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The mission of Taylor’s Toolbox is to unlock the potential of participants by removing barriers and empowering them with the right tools to develop a clear path forward.


The vision of Taylor’s Toolbox is to create highly valuable community-based resources to increase economic development.


We offer one-on-one consultation, group workshops, community-based events, and partnering services. 

Awareness. Access.Training


Taylor’s Toolbox is a 501(c)(3) community-based nonprofit that provides resourceful information to Cook, Lake County, and other surrounding counties of Illinois for areas such as  Personal Finance, Housing, Career Development, and Health.  The goal of Taylor's Toolbox is to meet each participant where they are in life and provide a customized road map to increase success factors.  The organization’s main focus is to provide hands-on help and consultation, thus creating a programmatic model that consists of awareness, access, and training. 

The Lake County Health Department is closely monitoring a fast-changing pandemic of a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in the city of Wuhan, China. Their priority is the health and safety of all Lake County residents, and they continue to use every available resource to prepare communities for the spread of COVID-19.

May 21, 2020
As part of the Northeast region, Lake County is expected to move into Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan on Friday, May 29. Additional businesses will be able to open following state safety guidelines, and small gatherings will be permitted while social distancing and using a face covering. Learn more

May 18, 2020
Governor J.B. Pritzker announced the Illinois Contact Tracing Collaborative, a locally-driven approach to scale up contact tracing in Illinois. The Lake County Health Department was among two local health departments in the state chosen to pilot the program for having significant needs regarding case numbers in vulnerable populations, a robust capacity to scale up contact tracing efforts, and great existing collaborations of public health personnel, medical students, and volunteers already on the ground.

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Call ahead to confirm hours of operations.
Eternal Flame AME Church
1412 Greenfield Ave, North Chicago
Prepacked bags distributed 2nd Saturday of every month.
Coordinator: Annie Buck 847-473-3722
Emmanuel Faith Bible Christian Center
1840 Lincoln St., North Chicago
Thursdays 9 a.m. to 11 a.m drive-through. Pre-packaged bags
Community Action Partnership of Lake County
Curbside Monday through Friday.
Call 847-249-4330 and an application will be taken. Pre-packaged bags distributed.
Catholic Charities of Lake County
671 S. Lewis Ave, Waukegan
Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
To request food call 847-782-4163. Pre-packaged bags distributed. Also, any Lake County seniors (over 60 years old) who are unable or afraid to pick up food can have food delivered. Call 847-546-5733.
Holy Family Catholic Church
912 8th Street, Waukegan
Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Prepacked bags distributed.


Prepared meals delivered to your door
COVID-positive individuals, Seniors, Immigrants, & Homeless
Call Susan or Angelina (in Spanish), 224-715-3965 or 480-226-6545

Warren Township

17801 W Washington Street, Gurnee

Pantry open Monday - Friday  8AM-4PM

Contactless pickup call when outside 847-244-1101


The process of applying may involve filling out an application, income qualification, demonstrated need, and making an appointment for an interview.

Community Action Partnership of Lake County
2424 Washington Street, Waukegan
Call 847-249-4330 and an application will be taken.

Waukegan Township

149 S Genesee Street, Waukegan



Catholic Charities of Lake County

671 S. Lewis Ave, Waukegan


Shields Township

Call Devon Nelson, Case Manager, at 847-234-0802. General assistance application is here

Warren Township

17801 W Washington Street, Gurnee

Applications are available in the Supervisor’s office Monday – Friday, 8am-4pm.



Paycheck Protection Program Overview, (PPP Fact Sheet) - U.S. Department of Treasury Paycheck Protection

Program FAQ's - U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)SBA Eligible Lender List - U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Essential Business Check List by the IL Dept of Commerce

IL Dept of Revenue Relief:  Information on deferred payments for restaurants and bars, and other relevant filing details.

IL Dept of Commerce Small Business Loan and Hospitality (Hotel/Restaurant) Grant - announced 3/25/2020

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