The FFDGTS mission is to foster the independence and well-being of older adults. Based on their needs, we seek to enhance their quality of life by acting as a resource for funding programs, services, education and information.
Friends for Downers Grove Township Seniors (FFDGTS), established as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit in 2013, seeks monetary donations, contributions and grants to support services for older adults living in the township community,
Our first goal provided monetary support for the township Dial-A-Ride program, a senior and disabled transportation service provided by the Township through a contract with PACE. This goal was achieved, and brought the cost of service to an affordable $3 each way.
As our senior population expands, services are needed more than ever with the last of the baby boomers coming of age by 2030!
To support the new Township Senior/Community Center (2020) with furnishings and equipment while continuing to enhance and maintain financial support for township services, programs and activities.
Eileen Fitzgerald- President
Maureen Wood- Vice President
Alison Clemens- Treasurer
Robert Petranek- Secretary
Heather Schultz, Mary Ferguson, Connie Carlson, Gaye Wagner, Janet Garreau
Lorraine Grimsby & Karen Kelly DGT Liaisons
Contact: Cathy Rager- FFDGTS Liaison
Senior Survival Skills Seminar - Jane's Journey
(Center) Eileen Fitzgerald, Board President/Elder Law Attorney and Maureen Wood, Board Vice-President/Brightstar Care.
This timely topic told of "Jane's Journey" through the system of care including POA's, Living Wills, housing, in-home care & more.
2019 Annual Fundraiser at Oak Trace Senior Living
(l-r) Robert Petranek Board Member /Coldwell Banker Associate,
Connie Carlson (Oak Trace ), Mary Ferguson (Aspired Living)
and Maureen Wood, Board Member/Brightstar Care).
Aspired Living hosted our 2018 fundraiser!
Many of our members volunteer each year at the Rotary Grove Fest in Downers Grove for added $$ for FFDGTS (Janet Garreau, Interfaith Community Partners, is front and center!
Annual Car Care Clinic in Westmont with AARP trained Car Technicians testing vital components for safe driving on each senior's car
The senior population has changed dramatically in the last 10 years. While the township has increased its population by less than 2%, seniors 65 and older have increased by 4.1% and 55 and older by 10.6%!
2017 DG Township Population: 148,957
% Seniors 65 and over DG Township: 18%
% Seniors 55 & older: 32.4%
2019 Dupage County Population: 929,980
% Seniors over 65 Dupage County: 15.7%
% Seniors over 55 Dupage County: 29.8%
2019 State of Illinois Pop. : 12,771,681
% Seniors over 65 State of Illinois: 15.7%
% Seniors over 55 State of Illinois: 28.7%
2010 DG Township Population: 146,998
% Seniors over 65- 13.9%
% Seniors over 55- 21.8%
2010 Dupage County Population: 916,924
% Seniors over 65 Dupage County: 11.6%
% Seniors over 55 Dupage County: 24%
2010 State of Illinois Pop: 12.8 million
% Seniors over 65 State of Illinois: 12.5%
% Seniors over 55 State of Illinois: 20.4%
Floyd Mizener- 2018 Senior VIP Award Winner for FFDGTS
WWII Veteran, Lyons Club member, current Township Senior Advisory Committee member and perpetual volunteer. As a retired optometrist, Floyd is a dedicated supporter of properly conducted vision testing for young children, adolescents, adults and seniors. Floyd helped initiate the positive changes to state driving laws regarding yearly driving tests for elderly seniors.
Hanna Benioff - 2019 Senior VIP Award Winner for FFDGTS
Retired Senior Services Coordinator, Downers Grove Township, originated many of the programs & resources currently available through the township, most notably, the Banner News and DGTV Vintage Times Series. Hanna continues to stay involved in educational classes, local coalitions and the League of Women Voters. She is also a staunch advocate for the hearing impaired.
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630-719-6670 Cathy Rager