Will County COVID-19 Response Fund

A partnership between the United Way of Will County and the Community Foundation of Will County

Supporting local nonprofit organizations serving our community’s most vulnerable neighbors.

The region’s health and human service organizations are experiencing a surge in demand for services from neighbors and communities significantly impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

It’s critical that these organizations have the resources they need to continue to operate at the highest capacity. Your donation will support the agencies that are ensuring our neighbors can access basic needs in this time of crisis.

About the Will County COVID-19 Response Fund

The Will County COVID-19 Response Fund is an extension of our Will County Disaster & Community Crisis Fund, which was created in the aftermath of the devastating Plainfield Tornado. The COVID-19 Response Fund will unite local funds raised by companies, individuals and civic partners and disbursed to local, nonprofit organizations serving our Will County residents.

As we are individually taking steps to protect our own families, workplaces and neighborhoods from the effects of the virus, let’s not forget the impact this will have on our neighbors. Missing paychecks, the inability to pay rent, and lack of food access and essential cleaning/sanitizing supplies are realities that many in our county will have to face in the coming weeks. Please join us in supporting our neighbors across Will County and the surrounding suburbs.


Frequently Asked Questions:

What will my donation support?
Your donation will help provide increased access to emergency food and basic supplies, rent and mortgage assistance, utility assistance, direct financial assistance for household supplies, and nonprofit safety and operations assistance.

Can a family apply for resources from the Fund?
All funds will be allocated to local nonprofit organizations who will provide services and supplies. Nonprofit agencies will be granted funds as available, and those awarded funds will be announced. Individuals and families in need of support should check back for updates.

Will all of the money donated go to the local community?
Yes. Other than a small credit card processing fee taken out directly by the credit card processor, 100% of all donations will go directly to support services and supplies for those in need.

What organizations will receive funds?
In order to help the community navigate available resources, we will publish the list of Fund recipients as soon as possible, along with a short description of the services and support they are providing. Check back for updates.

Can I designate my donation to a specific organization?
The Will County COVID-19 Response Fund is a general fund to support those most in need. We encourage you to give directly to any specific health and human service providers you would like to support.

Can I give from my donor advised fund?
Yes! Please recommend a grant through your donor advised fund sponsor to United Way of Will County, with the stated purpose Will County COVID-19 Response Fund and indicate who it is from.

Thank you to Response Fund Partners:
Community Foundation of Will County, Meijer Stores, Friends of Pat McGuire, First Midwest Bank, IL COVID-19 Response Fund, Anonymous Corporation (1), 34 individual donors as of 4/6

Thank you to Response Fund In-Kind Partners:
Magid Glove, Diageo, Koval, Wal-Mart, Bag Lady Outreach, Mary Kay

Grant Application

Will County COVID-19 Response Fund now taking grant applications!

Click HERE to apply.

COVID-19 Grant Guidelines

Donate to the Fund

Donate by Check

To make a gift by check, make payable to:

United Way of Will County
Memo Line: COVID-19 Fund
54 N. Ottawa Street, Suite 300
Joliet, IL 60432

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COVID-19 Supplies Needed

View a list of critical supplies needed and drop locations