Township Senior Services



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.




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.

ICP IS A Promising local program

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.

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:

services work best with collaboration and commitment

Volunteers Make the Difference

Volunteers Make the Difference

Volunteers Make the Difference


George Goodwin, volunteer AARP teacher, technician and supervisor,  monitors his staff & additional volunteers  at the September Car Care Clinic. 

Honoring Our Own

Volunteers Make the Difference

Volunteers Make the Difference


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. 


Volunteers Make the Difference



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!

"worK" volunteer or just enjoy!

When Is It Time?

Find Your Joy in LIving

Find Your Joy in LIving


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!

Find Your Joy in LIving

Find Your Joy in LIving

Find Your Joy in LIving


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. 

what is a township?

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

and more...