Youth Mental Health First Aid workshop on tap
The Lake County Health Department will present Youth Mental Health First Aid, a special workshop/training program, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 24 at Warren Township Youth and Family Services, 100 S. Greenleaf St., Gurnee. The program provides instruction for parents, teachers, coaches, scout leaders or anyone who regularly interacts with youth on how to best help an adolescent (ages 12-18) who is experiencing mental health and/or addiction challenges or is in crisis. The course introduces and examines common mental health challenges for youth — and planned responses. The fee is $12 per person. Lunch is provided. Registration closes on Jan. 23. Day-of-event registration will be offered if seating is available. To register, visit www.lakecountyil.gov. For more information, call 847-377-8000.
Village nets prestigious financial reporting award
The village announced that Barrington recently received the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting award for its 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). It marks the 34th consecutive year that Barrington has received the prestigious award. The village’s CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the GFOA program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. For more information, call 847-304-3400 or visit www.barrington-il.gov.
‘Day of Service’ to honor Martin Luther King Jr.
The village announced that it will host “Day of Service,” an event honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day, from noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at Village Hall, 850 Waukegan Road. Volunteers will participate in a variety of service projects — appropriate for all ages — including making care packages for the homeless, collecting and sorting food and related items, making chemo care packages for cancer patients, and writing letters and cards of encouragement. Community members can assist by donating (through Jan. 21) non-perishable food items, toiletries and travel-size hygiene products, unscented wet wipes, hand sanitizer, lip balm, water bottles, socks and warm clothing, silk or fleece pillow cases, gift cards and caffeine-free tea. Collection boxes are available in the Village Hall lobby and the lobby of the Deerfield Police Department, also located at 850 Waukegan Road. The collection box at the Police Department is accessible for donations at all hours. Beneficiaries will be PADS Lake County, the West Deerfield Food Pantry and local cancer centers. For more information, contact Mary Anne Glowacz at 847-794-7501 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org — or visit www.deerfield.il.us.
City OKs grant agreement with Community Foundation
The city reported that the Highland Park City Council recently approved a grant agreement with the Highland Park Community Foundation (HPCF). The agreement assigns HPCF as the fiduciary for approximately $300,000 in grant funding that was historically disbursed by the city to benefit various non-profit organizations that provide arts and human services programming to Highland Park residents. The approval of the grant agreement follows a comprehensive review by the City Council of the city’s grant-making process as part of an effort to streamline city operations, better serve grant agencies and maximize efficiencies. The grant agreement sets forth various conditions for how city grant funds should be administered, including criteria for grant recipients, criteria for grant funding, reporting requirements and controls for HPCF use of city-issued grant funds. In addition, HPCF will allow for at least one City Council member or city employee to participate in HPCF’s grant application review process and deliberations. The agreement also requires HPCF to review applications at a meeting that is open to the public. But it also allows HPCF to deliberate on the specific grant amounts to be awarded in a closed meeting in order to protect sensitive financial and other information pertaining to the grantee. HPCF also is required to provide the city with an annual report on or before Dec. 31 during each year of the 10-year agreement. For more information about HPCF or the grant process, contact Executive Director Terri Olian at 847-433-4100 or visit www.hpcfil.org.
Fox River Grove
Village joins MCRide public transit service program
The village announced that all Fox River Grove residents will now have access to MCRide, a coordinated dial-a-ride service. The curb-to-curb, demand/response public transit service provides rides within and between all of the partner municipalities, including Fox River Grove, Crystal Lake, McHenry, Woodstock, Huntley, Marengo, Johnsburg, Harvard, Richmond and Union, as well as Marengo and Riley townships. Riders also can be transported to other select locations, including Good Shepherd Hospital (Barrington), The Hollows (Cary), Valley Hi Nursing Home (Woodstock) and the Fox Lake Metra Station. In addition, seniors and people with disabilities can receive rides to/from McHenry, Dorr, Grafton, Greenwood, Nunda and Richmond townships. Seniors and people with disabilities will receive all rides at a reduced rate. For more information, call Village Hall at 847-639-3170 or visit www.mchenrycountyil.gov.
Senior Services offers Lunch at Pavilion program
The village announced that the Lunch at Pavilion Senior Congregate Dining Program is now being held at St.Joseph the Worker Social Hall, 181 W. Dundee Road. The program (for ages 60 and up), sponsored by Wheeling Senior Services, offers nutritionally balanced lunches catered by Hoffman House, Inc., in Batavia, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Social activities and informational programs are included as part of the program, which is committed to providing meals to all adults ages 60 and older, regardless of ability to pay. Funds for the program are provided through an award from the Federal Administration on Aging. Reservations are required, and each participant will receive information regarding the cost of the meal and how to contribute to all or part of the cost. The suggested donation is $4. For frequent diners, a five-meal punch card will be available for a donation of $15. Cards are available at the Social Hall — during regular lunch hours — and have no expiration date. For more information, call Wheeling Senior Services at 847-459-2670 or visit www.wheelingil.gov.
–Lake County News Briefs–