Supervisor Mark Thoman reports:

“We’re moving forward on the planned Township Center building that will provide significantly larger needed meeting space for Township residents, especially our seniors. It’ll also allow us to expand and dramatically improve accessibility of the FISH Food and Clothing Pantry.

“With the Capital Project Fund, we’ve saved up funds, and will be paying for this project with no expected tax increase and no debt borrowing. Not For Profit Charities for the pantry and for our human services are raising funds via tax deductible donations to help outfit the building once built.

“The net result is Downers Grove Township will be better able to serve residents of our Township both now and in the future for many years to come.”

The Township plans for construction to begin spring 2020. Dedication is projected for late fall/early winter 2020.

DG Township Center rendering, site plan, and 1st floor plan.

What’s in and around it?

  • Senior and Community Township Center. Public meeting space with kitchen capability.
  • FISH Food and Clothing Pantry, expanded and moved to new first floor location.
  • DuPage Senior Citizens Council Meal on Wheels Township staging and distribution center.
  • Kitchen for DSCC, FISH, and Township feeding events for seniors/needy.
  • Vegetable Gardens for Senior Gardening Club, growing fresh seasonal vegetables for the Food Pantry.
  • Downers Grove North High School STEM Prairie restoration field lab for environmental science students, for study and hands on training. For birds, bees, and butterflies…and seniors and kids!
  • FEMA space in case of disaster, for housing and distribution of emergency supplies.
  • Stormwater storage for immediate and surrounding area.

Who are the active partners?

  • Who are the active partners?
  • FISH Food and Clothing Pantry
  • DuPage Senior Citizens Council
  • Consolidated High School District 99 North Campus
  • Downers Grove Township Senior Services
  • Downers Grove Township Human Services
  • Village of Downers Grove

Who’s it for?

  • Township residents, all of them.

How we’re going about it!

  • Downers Grove Township created and funded a Capital Projects Fund and saved money each year to pay for most of the parking lot and building (NO tax increase, NO borrowing).
  • The Village of Downers Grove is assisting with stormwater storage costs.
  • The FISH Food and Clothing Pantry is raising funds to equip the new Pantry space.
  • The Friends for Downers Grove Township Seniors is raising funds to help equip the remainder of the building amenities, including the public meeting and kitchen space.
  • State Reps and Senators have been contacted about assisting with some of their infrastructure funds.
  • Utilities are being contacted about assisting by waiving hookup fees.

How you can help!

Contribute to the Friends For Downers Grove Township Seniors, a tax deductible 501(c)3 not for profit charity. Paypal donations can be made here. Mail donations here: Friends for Downers Grove Township Seniors, 4340 Prince, Downers Grove IL 60515

Contribute to the FISH Food and Clothing Pantry, a tax deductible 501(c)3 not for profit charity. Mail donations here: Downers Grove Area FISH, Inc., 4340 Prince, Downers Grove, IL 60515

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