Oak Park Township

Oak Park Township Oak Park Township has provided locally-governed supportive services to our community since 1903. Township & Village
Oak Park Township focuses on human and social services, while the Village of Oak Park provides municipal services such as police, fire, community development, parking and streets.

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For information about the village, go to www.oak-park.us . Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on any outside websites and by outside persons are not necessarily the views and opinions of Oak Park Township.

Operating as usual

Collaboration for Early Childhood has many resources for parents and families; they're a wonderful community partner!
08/07/2021

Collaboration for Early Childhood has many resources for parents and families; they're a wonderful community partner!

Dominique, Moriah and LeAndrea from the Youth Services team are hard at work assembling backpacks with school supplies f...
08/06/2021

Dominique, Moriah and LeAndrea from the Youth Services team are hard at work assembling backpacks with school supplies for students in need. Thank you to all those who donated items, we exceeded our goal of 100 backpacks, and we truly appreciate your help!

While supplies last, our Drive Thru Distribution Event will be on Friday, August 13th from 4pm-6pm at Oak Park Township, 105 S. Oak Park Avenue. Children must be present at the event to receive supplies.

Dominique, Moriah and LeAndrea from the Youth Services team are hard at work assembling backpacks with school supplies for students in need. Thank you to all those who donated items, we exceeded our goal of 100 backpacks, and we truly appreciate your help!

While supplies last, our Drive Thru Distribution Event will be on Friday, August 13th from 4pm-6pm at Oak Park Township, 105 S. Oak Park Avenue. Children must be present at the event to receive supplies.

2 Mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics coming up from the Village of Oak Park, Illinois.  August 9th at OPRF and August 12th ...
08/05/2021

2 Mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics coming up from the Village of Oak Park, Illinois. August 9th at OPRF and August 12th at Thursday Night Out. Registration is recommended. Please email [email protected] or call 708-358-5499 if you have questions.

In partnership with the Oak Park Public Health Department, we will hold an on-site vaccination clinic on Aug. 9, 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. The clinic is OPEN TO ALL. Please share widely. #oprfhs

Pre-register here: https://events.juvare.com/IL-IDPH/3v7hw/

Happy August!  We're hosting activities outside our Senior Services Center in the parking lot of 130 S. Oak Park Avenue,...
08/05/2021

Happy August! We're hosting activities outside our Senior Services Center in the parking lot of 130 S. Oak Park Avenue, weather permitting. We invite you to join us for Bingo every Wednesday, a Citizens Utility Board clinic on the 18th, and Line Dancing on the 25th. Pre-register by calling 708-383-8060. See you then!

Happy August! We're hosting activities outside our Senior Services Center in the parking lot of 130 S. Oak Park Avenue, weather permitting. We invite you to join us for Bingo every Wednesday, a Citizens Utility Board clinic on the 18th, and Line Dancing on the 25th. Pre-register by calling 708-383-8060. See you then!

We offer rides to & from the Village of Oak Park, Illinois Farmers' Market.  Please call 708-383-4806 weekday mornings t...
08/04/2021
Oak Park Farmers' Market

We offer rides to & from the Village of Oak Park, Illinois Farmers' Market. Please call 708-383-4806 weekday mornings to reserve a seat on our comfortable Senior Services bus. Suggested donation is $1.00 each way.

The 2021 Oak Park Farmers' Market season is underway!The Oak Park Farmers’ Market is held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday from mid-May through October. The Market is located in the Pilgrim Church parking lot at 460 Lake St., one block west of Ridgeland Avenue.Click here for the 2021 Farmers' ...

Please consider donating $58.00 for an older adult resident to have access to a tech device and Wi-Fi for a one-month su...
08/04/2021

Please consider donating $58.00 for an older adult resident to have access to a tech device and Wi-Fi for a one-month subscription. Oak Park and River Forest Township Senior Services has a "Creating Connectedness" program funded in part by a grant from the Women Leaders in Philanthropy through the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation. Here's the link: https://oprf.iphiview.com/oprf/Donate/OnlineDonation/tabid/542/dispatch/contribution_id$26752_hash$74a71abbe84417133d020b1299f3b208f78eb771/Default.aspx

Did you see our ad in the Wednesday Journal this month? Thanks so much for helping to connect seniors to friends, family, community, news, and entertainment!

Please consider donating $58.00 for an older adult resident to have access to a tech device and Wi-Fi for a one-month subscription. Oak Park and River Forest Township Senior Services has a "Creating Connectedness" program funded in part by a grant from the Women Leaders in Philanthropy through the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation. Here's the link: https://oprf.iphiview.com/oprf/Donate/OnlineDonation/tabid/542/dispatch/contribution_id$26752_hash$74a71abbe84417133d020b1299f3b208f78eb771/Default.aspx

Did you see our ad in the Wednesday Journal this month? Thanks so much for helping to connect seniors to friends, family, community, news, and entertainment!

08/04/2021

3 days left--there's still time to donate backpacks, gift cards, or cash towards the Youth Services School Supply Drive. Thanks to the generosity of many donors, Oak Park Township Youth Services has collected enough supplies to help 150 students in need start the school year right!

While supplies last, we will be distributing items on Friday, August 13th from 4pm-6pm in a drive-thru style at 105 S. Oak Park Avenue in the parking lot. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Supplies are for students in grades K-12.

Questions? Please email [email protected] or call 708-445-2727. Thank you!

From the Village of Oak Park, Illinois
08/03/2021

From the Village of Oak Park, Illinois

Recent data from the CDC indicates the level of community transmission of COVID-19 in Cook County is substantial. In areas with substantial transmission, health officials recommend that everyone (including fully vaccinated individuals) wear a mask in public indoor settings to help prevent the spread of the Delta variant, which is much more contagious than previous versions of the virus. Learn more about COVID-19 variants at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/variant.html. Stay up to date on the latest CDC data for Cook County at https://bit.ly/3ijev1p.

08/02/2021

More than 93,000 people died from a drug overdose in the U.S. last year alone. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention this represents an almost 30% increase since 2019. Please join the West Side He**in and Opioid Task Force and Positive Youth Development Opioid Task Force on International Overdose Awareness Day as we honor and remember those we have lost. Resources and prevention education activities and events will be held throughout the day. Stay tuned for more details!

Oak Park Township's Board of Trustees is inviting residents who wish to apply for Township Clerk to submit a letter of i...
08/02/2021
Proactive and Responsive Services To Residents

Oak Park Township's Board of Trustees is inviting residents who wish to apply for Township Clerk to submit a letter of interest by August 13th. More details may be found under the "Employment" section of our website at the link below or please call 708-383-8005.

Our sole mission at Oak Park Township is to provide locally-governed supportive services to residents of our community. Our vision is to be a well-known and respected community partner and the leading provider of proactive, responsive and relevant services for all residents at every stage of life.

Renters and Landlords, please visit  the Illinois Housing Development Authority website for updates on the Rental Paymen...
08/02/2021

Renters and Landlords, please visit the Illinois Housing Development Authority website for updates on the Rental Payment Program.

We are working tirelessly to process Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP) applications from every corner of the state. All joint applications completed by both the tenant and the landlord are currently being evaluated for funding and IHDA will contact all applicants upon completion of the review. Applications initiated by tenants prior to Sunday, July 18 at 11:59 p.m. will remain accessible to landlords and may be completed until 11:59 p.m. on August 15, 2021. You may check the status of your application at ilrpp.ihda.org/status.

If a landlord chooses not to participate in ILRPP, IHDA may make payments directly to the tenant. If you are a tenant and your landlord does not respond to your application, please contact a Housing Stability Service Provider (https://bit.ly/HSS-Providers) as soon as possible for instructions to complete your application.

Please continue to visit https://www.ihda.org/ILRPP for more information. Questions? Contact us at [email protected] or 866-454-3571.

One more week to go for our School Supply Drive!   Youth Services would like to thank the following generous donors:  Su...
07/30/2021

One more week to go for our School Supply Drive!

Youth Services would like to thank the following generous donors: Susan R., Barbara M., Susan O., Erin K., Eric D., Crystal R., Kristi S., Miguel A., The Shannons, Stephen S., Margaret C., Andrea R., Magda P., Susan S., Natasha W., Emad M., Jane D., Don L., Kris H., David A., Ryan B., Martin C., Kimberly G., Barbara M., Deepak A., Maria B., Susan A., Susan S., Kathleen D., James S., Oinacan LLC, Tatiana A., Kathleen H., Heidi S., Michelle and Tony M., The Smiths, Karolina M., Kris H., Sophia M., Maeve O., Michelle R., Lisa G., Bernice E., and Cynthia W.

We can use more backpacks, post-it notes, index card holders, and loose leaf paper. Want a $15 shop card for Athleta? Just drop off new school supplies at their Oakbrook Center!

Donations may also be brought to Oak Park Township, 105 S. Oak Park Avenue, or placed through this Amazon wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/71PY5B4P85VL?ref_=wl_share. Here's a pic of one of our supporters at The Daly Bagel!

07/29/2021

Did you know that we have trained counselors in our Senior Services Department that can help answer questions about health insurance for older adults?

Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) is a free counseling service provided by the Illinois Department on Aging. SHIP does not sell or solicit insurance. SHIP is not an insurance plan. SHIP trains volunteer counselors throughout the State of Illinois to provide one-on-one help with your insurance.

SHIP counselors can answer questions about:
- Medicare
- Medicare Supplement Insurance
- Medicare Advantage Plans (HMOs, PPOs, PFFS)
- Prescription Drug Coverage through Medicare and other sources

Please call us at 708-383-8060 to schedule an appointment.

Save the date!  We'll be at the SEOPCO South East Oak Park Community Organization BarrieFest on Saturday, September 11th...
07/29/2021

Save the date! We'll be at the SEOPCO South East Oak Park Community Organization BarrieFest on Saturday, September 11th. There will be music, food, and family-friendly activities.

Here's a picture of Amanda in Positive Youth Development from the 2018 BarrieFest. Hope to see you all there!

Save the date! We'll be at the SEOPCO South East Oak Park Community Organization BarrieFest on Saturday, September 11th. There will be music, food, and family-friendly activities.

Here's a picture of Amanda in Positive Youth Development from the 2018 BarrieFest. Hope to see you all there!

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, our congregate meal site is currently closed. Older adults may pick up 5 frozen meals ...
07/28/2021
Senior Services | For Residents Age 60 and Above

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, our congregate meal site is currently closed. Older adults may pick up 5 frozen meals in a "drive-thru" at our Oak Park and River Forest Township Senior Services Center, 130 S. Oak Park Avenue, on Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $1.50 per meal. Please enter through the alley on Pleasant Street.

Homebound residents aged 60+ may call 708-383-8060 to request information about meal deliveries. Please check our website and social media for updates on Nutrition Services during August. For more on Township Senior Services, please click the link to our website below.

Oak Park Township offers comprehensive Case Management services for Oak Park, River Forest residents age 60 and over. An individualized service plan including assessment of need, planning of care, and coordination of services is developed for Oak Park and River Forest residents age 60 and over.

Please join the "Be Aware" webinar happening tonight at 6 p.m.  Register at the link below.
07/28/2021

Please join the "Be Aware" webinar happening tonight at 6 p.m. Register at the link below.

Learn about crime prevention strategies during a “Be Aware” webinar scheduled for 6 p.m. tomorrow, July 28. Presented by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office Community Justice Center, our own RBO Traccye Love will provide crime prevention tips on vehicle hijackings, residential and garage burglaries, and catalytic converter thefts. For more information and to register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/be-aware-tickets-162695904831

The Oak Park Police Department has a green bracelet program to help raise mental health awareness.  Register to get a fr...
07/27/2021
Police Department raising mental health awareness

The Oak Park Police Department has a green bracelet program to help raise mental health awareness. Register to get a free silicone bracelet for someone with memory issues, autism, or other mental health concerns. In an emergency, contact information in the bracelet can assist first responders. Please call 708-386-3800 to learn more and get a bracelet for a family member. This program was sponsored in part by the Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township.#mentalhealthawareness #autismawareness #dementiafriendly

By distributing green silicone bracelets emblazoned with the words Oak Park Cares, the Oak Park Police Department is working to break down communication barriers and improve mental health awareness.While the bracelets offer a chance to visibly show support for mental health awareness, which is assoc...

Village of Oak Park, Illinois has a list of resources for residents to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.  You may also email t...
07/23/2021
COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Village of Oak Park, Illinois has a list of resources for residents to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. You may also email the Public Health Department at [email protected].

[collapse collapsed title=Ways to Get Vaccinated]The Oak Park Health Department encourages residents to take the first appointment they can find to get vaccinated.COVID-19 vaccines are widely available to everyone age 12 and older. Click the links below to self-schedule a vaccine appointment with an...

07/23/2021
Youth Services Interventionist Raheem

Meet Youth Interventionist Raheem! As part of the Township's Youth Services team, Raheem helps youth and their families by providing counseling and support when needed. Anxiety, depression, trauma, school refusal, and anger are some issues that Raheem can assist youth towards achieving positive outcomes. Please call 708-445-2727 to make an appointment.

If you have a middle-school student, please register for the free DePaul Family and Community Services talk "Understandi...
07/22/2021
Understanding anxiety in youth and strategies for treatment and support

If you have a middle-school student, please register for the free DePaul Family and Community Services talk "Understanding Anxiety in Youth: Strategies for Treatment and Support" on July 29th from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sponsored by Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township and Oak Park Elementary School District 97. Future talks focus on executive functioning and transitioning to in-person school.

What are the signs and symptoms of anxiety in youth? What strategies and treatments can support youth who are struggling with anxiety?

We're proud to be a part of this partnership to provide a much-needed service to residents!
07/22/2021
Oak Park & River Forest's Senior Home Repair Program Fills Void

We're proud to be a part of this partnership to provide a much-needed service to residents!

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Oak Park and River Forest Township Senior Services is offering rides to and from the Village of Oak Park, Illinois Farme...
07/21/2021

Oak Park and River Forest Township Senior Services is offering rides to and from the Village of Oak Park, Illinois Farmers' Market. Pickups are made from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday.

To schedule a ride, call 708.383.4806 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Limited seats are available and COVID-19 protocols, including social distancing and wearing face coverings, will be required. The suggested donation is $1 per ride.

Oak Park and River Forest Township Senior Services is offering rides to and from the Village of Oak Park, Illinois Farmers' Market. Pickups are made from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday.

To schedule a ride, call 708.383.4806 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Limited seats are available and COVID-19 protocols, including social distancing and wearing face coverings, will be required. The suggested donation is $1 per ride.

Students, save the date!  August 13th is our Drive Thru Backpack Event!  The Youth Services Department will be handing o...
07/21/2021

Students, save the date! August 13th is our Drive Thru Backpack Event! The Youth Services Department will be handing out free school supplies to children accompanied by parents or guardians. Please stop by between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Township's parking lot at 105 S. Oak Park Avenue. Made possible by the generous donations from the community and partner organizations.

Students, save the date! August 13th is our Drive Thru Backpack Event! The Youth Services Department will be handing out free school supplies to children accompanied by parents or guardians. Please stop by between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Township's parking lot at 105 S. Oak Park Avenue. Made possible by the generous donations from the community and partner organizations.

Oak Park Township's Board of Trustees is sorry to announce that Gregory P. White, Township Clerk, passed away on Saturda...
07/20/2021

Oak Park Township's Board of Trustees is sorry to announce that Gregory P. White, Township Clerk, passed away on Saturday, July 17th, after a brief illness. We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and friend. Greg served as Township Deputy Clerk for 10 years and Township Clerk for 24 years. In addition to being a certified Town Clerk, Greg was a registered notary public and a registrar.

According to Township Supervisor Clarmarie Keenan, “Greg was clearly an advocate for Township services, recognizing and supporting the critical needs worthy of the Township’s professional and attentive care. Serving with him and sharing a friendship for over twenty years with Greg was a privilege and an honor. The values, ideals, and goals Greg believed in and supported are and will always be his most honored legacy.”

In many ways, Greg was the clockwork of the Township, keeping track of past, present, and future. As keeper of the official records and history for the Township, he valued transparency and efficiency. As the Township moved through each annual cycle, Greg kept up with the rhythm of levies, budgets, audits, and other processes. Always keeping the value of time in mind, he shared his perspective when it would help move discussions at the Board table forward.

Greg took pride in his work as Town Clerk for Oak Park Township. He also thoroughly believed in the mission of the Township and took his role in keeping the Board and staff focused on that mission seriously. Greg served for over thirty-four years as the memory and source of institutional knowledge of the Township. He was first appointed Deputy Clerk in 1987 and was first elected Town Clerk in 1997. Greg was the longest-tenured employee of the Township.

Above all, Greg was loyal, consistent, and committed. He believed in the work and the value of the Township and our staff, and he rarely missed any opportunity to be of service to his community; whether it was keeping records organized and available to the public, making sure that elections ran smoothly, or just by his presence at the Board table or at any Township or community events.

Greg’s presence and dedication will be missed by all of us at the Township and in the community.

Services for Greg White will be held at St. Edmund Parish Church, 188 S Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302 on Friday, July 23rd, 10am Visitation and 11am Service.

Oak Park Township's Board of Trustees is sorry to announce that Gregory P. White, Township Clerk, passed away on Saturday, July 17th, after a brief illness. We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and friend. Greg served as Township Deputy Clerk for 10 years and Township Clerk for 24 years. In addition to being a certified Town Clerk, Greg was a registered notary public and a registrar.

According to Township Supervisor Clarmarie Keenan, “Greg was clearly an advocate for Township services, recognizing and supporting the critical needs worthy of the Township’s professional and attentive care. Serving with him and sharing a friendship for over twenty years with Greg was a privilege and an honor. The values, ideals, and goals Greg believed in and supported are and will always be his most honored legacy.”

In many ways, Greg was the clockwork of the Township, keeping track of past, present, and future. As keeper of the official records and history for the Township, he valued transparency and efficiency. As the Township moved through each annual cycle, Greg kept up with the rhythm of levies, budgets, audits, and other processes. Always keeping the value of time in mind, he shared his perspective when it would help move discussions at the Board table forward.

Greg took pride in his work as Town Clerk for Oak Park Township. He also thoroughly believed in the mission of the Township and took his role in keeping the Board and staff focused on that mission seriously. Greg served for over thirty-four years as the memory and source of institutional knowledge of the Township. He was first appointed Deputy Clerk in 1987 and was first elected Town Clerk in 1997. Greg was the longest-tenured employee of the Township.

Above all, Greg was loyal, consistent, and committed. He believed in the work and the value of the Township and our staff, and he rarely missed any opportunity to be of service to his community; whether it was keeping records organized and available to the public, making sure that elections ran smoothly, or just by his presence at the Board table or at any Township or community events.

Greg’s presence and dedication will be missed by all of us at the Township and in the community.

Services for Greg White will be held at St. Edmund Parish Church, 188 S Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302 on Friday, July 23rd, 10am Visitation and 11am Service.

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105 S Oak Park Ave
Oak Park, IL
60302

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Oak Park was made a township by the Cook County Board on November 17, 1902. The incorporation of Oak Park Township followed the formal incorporation of the Village of Oak Park by nearly a year. The governments have shared the same boundaries since that time. Oak Park Township has grown over the years since its inception and currently serves a population of over 50,000. We welcome your feedback with us and the Oak Park community. We reserve the right to remove individual posts that include: * Spam * Profanity * Off-topic comments * Personal attacks Oak Park Township also reserves the right to delete comments that are clearly off-topic, advocate illegal activity, promote particular services, products or political organizations or infringe on copyrights or trademarks. The views and opinions expressed on outside sites and by outside persons are not necessarily the views and positions of Oak Park Township.

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Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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(708) 383-8005

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Oak Park Township provides financial relief to needy area residents; additionally, it funds and administers many programs for area seniors and youth. The Township also provides funding to various mental health agencies through its Community Mental Health Board.

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Oak Park Township assists: - Senior citizens, youth and their families, people with disabilities, and financially struggling residents to fully participate in community life by providing information, supportive services, advocacy, and referrals; - Partner agencies with funding for youth, mental health, and other human services; and - All residents with property tax information, advocacy and services, voter registration, public transportation assistance, and community information Oak Park was made a township by the Cook County Board on November 17, 1902. The incorporation of Oak Park Township followed the formal incorporation of the Village of Oak Park by nearly a year. The governments have shared the same boundaries since that time. Oak Park Township has grown over the years since its inception and currently serves a population of over 50,000.

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