Dundee Township Cares is a group of programs started by Township Supervisor Trish Glees in July 2017. The programs provide assistance to township residents free of charge. The programs are ased on volunteers and donation of goods and service and do not use township funds.
The Dundee Township Cares started off with an idea of helping residents in need with business clothing and has grown to include all township residents with various programs. The first of these programs was the the Dundee Township Cares Professional Closet which provides business attire to residents who are starting jobs or interviews opened its doors in July of 2017.
Our second program as the Dundee Township Cares Emergency Food Pantry which supplied small care packages of non-perishable items to hold residents over until they could attend a full service Food Pantry. With the help of local township residents and groups on February 1, 2019 Dundee Township Cares opened a once a month mobile food pantry which will provide fresh vegetables, fruit, milk, cheese, eggs and other dry food staples. With the increasing need for fresh food and our grant is allowing the Township to have the Food Pantry is open every Thursday from 2pm to 6pm.
During the Summer of 2018 Supervisor Glees was approached by the Lily's PopUp Closet (which had been collecting clothing for D300 School PopUps). The Dundee Township Cares Community Closet grand opening was November 1st, 2018; formed by combining the Professional Clothes Closet and Lily’s Pop Up. The Cares Community Closet provides professional clothing, formal gowns and everyday clothing for newborns to adults including winter coats and boots. The Cares Community Closet is staffed by volunteers from the township and school district 300 with donated clothing from local residents. The Cares Community Closet allows individuals and families to “shop” for clothing at no cost in a “store-like” setting.
Other programs offered by Dundee Township Cares are the Christmas ToyBox and Senior Gift Baskets, a medicine take back program, rental assistance with partnership from local realtors and INK Recycling. Supervisor Glees and the General Assistance staff are always looking for ways to help township residents in need.