Dial-A-Ride is a curb-to-curb shared-ride transportation service for township residents traveling to township destinations. Seniors 65 & older and handicapped individuals under 65 (with an RTA/ADA card) can register for the program. Dial-A-Ride uses a small PACE bus M-F from 8am-4pm. The cost is $3 each way (cash only exact change). To register contact: Downers Grove Township Human Services 630.719.6670.
AARP Smart Driver Class is an annual class for senior drivers promoting safety and a discount on your auto insurance once completed.
Car Care Clinic is an annual CarFit Checkup and Safety Clinic for older adults Senior Seminar features currently & vital topics of interest for older adults.
Banner News - A yearly newsletter mailed to township seniors 65 and older about township and area services (also available at the township office).
Vintage Times - Local DGTV and Comcast Cable Channel show featuring interviews with area agencies concerning timely subjects for senior consumption.
Pocket Pal - Free "pocket" brochure with phone listings for county and ownership for park district and human services.
CURRENT TOPICS OF INTEREST
Senior Survival Skills "Lunch & Learn Series"
These seminars take place bimonthly on Thursdays from 11am-1pm. Free lunch is provided by the FFDGTS or donated by a sponsor. Series topics have included: Medicare, County Services, Senior Scams, Housing for Seniors, Police & Fire Safety Procedures Health & Wellness and Advanced Directives.
CAR CARE CLINIC
Westmont Fire Department, DG Township and AARP host this important event for checking seniors and their automobiles for safety. Police, Fire, EMA, Township, AAA, Pace and local non profits provide assistance while local volunteer mechanics check fluids, hoses and vital components to highlight suggested repairs.
Interfaith Community Partners (ICP) runs a volunteer, donation only, ride program for older adults who need rides (and an escort) to the doctor and other area destinations. As they expand west into our township, they need YOU (local volunteers) to join them in providing this service. https://friendsfordgtownshipseniors.org/volunteer-opportunities
To find out more about it, please watch the following Vintage Times interview w/Janet Garreau, Executive Direct of Interfaith Community Partners: Transportation Options for Older Adults: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azUe70ezF4E
George Goodwin, volunteer AARP teacher, technician and supervisor, monitors his staff & additional volunteers at the September Car Care Clinic.
Mark Thoman, Township Supervisor, honors FFDGTS member Robert Petranek with the Township Volunteer of the Year award (2018), for his awesome contribution of time, energy and initiative in support of the Senior Advisory Committee and township programs.
Our Annual Fundraiser is hosted at various sites around the township:
Aspired Living-2018 and Oak Trace- 2019)
The Annual Fundraiser is open to the community and is responsible for the bulk of the money earned each year.
Sheriff's Police, Explorers, EMA, Westmont Fire Department Staff, volunteer mechanics and others help make the Car Care Clinic an annual success!!!
George Goodwin, AARP, is the current recipient (2019) of the Township Volunteer of the Year Award, for his contributions to the Senior Advisory Committee, and his tireless dedication and passion for the senior community- most notably the AARP Smart Driver Course and Annual Car Care Clinic!
Gaye Wagner (Independence4Seniors, Cathy Rager, Township Senior Services Coordinator and Lorraine Grimsby, Township Clerk help out by checking in guests and selling raffle tickets at the annual fundraiser. Over $6000 was raised this year!
No matter when you decide it's time (or you're able) to retire, there are many things to take into consideration... finances, cost of living, geographic location, housing, health, safety, recreation, social interaction, short and longterm care, insurance options and more!
Get the best advice and information possible to plan for and enjoy your retirement. Keep working if necessary, but be mindful of ALL of your options to maintain your best emotional and physical health. FFDGTS helps finance township services to support this mandate.
Subdivision of a county
Usually 36 square miles
Unit of local government
Serves unincorporated areas (Highway Dept.)
Serves the whole township community (Human Services)
Assesses the fair market value of township properties
Provides resources and referrals to residents
Provides youth and senior services
Assists with low income programs
Collaborates w/Meals on Wheels
Provides General Assistance
Houses FISH Food Pantry
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630-719-6670 Cathy Rager