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Welcome to the web pages of Moraine Township, serving residents in the southeast corner of Lake County, Illinois.
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DONATE TODAY TO SUPPORT MORAINE TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS

Use the drop down menu from the PayPal donation page to select how your donation is used: Food Pantry, Emergency Food Assistance, or Other Resident Emergency Assitance.

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Direct donations to the Food Pantry allow us to keep the pantry in stock with necessary food and supplies.

Click on the donation button below to help us buy food and supplies for the Pantry.

Moraine Township Food Pantry's Most Needed Items

  • Sugar
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Mayonnaise
  • Jelly & Jam
  • Pancake Mix
  • Crackers
  • Canned Fruit
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Spaghetti
  • Adult Diapers
  • Tissues
  • Cleaning Wipes
  • All Cleaning Supplies

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FOOD PANTRY APPLICATIONS

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Click here for Spanish

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MORAINE TOWNSHIP TEMPORARY SERVICE CHANGES

Dear Residents,

As the ground shifts under us with the changing landscape of COVID-19, at Moraine Township we are focused on how to continue to serve residents while keeping clients, volunteers and staff safe.

MORAINE TOWNSHIP FOOD PANTRY

  • We will keep regular Pantry hours but for safety reasons we will be distributing pre- packed bags of food in a “drive-through” from the alley behind the Pantry, instead of allowing clients to shop in the Pantry.
  • Highland Park and Highwood families with school students may pick up groceries with a school ID even if they are not registered with the Pantry.
  • Pantry distribution times remain the same
    • Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. until noon
    • Wednesday 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

MORAINE TOWNSHIP DOOR-TO-DOOR VAN PROGRAM

For the safety of our riders and staff, we are temporarily suspending our van transportation program for all riders except dialysis and chemotherapy patients.

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE / UTILITY ASSISTANCE / OTHER SAFETY-NET PROGRAMS

We will have applications in an envelope on the porch to our office for various assistance programs. Residents can telephone the office for help completing the applications and return completed applications and documents to the locked mail box on our office porch. Wherever possible, we will assist residents via phone with applications for Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
Moraine Township staff will do everything possible to expedite processing applications for emergency assistance.

SENIOR WELLNESS TELEPHONE CHECKS

Our goal is for staff to connect with each of the low-income seniors who have accessed Township services to see how they are doing and what they may need, and try to figure out how to get them critical supplies while they are safely staying home.

TOWNSHIP PROGRAMS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

The following Township programs are suspended until further notice:

  • VITA: Volunteer income tax preparation for low-income taxpayers;
  • Passports:Passport application procession;
  • Notary Services;
  • Voter Registration;
  • RTA Discount Card applications;
  • Taxi coupon distribution.

Volunteers: Many of our volunteers may be out ill or as a precaution. If you are healthy and not at risk, please let us know. We are keeping a “sub-list” to call for shifts we know we are in need of volunteers. If you want to be part of the “bench”, please email volunteer@morainetownship.org.

Food: We anticipate needing a lot more food than usual, and will assess what we need weekly. Sunset, Jewel, Antons all deliver; as well as Target and Amazon. Gift cards are also welcome, and cash donations are gratefully accepted at morainetownship.org.
You are welcome to bring food to the Township – 800 Central Avenue HP – and leave it on one of the tables set up outside our office (so we all avoid unnecessary contact). We will promptly bring the food inside.

PLEASE ONLY SCHEDULE FOOD DONATION DELIVERIES WEEKDAYS 8:30 TO 4:30 ONLY

This week's list:

  • Rice - bagged
  • Dried pinto beans - bagged
  • Canister oatmeal or packets/cups
  • Canned fruit or fruit cups
  • Cereal – all kinds
  • Tuna
  • Boxes of crackers – all kinds
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly

PAPER GROCERY BAGS WITH HANDLES:
Desperately need bags to pack food in since clients are not shopping with their own reusable bags. We will have bins on the porch outside our office for untorn paper grocery bags. We are fortunate to live in a unique and generous community. It takes a village and the Township is grateful for our residents’ genuine concern for their struggling neighbors.

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Due to COVID-19 issues, the grant application deadline has been extended to May 1.

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Income Tax Assistance for Low-Income Taxpayers

FEBRUARY 8, 2020 TO APRIL 11, 2020

Moraine Township has IRS-trained volunteers available to confidentially assist low and moderate income residents prepare their 2019 federal and Illinois income tax returns.

THIS SERVICE IS FREE TO QUALIFIED TAXPAYERS

Residents served by Moraine Township’s program for free tax help generally have basic tax returns and household income of $55,000 or less.

Call 847-780-6644 to schedule an appointment. Walk-in hours are Saturdays, 9 am to 12 pm from Febrary 8, 2020 to April 11, 2020.

Download the VITA 2020 Flyer

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Early Voting

Early Voting for Moraine Township residents will run from March 2 - March 14, Monday -Friday from 9:00 am -5:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am -2:00 pm at the Highland Park Police Station, 1677 Old Deerfield Road, Highland Park, Illinois. Lake Forest residents early vote at Lake Forest City Hall.

If you would like to order a ballot by mail or view your ballot,click here.

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Have You Filed For Your Senior Homestead Exemption?

If you have turned 65 and own a home in Moraine Township that is your primary residence, please make sure you apply for your senior homestead exemption to save money on your property taxes. Applications can be filed online here. Questions??? Call the Assessor’s office 847-432-2100.

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Income-qualified seniors may be eligible for property assessment freeze

To qualify, applicants must:

  • Be 65 years of age or older
  • Own the property as their principle residence for the past two January 1
  • Have a total household income of $65,000 or less

  • This exemption must be renewed annually for income qualification

    To find out if you are eligible, or for assistance applying, please bring a copy of your 2019 income tax return to Moraine Township Assessor’s office at 800 Central Avenue, Highland Park or visit this website.

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    NOTICES

    Sunset Fundraiser Final Total Breaks the Record! >>
    Moraine Township Trustee Cindy Wolfson spearheaded our Sunset Foods Fundraiser for the sixth consecutive year staging two groups of volunteers for 2-hour shifts for three consecutive days to ask shoppers to support the Food Pantry.

    Final numbers from Sunset plus a late check combined to break last year's record donations. Our total for three days was $14,100.87!!! There were 744 donations at the cash register plus many hundreds in the bucket. We are grateful to Sunset Foods for providing us the opportunity to easily reach a large number of donors in just three days.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you to almost 50 volunteers – some wokring multiple shifts over three days - who made this possible!

    Sunset Foods Shoppers Share Holiday Spirit >>
    During the first weekend in December, Sunset Foods customers responded to Moraine Township Food Pantry volunteers and added donations at checkout or the contribution bin to help the Food Pantry purchase produce, eggs, cheese and meat throughout the year. Almost 50 volunteers, some working multiple shifts over three days, helped the Township raise a record $14,100.00 from Sunset shoppers.Read more>>

    Ever wonder what Moraine Township does? >>
    Find out more by reading our Winter 2019 Newsletter! Read more>>

    Looking for meaningful volunteer opportunities? We can help!

    • Food Pantry: weekly shifts or occasional help
    • VITA: training with IRS to prepare income tax returns for low-income residents
    • ACA: train with CMS to help residents sign up for health insurance on the Federal Marketplace
    • Food Pantry Garden: help needed Wednesday and Saturday mornings during gardening season
    • Find Out More.

    Need a Passport Book or Card? Applications now accepted at Moraine Township >>
    (05/20/18) Moraine Township is now certified to process first-time Passport Book and Passport Card Applications. Continue Reading >>

    Moraine Township Services

    Download a flyer (pdf).

    Services available to all residents

    • Door-to-Door van transportation for seniors and disabled residents 847-432-3000
    • RTA discount cards
    • Voter registration
    • Free Notary service
      • Free Notary service (EXCEPT for documents relating to the conveyance of residential real property)
    • Help enrolling for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act
    • NEW Passport application processing
    • Township Assessor 847-432-2100 Help with exemptions, understanding your assessment, filing an objection

    Services for income-qualified residents

    • General / Emergency Assistance
    • Food Pantry
    • Utility assistance
    • Medical alert monitoring program for seniors and disabled residents
    • Application assistance: Medicaid, SNAP, Benefit Access, TANF
    • Resource referral for specific needs
    • Free income tax return preparation for low-and-moderate-income taxpayers

    Servicios disponibles para todos los residentes

    • Transporte de camioneta puerta a puerta para personas mayores y residentes discapacitados 847-432-3000
    • Tarjetas de descuento RTA
    • Registro para votar
    • Servicio gratuito de notario publico
      • Servicio gratuito de notario public (EXCEPTO para documentos relacionados con el traspaso de bienes inmuebles residenciales)
    • Ayuda para inscribirse en el seguro de salud. bajo la Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio
    • NUEVO: procesamiento de solicitud de pasaporte
    • Asesor de Municipio 847-432-2100 Ayuda con las exenciones, entendiendo tu evaluación, presentación de una objeción

    Servicios para residentes calificados por ingresos

    • Asistencia general y de emergencia
    • Despensa de alimentos
    • Asistencia de utilidades
    • Programa de alerta médicas para personas mayores y residentes discapacitados que viven solos
    • Solicitud de asistencia: Medicaid, SNAP Acceso a Beneficios, TANF
    • Recursos para necesidades específicas
    • Preparación gratis de la declaración de impuestos para contribuyentes de ingresos bajos y moderados

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    3/25/20

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