Community Resources

Community Resources Page

The links provided on this page are external links unaffiliated with the library and are provided for use at your own discretion.

If you need further assistance or encounter a broken link, please contact the Adult Reference Desk at 847-587-0198 or here.

COVID-19 Response
Community Information
Food Support
  • Gavin D37 Community Engagement Committee
    • Operates a "Grub Grab" Thursdays at 1:00 pm at the Long Lake Metra station.
  • Mobile Food Pantry Calendar
    • Northern Illinois Food Bank March dates for Mobile Food Pantries
  • Open Arms Mission
    • For over 20 years, Open Arms Mission served local families by partnering with local businesses, churches, community organizations, schools, and Lake County agencies. With these partnerships, they provide support with weekly food, finances and outreach referrals. Their motto “neighbor helping neighbor” is demonstrated through community donors, volunteers, and partnerships.
  • SNAP- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
    • SNAP helps low income people buy the food they need for good nutritional health.
  • Special Shopping Hours for Vulnerable Populations
    • Many stores have designated shopping hours for seniors and other high-risk populations. The Illinois Retail Merchant's Association has compiled a list.
  • St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantries
    • Information on food support is operated through St. Bede Church in Ingleside and others in Lake and Cook counties. Please call first to verify information and current offerings!
General Assistance
  • 211 Lake County
    • Call 211 or text 898211 for assistance 24/7 with any type of health and human services issue.
  • Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
    • The purpose of the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program (BEAP) is to assist qualified bartenders, bar backs, and bar servers who are in need of financial assistance as a result of a catastrophic event or an emergency hardship.
  • Coronavirus Resources
    • Coronavirus FAQs and assistance provided through the Federal Government
  • FindHelp
    • Enter your zip code and receive a comprehensive list of free & low-cost programs to help with a wide range of issues from food support, paying bills, healthcare, childcare, and many more.
  • Illinois Wildlife Rehabilitations
    • A list of contacts who are permitted to rehabilitate certain animals in the state of Illinois.
  • Lake County Resources to Get Help
    • Find important information and resources in Lake County to help you, your family, or organization.
Internet Access
Job Support
Local Attractions
Resources for Older Adults
Small Business Support
Staying Active
  • YMCA 360
    • Online exercise programs for all ages!
Student Resources
Tax Information
  • AARP Tax Aide
    • All AARP tax-aide sites have been suspended until further notice. Please visit this site or call 1-888-227-7669 for updates on the status of tax aide sites.
  • IDOR COVID-19 Information for Taxpayers
    • The Illinois Department of Revenue has established this web page to provide information and resources to help Illinois taxpayers, businesses, and others affected by the coronavirus.
  • IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief
    • The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. This page will be updated as new information is available.
  • MyFreeTaxes
  • Illinois Bike Path Maps
    • Includes maps for Lake & McHenry counties, as well as bicycle safety information
  • Lake County PASSAGE
    • Live traffic information for all of Lake County, including information on closures relating to construction, weather, and accidents.
  • Metra Train Schedules
  • PACE
    • PACE offers an extensive regular transit service in addition to Call-n-Ride and Dial-a-Ride services throughout Lake County. The Library usually stocks schedules for local routes.
  • PACE Dial-a-Ride Service Directory
    • There are dozens of Pace Dial-a-Ride programs throughout the suburbs. In most cases, Pace has a financial partnership with a city or township to pay for and operate the service. Dial-a-Ride programs have different rules on fares, geographic boundaries and passenger eligibility.