COVID-19 Community Outreach

Looking for Assistance or to Volunteer?

In response to COVID-19, the Village of Northbrook has compiled a list of organizations that help support or are seeking support for those in need.

Community Outreach

Assistance Programs

Northfield Township

In addition to the Northfield Township Food Pantry, which provides food to those in need, Northfield Township offers both general and emergency financial assistance, and connections to social service agencies. Call 847-724-8300 during business hours or visit their website.

North Shore Senior Center

While the North Shore Senior Center is currently closed to the public, staff is working remotely. 

  • Adult Protective Services
    If you suspect abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation of an older adult or adult with disabilities ages 18-59, call 847-784-6000 Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm, or the 24-hour hotline 866-800-1409.
  • Seniors Feeling Depressed or Anxious 
    If you are experiencing depression and/or anxiety, call 847-784-6000. Leave a message and a counselor will return your call within 24 business hours. If you are having suicidal thoughts, please call the Suicide Prevention hotline at 800-273-8255.

North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic

The North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic offers pro bono legal services on housing, domestic violence, and other legal assistance. Visit their website or call 847-737-4042.

Social Services for Teens, Young Adults, and Families 

Northbrook Cares is a website managed by the Village of Northbrook’s Community Relations Commission to connect teens, young adults, and their families with local social services. 

Increased Unemployment Benefits

The CARES Act provides financial assistance to workers affected by COVID-19 by both increasing unemployment benefits and expanding eligibility. This can mean an extra $600 per week in unemployment benefits to eligible employees and an additional 13 weeks of continued $600 weekly payments for individuals who remain unemployed after exhausting their state unemployment benefits. The Illinois Department of Employment Security recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible. Learn more here.

Health Insurance Assistance 

The Illinois Department of Insurance recognizes the critical role that health insurance coverage plays in the public’s ability to access health care services during this challenging time. Information on insurance coverage and resources for residents can be found hereRead Frequently Asked Questions about insurance coverage and COVID-19 here.

Ways to Volunteer or Donate

Look for ways to support others - exchange phone numbers with your neighbors, check-in with one another, or help someone with grocery shopping or food delivery. 

Northfield Township 

Sign-up here to volunteer for a shift at the Northfield Township Food Pantry. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. Volunteer duties include but are not limited to sorting food, stocking shelves, packing bags for distribution, and cleaning and disinfecting.

Donate to NorthShore University HealthSystem

NorthShore University HealthSystem is requesting critical supplies and financial donations. Learn more about these requests here.

Donate Blood

Organizations including Red Cross and Vitalant are in urgent need of blood donations. Check their websites for details and to make an appointment.

The NSYMCA is now a site for critical blood drives with the Red Cross. If you are able to give blood, get more information or sign up here.

Hunger Free Northbrook

Sign-up here to assist Hunger Free Northbrook, a program of the Hunger Resource Network. Hunger Free Northbrook shops for and prepares nutritious food bags for distribution to almost 400 Northbrook students and families. Each bag costs approximately $30.

If your organization would like to help with Hunger Free Northbrook moving forward, email Henry Fetta at or call 847-814-0581.

North Suburban YMCA

Brighten Someone's Day Program 

The NSYMCA is partnering with senior homes and Covenant Living to bring love, inspiration and friendly "hellos" to the seniors and our entire community who may be struggling with social distancing.   Kids and adults in our community have been drawing virtual pictures and writing letters to help in our efforts.  To help submit a letter, drawing or video for senior residents, click here.


Volunteer Wellness Checks

Do you have a neighbor living alone and needs a wellness check? Volunteers at the NSYMCA are doing wellness checks and friendly phones calls to isolated adults and seniors in the community. If you have a neighbor or know someone who would like to talk to a friendly voice, click here.

Electronics Donations

Heart2Heart Coaching and Consulting is partnering with North Suburban YMCA in Northbrook to collect tablets and smarphones for donation to area hospitals, nursing homes and other care facilities. The electronics will help to keep patients and residents in contact with their loved ones and their community.

Anyone with a tablet or smarphone they are no longer using can email or North Suburban YMCA Adult Program Coordinator Karen Brownlee at to make arrangements for a drop off or pick up.

Serve Illinois

Visit the State of Illinois’ website for volunteer opportunities including assisting seniors with grocery trips, meal deliveries, virtual assistance for one-on-one telephone reassurance programs for those housebound, and other non-contact programs.