• FREE Backpack Giveaway TODAY at Triton!

    Posted by Victoria Valentine on 8/3/2019

    This was taken from the Chicago Tribune website: 


    The entire family can get a back-to-school boost at Triton College’s second annual Backpack Giveback Resource Fair on Aug. 3.

    Between 10 a.m. and noon, families can come to the Triton College mounds on the west side of the campus at 2000 5th Ave. in River Grove.

    “We’re hoping to give away as many backpacks as we can,” Audrey Jonas, Triton’s director of public affairs and community relations, said. “...We’re stuffing 2,000 backpacks with supplies.”

    Backpacks with supplies will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

    The event will move inside the Student Center Cafeteria (B Building) next to the mounds in case of inclement weather. Faculty members donated gift cards to purchase 2,000 water bottles, Jonas said, so that families can stay well-hydrated.

    Last year, Jonas said the school gave about 1,600 backpacks.

    There are several types of backpacks this year, each with the same supplies, and Jonas said student groups and volunteers at Triton are eager to ensure another successful event.

    Triton is partnering with West40 Intermediate Service Center #2. According to West40 Director of Communications Angela Mooney, the Backpack Giveback began when she noticed one family’s need.

    Mooney said children from that family missed their first days of school because they couldn’t afford school supplies.

    "They are not the only family whose kids are not going to school because they lack school supplies," Mooney said, adding that West40 oversees 152 schools in 40 districts.

    Other community colleges also offer resource fairs, Mooney said.

    "Elgin Community College has been doing this for 10 years," she said. "It was a blessing—they told me what went well and what didn't go well, and we made it our own."

    To ensure students would have the supplies they most needed, Mooney said she asked principals what supplies students tended to need more of later in the school year.

    "We're stuffing them with high-quality items," Mooney said. "Notebooks, paper, pencils, pens; the things they actually need."

    Jonas said about 25 businesses, organizations and college departments are participating in Backpack Giveback, and there will also be free haircuts, weather permitting.

    "We're trying to provide as many resources as possible that are applicable to our population," she said.

    This year, Mooney said West40 helped with a similar back-to-school event at Morton College, adding that teamwork is essential for each event.

    "Audrey Jonas and her team are exceptional," Mooney said. "They are true partners in the planning of this event."

    "For us, it's a great opportunity to meet the families that live in our area," Jonas said of Triton College’s commitment. "We know there's a need, and we have the resources and facilities to help meet that need."

    Flood Brothers Disposal is also meeting the need, and Mooney said the company was the major donor this year, giving $10,000 toward the purchase of backpacks and supplies.

    “Being a local family-owned-and-operated company means being a part of our community is important,” Michael J. Flood said. “We see the great work West40 does in the local community with personalized solutions in education and that is similar to how we operate.”

    By the time students start using their supplies and backpacks, Mooney said she and the team from Triton will be planning next year’s Backpack Giveback.

    “We recover the month after and then we start,” she said, with monthly, then weekly, meetings.

    Jonas said people interested in volunteering or donating for next year can email her at audreyjonas@triton.edu. "Their need doesn't stop when the school year starts," she said.

    Flood said he realizes the lasting positive impacts of events like Backpack Giveback. “Being able to partner with them on this event is something we are fully committed to and realize that with this event it provides our future local leaders with the ability to be set up for success,” he said.

    “It’s all about the kids,” Mooney said.


    Sounds like Leyden's mission and vision!

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  • West Suburban Special Recreation Services

    Posted by Victoria Valentine on 7/23/2019

    This information is taken from the WSSRA website.

    What is offered?

    Here is a link to the seasonal brochure: https://www.wssra.net/programs/index.php



    Where is it offered?


    The West Suburban Special Recreation Association is a part of your local park district or village recreation program. We provide recreation programs for adults and children who have a physical impairment, a mental disability, or any other type of disability. Your park district or village governs the operation of the Association. The partner districts and villages are listed below with links to related websites.

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  • Franklin Park Food Pantry

    Posted by Victoria Valentine on 7/23/2019

    Taken from chicagosfoodbank.org

    Leyden Family Services

    10200 W Grand Ave, Franklin Park, IL 60131

    (847) 773-1535
    CONTACT: Dorota Duda

    HOURS: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    SERVICE AREA: Zip Codes: 60164, 60068, 60131, 60018, 60707, 60019, 60171, 60165, 60176, 60016, 60018, 60025, 60053, 60056, 60068, 60631, and 60714

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  • Norridge Food Pantry

    Posted by Victoria Valentine on 7/23/2019

    Taken from chicagosfoodbank.org

    TSA: Norridge Food Pantry

    8354 W Foster Ave, Norridge, IL 60706

    (708) 456-6220 x233
    CONTACT: Pamela Church-Pryor

    HOURS: Tues: 9:30-11am SR PY, Wed: 1-2:30 pm Reg. Clients Thurs 9:30-11am, new clients
    SERVICE AREA: Zip Codes: 60706, 60707, 60171, 60656, 60176, 60631, 60068, and 60131


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  • Leyden Family Services

    Posted by Victoria Valentine on 7/23/2019

    Types of services offered as listed on the Leyden Township website:

    Leyden Family Services

    Mental Health Programs


    • Adult Mental Health Treatment
    • Adult, Psychiatric Service
    • Apartment Program to Foster Independent Living for Adults with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness


    • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Treatment
    • Adolescent and Child Psychiatric Service
    • System of Care Program - Children and Adolescents
    • Intensive Crisis Service for Children and Adolescents
    • Case Management/Care Continuum of Mental Health Services
    • Client Aftercare for Mentally Ill

    Leyden Senior Citizens Program

    • Elder Abuse Program
    • Crisis Program
    • Emergency Food and Living Services
    • Assistance to Clients to Obtain Public Benefits
    • Community Education Program

    Alchohol/Substance Abuse Programs

    • Substance Abuse Outpatient Program
    • DUI Services
    • Substance Abuse Aftercare
    • Residential/Inpatient Detoxification, Rehabilitation, and Gambling Treatment Services

    Link to the homepage: https://www.leydenfamilyservice.org/ 

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  • CEDA Information

    Posted by Victoria Valentine on 7/23/2019

    Taken from the CEDA website:

    Contact information: 

    Contact Address

     567 W. Lake Street, Suite 1200 
    Chicago, IL 60661

     Main: (312) 782-CEDA (2332)

    Toll Free: (800) 571-CEDA (2332)



    Program information:

    Helping People. Changing Lives.

    The Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc. (CEDA) is one of the largest private, nonprofit Community Action Agencies in the country, serving residents throughout Cook County, Illinois.


    It is CEDA’s mission to work in partnership with communities to empower individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life. In order to achieve its mission, CEDA has established numerous community partnerships and collaborations as part of its service delivery model.


    CEDA offers a variety of programs and services in the areas of community and economic development, education, emergency assistance, employment and training, energy conservation and services, health and nutrition, and housing.


    Community Action was established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, as a part of the “War on Poverty." The goal of the program, which is now part of the Community Services Block Grant, is to reduce poverty, revitalize low-income communities, and empower low-income individuals and families to become fully self-sufficient. The program is carried out by a national network of over 1300 designated Community Action Agencies ("CAAs"), which provide a diverse array of services to and advocacy on behalf of low-income individuals and families.

    CEDA is the largest of 40 CAA's in Illinois.



    Programs and services in map form shown here.


    Old CEDA information from the Leyden Township website:

    CEDA Program

    2016 Services:

    • Auto Repair Program
    • Dental Care Program
    • Vision Care Program
    • Scholarship Program (April-June) – Scholarship Program application is only available online @ www.cedaorg.net
    • Family Nutrition
    • Trade Skills
    • Employment
    • Family Support and Case Management
    • Housing Financial Counseling and Information & Referral

    CEDA offers a case management program that provides a range of services to qualified low-income people to attain skills, knowledge and the resources necessary to achieve self-sufficiency.

    CEDA will be on-site at the Town Hall 2501 Mannheim Rd Franklin Park, the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month, from 8:30am to 4:00pm starting April 16th.

    CEDA will take walk-ins, but to better serve you, please schedule an appointment. To schedule an appointment, please contact Lisa Bauer at 847 455-8616 X5112.


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  • LI-HEAP Information

    Posted by Victoria Valentine on 7/23/2019

    Taken from the Leyden Township website:

    LI-HEAP Program

    Handled by Leyden Family Services, an Intake Site. Please call 847-451-0330.

    Program Description

    The Illinois Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is designed to assist eligible low-income households pay for winter energy services. LIHEAP will provide a one-time benefit to eligible households to be used for energy bills. The amount of payment is determined by income, household size, fuel type, and geographic location.

    In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

    1 $17,505
    2 $23,595
    3 $29, 685
    4 $35, 775
    5 $41, 865
    6 $47, 955
    7 $54, 045
    8 $60, 135

    A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested Veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.

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  • Leyden Township: General Assistance

    Posted by Victoria Valentine on 7/23/2019

    Taken from the Leyden Township website:

    General Assistance Director - Lisa Bauer

    Please contact Lisa at lbauer@leydentownship.com.

    Leyden Township's General Assistance Program offers programs designed to help those in need of assistance. Those in need of help and not sure where to turn can contact this office for direction.

    What is General Assistance?

    General Assistance, is a public assistance program mandated by state law for adults that are ineligible for state or federal programs and who meet financial requirements. GA can provide monthly allotments for shelter, food, clothing, personal essentials, and transportation through direct vendor disbursements. Decisions of eligibility are made based upon state guidelines. Those interested township residents in need should call or come in to pick up an application.

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  • Subsidized Cab Coupons

    Posted by Victoria Valentine on 7/23/2019

    Taken from the Leyden Township website

    Subsidized CAB Coupons
    Purchased at Leyden Township Office

    ● Coupon books cost $10 ($20 value)
    ● Coupons must be used with contracted cab companies provided below

    AAA Franklin Park/ O’Hare Taxi
    (847) 451 - 9498 / (847) 233 - 0000

    Associated Suburban Taxi
    (847) 451 - 8294

    Blue Cab
    (847) 678 - 4424 / (708) 583 - 6900

    Red Cab
    (708) 848- 1010

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  • Dial-a-Ride/Pace

    Posted by Victoria Valentine on 7/23/2019

    Taken from the Leyden Township website:

    DIAL - A - RIDE: (888) 699 - 6999

    Service is available to the general public.

    Service Area
    Service is provided to any location in Leyden Township. Call (847) 455 - 8616 for other destinations.

    Service Hours
    Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm
    Excludes some Federal Holidays

    One Way Fares
    : $2.50

    Reduced Fares
    Seniors and RTA Disabled
    : $1.25

    How to Schedule a Ride
    To schedule a ride, call 1-888-699-6999 between 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. M-F. Rides are scheduled up to 7 days in advance for medical trips and up to 1 day for other trips.

    Reservations for Monday service will be accepted on the preceding Friday.

    Subsidized by Leyden Township. Call Leyden Township for questions and comments about this service.

    *Restrictions may apply, subject to availability.

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