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815CRT is urging individuals and businesses to support the local COVID-19 response by donating to the COVID-19 Emerging Needs Fund. This fund will support the needs of residents and their children to help alleviate hardships they may be experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about how this fund will support needs in northern Illinois.

There are several ways to donate to the Emerging Needs Fund:

  • Text the word TOGETHER to 40403 

  • Make an online donation by clicking here

  • Mail a check made payable to United Way of Rock River Valley, 612 North Main Street, Suite 300, Rockford, IL 61103
    (Indicate "Emerging Needs Fund" in the memo line of the check)


The Winnebago County Emergency Operations Center, in coordination with the Salvation Army, has announced the opening of the COVID-19 Donations Center. The center, located at 5460 E. State Street in Rockford (the former Circuit City building), is accepting donations Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations (except PPE) will be distributed to agencies serving the homeless and those in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Personal Protective Equipment donations will be distributed to local health care facilities. Learn more and view the full list of accepted donation items.


Child care and other local services
There are local agencies offering child care support and services during the COVID-19 crisis. They are listed below, along with the specifics on their availability.

  • YMCA — Available to first responders and medical providers. Call 815-489-1252.

  • Mother House Crisis Nursery — Opening Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for parents to get essential items like diapers, food, etc. Call 815-962-4858.

  • YSN — Open; emergency teen shelters running as usual, crisis intervention running as usual. Call 815-986-1947.

  • St. Elizabeth's — Pantry open. Call 815-969-6526.

  • DOC - The Kid's Place I & II — Open to families with court cases only.

  • Trinity Day Care — Open to current families only. No new enrollments. Call 815-986-5437.

  • Circles of Learning Day Care — Open with temporary hours of operation to current families only. Effective March 19 through March 30, hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. No new enrollments. Call 815-226-8715.

Food resources
Northern Illinois Food Bank is offering support, including a list of the food pantries and programs nearest you. Go to for more.

Looking for a Job

Visit The Workforce Connection website and look for the "Hot Jobs List" link.

I need additional help. Who do I contact?
If you're in need of assistance due to hardships presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, you can call 2-1-1 any time of day to be put in touch with local resources and assistance.


We are compiling a list of many types of resources related to COVID-19. The list continues to grow as more resources become available.​

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