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 based on volunteers and the donation of goods and services from residents and charitable organizations.
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 free business attire to residents who are starting jobs or interviews. This closet opened its doors in July of 2017.
Our second program was 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 provided fresh vegetables, fruit, milk, cheese, eggs and other dry food staples. With the increasing need for fresh food especially among our Senior Residents, the Township has expanded its service and the Food Pantry is now open every Thursday from 2pm to 6pm.
During the Summer of 2018 Supervisor Glees was approached by the Lily's Pop Up Closet (which had been collecting clothing for D 300 School Pop Ups). 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 high school students from several school districts. 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 Toy Box 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.