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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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NOTICES

Saturday July 30: Moraine Township Food Pantry Bake Sale

Buy! Bake! Donate! Our Food Pantry Bake Sale is happening this Saturday!

When?

  • Saturday July 30 from 12 - 4 pm, during Side Walk Sales

Where?

  • 777 Central Ave., Highland Park -- just west of Sunset Foods and Green Bay Road

Download a flyer (pdf)for information, including how you can contribute.

Kevin Klug, owner of Klug Orchards, donates produce weekly to Moraine Township Food Pantry at the Ravinia Farmers Market - thanks to Mike Babian for facilitating this valuable nutritious donation for our Pantry.

FOOD PANTRY MOST NEEDED ITEMS

  • Cereal
  • Pasta
  • Fruit - canned or cups
  • Graham crackers
  • Crackers - all kinds
  • Pancake mix

Kelly Nichols of Mom's Clean Air Force hosts local food drive for Moraine Township

Are You Going to Ravinia Under the Stars Saturdays this summer?
Please remember our struggling neighbors and bring a contribution for the Moraine Township Food Pantry.

Volunteers will be inside the front gate near the Information Booth to take your donation and thank you!

Donations are accepted at our office at 777 Central Avenue in Highland Park weekdays 8:30 - 4:30. Check our website for most needed items.

We hope your summer is as wonderful as you help make it for our residents in need.

Moraine Township Pantry Plants Garden: Volunteers Needed!

Ample rewards included! Fresh Air, Sunshine, Good Company, Good Deeds!

Join us every Wednesday and Saturday morning all summer!

Wednesdays 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Saturdays 9:00 am to Noon

At Woodridge Park 150 Barberry Road, Highland Park

Get Directions

Moraine Township Food Pantry Shelves Re-Stocked Thanks to Mariano's Northbrook Shoppers

Summer started in the spirit of giving at Mariano's Northbrook with customers providing generous food donations to stock the Moraine Township Food Pantry for Highland Park / Highwood students and their families over the school break.

"During the first week of June, customers were asked to purchase $5 or $10 bags of food for Moraine's Food Pantry. Customers responded, purchasing 70 bags of food for the Pantry!" reported Larry Fugate, Mariano's Northbrook Store Manager. Click to read more.

Beaches Monitored from Memorial Day Through Labor Day
From May to September, the Health Department's Lakes Management Unit samples Lake Michigan beaches 4 days a week. Beaches on inland lakes are tested biweekly. The water samples are tested for E coli bacteria, which are found in the intestines of almost all warm-blooded animals. While not all strains of E coli are the same, certain strains can make humans sick if ingested in high enough concentrations. Click here to see the status of the beaches.

Bike Lake County Mobile Application
Explore Lake County's bike path and trail network using their new app, Bike Lake County, a mobile application designed to run on any device.

  • Locate yourself on the map
  • Measure distances
  • Identify bike paths, trails, lanes, and nearby parking facilities
  • View photos taken by fellow bicyclists around Lake County
  • Share the map with others

Access the app at http://maps.lakecountyil.gov/bikelakecounty

Contact them at bike@lakecountyil.gov or by calling 847-377-7400.

Download Forest Preserve Trail Maps here.

State of Illinois Drivers Licenses and ID's are Changing
A significant change will soon take place at the Secretary of State's office. The change will improve upon the design and issuing process of Illinois' driver's licenses/ID cards.

Applicants who visit Driver Services facilities will no longer be issued a new permanent driver's license or ID card at the end of the application process. Instead, they will leave the facility with a temporary secure paper driver's license which is valid for 45 days. After fraud checks have been conducted to ensure the applicant's identity, a higher quality, more secure driver's license or ID will be printed and sent via U.S. mail within 15 business days to the applicant's address. Learn more

MORAINE TOWNSHIP OFFERS FREE NOTARY SERVICE AND VOTER REGISTRATION
Need a notary? Register to vote? Visit us!

NO LONGER DRIVING? NEED A RIDE?
Moraine Township has two Door-to-Door vans operating from 8:30 to 4:30 weekdays to take seniors and disabled residents up to 15 miles beyond the Township border in any direction (except east!). Call 847-432-2000 to schedule a ride.

HELP KEEP MORAINE TOWNSHIP'S FOOD PANTRY STOCKED ALL SUMMER!

  • Check morainetownship.org weekly for a list of most needed items and drop off a donation Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at 777 Central Avenue.
  • If you are enjoying music & friends Saturday evenings this summer at Ravinia Festival, bring a food donation for Moraine Township's Food Pantry! There will be a collection bin and friendly volunteer at the Information Booth just inside the front gates.

Want to volunteer? Call or email Anne Flanigan Bassi 847.432.3240 or super@morainetownship.org for volunteer opportunities.

FOOD PANTRY GARDEN NEEDS HELP ALL SUMMER
Just show up! Wednesday and Saturdays 9 am to noon. Woodridge Park: 150 Barberry Road, Highland Park, IL 60035. Get directions.

Income-Qualified Moraine Township Students Receive Breakfast and Lunch Food During Summer Vacation
Boxes of cereals, snacks, and more fill the Moraine Township office to provide breakfast and lunch during summer vacation to students who qualify for the federal free/reduced lunch program during the school year but do not receive meals during school vacations. The effort is made possible thanks to tremendous support and donations from the community and Highland Park Hospital.

Elementary School District 112 and Highland Park High School have partnered in this effort by reaching out to qualified families and inviting them to participate in the program during winter, spring and summer school vacations. Almost 1,000 bags of shelf-stable and fresh food were distributed to families during school vacations in the last twelve months. Click to read more.

Volunteer Opportunity -- All Ages!
If you and/or your family are looking for a one-time volunteer opportunity, look no further!

  • Township Food Pantry Garden: Woodridge Park, 150 Barberry Road, Highland Park
  • All Summer:
    9:00 am to noon
    Wednesdays and Saturdays

  • Ravinia Festival Food Drive:
    Saturdays June 11 through September 18,
    4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Volunteers needed to oversee food bin and take Food to the Township.

If you can help with any of these efforts, we will be eternally in your debt. Maybe longer!

Volunteers Needed for Food Pantry Collection at Ravinia
Ravinia Festival has generously offered to help keep Moraine Townships Food Pantry stocked over the summer months. We are thrilled beyond words! The Festival has offered to have a food collection bin at each Saturday concert beginning June 11, and will email ticket holders with a shopping list and reminder the Thursday before the concert.

As many of you know, community food drives drastically decline during the summer months, but our clients continue to visit our pantry all summer, particularly families whose students are not fed at school during the 10-week summer school vacation.

HELP! We need at least two, possibly three volunteers each Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. throughout the summer to oversee the collection cart at the Ravinia information booth and bring food to the Township. Volunteers MUST take the food away the same night, and will need to arrange to get it to the Township the following Monday.

If you can volunteer for one or more Saturdays, we will be eternally in your debt. Maybe longer!

Please let us know if you can help and we'll begin to fill in a schedule.

On February 22, 2016, School District 113 recognized Moraine Township for its years of partnership helping Highland Park High School students and families
Read more about it here.

FEED THE METERS, FEED YOUR NEIGHBORS

The change collected at the two new "parking" meters installed in downtown Highland Park will lead to positive change in the community's fight against food insecurity. Spearheaded by Namrita Narula, a sophomore at Highland Park High School, all funds collected from the donation station meters will be used to purchase fresh produce for the Moraine Township Food Pantry.

"Food insecurity is a reality in our community," noted Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, "and we were thrilled when Namrita came to the City Council with the request to have the collection sculptures in downtown to provide additional funding for the Food Pantry."

"We are inspired by the compassion and dedication of this young woman to help our neighbors going through difficult times," commented Moraine Township Supervisor Anne Flanigan Bassi.Click to read more.

MORAINE TOWNSHIP EXPANS DOOR-TO-DOOR TRANSPORTATION

In an effort to help seniors continue to enrich and contribute to our community, Moraine Township offers daily hours for its paratransit vans to provide rides for non-medical appointments. The Township looks forward to helping seniors and disabled residents run errands, visit area businesses, grocery shop, schedule beauty shop appointments, and take care of other personal business within the Township. Personal errands can be scheduled weekdays between 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.; other times may be scheduled subject to availability. Click to read more.

MORAINE TOWNSHIP FOOD PANTRY

Moraine Township Food Pantry is the fortunate recipient of an October 2015 food drive hosted by twenty businesses in downtown Highland Park.

GREAT LAKES ADA CENTER AND THE ILLINOIS ADA PROJECT TRANSPORTATION ACCESS AND EXPERIENCES SURVEY

The Great Lakes ADA Center and the Illinois ADA Project would like to invite you to participate in a national survey titled, Transportation Access and Experiences, which is designed to improve understanding of accessibility of public transportation for people with disabilities. This survey is being conducted by the ADA Participation Action Research Consortium (ADA-PARC), a collaborative research project of seven ADA Regional Centers. This project focuses on community living, community participation & work/economic participation disparities of people with disabilities (For more information, visit the website: www.adaparc.org). We would like to improve our understanding on transportation access of people with disabilities and use this information to make improvements at regional and national levels.

We are very interested in receiving as many responses as possible from people with disabilities based on their personal experiences with public transportation. Please feel free to share the survey with potentially interested entities. The results will serve as crucial evidence to support improvements to accessible transportation.

Please use this link to access and complete the survey.

HELP US KEEP OUR SHELVES STOCKED!
Donations are accepted Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm at 777 Central Avenue. Download an Food Pantry Flyer (pdf) or a Food Pantry Shopping List (pdf).

HIGHLAND PARK AND HIGHWOOD ARE READY TO TACKLE FOOD INSECURITY
An inspired crowd of 150 residents packed the Highland Park Country Club on Tuesday, April 21st to learn about food insecurity in Highland Park and Highwood and become part of the solution in ensuring no one goes hungry in their communities. Presentations were made by members of the community and keynote speaker Christopher G. Kennedy, founder of Top Box Foods Express and former chairman of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, who shared his vision and unique strategy to address hunger and nutrition
Noted Dr. Tom Koulentes, Principal of Highland Park High School, "Food insecurity touches all of the age and cultural demographics of our students and our community; no group is immune." With one out of every four elementary students in Highland Park and Highwood qualifying for the federal free/reduced lunch program at their school, along with the increased use of the Moraine Township Food Pantry, food insecurity is an unfortunate reality. Click to read more.

HELP US BETTER SERVE TOWNSHIP SENIORS by completing this survey (pdf).

Through its Feed 4 More program, Whole Foods Market Deerfield presented a check for $8,768 to Moraine Township to support its Food Pantry. Click to read more.

Our Food Pantry often means the difference in families having enough to eat between paychecks. Donations of unexpired, non-perishable food is accepted 8:30 — 4:30 M-F at 777 Central Avenue in Highland Park. Click to read our shopping list.

Moraine Township receives Stormwater Management's 2014 BMP Project of the Year Award. Click to read more.

CHECK OUT THE REVISED ASSESSOR's PAGE for detailed information on: how your property is assessed, how the levy is determined, how you can compare your property to others, understanding the Appeals process, and more.

DOWNLOAD FLYERS WITH INFORMATION about Moraine Township services in English and Spanish here online, or stop by our office.

FOOD PANTRY is open during regular daytime hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Pantry is available as needed at other times or in the evening. Call us!

When residents visit our Pantry, in addition to bags of dried food and canned goods, we also provide frozen meat, fresh produce, and when possible, eggs and cheese.

NEED INDIVIDUAL or FAMILY HELP: Contact ourGeneral Assistance Manager to inquire about qualifying for utility bill assistance and much more.

TRANSPORTATION: If you are interested in furthering access to public paratransit or seeking more information, take a look at our page on Transportation. Moraine is active in the LCCTSC.

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Do take a tour around our site and let us know if you've found what you're looking for, and if all the links to pages you wanted to see are working for you.

We're always interested in your feedback!

Contact: webmaster@morainetownship.org

7/27/16

 

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