Coronavirus Update

Oak Park Township Updates - Effective October 22, 2020

Planning Visitor Protocols
When the Township receives guidance that we can safely reopen to the general public, plans are in place to ensure the health and safety of visitors to our buildings.  Please click here for our Workplace Safety Plan.

Township Applies for CARES Act Funding
The Oak Park Township Board of Trustees approved filing an application for $38,000 in funding from the Cook County CARES Act relief fund.  Eligible expenses must be directly related to purchases and preventative measures related to the coronavirus.

Services and Programs Continue; Transportation Available for Older Adults
Oak Park Township is currently still closed to the public, and most of our staff are working remotely.  Please call us at 708-383-8005 for telephone or telehealth appointments.  We continue to provide nutrition services for older adults with home delivery and drive-through meal pick-up.  Transportation to dialysis or medical appointments may be reserved by calling 708-383-4806.  Limited services, like notarizing documents, are being done in our parking lot, with social distancing guidelines in place.  Voter registration forms are available upon request or by mail.  When the local levels of infection stabilize at a lower rate, we will begin finalizing Visitor Protocols.

Home Delivered Meals, “Take Out” Meal Distribution and Medicare Counseling
Older adults who have requested meals are receiving them every other week in the form of frozen nutritionally balanced meals.  We are also providing “take out” lunches to older adults to pick up at our Senior Services building.  We are limiting face-to-face contact with others out of health concerns for everyone. During the rest of October, meal distribution will be October 23rd and 30th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Suggested donation is $1.00 per meal.  We will also have a Medicare specialist available on Wednesdays and Fridays; please call 708-613-1112 to register.  For detailed guidelines, please see our Senior Services webpage at https://oakparktownship.org/senior-services/ or call 708-383-8060.

Partnerships and Monitoring
We have worked diligently with our partners from the Villages of Oak Park and River Forest, local public health departments, AgeOptions, and the Illinois Department on Aging to ensure continuity of service during this time and offer additional information and supports when necessary.  We continue to monitor developments of COVID-19 and develop internal preparedness plans which are being implemented to provide for continued assistance to residents in the community during this unprecedented time.

As the state moves towards reopening fully, the Township is keeping in mind the needs of the populations we serve and the guidance from the state and federal agencies, local authorities and our funders to ensure the health and safety of staff, volunteers, and clients. We will gradually allow the public to access services in- person.  To find a COVID-19 testing site near you, please visit https://www.test-illinois.com/.

For further assistance with Township services, please call the Administrative offices at 708-383-8005, Senior Services Center at 708-383-8060, Senior Services Transportation at 708-383-4806, Youth Services at 708-445-2727 or the Community Mental Health Board at 708-358-8855.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

Oak Park Township Updates - Effective October 2, 2020

Safety Guidelines in Place; Planning for Reopening to Public Continues
Oak Park Township is currently still closed to the public, and most of our staff are working remotely.  Please call us at 708-383-8005 for telephone or telehealth appointments.  We continue to provide nutrition services for older adults with home delivery and drive-through meal pick-up.  Transportation to dialysis or medical appointments is also available.  Limited services, like notarizing documents, are being done in our parking lot, with social distancing guidelines in place.  Voter information may be found on the Village website at:  https://www.oak-park.us/your-government/village-clerk/2020-general-election-voting-information.  When the local levels of infection stabilize at a lower rate, we will begin finalizing Visitor Protocols.

Home Delivered Meals and “Take Out” Meal Distribution
Older adults who have requested meals are receiving them every other week in the form of frozen nutritionally balanced meals.  We are also providing “take out” lunches to older adults who are able to pick them up at our Senior Services building.  With the help of staff and pre-screened volunteers, we are limiting face-to-face contact with others out of health concerns for everyone. During October, meal distribution will be October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th.  Suggested donation is $1.00 per meal.  For detailed guidelines, please see our Senior Services webpage at https://oakparktownship.org/senior-services/ or call 708-383-8060.

Partnerships and Monitoring
We have worked diligently with our partners from the Villages of Oak Park and River Forest, local public health departments, AgeOptions, and the Illinois Department on Aging to ensure continuity of service during this time and offer additional information and supports when necessary.  We continue to monitor developments of COVID-19 and develop internal preparedness plans which are being implemented to provide for continued assistance to residents in the community during this unprecedented time.

As the state moves towards reopening fully, the Township is keeping in mind the needs of the populations we serve and the guidance from the state and federal agencies, local authorities and our funders to ensure the health and safety of staff, volunteers, and clients. We will gradually allow the public to access services in- person.  To find a COVID-19 testing site near you, please visit https://www.test-illinois.com/.

For further assistance with Township services, please call the Administrative offices at 708-383-8005, Senior Services Center at 708-383-8060, Senior Services Transportation at 708-383-4806, Youth Services at 708-445-2727 or the Community Mental Health Board at 708-358-8855.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

Oak Park Township Updates - Effective September 1, 2020

Safety Guidelines in Place; Planning for Reopening to Public Continues
Oak Park Township is currently still closed to the public, and most of our staff are working remotely.  We can be reached by telephone and we offer assistance for residents via telephone and telehealth appointments.  We continue to provide nutrition services for older adults with home delivery and drive-through meal pick-up.  Transportation to dialysis or medical appointments is also available.  Limited services, like notarizing documents, are being done in our parking lot, with social distancing guidelines in place.  Voter registration forms are available upon request or by mail.  When the local levels of infection stabilize at a lower rate, we will begin finalizing Visitor Protocols.

In preparation for gradually opening our offices to the public, the Township Board of Trustees agreed on several guidelines during the August 18, 2020 meeting.  We view safety as a top priority and have taken precautions to ensure that our workplaces and processes are as safe as they can be for employees and visitors alike as we respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. We have made changes to our physical space, updated policies and procedures, and put new processes in place.

Home Delivered Meals and “Take Out” Meal Distribution
Older adults who have requested meals are receiving them every other week in the form of frozen nutritionally balanced meals.  We are also providing “take out” lunches to older adults who are able to pick them up at our Senior Services building.  With the help of staff and pre-screened volunteers, we are limiting face-to-face contact with others out of health concerns for everyone. During September, meal distribution will be September 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th.   For detailed guidelines, please see our Senior Services webpage at https://oakparktownship.org/senior-services/ or call 708-383-8060.

Partnerships and Monitoring
We have worked diligently with our partners from the Villages of Oak Park and River Forest, local public health departments, AgeOptions, and the Illinois Department on Aging to ensure continuity of service during this time and offer additional information and supports when necessary.  We continue to monitor developments of COVID-19 and develop internal preparedness plans which are being implemented to provide for continued assistance to residents in the community during this unprecedented time.

As the state moves towards reopening fully, the Township is keeping in mind the needs of the populations we serve and the guidance from the state and federal agencies, local authorities and our funders to ensure the health and safety of staff, volunteers, and clients. We will gradually allow the public to access services in- person.  To find a COVID-19 testing site near you, please visit https://www.test-illinois.com/.

For further assistance with Township services, please call the Administrative offices at 708-383-8005, Senior Services Center at 708-383-8060, Senior Services Transportation at 708-383-4806, Youth Services at 708-445-2727 or the Community Mental Health Board at 708-358-8855.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

Oak Park Township Updates - Effective August 13, 2020

Plans for Gradual Reopening to the Public to be discussed by Board
Oak Park Township is currently closed to the public, and most of our staff are working remotely. We can be reached by telephone and we offer assistance for residents via telephone and telehealth appointments. We continue to provide nutrition services for older adults with home delivery and drive-through meal pick-up. Transportation to dialysis or medical appointments is also available. Limited services, like notarizing documents, are being done in our parking lot, with social distancing guidelines in place.
In preparation for gradually opening our offices to the public, the Township Board of Trustees will discuss planning at the August 18, 2020 meeting. Please check the https://oakparktownship.org/board-agendas-finances/ webpage for login information and updates.
Call the Administrative offices at 708-383-8005, Senior Services Center at 708-383-8060, Senior Services Transportation at 708-383-4806, Youth Services at 708-445-2727 or the Community Mental Health Board at 708-358-8855 for assistance. Since the state entered Phase 4, our staff is continuing to follow the guidance of the Village of Oak Park Public Health Department as well as state and federal officials to ensure the health and safety of staff, volunteers and clients.

Other Township Services
Administrative staff, Senior Services, the Assessor’s office and General Assistance staff are providing information, assistance and referrals over the phone. Youth Services and Senior Services are in contact with the individuals and families with which they work, and are offering assistance to our community partners. Medical Equipment including walkers, canes, commodes and transfer chairs are available; we are also accepting donations at this time. Please call 708-383-8005 for more information or to make an appointment. Thank you for your patience during this time.

Oak Park Township Updates - Effective July 28, 2020

Plans for Gradual Reopening to the Public
Oak Park Township has been open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and has shifted most of our in-person services to telephone appointments, online individual appointments and group online meetings.  We continue to offer nutrition services for older adults with home delivery and drive-through meal pick-up.  Transportation to dialysis or medical appointments is also available.  Limited services, like notarizing documents, are being done in our parking lot, with social distancing guidelines in place.

We continue to monitor developments of COVID-19 and are developing and implementing internal preparedness plans to provide for continued assistance to residents in the community during this unprecedented time.  We are making physical adjustments to our offices in preparation for gradually opening to the public by appointment; please monitor our website and Facebook page for updates.

Call the Administrative offices at 708-383-8005, Senior Services Center at 708-383-8060, Youth Services at 708-445-2727 or the Community Mental Health Board at 708-358-8855 for assistance.  Since the state entered Phase 4, our staff is continuing to follow the guidance of the Village of Oak Park Public Health Department as well as state and federal officials to ensure the health and safety of staff, volunteers and clients.

Home Delivered Meals and “Take Out” Meal Distribution
Older adults who have requested meals are receiving them every other week in the form of shelf stable and frozen nutritionally balanced meals.  We are also providing “take out” lunches to older adults who are able to pick them up at our Senior Services building.  With the help of staff and pre-screened volunteers, we are limiting face-to-face contact with others out of health concerns for everyone. During August, meal distribution will be August 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th.   For detailed current schedules and guidelines, please see our Senior Services webpage at https://oakparktownship.org/senior-services/ or call 708-383-8060.

COVID-19 Community Resource Guide
The Community Mental Health Board (CMHB) of Oak Park Township has created a resource guide available at this link:  bit.ly/oprfguide.  It lists social service agencies and organizations throughout the area accessible or via phone and text.  The organizations listed are accepting clients and providing resources to all residents during this time.  This guide is intended to be used for informational purposes only and does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement to any particular group or service.  This guide does not constitute legal or health advice and is subject to change without notice.  The CMHB may be reached at 708-358-8855.

Second Installment Tax Bills Are Due August 3rd But May Be Paid Without Penalty by October 1st
Oak Park Township Assessor Ali ElSaffar issued a press release explaining that the second installment property tax bills for tax year 2019 are due August 3rd, but taxpayers can pay them as late as October 1 without having to pay any interest or late fees.  This adjustment was due to the financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  More details may be found at  https://oakparktownship.org/2020/06/second-installment-tax-bills-are-due-august-3-2020/.

Other Township Services
Administrative staff, Senior Services, the Assessor’s office and General Assistance staff are providing information, assistance and referrals over the phone. Youth Services and Senior Services are in contact with the individuals and families with which they work, and are offering assistance to our community partners.  Currently, Medical Equipment including walkers, canes, commodes and transfer chairs are available; we are also accepting donations of items at this time.  Please call 708-383-8005 for more information or to make an appointment.

 

Oak Park Township Updates - Effective July 7, 2020

Board and Staff Continues Planning for Gradual Reopening to the Public
Oak Park Township has been open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and is offering services via telephone, telehealth appointments, and online groups. We are making physical adjustments to our offices in preparation for gradually opening to the public by appointment; please monitor our website and Facebook page for updates.  Call the Administrative offices at 708-383-8005, Senior Services Center at 708-383-8060, Youth Services at 708-445-2727 or the Community Mental Health Board at 708-358-8855 for assistance.  Since the state entered Phase 4, our staff is continuing to follow the guidance of the Village of Oak Park Public Health Department as well as state and federal officials to ensure the health and safety of staff, volunteers and clients.

Second Installment Tax Bills Are Due August 3rd But May Be Paid Without Penalty by October 1st
Oak Park Township Assessor Ali ElSaffar issued a press release explaining that the second installment property tax bills for tax year 2019 are due August 3rd, but taxpayers can pay them as late as October 1 without having to pay any interest or late fees.  This adjustment was due to the financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  More details may be found at  https://oakparktownship.org/2020/06/second-installment-tax-bills-are-due-august-3-2020/.

Home Delivered Meals and “Take Out” Meal Distribution
Older adults who have requested meals are receiving them every other week in the form of shelf stable and frozen nutritionally balanced meals.  We are also providing “take out” lunches to older adults who are able to pick them up at our Senior Services building.  With the help of staff and pre-screened volunteers, we are limiting face-to-face contact with others out of health concerns for everyone. During the remainder of July and the month of August, meal distribution will be July 31st, August 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th.  For detailed current schedules, please see our Senior Services webpage at https://oakparktownship.org/senior-services/ or call 708-383-8060.

COVID-19 Community Resource Guide
The Community Mental Health Board (CMHB) of Oak Park Township has created a resource guide available at this link:  bit.ly/oprfguide.  It lists social service agencies and organizations throughout the area accessible or via phone and text.  The organizations listed are accepting clients and providing resources to all residents during this time.  This guide is intended to be used for informational purposes only and does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement to any particular group or service.  This guide does not constitute legal or health advice and is subject to change without notice.  The CMHB may be reached at 708-358-8855.

Other Township Services
Administrative staff, Senior Services, the Assessor’s office and General Assistance staff are providing information, assistance and referrals over the phone. Youth Services and Senior Services are in contact with the individuals and families with which they work, and are offering assistance to our community partners.  Currently, a limited amount of Medical Equipment is available; however, we are not accepting donations at this time.  Please call 708-383-8005 for more information.

 

 

Oak Park Township Updates - Effective June 15, 2020

Oak Park Township is evaluating all service areas and the need to have additional staff on-site. We will gradually allow the public to access services in-person as the State moves into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. Oak Park Township will continue to follow developments related to COVID-19 and the guidance of the Village of Oak Park Public Health Department as well as state and federal officials to ensure the health and safety of staff, volunteers and clients. We thank our residents for their patience and cooperation.

Overview

As the Township often deals with the most vulnerable in our community, we will be re-opening carefully and strategically with directives from OSHACDCIDOAIDPHAgeOptions, and the Village of Oak Park. The State is currently in Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan, which limits gatherings to 10 people or less.  When possible, we ask that residents utilize our services remotely, by phone or email. If it is necessary to come in to the Township offices, visitors should 1) call ahead to make an appointment, 2) expect to be screened for COVID-19 risk, including a temperature check, 3) wear a face mask covering nose and mouth, and 4) use hand sanitizer or wash hands before and after coming to the building.

For more updates from the Oak Park Township, please visit our website on a regular basis and follow our Facebook page. A press release with more information is available at this link: https://oakparktownship.org/2020/06/oak-park-township-reopening-plan-as-of-june-15-2020/.

 

 

Oak Park Township Updates - Effective May 29, 2020

Board and Staff Planning Phased Reopening
Oak Park Township has been open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to offer services via telephone, telehealth appointments, and online groups. Please call the Administrative offices at 708-383-8005, Senior Services Center at 708-383-8060, Youth Services at 708-445-2727 or the Community Mental Health Board at 708-358-8855 for assistance. As the state enters Phase 3 towards reopening fully, our staff is following the guidance of the Village of Oak Park Public Health Department as well as state and federal officials to ensure the health and safety of staff, volunteers and clients. Please continue to access our website and Facebook page for updates. For the Governor’s press release on Phase 3 guidelines, please click here.

Senior Services Provides Meals, Counseling and Referrals
Oak Park and River Forest Townships Senior Services are providing meals, case management, transportation to medical appointments, and referrals specifically for older adults. We also have specialists trained in Adult Protective Services for those experiencing abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation. Please call 708-383-8060 for additional information on local help. The Illinois Department on Aging and Age Options are other regional agencies that offer assistance.

Home Delivered Meals and “Take Out” Meal Distribution
Older adults who have requested meals are receiving them every other week in the form of shelf stable and frozen nutritionally balanced meals. We are also providing “take out” lunches to older adults who are able to pick them up at our Senior Services building. With the help of staff and pre-screened volunteers, we are limiting face-to-face contact with others out of health concerns for everyone. During June, meal distribution will be June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th and 29th. For detailed schedules and updates, please see our Senior Services webpage at https://oakparktownship.org/senior-services/.

General Assistance Phone Appointments
Financial assistance for residents meeting guidelines from the Illinois Department of Human Services is administered through Oak Park Township’s General Assistance Department. Residents without minor children, not receiving government-sponsored assistance, and meeting income requirements may visit https://oakparktownship.org/general-assistance/ to learn more about eligibility and to download an application. The phone number for additional information is 708-383-8005, ext. 123.

Mindful Middle-Schoolers Program in June
DePaul University, in partnership with the Oak Park Township Community Mental Health Board and D97, will offer a series of VIRTUAL community talks on June 3rd and 10th to the Brooks/Julian community as part of The Mindful Middle-Schoolers Program. Registration is available at this link.

COVID-19 Community Resource Guide
The Community Mental Health Board (CMHB) of Oak Park Township has created a resource guide available at this link: bit.ly/oprfguide. It lists social service agencies and organizations throughout the area accessible or via phone and text. The organizations listed are accepting clients and providing resources to all residents during this time. This guide is intended to be used for informational purposes only and does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement to any particular group or service. This guide does not constitute legal or health advice and is subject to change without notice. The CMHB may be reached at 708-358-8855.

Other Township Services - 708-383-8005
Administrative staff, the Assessor’s Office, and General Assistance staff are providing information, assistance and referrals over the phone. Youth Services and Senior Services are in contact with the individuals and families with which they work, and are offering assistance to our community partners. Currently, a limited amount of Medical Equipment is available; however, we are not accepting donations at this time. Please call 708-383-8005 for more information.  Taxi Coupon booklets ($6.00 for a book of 10) for adults 60+ and individuals 18+ with disabilities may be purchased; please mail in a check to Oak Park Township, 105 S. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302.  In addition, applications for CTA senior reduced farecards and disability placards may be picked up at the 105 S. Oak Park Avenue office.

If you or someone you know is in need of Township services, please call 708-383-8005 for Administrative Services, General Assistance or the Assessor’s Office, 708-383-8060 for Senior Services, 708-383-4806 for Transportation, or 708-445-2727 for Youth Services. Phones will be answered from 9am to 5pm weekdays. You may leave a message at other times and staff will get back to you the next business day.

Distribution of Cloth Face Masks
The Oak Park Police Department at Village Hall, 123 Madison, is distributing cloth face coverings to residents as supplies are available. The masks were provided by volunteers coordinated by the Park District of Oak Park. The Police Department will collect names and addresses of those in need of masks if supplies run out. The non-emergency phone number for the Police Department is 708-386-3800.

 

Oak Park Township Updates - Effective May 12, 2020

Evaluation of Phased Reopening
As a result of Governor Pritzker’s extension of the Shelter in Place order until May 30th, the Oak Park Township Board of Trustees and staff leadership are evaluating processes for a phased reopening.  We will be following the guidance of the Village of Oak Park Public Health Department as well as state and federal officials to ensure the health and safety of staff, volunteers and clients.  Please continue to access our website and Facebook page for updates.  For the Governor’s press release on the Shelter in Place order which includes details on modifications for businesses, please click here.

Townships Provide Essential Services During Pandemic
Oak Park Township, as well as several state Townships, was highlighted in the Township Officials of Illinois’ May Perspectives magazine for responses to COVID-19 and helping residents.  In particular, our meal distribution to older adults, the monthly Memory Café, and the Community Resource Guide were recognized as helpful services.  Please click here to see the entire article.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Older Americans Month
Together with Riveredge Hospital, National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) ,and  Thrive Counseling Center,  the Community Mental Health Board is spreading the word to all residents about Mental Health and Wellness resources.  Please visit their websites and social media for information on telehealth, support groups, and more for individuals and families.

Oak Park and River Forest Townships Senior Services are providing meals, case management, transportation to medical appointments, LIHEAP application processing, and referrals specifically for older adults.   We also have specialists trained in Adult Protective Services for those experiencing abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation.  Please call 708-383-8060 for additional information on local help.  The Illinois Department on Aging and Age Options are other regional agencies that offer assistance.

COVID-19 Community Resource Guide
The Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township has created a resource guide available at this link:  bit.ly/oprfguide.  It lists social service agencies and organizations throughout the area accessible or via phone and text.  The organizations listed are accepting clients and providing resources to all residents during this time.  This guide is intended to be used for informational purposes only and does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement to any particular group or service.  This guide does not constitute legal or health advice and is subject to change without notice.

Home Delivered Meals and “Take Out” Meal Distribution
Older adults who have requested meals are receiving them every other week in the form of shelf stable and frozen nutritionally balanced meals.  We are also providing “take out” lunches to older adults who are able to pick them up at our Senior Services building.  With the help of staff and pre-screened volunteers, we are limiting face-to-face contact with others out of health concerns for everyone. During May, meals will be distributed on 5/15, 5/22, and 5/29. For detailed schedules and updates, please see our Senior Services webpage at https://oakparktownship.org/senior-services/.

General Assistance Phone Appointments

Financial assistance for residents meeting guidelines from the Illinois Department of Human Services is administered through Oak Park Township’s General Assistance Department.  Residents without minor children, not receiving government-sponsored assistance, and meeting income requirements may visit  https://oakparktownship.org/general-assistance/ to learn more about eligibility and to download an application.  The phone number for additional information is 708-383-8005, ext. 123.

Mindful Middle-Schoolers Program in May and June
DePaul University, in partnership with the Oak Park Township Community Mental Health Board and D97, will offer a series of VIRTUAL community talks in May and June to the Brooks/Julian community as part of The Mindful Middle-Schoolers Program.  Registration is available at this link.

Other Township Services
Administrative staff, the Assessor’s Office, and General Assistance staff are providing information, assistance and referrals over the phone. Youth Services and Senior Services are in contact with the individuals and families with which they work, and are offering assistance to our community partners.  Currently, a limited amount of Medical Equipment is available; however, we are not accepting donations at this time.  Please call 708-383-8005 for more information.

If you or someone you know is in need of Township services, please call 708-383-8005 for Administrative Services, General Assistance or the Assessor’s Office, 708-383-8060 for Senior Services, 708-383-4806 for Transportation, or 708-445-2727 for Youth Services. Phones will be answered from 9am to 5pm weekdays. You may leave a message at other times and staff will get back to you the next business day.

Distribution of Cloth Face Masks
The Oak Park Police Department at Village Hall, 123 Madison, is distributing cloth face coverings to residents as supplies are available.  The masks were provided by volunteers coordinated by the Park District of Oak Park.  For information or to volunteer, contact Maureen McCarthy at Maureen.mccarthy@pdop.org or 708.725.2021.  The Police Department will collect names and addresses of those in need of masks if supplies run out.  The non-emergency phone number for the Police Department is 708-386-3800.

 

 

Oak Park Township Updates - Effective April 27, 2020

Evaluation of Phased Reopening
As a result of Governor Pritzker’s extension of the Shelter in Place order until May 30th, the Oak Park Township Board of Trustees and staff leadership are evaluating processes for a phased reopening.  We will be following the guidance of the Village of Oak Park Public Health Department as well as state and federal officials to ensure the health and safety of staff, volunteers and clients.  Please continue to access our website and Facebook page for updates.  For the Governor’s press release on the Shelter in Place order which includes details on modifications for businesses effective May 1st, please click here.

COVID-19 Community Resource Guide
The Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township has created a resource guide available at this link:  bit.ly/oprfguide.  It lists social service agencies and organizations throughout the area accessible or via phone and text.  The organizations listed are accepting clients and providing resources to all residents during this time.  This guide is intended to be used for informational purposes only and does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement to any particular group or service.  This guide does not constitute legal or health advice and is subject to change without notice.

Home Delivered Meals and “Take Out” Meal Distribution
Older adults who have requested meals are receiving them every other week in the form of shelf stable and frozen nutritionally balanced meals.  We are also providing “take out” lunches to older adults who are able to pick them up at our Senior Services building.  With the help of staff and pre-screened volunteers, we are limiting face-to-face contact with others out of health concerns for everyone. During May, meals will be distributed on 5/4, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, and 5/29. For detailed schedules and updates, please see our Senior Services webpage at https://oakparktownship.org/senior-services/.

Appeals Deadline is May 1st
Oak Park residents have until Friday, May 1st, to file a property tax appeal.  Those who need assistance in filing an appeal can call 708-383-8005 for a phone appointment with a member of the Oak Park Township Assessor’s office.

General Assistance Phone Appointments
Financial assistance for residents meeting guidelines from the Illinois Department of Human Services is administered through Oak Park Township’s General Assistance Department.  Residents without minor children, not receiving government-sponsored assistance, and meeting income requirements may visit  https://oakparktownship.org/general-assistance/ to learn more about eligibility and to download an application.  The phone number for additional information is 708-383-8005, ext. 123.

Other Township Services
Administrative staff, the Assessor’s Office, and General Assistance staff are providing information, assistance and referrals over the phone. Youth Services and Senior Services are in contact with the individuals and families with which they work, and are offering assistance to our community partners.  Currently, a limited amount of Medical Equipment is available; however, we are not accepting donations at this time.  Please call 708-383-8005 for more information.

If you or someone you know is in need of Township services, please call 708-383-8005 for Administrative Services, General Assistance or the Assessor’s Office, 708-383-8060 for Senior Services, 708-383-4806 for Transportation, or 708-445-2727 for Youth Services. Phones will be answered from 9am to 5pm weekdays. You may leave a message at other times and staff will get back to you the next business day.

Distribution of Cloth Face Masks
The Oak Park Police Department at Village Hall, 123 Madison, distributed over 80 cloth face coverings to residents this past Saturday.  The masks were provided by volunteers coordinated by the Oak Park Park District. Very limited supplies remain, however the Park District was expected to deliver more masks this afternoon.  The Police Department will collect names and addresses of those in need of mask if there are none available.  The Village will then make arrangements to deliver the mask once they are available again.  The non-emergency phone number for the Police Department is 708-386-3800.

 

Oak Park Township Updates - Effective April 17, 2020

Appeals Deadline is May 1st
Oak Park residents have until Friday, May 1st, to file a property tax appeal.  “Although the Oak Park Township Assessor’s office has already helped over two thousand local property owners file appeals, those who want to file an appeal but have not yet done so can call 708-383-8005 for an appointment during the extended appeal period.  These appointments will be conducted over the phone,” as stated by Oak Park Township Assessor Ali ElSaffar.

COVID-19 Community Resource Guide
The Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township has created a resource guide available at this link:  bit.ly/oprfguide.   It lists social service agencies and organizations throughout the area accessible or via phone and text.  The organizations listed are accepting clients and providing resources to all residents during this time.  This guide is intended to be used for informational purposes only and does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement to any particular group or service.  This guide does not constitute legal or health advice and is subject to change without notice.

Home Delivered Meals and “Take Out” Meal Distribution
Older adults who have requested meals are receiving them every other week in the form of shelf stable and frozen nutritionally balanced meals.  We are also providing “take out” lunches to older adults who are able to pick them up at our Senior Services building.  With the help of staff and pre-screened volunteers, we are limiting face-to-face contact with others out of health concerns for everyone.

Feeding Seniors Safely During COVID-19
The Wednesday Journal recently published an article about our Senior Services Programs – please click here or above for the complete article.  We have seen a steady increase in inquiries for home-delivered meals, and older adult residents of Oak Park and River Forest may call (708) 383-8060 to make arrangements.  For schedules and updates, please see our Senior Services webpage at https://oakparktownship.org/senior-services/.

Thank you to Volunteers
We are grateful to the many volunteers who have applied to help our staff deliver meals, pick up groceries, or run errands for older adult residents in Oak Park or River Forest.  Many of the residents have expressed their gratitude.  Thank you also to the Park District of Oak Park for their partnership in coordinating the volunteer sign-up portal.

Other Township Services
Administrative staff, the Assessor’s Office, and General Assistance staff are providing information, assistance and referrals over the phone. Youth Services and Senior Services are in contact with the individuals and families with which they work, and are offering assistance to our community partners.  Currently, a limited amount of Medical Equipment is available, however we are not accepting donations at this time.  Please call 708-383-8005 for more information.

If you or someone you know is in need of Township services, please call 708-383-8005 for Administrative Services, General Assistance or the Assessor’s Office, 708-383-8060 for Senior Services, 708-383-4806 for Transportation, or 708-445-2727 for Youth Services. Phones will be answered from 9am to 5pm weekdays. You may leave a message at other times and staff will get back to you the next business day.

 

Effective April 1, 2020

Oak Park Township Provides Essential Services

Thank you to the many volunteers and community partnerships assisting our staff to serve residents in need.  We are continuing to provide services by telephone and tele-conference in our departments of Youth Services, Senior Services, General Assistance and Assessor Services.  Most of our staff are working remotely.

Older adults who have requested meals are receiving them every other week in the form of shelf stable and frozen nutritionally balanced meals; as of last Friday, we have modified our congregate “take-out” service.  With the help of staff and pre-screened volunteers, we are limiting face-to-face contact with others out of health concerns for everyone.  We have seen a steady increase in inquiries for home-delivered meals, and older adult residents of Oak Park and River Forest may call (708) 383-8060 to make arrangements.  For schedules and updates, please see our Senior Services webpage at https://oakparktownship.org/senior-services/.

Volunteer Opportunities
Transportation for older adults to dialysis and important medical appointments may be scheduled by calling (708) 383-4806.  In addition, we are running errands for older adults including pick-up and delivery of grocery items with the help of our staff and volunteers.  We have created, in partnership with the Park District of Oak Park, an on-line portal for volunteers to sign up to help us meet the essential needs of seniors. If interested in volunteering with Oak Park Township Senior Services, please go to the Oak Park COVID-19 Community Response Volunteer Interest survey at https://bit.ly/399p9zW.

Other Township Services and Resource Guide
Administrative staff, the Assessor’s Office, and General Assistance staff are providing information, assistance and referrals over the phone. Youth Services and Senior Services are in contact with the individuals and families with which they work, and are offering assistance to our community partners.

The Community Mental Health Board has created a resource guide available at this link:  https://bit.ly/oprfguide.  It lists many agencies and organizations offering health and wellness services throughout the area or via phone and text.

If you or someone you know is in need of Township services, please call 708-383-8005 for Administrative Services, General Assistance or the Assessor’s Office, 708-383-8060 for Senior Services, 708-383-4806 for Transportation or 708-622-8535 for Youth Services. Phones will be answered from 9am to 5pm weekdays. You may leave a message at other times and staff will get back to you the next business day.

 

Effective March 27, 2020

Oak Park Township Continues to Serve Residents

The Oak Park Township Board is appreciative of all the support and help provided by the community. We are also fortunate to have a staff that is dedicated to providing professional supportive services to those in need on a year-round basis. It is because of their day-to-day professionalism and preparedness that they are able to step up in a situation like this to provide the comfort and service that people in the community need.

Like all of us, the staff of Oak Park Township is following local, state and federal guidance regarding COVID-19 and is taking shelter in place directives seriously.  Out of concern for those we serve and our team, we are working to limit face to face contact as much as possible.

Most staff is now working off-site, and the limited staff that is on site is taking the recommended cautions for social distancing, hand washing, etc. Group activities are postponed. Despite these measures and as much as possible, our dedicated staff is continuing to serve the community with as little disruption as possible, just as they do on a daily basis.

Administrative staff, the Assessor’s Office, and General Assistance staff are providing information, assistance and referrals over the phone. Youth Services and Senior Services are in contact with the individuals and families with which they work, and are offering assistance to our community partners.

Senior Services is maintaining contact with regular clients, and participants in other programming. Senior Services Transportation continues to be available for medical trips. Senior Services Nutrition is providing quantities of frozen and shelf-stable meals for seniors to last for multiple days.

The Assessor’s Office continues to provide assistance over the phone with appeals, with additional staff working from home to submit a large number of appeals to the Cook County Assessor. The County’s deadline has been extended indefinitely.

The Community Mental Health Board has created a resource guide available at this link:  https://tinyurl.com/oprfguide.  It lists many agencies and organizations offering health and wellness services throughout the area or via phone and text.

If you or someone you know is in need of Township services, please call 708-383-8005 for Administrative Services, General Assistance or the Assessor’s Office, 708-383-8060 for Senior Services, 708-383-4806 for Transportation or 708-622-8535 for Youth Services. Phones will be answered from 9am to 5pm weekdays. You may leave a message at other times and staff will get back to you the next business day.

 

Effective March 24, 2020

 

Please Read!  An Important COVID-19 Message on Program Updates from Oak Park Township Senior Services 

Effective March 24th, 2020, Oak Park Township and River Forest Township have issued a public announcement on how to obtain services during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We continue to provide services to seniors in both communities, even though offices are closed to the public.  Please click this link for the complete announcement.

 

Effective March 23, 2020

Due to the State of Illinois' Order to Shelter in Place, we continue adapting procedures to safely serve residents.  Oak Park Township staff continue to provide essential services; meals, transportation to medical appointments, tele-appointments and well-being checks for Youth Services, Senior Services, and General Assistance clients.

The Township is developing a service to assist older adults with pick-ups of grocery and other items.  We are very grateful for the many volunteers who have already joined us and we'll be seeking additional volunteers. Prescreening of volunteers will ensure everyone's safety.

The Cook County Assessor's office has suspended appeal deadlines and assessment notice mailings until further notice.  The original deadline of April 7th has been extended to a date unknown.  We encourage homeowners who would like assistance appealing their property taxes to call 708-383-8005; phone appointments are being set up Monday through Saturday.

For public health and safety, we are encouraging members of the public to stay home and shelter in place, per the order of the Village.  For those that must come in for services from the Township, we are asking them to reach out before coming in.  Please call ahead weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.:

Senior Services - 708-383-8060
Youth Services - 708-445-2727 or 708-622-8535 (updated phone #)
Administrative Services, Assessor Services - 708-383-8005
Community Mental Health Board - 708-358-8855

The Township is also supporting our social services partners in the community, both directly and in a coordinating role.  We will reassess throughout this week and going forward, as situations and the necessary responses change.  Thank you for your support.


Effective March 19, 2020

Due to the Emergency Declaration from the Village of Oak Park along with the Order to Shelter in Place, which is effective tomorrow, Friday, March 20th through April 3rd, Oak Park Township is continuing to adapt procedures to safely serve residents.  The Township is providing essential services; meals, transportation to medical appointments, tele-appointments and well-being checks for Youth Services, Senior Services, and General Assistance clients.  Staff that are able to do this work from home are doing so.

For public health and safety, we are encouraging members of the public to stay home and shelter in place, per the order of the Village.  For those that must come in for services from the Township, we are asking them to reach out before coming in.  Please call ahead weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.:

Senior Services - 708-383-8060
Youth Services - 708-445-2727
Administrative Services, Assessor Services - 708-383-8005
Community Mental Health Board - 708-358-8855

The Township is also supporting our social services partners in the community, both directly and in a coordinating role.  We will reassess throughout the day and going forward, as situations and the necessary responses change.  Thank you for your support.

 

Effective March 17, 2020

As the situation regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) evolves, with new developments occurring daily, please be assured that the health and safety of our clients, community, staff and volunteers remains our top priority. While we have no plans to shut down Oak Park Township operations at this time, this message is intended to provide an update on the Township’s response.

The Township continues to monitor the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Village of Oak Park Public Health Department (VOP) closely. Please keep in mind that the current situation is extremely fluid, and guidance from health officials may change quickly. Out of an abundance of caution, Oak Park Township is taking the following steps for the safety of staff, clients, and the community:

  • We have postponed or suspended all group activities at the 105 S. Oak Park Avenue (Youth Services, Assessor Services, Prevention Services, General Assistance and Administration) and 130 S. Oak Park Avenue (Senior Services) buildings.
  • We are doing our best to maintain contact with our regular program participants and to continue providing services where we can.
  • Although our Senior Congregate Meals program has been suspended, we are continuing to provide meals to participants on a “to go” first-come-first-served basis at the Senior Services building, 130 S. Oak Park Avenue.
  • We are continuing to maintain our Home Delivered Meals program, serving between 65 and 85 older adults on a daily basis. Our staff is in contact with all clients in accordance with all suggested health and wellness guidelines.
  • Our Senior Services Case Managers remain in contact with clients by phone and are following all suggested guidelines from the CDC and the Illinois Department on Aging (IDOA).
  • Property Assessment Appeals appointments have been transitioned to phone appointments. Please call 708-383-8005 to request appeal assistance.  Residents may also visit the Cook County Assessor website at https://www.cookcountyassessor.com/online-appeals.
  • Transportation: In addition to the above steps, we are having our vehicles and facilities deep cleaned and directing staff to take other preventative measures.  Our drivers are still providing curb-to-curb service for older residents and adult individuals with disabilities upon request.  The Transportation Department may be reached at 708-383-4806.
  • Youth Services staff are in contact with clients and providing intake assistance by phone; those in need of supportive services may call 708-445-2727.  Communication with the schools, Community Mental Health Board and other agencies is continuing.
  • Community Mental Health Board: The Health Connection Hub https://healthconnectionhub.org/ is a free searchable database of supportive services; it is available for those who need social services including housing, food, healthcare, and other assistance.  Support4U is an app that connects students at D90, D97, and D200 with a licensed clinician 24/7; it is confidential.  The contact number to text to is 844-670-5838.
  • Community Partnerships: We are in contact with our community partners including the Village of Oak Park, District 200, District 97, Oak Park Public Library and the Park District as well as other agencies to keep informed and direct residents to helpful and accurate resources.In the meantime, as we all go through this together (with the appropriate degree of social distance), we encourage you take the following steps to slow the spread of the virus:
  • Stay home at any sign of sickness, such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, or other flu-like symptoms.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cough and sneeze in the crook of your elbow, or a tissue, then throw that tissue in the trash and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

Finally, here are some links to credible information: