Moraine Township, Lake County, Illinois
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MORAINE TOWNSHIP TO STUDY COMMUNITY NEEDS, AWARDS GRANTS TO LOCAL AGENCIES


For Immediate Release: August 1, 2006
Contact: Mari Barnes, 847-432-3240

At their meeting on Thursday, July 27, the Board of Trustees of Moraine Township voted to set aside a portion of each monthly televised meeting to learn more about human service issues in the community; Supervisor Mari Barnes will invite executive directors of nonprofit agencies the Township funds to attend the meeting of their choice in the coming year to discuss challenges and needs.

Upon recommendation of a volunteer Citizen Grant Advisory Committee, Moraine Township recently awarded $80,000 in grant funds to 21 local nonprofit organization programs serving residents and employees of the area (Highwood, Highland Park and portions of Deerfield and Lake Forest).  

Grantee agencies and the amounts they received are as follows:  Cancer Wellness Center, $1,000; Career Resource Center, $1,000; Center for Enriched Living, $1,000; Family Network Parent/Child Drop-In Center, $6,000 and Family Network/ASAP (After School Activity Program), $10,000; Family Service/counseling, $13,500 and Family Service/Nuestro Center, $1,000; Glenkirk, $1,500; Highland Park Community Nursery School & Day Care Center, $15,000; Highland Park/Highwood Home Child Care Association, $3,000; Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs, $ 750; Josselyn Center, $2,000; LaCASA (Lake County Council Against Sexual Assault), $2,000; Links - North Shore Youth Health Service, $2,000; Nicasa (Northern Illinois Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse), $1,000; North Shore Youth Sailing Coalition, $ 250; Opportunity, Inc., $5,000; PADS Crisis Services, $2,000; Shoes That Fit, $1,000; The Art Center, $1,000; Tri-Con Child Care Center, $10,000.

Moraine Township initiated a new granting process last March, calling for application submissions in one round, using published criteria, an independent citizen advisory committee and publicly discussed determinations.  According to Supervisor Mari Barnes, the process was a "learning experience for us all," and will be edited based upon the group's experience this year.  

"All in all, the difficult task of honing over $170,000 in requests down to the budgeted amount of $80,000 was well done.  We are very grateful to the committee members -- who took the time to study each proposal, and even make site visits and interview where they had questions."

Supervisor Mari Barnes and the Board of Trustees commended and thanked the Citizen Grant Advisory Committee for their service: Chair Wendi Ezgur of Highland Park; members Gerald Burke, MD, of Highwood and Judy Datz, Helen Dombrow, and Dan Solender, all of Highland Park.  Trustee Bryna Gamson was liaison to the committee.

The Board meets on second and fourth Thursdays of the month:  on second Thursdays,  meetings are held at the Township office at 777 Central Avenue, Highland Park at 5:00pm, and on fourth Thursdays, they meet at 7:30pm at the Highwood City Council chambers.  The latter meetings are recorded to air on local cable TV, Tuesdays at 5:30pm and Fridays at 7:00pm, on Channel 10 in Highland Park and Highwood.

For further information about Moraine Township activities and services, call (847) 432-3240 or go to their website, http://www.morainetownship.org.  

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Posted August 1, 2006

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