Description: DeKalb Township started a program to provide home cleaning supply assistance for General Assistance (GA) clients. While many forms of assistance are available to people with low incomes, we have discovered that cleaning supplies for a person’s home are often hard to come by and end up being a “luxury” item for most. As we know, these items are not really an optional item for maintaining a safe and clean home environment. With those thoughts in mind, our General Assistance Department began supplying our clients with basic cleaning products as part of their benefits. After much research, the DeKalb Township decided to use Shaklee products for our clients for several reasons. The township offers both a cleaning starter kit and all accessories.
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Description: Communication is key for the award-winning Ela 55 Plus senior program. To make residents aware of all that is offered to them, we publish a quarterly newsletter that is mailed to over 2,000 program participants. Our newsletter is packed with information about our trips, classes, programs and senior services. It is available online, at the Ela Township Hall, Ela Library and multiple stores and restaurants.
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Description: In October 2015, Consolidated School District 59, in Elk Grove Township, notified township officials of the need for snow pants and snow boots for many of their students. Students without adequate winter-wear are unable to go outside during recess when when snow is present. There is also the issue of students returning to the classroom with wet shoes and pants due to inadequate winter clothing, which results in discomfort and hinders in the classroom.
Elk Grove Township was motivated to tackle this issue with the introduction of the Snow Angels Campaign. Snow Angels is a collaborative effort between Elk Grove Township residents, local businesses, and churches to donate, collect, and hold onsite delivery locations to gather new or gently used snow pants and snow boots. This fierce and joint effort led Elk Grove Township to collect over 600 items during the 6 week program, which were distributed to local students in need. With the success of the introductory year of this campaign, Elk Grove Township is working to make the Snow Angels program an annual service to the community.