Way of Lake County that can help you with anything from looking for a job, to finding housing, to paying utilities. Consider it a one stop shot for a plethora of your needs. Be sure to check out their website or give them a call or text at 211!

A Safe Place: A Safe Place is the sole provider of services exclusively addressing domestic violence and human trafficking in Lake County, Illinois. Through multi-faceted programs they assist victims in transforming their lives after violence, prevent future abuse by addressing its root cause through abuser intervention programs, and educate the community about domestic violence and human trafficking and how we can all be involved in ending them.

Zachariah Center:  The Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center is a place where survivors of sexual assault and abuse can heal, and to mobilize the community toward action to end sexual violence.

Mano a Mano Family Resource Center: Immigrant serving agency in Lake County  for health resources and services, educational classes and workshops, and immigration legal services

Illinois Department of Human Services: Information about SNAP (Food Stamps), Medical Card, TANF (Cash Assistance), emergency food and shelter, childcare assistance programs and more.

Illinois Department of Family Services (DCFS): Providing health & safety tips for children. Preventing child abuse and neglect. Protecting children from domestic violence. Runaway, missing kids, adoption, foster care, grandparents and older caregiver raising children services

Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center: The LCCAC provides a safe environment for child victims of sexual and physical abuse. In addition they provide general information for community members regarding child abuse to raise awareness.

City of Zion

Lake County

Closest Prescription and Over the Counter Drug Drop off Location 24/7: Zion Police Department 2101 Salem Blvd, Zion, IL 60099


Mental Health Resources

Lake County Crisis Center

Nicasa: Nicasa is a non-profit behavioral healh services organization for children, adults, and families in Lake County and northern Illinois. They have eight Lake County locations and are able to provide services to those in need regardless of race, age, gender, or economic status in English, Spanish, Polish, and Russian.

CYN Counseling Center: The CYN Counseling Center is a non-profit comprehensive community based counseling center based in Grayslake that offers a sliding scale as well as free services to those who qualify. CYN also takes select insurance providers. CYN offers individual counseling, group counseling, school based services, Therapeutic Mentoring, Intact Families Program, Crisis Intervention, Safe Youth/Safer Lake County Services, Lifespan Employee Assistance, and more!

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 24-Hour Support Line: 1-800-273-8255. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Trans Lifeline: 24-Hour Support Line: (877) 565-8860. The Trans Lifeline offers direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community.

Al-Anon: Al‑Anon is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. You can find virtual support meeting through their website.


Employment and Small Business Assistance

JobNow by Brainfuse: JobNow is a free resource provided by your ZBPL. Through JobNow you are able to connect with live interview, resume, and job coaches. In addition, they offer assistance in applying for unemployment and help looking for jobs in your area. JobNow also offers a skills lab for you to explore and add to your skill set to make you more desirable for employers. ZB Library Card Required

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity: Many helpful resources for small businesses throughout the State of Illinois with these helpful links regarding COVID 19 resources for small businesses

Illinois Department of Employment Security : File online for unemployment benefits

IL District office of the U.S. SBA: Illinois based help for businesses

Illinois Legal Aid Online / Getting Unemployment Benefits: A website which explains unemployment rights during the pandemic.

Job Center of Lake County : Local help with resumes, job search, and career transition.

Lake County Partners: Focused on workforce and financing development for Lake County, IL.

U.S. Small Business Administration: Small business guidance and loan resources to endure the pandemic.


Financial Assistance and Programs

Love INC of Lake County: Provides clothing, furniture, household items, car repair, and financial counseling. Must obtain referral from your Township or other participating Social Service Agency.

Lake County Housing Authority: Low income housing assistance, section 8 choice voucher program, and family self-sufficiency program


Housing and Shelter

PADS Lake County: PADS Lake County is a community-based organization that Provides Advocacy, Dignity & Shelter to individuals and families experiencing a housing crisis.

National Runaway Safeline: 24-Hour Support Line: (800) 786-2929. Serves as the national communication system for runaway and homeless youth.


Food Assistance 

Abiding Love Food Pantry: Serving the families of Zion, Beach Park, Winthrop Harbor, and Wadsworth.

St. Patrick’s Church: Each week boxes of food are prepared and distributed out of the Parish Office garage to families in need.

The Giving Point: A non profit food pantry that accepts donations.

Northern Illinois Food Bank: A great resource for other Food Pantries and Food Banks in our area. Their goal is to provide nutritious food and resources to everyone in Northern Illinois.


Tax Assistance


Illinois Tax Revenue Service Phone Assistance (800) 732-8866 or 217 782-3336.

Representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm. The TDD (telecommunication device for the deaf) number is 800 544-5304.

In Person by Appointment Only

North Shore Senior Center 

161 Northfield Rd, Northfield, IL


By appointment only, call 262-960-9178.

-Must live/work in WI or IL

-Four sites for intake:

Kenosha County Center in Bristol

Kenosha County Job Center

Kenosha Public Library – Northside

Kenosha Public Library- Southwest


IRS Free Fileif you make less than 72K of adjusted gross income

or via the IRS2Go app

Free Tax Prep Lookup


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