There are many resources both at the state level and throughout McHenry County that can help you and answer your questions about COVID-19.
State of Illinois
The State of Illinois has launched a website that provides information and resources in regards to COVID-19 at Coronavirus.illinois.gov. For general COVID-19 questions, call 1-800-889-3931 or email [email protected].
Employee and Workplace
To learn more about social distancing requirements, please read Workplace Health and Safety Guidance for Employees and Staff of Businesses. For general questions about social distancing requirements, call 1-800-252-2923 or email questions to [email protected].
Additional information regarding business operations and public health guidelines for businesses can be found on our Business Resources page.
Access to Care
Northwestern Medicine: 1-312-472-6843
Mercy Health System: 1-888-700-9011. Visit https://mercyhealthsystem.org/service/virtual-visit-now/ for more information about virtual health visits.
Medical evaluations for the uninsured:
Aunt Martha’s Woodstock Community Health Center: 1-877-692-8686
Family Health Partnership Clinic: 1-779-220-9300
McHenry Community Health Center: 1-815-363-9900
Community Health Partnership of Illinois: 1-815-943-4339
For information on COVID-19 testing, please visit our Access to Health Care page.
United Way 211 is available 24/7 to make referrals to health and human service agencies - from mortgage, rent, and utility assistance to food banks, child care, health services, job training, clothing, emergency shelter, counseling and much more. Dial 211 from any wireless or land line phone to get connected with a referral agent who can direct you to the services you need.
If you are having difficulties reaching someone by dialing 211, dial 1-888-865-9903 instead for the same information. For the 211 directory online, please visit the 211 Directory of Services
Help Illinois Families: Emergency Assistance Relief
The Governor's Office and the DCEO launched an initiative to expand the State’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program for eligible residents seeking emergency assistance to cover costs of utility bills, rent, temporary shelter, food and other household necessities. The initiative is open to all eligible households regardless of how they were impacted by COVID-19. All applications are reviewed on a first come, first served basis.
Food Assistance during COVID-19
1113 Pyott Road, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156;
Open Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Telephone: (847) 854-1904
Proof of address is required. This food pantry serves the communities of Algonquin and Lake in the Hills; however, it will assist anyone outside of these communities one time.
Algonquin Township Building; 3702 US Highway 14, Building 6B, Crystal Lake, IL; Telephone: (847) 809-3331; Open Fridays 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Do not arrive before 1:30 p.m.)
No dogs are allowed in cars. This organization does not restrict service based on residency.
Saint Barnabas Lutheran Church; 8901 S. Cary-Algonquin Road, Cary, IL 60013
Open Tuesdays & Thursdays 4 p.m. to 6 pm. and on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Telephone: (847) 516-3602
Photo ID and current proof of address is required. This food pantry serves the communities of Cary, Fox River Grove, Oakwood Hills, Lake in the Hills and Algonquin; however, it will assist from other communities one time.
Catholic Charities has a standing program to provide meals for seniors (persons 60 years and older). There is a suggested donation of $5.00. Participants must register and order their meals 3 days in advance by calling (815) 385-8260. Catholic Charities is offering curbside pick-up at its standing locations at the following times:
McHenry Senior Center, 3519 N. Richmond Road, Johnsburg, IL 60051: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday (2 meals each day) Pick-Up time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Walden Oaks Apartments, 1155 Walden Oaks Drive, Woodstock, IL 60097: Monday (2 meals) and Wednesday (3 meals) Pick-Up Time: 11 a.m. to noon
Dorr Township, 1039 Lake Avenue, Woodstock, IL 60097: Wednesday (2 meals), Pick-Up time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Catholic Charities is partnering with three additional sites to provide meals for seniors with curbside pick-up for the month of May:
31 North Cafe, 231 Front Street (Route 31), McHenry IL, 60050: Tuesday and Thursday (2 meals) Pick-Up time: Noon. to 1 p.m.
Holiday Inn Crystal Lake, 800 S. Illinois Route 31, Crystal Lake, IL 60014: Tuesday and Thursday (2 meals) Pick-Up time: 11 a.m. to noon
Maravela's, 4 Washington St., Fox Lake, IL 60020: Tuesday (2 meals) and Thursday (2 meals) Pick-Up time: 10 a.m. to noon
For more information, please contact Catholic Charities at (815) 385-8260.
5906 S. Route 31, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Telephone: (815) 459-4456Please call to verify times. This organization serves all McHenry County residents.
290 W. Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake, IL
Open Mondays and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Telephone: (815) 455-2769
This food pantry serves all McHenry County residents.
42 East Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon
Telephone: (815) 455-0961
Photo ID and proof of address is required. This food pantry serves Crystal Lake School District 47 and 155; however, it will assist residents from other communities one time.
First Church Mobile Food Pantry
236 W. Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake, IL
Mobile pantry one Saturday per month from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
For service dates, please visit http://clumc.org/food-ministries. There are no residency restrictions for service.
580 Tracy Trail, Crystal Lake IL 60014
Open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Telephone: (847) 398-7005
This food pantry does not restrict service based on residency.
11481 Allison Court, Huntley, IL 60142
Open Mondays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Telephone: (847) 495-0922
Photo ID and current proof of address is required. This food pantry serves the community of Huntley and portions of Lake in the Hills, Algonquin, Lakewood and Crystal Lake; however, it will assist residents of other communities one time.
Harvard Community Food Pantry
6817 Harvard Hills Road, Harvard IL
Open Tuesday 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Telephone: (815) 943-4909
This food pantry serves the 60033 zip code; however, it will assist residents from other communities one time.
New Life Pentecostal Church
308 N. Division Street, Harvard, IL
Open Wednesdays 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Telephone: (815) 670-6857
This food pantry serves the Harvard community.
Hebron Township Building; 10206 Seaman Road, Hebron, Illinois 60034
Open on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Telephone: (815) 790-7267
Photo ID and current proof of address is required. This food pantry serves the Alden-Hebron School District.
Faith Acres Foundation Food Pantry
215 East State Road Unit H, Island Lake, IL
Telephone: (815) 669-0188
Service is by appointment only. This food pantry serves McHenry and Lake County residents.
829 Greenlee Street, Marengo, IL 60152
Open Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. and Thursdays 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Telephone: (815) 568-7950
Proof of income and current address is required. This food pantry serves the Marengo and Union (Marengo High School District) communities; however, it will assist residents of other communities one time.
Sharing Center, First Presbyterian Church
203 W Washington St, Marengo IL 60152
Open Tuesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Telephone: (815) 509-3887
This organization serves all McHenry County residents.
Casa de Vida
4513 Front Royal Drive, McHenry;
Open Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Telephone: (708) 856-5256
This food pantry serves McHenry County residents.
3515 N. Richmond Road, McHenry, IL 60051
Open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Telephone: (815) 344-4717
Photo ID and current proof of address is required. This food pantry serves the communities of Johnsburg, McHenry and Ringwood, however, it will assist residents from other communities one time.
Telephone: (815) 568-2921
Call for requirements
6500 Northwest Highway (Route 14) 2d, Crystal Lake, Il
Telephone: (815) 356-8170
Call for requirements
256 Commerce Drive Unit-A, Grayslake Il
Email [email protected] or call (773) 552-4673
Must show proof of need, proof of residency, current rabies certification and proof pet in altered.
5512 May Avenue, Richmond, IL
Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday by appointment only.
Telephone: (815) 678-4351/(815) 236-1471
2502 Spring Ridge Drive, Suite B, Spring Grove, IL 60081
Open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Telephone: (815) 245-7345
This pantry serves the Spring Grove community and surrounding areas, however, it will assist residents from other communities one time.
505 W Bonner Rd, Wauconda, Il 60084
Open Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and Tuesday & Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Telephone: (847) 526-8684Photo ID, utility bill and referral from Wauconda Township required. Serving District 118.
Nativity Lutheran Church; 3506 E. Wonder Lake Road, Wonder Lake, IL 60097
Open on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Telephone (815) 355-5459
Proof of current address is required. This food pantry serves the communities of Wonder Lake, Ringwood, Greenwood and Woodstock; however, it will assist residents from other communities one time.
770 Kimball Ave, Woodstock IL 60098
Open Sundays from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Telephone: (815) 338-3006This food pantry assists all McHenry County residents.
Woodstock Food Pantry
1033 Lake Avenue, Woodstock IL, 60098; Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Telephone: (815) 337-0375
ID and proof of current address is required. This food pantry serves District 200; however, it will assist residents from other communities one time.
The McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) is also actively enrolling new families that qualify in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. WIC assists families experiencing food scarcity during uncertain economic times by providing free, healthy foods. The program is an equal opportunity provider that is available to qualifying pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women and their children through age 5.
To practice physical distancing, MCDH is conducting WIC appointments by phone and is dispersing WIC coupons by drive through at 2200 N. Seminary Avenue, Building A, Woodstock, IL.
To learn if you qualify, or to schedule a telephone appointment, please call (815) 344-4505. Visit MCDH's WIC webpage to learn more about the program.
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is issuing emergency SNAP (Food Stamps/LINK) supplements to more than 450,000 SNAP households during the months of April and May to help buy food during the pandemic crisis.
For more information, or to apply to receive SNAP or other benefits, visit https://abe.illinois.gov/abe/access/.
Mental Health Resources
The MCHELP App is a quick click to reach immediate crisis support and information via text or voice. It provides anonymous access to trained, licensed crisis counselors in times of emergency, concern, anxiety or need. The app can be downloaded from Apple Store or Google Play
Centegra Crisis Services serves as the first point of contact for callers in need of immediate assistance for mental health emergencies. Crisis line professionals are also available to help people with intense personal, family and/or marital problems. Call 1-800-892-8900 for services.
The McHenry County Mental Health Board is able to assist with questions regarding mental health and substance abuse resources available in McHenry County. Visit the Mental Health Board's website for more information or call: 1-815-455-2828.
The State of Illinois Department of Human Services' Mental Health Division has launched a free emotional support text line, Call4Calm, for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19. Individuals who would like to speak with a mental health professional can text "TALK" to 5-5-2-0-2-0, or for Spanish, "HABLAR" to the same number: 5-5-2-0-2-0.
Childcare for Essential Workers
Governor Pritzker ordered schools and daycare centers to be closed until April 7th in his March 20, 2020 Executive Order, but allowed childcare services for essential workers. Where possible, children should be kept at home. If, however, you are an essential worker as defined in Governor Pritzker's Executive Order and you need childcare, or you would like to offer childcare, please visit https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/OECD/Pages/For-Communities.aspx.
Job Seeking and Unemployment Resources
While the McHenry County Workforce Network building is temporarily closed to the public, the Workforce Network is still assisting job seekers by telephone and by email. Please visit the Workforce Network website for more information.
Get Hired Illinois
The State of Illinois has launched a new web portal that blends the resources of the DCEO and IDES to make a one-stop-shop for job seekers and employers. It also offers workforce development programs through a partnership with Coursera beginning in June. This page can be found at http://www.illinois.gov/gethired.
IDES has also released a list of essential employers hiring as of May 11th.
IllinoisJobLink.com can be another resource for individuals trying to secure work at this time. It is on online system through IDES that connects employers to prospective job applicants. For more information please see the brochure below or visit: https://illinoisjoblink.illinois.gov/ada/r/
Applying for Unemployment Benefits
To file for state unemployment benefits or to learn more about unemployment, please visit the IDES website at https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/pages/file-a-claim.aspx.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance may be available for individuals who are ineligible for state unemployment benefits, including self-employed workers and independent contractors. To learn more about this program please visit the IDES website.
The McHenry County Mental Health Board, The Community Foundation for McHenry County and the United Way of Greater McHenry County are connecting with the McHenry County Department of Health to provide information and resources as may be needed to assist agencies working on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak in McHenry County. Nonprofits that serve the McHenry County's vulnerable populations may be impacted by COVID-19 and are encouraged to reach out to [email protected] with their concerns and needs
Violence and Abuse Support Resources
IDHS has created a plan to increase the capacity of its current statewide network of services and to streamline access to emergency shelter. The role of the Domestic Violence Helpline is being expanded in order to create a one stop access point for shelter needs. Victims may directly call the Helpline at 1-877-TO END DV (1-877-863-6338 voice or 1-877-863-6339 TTY) and be connected to shelter through existing local domestic violence shelters or they will be connected to emergency shelter through available hotels and motels. Transportation assistance is being offered as well. For more information, please visit the Illinois Department of Human Services website.
IDPH's COVID-19 Equity Team's Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse Prevention Workgroup has compiled a list of available resources. Resource listings are updated as new information becomes available. View the list here.
Public Health Guidance for Community Life
Our brave medical personnel are on the front lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic. N-95 masks and other medical equipment is needed to protect them as they come into direct contact with COVID-19.
The CDC is now recommending the use cloth face masks in public. Cloth masks are not a substitute for social/physical distancing or sheltering in place. Cloth masks do not protect you from COVID-19. Rather, they decrease the chances of people with COVID-19 who are not showing symptoms from unknowingly infecting other members of our community. People who are sick should not be leaving their homes.
For more information on the cloth masks and their appropriate use, please review Dr. Laura Buthod's message.
Please also review the CDC's Guidelines and the Illinois Department of Public Health guidance on the use and care of cloth masks. Additional IDPH guidance on the use of masks by the general public is available here.
The CDC also provides information on the proper use, cleaning, creation of sewn masks here.
The United States Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, also provides instructions on how to create a mask without sewing in this video.
Community Resource Documents
Last Updated 05/13/2020