Niles Township Government

Niles Township Government Provides essential services to Niles Township residents.

Just a reminder that Niles Township Government remains one of the largest collection sites for Bernie’s Book Bank in our...
01/11/2024

Just a reminder that Niles Township Government remains one of the largest collection sites for Bernie’s Book Bank in our area.

The Township collects new and gently-used books for kids in need, safely distributing them to those who can’t afford books. Please consider dropping off books during regular business hours at Niles Township, 5255 N. Lincoln, Skokie.

More information about Bernie’s Book Bank and the importance of children having books to read is available at www.berniesbookbank.org.

**March, designated as National Reading Month, is a perfect time for schools, libraries and individuals to hold book drives. We welcome partnering opportunities for those who would like to hold book drives for Bernie’s Books. We have worked with schools and libraries and others on successful drives. Contact [email protected] for information.

Thank you Niles Township Community! We raised close to $76,000 this holiday season (meeting our goal) and handed out som...
01/10/2024

Thank you Niles Township Community!

We raised close to $76,000 this holiday season (meeting our goal) and handed out some 1,000 gift cards to families in need because our community stepped up once again.

These gift cards allowed struggling families to give gifts to their children and to bring smiles to their faces. You have helped so many families have a happy holiday.

We say it all the time, but we can’t say it enough. We are so fortunate to live among neighbors who answer the call when there is a need and show compassion and generosity to those who need a hand.

We believe it is never too early to learn about food insecurity and helping those in need in our community. That’s why o...
01/09/2024

We believe it is never too early to learn about food insecurity and helping those in need in our community. That’s why our team always looks forward to our visits with young people.

Before the end of the year, Supervisor Bonnie Kahn Ognisanti visited Jane Stenson School and read from “Maddi’s Fridge,” an award-winning children’s book that raises awareness about poverty and hunger. She also provided information about Niles Township services and its Food Pantry.

We wanted to share some of the sweet letters we received from the Stenson second-graders. If your school is interested in a similar visit, give us a call at (847) 673-9300 or email [email protected].

Are you ready for the first real blast of snow followed by the first blast of below-freezing temperatures this year? Wel...
01/08/2024

Are you ready for the first real blast of snow followed by the first blast of below-freezing temperatures this year? Welcome to January.

Not everyone is or can be ready so this is a good time to remind our community that Niles Township is a warming center when temperatures get dangerously cold.

See the adjoining list for other warming centers in the area. Please use these shelters or direct those in need to them when shelter is needed.

We want everyone to be safe!

Metropolitan Asian Family Services provides comprehensive and integrated social services to the immigrant population of ...
01/05/2024

Metropolitan Asian Family Services provides comprehensive and integrated social services to the immigrant population of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Middle East and European countries. These services include educating, counseling, assisting and empowering individuals and families to become productive members in their new home.

Our Niles Township Community Partner Of the Week, Metropolitan Asian Family Services became a Non-Profit in 1993, providing comprehensive and integrated services to the community at large. The agency’s commitment is to educate, assist and empower the immigrant community to adjust to life in the United States and become productive members of society.

The agency often navigates state, federal and local rules and regulations to find a solution that matches a client’s unique circumstances. Its services reach more than 10,000 individuals and family members each year.

For more information about the agency and the many programs it offers, access mafsinc.com or call (773) 465-3105.

Niles Township was able to provide families in need with gift cards this holiday season so every child could receive a g...
01/04/2024

Niles Township was able to provide families in need with gift cards this holiday season so every child could receive a gift.

We could not have done it without the generous support of our community, and we received a wonderful donation just before the holidays.

Thank you to Walmart and the Skokie Police Benevolent Fund for a huge donation to our gift card drive! Walmart donated $4,000 and Skokie Police $500, which went such a long way in helping those in need. Food Pantry Manager Tony Araque picked up the check at the Skokie Police Department.

Thank you to the Skokie Police Benevolent Fund for organizing the donation drive, which followed its successful Thanksgiving food drive. You have been a great friend not only to Niles Township but to those in need in our community.

Meet Our New Respite Center Team Member: Welcome Suzette!Suzette began working at the Respite Center around December, pr...
01/03/2024

Meet Our New Respite Center Team Member: Welcome Suzette!

Suzette began working at the Respite Center around December, providing essential assistance to Charlie and Jenny who run the center day-to-day. We’re thrilled to have her on board!

Niles Township leaders got to know Suzette through the Township’s General Assistance program.

“She’s so personable and warm and lovely and easy to get along with and super reliable,” said Niles Township Director of General Assistance Ruth Orme-Johnson. “We thought she’d be a great fit for this job and she’s a perfect fit.”

Her story is a reminder of how we are all vulnerable to unexpected hardship at any time. Read Suzette’s story: https://bit.ly/3S5sbhh

Year-In-Review Video:Before we say goodbye and begin another eventful year, we wanted to make our January Township Tale ...
01/02/2024

Year-In-Review Video:

Before we say goodbye and begin another eventful year, we wanted to make our January Township Tale all about 2023. And we wanted to say thank you to our community — thank you for supporting us, for donating and volunteering, for spreading the word about the services we offer, for helping us help those most vulnerable in our community.

Take a look at our brief video to see all we accomplished together this past year. We’re proud of these accomplishments, but we won’t dwell on them for too long. There is too much work to be done. It’s onto the new year — a year of continued support for those in need and a year of coming together as one amazing community.

Township Tale: https://bit.ly/3qDD4Ng
Year-In-Review Video: https://youtu.be/9KhRr6V7E9A?si=9X_BS5YT9V1CJvBg

Niles Township Government had a jam-packed 2023 helping those in need in our community. Our pantry served food to our food insecure and our Respite Center of...

Happy New Year to all of our friends and neighbors. Hoping 2024 is a year filled with love, peace and joy for everyone.W...
01/01/2024

Happy New Year to all of our friends and neighbors. Hoping 2024 is a year filled with love, peace and joy for everyone.

We’re closed today, but we look forward to returning tomorrow to begin serving our community again in this new year!

After a brief hiatus, we return to highlight some of our invaluable community partners that provide essential services i...
12/29/2023

After a brief hiatus, we return to highlight some of our invaluable community partners that provide essential services in Niles Township.

The Coalition Of Limited English Speaking Elderly or CLESE is committed to assuring that older people who are not fluent in English have access to the same programs and services as do English-speaking seniors. The only way most limited-English-speaking elderly receive services is through a provider who speaks their language and understands

CLESE has successfully advocated for the expansion of Community Care Program in-home and adult day services for ethnic elders in underserved communities. Some member agencies provide culturally-appropriate meals at congregate dining sites. CLESE also advocates for the expansion of services to other language groups and for the inclusion of culturally-appropriate home delivered meal programs.

The agency also helps limited-English-speaking seniors and their families participate more fully in elderly services through demonstration projects around issues of severe memory loss, elder mistreatment in ethnic communities, and health awareness and screening programs. CLESE advocates for increased understanding of the refugee experience.

For more information about CLESE an its services, access clese.org, call (312) 461-0812 or email [email protected].

We want to send a thank you to our friends at McGrath Evanston Subaru for recently featuring the Niles Township Food Pan...
12/28/2023

We want to send a thank you to our friends at McGrath Evanston Subaru for recently featuring the Niles Township Food Pantry in its new useful blog.

Niles Township is one of several important Skokie agencies listed in the blog that make use of valued volunteers. It’s a nice one-stop shopping page for potential volunteers in Skokie.

Check out the blog: https://bit.ly/3TGLMGF.

“Skokie…is a tapestry of diverse threads, each contributing to its vibrant design. Volunteering at any of these venues offers a unique vantage point to experience and shape this community. For those who hold community spirit dear, it’s more than an invitation—it’s a call to action.”

Just before we all broke for the holidays, Niles Township District For Special Education staff dropped off a robust coll...
12/27/2023

Just before we all broke for the holidays, Niles Township District For Special Education staff dropped off a robust collection of coats and related items for asylum seekers and those in need in our community.

Thank you NTDSE for supporting Niles Township’s efforts to make sure those who are vulnerable are prepared for the winter.

We could not do what we do without the support of our community. NTDSE’s Holiday Giving Campaign makes such a difference!

Today begins the week-long celebration of Kwanzaa — a time to celebrate cultural heritage, family, and the joy of commun...
12/26/2023

Today begins the week-long celebration of Kwanzaa — a time to celebrate cultural heritage, family, and the joy of community coming together. Today’s principle is Umoja (Unity) – unity in the family, community, nation, and race. Happy Kwanzaa to all those celebrating!

From your friends at Niles Township: We wish all those who celebrate a Merry Christmas today and a year ahead filled wit...
12/25/2023

From your friends at Niles Township: We wish all those who celebrate a Merry Christmas today and a year ahead filled with joy, peace and love.

The holidays are coming up and our Holiday Gift Card Drive is winding down: We are still collecting monetary funds today...
12/22/2023

The holidays are coming up and our Holiday Gift Card Drive is winding down: We are still collecting monetary funds today to help families in need provide gifts for their children. Your donation helps pay for the purchase of store gift cards distributed to families who likely would not have been able to give gifts for their children otherwise.

Scan the QR code in our flyer or visit https://bit.ly/3tGmWc2 to donate. Read more about our Holiday Gift Card Drive at https://bit.ly/3qDD4Ng.

Scenes From our Respite Center Holiday Party: What a nice gathering at the Niles Township Respite Center yesterday with ...
12/21/2023

Scenes From our Respite Center Holiday Party: What a nice gathering at the Niles Township Respite Center yesterday with our Respite Center neighbors and staff and Township and Church leaders …and even a four-legged friend who made a special appearance!

Since our Respite Center opened some 15 months ago, it has made a real difference in providing daytime space to our housing insecure community, and we were so happy to be able to celebrate the holidays with them with food and gifts and good cheer.

Thank you to Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen and the Skokie Village Board for highlighting the Niles Township Food Pantry ...
12/20/2023

Thank you to Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen and the Skokie Village Board for highlighting the Niles Township Food Pantry and proclaiming December Niles Township Food Pantry Awareness Month in Skokie.

Niles Township Trustee Mark Collins accepted the proclamation at Monday’s Skokie Village Board meeting. The proclamation highlights the need filled by the Food Pantry and promotes its Holiday Gift Card monetary donation drive.

“Our village is in great need,” Trustee Collins said. “You may not see it but your neighbor may be visiting our Food Pantry. Somebody down the street definitely is visiting our Food Pantry. And there are thousands of people in our village who are visiting our Food Pantry.”

Trustee Collins talked about the camaraderie at the Food Pantry and the appreciation he receives from people in need.

“The people on the street who go to our Food Pantry and say ‘thank you.’ The people I see in a grocery store say thank you. And when they’re thanking me, they’re thanking you.”

Visit https://bit.ly/3tGmWc2 to donate to the Food Pantry.

As we continue to collect monetary donations for our Niles Township Holiday Gift Card Drive, we also began distributing ...
12/19/2023

As we continue to collect monetary donations for our Niles Township Holiday Gift Card Drive, we also began distributing the cards to our neighbors in need this week — Food Pantry regulars who are eligible to receive the cards.

On our first day, Supervisor Bonnie Kahn Ognisanti and Assistant to the Supervisor Jennifer Araque offered hot chocolate to those who came by for the cards, which were distributed by Food Pantry Manager Tony Araque.

Many struggling this holiday season will be able to provide gifts for their children because of your generosity! Thank you, Niles Township community.

A reminder: We will be collecting all week long so there is still time. Visit https://bit.ly/3tGmWc2 to donate. Read more about our Holiday Gift Card Drive at https://bit.ly/3qDD4Ng.

Girl Scout Troop 47146, all Edison School fifth graders, recently brought beautiful handmade ornaments for our Niles Tow...
12/19/2023

Girl Scout Troop 47146, all Edison School fifth graders, recently brought beautiful handmade ornaments for our Niles Township Peace Tree. These lovely ornaments help make our tree that much more festive during this holiday season.

Thank you Girl Scout Troop 47146!

We’re still collecting handmade ornaments through the end of the week. Just head over to Niles Township and we’re happy to add them to our tree!

It took three loaded up SUVs to haul away the donations of food and toys collected by the Morton Grove chapter of the Pa...
12/18/2023

It took three loaded up SUVs to haul away the donations of food and toys collected by the Morton Grove chapter of the Partnership Financial Credit Union. The donations benefit the Niles Township Food Pantry.

Thank you to the members of the PFCU for your compassion, generosity and commitment to helping those in need. Our amazing and supportive community continues to make this holiday season happier for neighbors who face challenges. We are so grateful for the PFCU’s successful donation drive, which is certain to make a difference to so many!

Niles Township Supervisor Bonnie Kahn Ognisanti recently visited Jane Stenson School to read to second-graders, reflecti...
12/18/2023

Niles Township Supervisor Bonnie Kahn Ognisanti recently visited Jane Stenson School to read to second-graders, reflecting once again that it is never too early to teach about helping those struggling in our community.

Supervisor Ognisanti read from “Maddi’s Fridge,” an award-winning children’s book that raises awareness about poverty and hunger. She also provided information about how Niles Township and its Food Pantry try to address that serious need in our community every day.

Jane Stenson students recently held a canned food drive to benefit the Niles Township Food Pantry. Thank you for your compassion and for inviting us to visit, Jane Stenson School!

If you have yet to make a donation to our Niles Township Food Pantry Holiday Gift Card Drive, we have great news: Our de...
12/15/2023

If you have yet to make a donation to our Niles Township Food Pantry Holiday Gift Card Drive, we have great news: Our deadline has been extended a week!

Monetary donations to help us purchase gift cards to deliver to families in need so they can give gifts to their children this holiday season will be accepted through Dec. 22nd.

To donate, scan the QR code in our flyer or access https://bit.ly/3tGmWc2. Details about sending a check to donate are also provided in the flyer.

For more information about our Holiday Gift Card Drive, read December’s Township Tale Of the Month at https://bit.ly/3qDD4Ng.

We want to send a BIG thank you to the Amazon Fresh Store in Morton Grove for its recent Niles Township Food Pantry dona...
12/14/2023

We want to send a BIG thank you to the Amazon Fresh Store in Morton Grove for its recent Niles Township Food Pantry donation of fleece blankets and other winter accessories.

This generous and compassionate gift is certain to keep those in need warm and protected during the harsh winter ahead. We are so appreciative of the support of our community and its commitment to neighbors facing challenging times. Here is a prime example!

Amazon Fresh Store Assistant Manager Bobby Sit and volunteer Natasha Mount recently stopped by the Township to drop off some 50 new blankets as well as hats, socks and gloves. What a difference they will make. Thank You Amazon Fresh!

Thank you to Morton Grove Mayor Dan DiMaria and the Morton Grove Village Board for proclaiming December Niles Township F...
12/13/2023

Thank you to Morton Grove Mayor Dan DiMaria and the Morton Grove Village Board for proclaiming December Niles Township Food Pantry Awareness Month in the Village.

Niles Township Supervisor Bonnie Kahn Ognisanti, Trustee Kitty Kendrick and Administrator Rick Krier were on hand at Tuesday night’s Village Board Meeting to accept the proclamation. Mayor DiMaria said he wanted to issue the proclamation because he has seen the important work taken on by Niles Township.

The proclamation highlights the history of the Pantry and the need it fills in our community, while also promoting the current Niles Township Food Pantry Holiday Gift Card Drive.

Niles Township is raising funds for store gift cards to deliver to families in need so they will be able to give gifts to their children this holiday season. **Please note that our deadline for accepting monetary donations for the drive has been extended to Dec. 22.

To donate to our Holiday Gift Card Drive, visit https://bit.ly/3tGmWc2.

When Niles Township and its partners asked for donations of coats and other winter gear for newly-arrived Asylum Seekers...
12/12/2023

When Niles Township and its partners asked for donations of coats and other winter gear for newly-arrived Asylum Seekers and our Respite Center regulars, our community came through — to say the least!

Our Township is packed with donations soon to help those in need face the harsh winter days ahead. Thank You Niles Township Community for your compassion and generosity.

We’re now filled to the brim with coats and winter accessories, but you can still help those in need in another important way.

Monetary donations benefitting the Niles Township Food Pantry can be made by visiting https://bit.ly/3tGmWc2.

There is still time to help decorate our 2023 Peace Tree with handmade ornaments.Have you seen our festive and sparkling...
12/11/2023

There is still time to help decorate our 2023 Peace Tree with handmade ornaments.

Have you seen our festive and sparkling tree at night? We want to light up Niles Township with joy and peace and you can help.

This is an ideal project for the family. Make ornaments with your children, drop them off at Niles Township and we’ll display them prominently on our Peace Tree.

We’re still collecting over the next couple weeks!

For those who would like to donate food and apparel to the Niles Township Food Pantry, we offer monthly recommendations ...
12/08/2023

For those who would like to donate food and apparel to the Niles Township Food Pantry, we offer monthly recommendations on what is most needed to help our neighbors in need.

In this final month of 2023, soup, chicken and milk are our requested food items along with new hats and gloves to protect those more vulnerable in our community from the winter weather ahead.

Items can be dropped off at the Niles Township Food Pantry, 8341 Lockwood Ave., SK, during regular hours.

Monetary donations are always appreciated because we can purchase more with the dollars that we have. Just scan the QR code. Thank you for your generosity!

State Sen. Ram Villivalam provided a legislative summary this week at Niles Township’s regular Board Meeting with an upd...
12/08/2023

State Sen. Ram Villivalam provided a legislative summary this week at Niles Township’s regular Board Meeting with an update on a range of activity in Springfield this past session and its impact at the local level.

He also noted his work with Niles Township Supervisor Bonnie Kahn Ognisanti in getting House Bill 3424 signed into law this year. The law allows greater flexibility for Townships in using General and Emergency Assistance including relaxing a prohibition on using funding to help those with prior drug offenses.

“Honestly, I can’t tell you how grateful I am to the Supervisor and to you all,” he told the Board. “It is special when someone comes forward and says, ‘I’m running this local entity and we want to do more, but we’re hampered by state statute.’”

Supervisor Ognisanti championed the bill and testified multiple times in Springfield.

State Sen. Villivalam called the law “a systemic change” in expanding how all Townships now can provide assistance to those in need. He presented the Supervisor with a copy of the bill signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Thank you State Sen. Villivalam!

*Evening Dec. 7 to Evening Dec. 15*As we approach the first night of Hanukkah, the Niles Township team wants to wish all...
12/07/2023

*Evening Dec. 7 to Evening Dec. 15*

As we approach the first night of Hanukkah, the Niles Township team wants to wish all those who celebrate in our community a Happy Hanukkah filled with love, peace and joy.

Students and staff from the MCC Academy attended Niles Township’s Board Meeting this week to deliver a check for $2,000 ...
12/07/2023

Students and staff from the MCC Academy attended Niles Township’s Board Meeting this week to deliver a check for $2,000 to help fund the Township’s halal section inside the Niles Township Food Pantry.

Thanks to the MCC Academy and its committed students, the Pantry is now stocked with food to meet the needs of our Muslim neighbors in need who visit the Pantry. MCC Academy students manage the halal shelf, providing a valuable opportunity for high school age students to serve the community and support those in need.

Since the Pantry first introduced the halal shelf this year, food items have been in great demand. The students raised funds to stock the shelf — primarily through a bake sale — before delivering the check to the Township.

Thank you MCC Academy! The Township values this partnership and presented the students and staff with a certificate of appreciation.

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