WayneTwp: Notes from General Assistance

Notes from General Assistance

From the October / November 2017 Senior Center Newsletter:

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
LIHEAP starts a month later this year. Applications will not be taken until October for seniors 60+, the disabled and disconnected households. November will open up to households with children 5 and under, and December will open up to all eligible households.

The Veteran’s Assistance Commission
VAC has a wide array of resources available to veterans and their family members. New services include mental health programs, buyers club program, services to new veterans, etc. Call 630-407-5655 or visit their website at dupagevac@dupageco.org for information.

Food Pantry
On behalf of the food pantry clients, we want to thank you so much for your continued support of our programs and services. Your generous monthly donations to our pantry have made a world of difference to our clients who are unemployed or receiving very low fixed incomes. Due to an increase in need for food, our pantry has extended our distribution to two times a month to eligible households in the township service area.

SNAP Program
Our volunteer is available to help you apply for food stamps on Wednesdays between 10:00am and 1:30pm. Please bring proof of income and your photo ID. You will be seen on a walk-in basis.

Holiday Programs
We are working with approximately 150 families for Thanksgiving and close to 200 families for Christmas. If you would like to assist families in need with a holiday meal, you may purchase a holiday meal box for $16 if ordered by October 15th, increasing to $30 after that. Please make checks payable to: Wayne Township Food Pantry.

Toy and Gift Card Donations
We are accepting donations of new toys for children ages 0-14 and gift cards for kids ages 15+. Gift card ideas? Theater, fast-food restaurants, sports stores, video game stores, iTune cards, etc. These gifts will be distributed to the kids not sponsored by anyone else. Please see Juanita or Florence if you have any questions.

What Do We Do In Our Department?
If you are curious about what we do in the General Assistance Department, we invite you to reach out to us for a special tour of our office and a detailed explanation of all the services we offer. We guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised to know how much your township offers its residents.

Hunger Action Month Fundraising Raffle
We want to thank everyone who purchased raffle tickets to raise funds for the food pantry in September. We also want to congratulate all the winners of the raffle prizes, thanks to the generous donors and the fundraising efforts of Joyce Jendrycki, you won some amazing prizes! Also, please remember to thank our supporting businesses when visiting them. The donor list is posted in the senior center and on the township’s website (www.waynetwp-il.org).

Juanita Martinez
Director, General Assistance

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