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OUR MISSION

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. 

OUR STORY


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!

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FUTURE GOALS

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 - Board President

Board of Directors

  Eileen Fitzgerald- President

  Maureen Wood- Vice President

  Alison Clemens- Treasurer

  Robert Petranek- Secretary

Members:

Heather Schultz,  Mary Ferguson,  Connie Carlson, Gaye Wagner, Janet Garreau

Lorraine Grimsby & Karen Kelly DGT Liaisons

 

Contact: Cathy Rager- FFDGTS Liaison 

cathy.rager@dgtownship.com

630-719-6686


Who are we... and our partners?

Sharing Information

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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.

Making It Happen

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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! 

People with passion WHO CARE

Fundraising at the Grove Fest

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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!

Volunteers at the Car Care Clinic

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Annual Car Care Clinic in Westmont with AARP trained Car Technicians testing vital components for safe driving on each senior's car

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TOWNSHIP COUNTY STATE

SENIOR DEMOGRAPHICS

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%!

OUR SENIOR POPULATION HAS GROWN OVER THE YEARS

TOWNSHIP DEMOGRAPHICS 2017 (Last Update)

  

2017  DG Township Population: 148,957

% Seniors 65 and over DG Township: 18%

% Seniors  55 & older:  32.4% 

DUPAGE COUNTY DEMOGRAPHICS 2019


2019 Dupage County Population: 929,980 

% Seniors over 65  Dupage County: 15.7%

% Seniors over 55 Dupage County: 29.8%



STATE OF ILLINOIS DEMOGRAPHICS 2019


2019  State of Illinois Pop. : 12,771,681

% Seniors over 65 State of Illinois: 15.7%

% Seniors over 55 State of Illinois: 28.7%



TOWNSHIP DEMOGRAPHICS 2010

  2010 DG Township Population: 146,998

%  Seniors  over 65- 13.9% 

 % Seniors  over 55- 21.8%  

DUPAGE COUNTY DEMOGRAPHICS 2010

2010  Dupage County Population: 916,924

% Seniors over 65 Dupage County: 11.6%

% Seniors over 55 Dupage County: 24%


STATE OF ILLINOIS DEMOGRAPHICS 2010

2010  State of Illinois Pop: 12.8 million 

% Seniors over 65 State of Illinois: 12.5%

% Seniors over 55 State of Illinois: 20.4%


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Downers Grove Township Boundary Map

WE HONOR OUR SENIORS

Those Who Serve

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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.

And Continue to Serve

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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.