When disaster strikes, The Salvation Army is often among the first on the scene.

After the Unspeakable, We Speak Hope.

Disasters come in, both natural and man-made forms. Each year, The Salvation Army serves 1—2 million Americans in dozens of disaster response efforts nationwide. And when disaster strikes, The Salvation Army is often among the first on the scene. Our trained personnel are always available to meet emergencies by providing food, shelter, clothing and spiritual comfort. In disaster relief operation, The Salvation Army's first aim is to meet the basic needs of those affected – both survivors and first responders.

Flood Disaster Areas in Illinois

Four Illinois counties have been declared disaster areas as flooding continues in Lake, Kane, Cook and McHenry Counties. Since July 12, The Salvation Army has been on the front lines providing water, food, and counseling to disaster response volunteers, police, fire, and rescue professionals. 

Hundreds have sustained water damage, loss of property, and are overwhelmed. The Salvation Army volunteers are providing food, service referrals, counseling, and a listening ear to those who may feel hopeless.  To date, over 650 meals and countless prayers and stories have been shared. Your gift will support those in need when the flood waters recede. 

Get Assistance

The Salvation Army, one of the largest direct providers of social services across Illinois, partners with affected County officials and other disaster response agencies to set up a one-stop resource center for those impacted by the recent flooding. Residents will be able to meet with trained counselors for resources, obtain housing and insurance information and other assistance from team representatives.

As a part of the Multi-Agency Response Center (MARC), The Salvation Army will offer and receive in-kind donations. Translators will be available.

Where: McHenry Township Hall | 3719 N. Richmond Rd., Johnsburg, IL

When: Friday, July 28 | 9:00am - 7:00pm & Saturday, July 29 | 8:00am - 11:00am

Contact our Emergency Assistance number for additional assistance at 800-451-1954, 815-455-2769, or 773-205-3520.

Ways to Help

Make a gift today. Your gift will allow for the most efficient and effective use of The Salvation Army's network of staff and volunteers to provide housing, meals, comfort, and care. Flood funding will support efforts in all four affected counties. There are several ways you can make a financial donation.


Give today through an online donation.

Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)

Text MCHENRYFLOOD to 41444 to receive a mobile donation form sent to your phone and complete your transaction.
(no spaces between MCHENRYFLOOD)

The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division
Attn: Flood Response
5040 N. Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60630



Donations of Household Goods, Clothing & Disaster items:

Due to the emergency situation, The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual donations of household goods or clothing (gifts-in-kind) will be sent to the disaster area, besides what is on the immediate flood clean-up list (below). In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. PLEASE continue to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store. You will help your community and help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.

To support The Salvation Army’s Disaster Services and those impacted with an in-kind donation, call 888-369-1349. Supporters will be given an Authorization Code and times the resource center is open to kindly accept their donation

With the Authorization Code, they may drive to the “MARC” at their convenience any of the three days and drop off their items with designated Donation Management personnel. Callers can leave a message and get a call back should they call after hours or during times of heavy call volume.

  1. Call 1-888-369-1349
  2. Donate items from needs list
  3. Receive Donation Reservation Code from phone representative
  4. Drive to the donation site: 965 E. Rollins Road, Round Lake Beach, IL
  5. Give your name and code and staff will kindly accept your items

Immediate Flood Cleanup Kit Items Accepted/Needed On-Site:

  • Bleach
  • Bottled Water /Gallon Water
  • Buckets
  • Dust Masks
  • Facial Tissue
  • Flock lined gloves
  • Garbage Cans
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Mops
  • Non-Perishable / Packaged Snacks
  • Nitrile gloves (instead of latex)
  • Over shoes / Rubber boots
  • Paper Towels
  • Push brooms
  • Scrub Brushes
  • Scrub Sponges
  • Safety Glasses
  • Toilet Tissue
  • Totes
  • Trash Bags

The Salvation Army is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.