Volume 5, Edition 27 | January 7, 2022

Community Support Grant Applications for residents with a disability are due by Jan. 21, 2022. Learn more and apply here.

Supervisor's Message
With the Omicron variant COVID-19 cases surge, this public health emergency is a top priority. Cook County Department of Public Health issued new COVID-19 mitigations that went into effect January 3rd. In order to enter many establishments, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is now required: CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card; an ‘app’ that provides a digital record of vaccination such as the IDPH’s Vax Verify, or a digital or physical photograph. A photo ID is frequently requested alongside the proof of vaccination for those over 16-years-old. 
 
Inside today’s issue, we have information to facilitate resident access and information about testing and vaccines/booster shots to help thwart the COVID-19 escalation. Along with an encouragement to be tested, comes a warning about “pop-up” testing sites. Local news has reported an uptick in scams where people are providing personal information and undergoing testing with no results or in unsafe conditions. Please take care to cross-check testing facilities. Testing sites should not be asking for social security numbers and should be able to confirm they are FDA authorized, confirm the lab where results are being sent, and be free of charge. 

Doing our part to combat community spread, the Township is providing “hybrid” services. Our administrative offices are temporarily closed to the public as we ride this new COVID-19 variant wave, but our Township and Assessor’s Office staff are working diligently to continue to provide necessary services, including aiding with property tax assessment appeals to the Cook County Board of Review which are open until February 1st. With the exception of Passport Services, our staff are ready via phone or email to assist you. Food Pantry and essential services are being managed one client at a time in our foyer for the duration to minimize Omicron transmission to our staff and residents. Many of our agency partner offerings have moved virtual as well, and we have listed some of their offerings in our Calendar section. Anyone in need of emergency food or financial aid, a referral to social services, or questions about the Community Support Grant Program (applications due 1/21/22) should not hesitate to contact Social Services Administrator, Jeanne Winsted Rosser here.  

Our community is doing a great job obtaining vaccinations, but I encourage you to stay vigilant in the practice of the prevention strategies that we know to be effective: vaccination, boosters, frequent handwashing, social distancing, and wearing high quality masks. Masks, soap, and hand sanitizer are available at our office for those who need it.

As always, if you have ideas or questions, feel free to contact me: GSEisenberg@newtriertownship.com

Gail Schnitzer Eisenberg
Township Supervisor
MESSAGE from the ASSESSOR'S OFFICE

2021 Assessment Appeals to The Board of Review are Open; Deadline is February 1st

Township Assessor's Office Is Available to Help with Filing 2021 Appeals.

New Trier property owners have until February 1, 2022, to file an appeal of their property's 2021 assessed value with the Cook County Board of Review.

For assistance in filing your appeal, please contact the New Trier Township Assessor's office at 847-446-8200 or Jan or Len via email:

Deputy Assessor - lshifflett@newtriertownship.com  

In your message, please leave your name, address, telephone number, and tell us how we might assist you. The New Trier Township offices are closed to the public due to the pandemic, so we cannot meet with you in person, but be assured we will help you get your appeal filed.
Are You Looking for a New Job
or Career in the New Year?
If you are just starting out or you have been at the job search for awhile, there are many resources to investigate depending on your situation.
 
Visit the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) online for valuable tools to connect Illinois residents to education, training, and meaningful work. Learn more about other Illinois programs available to help you in your job search.
 
The Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Job Training and Placement Program helps residents get back to work and find new career opportunities. Cook County is investing $4 million to increase the suburban Cook County American Job Center’s resources so they can help address the surge in people who need workforce assistance. Services include: 
 
  • Providing job training vouchers to jobseekers and dislocated workers
  • Facilitating increased remote training
  • Resume creation 
  • Career pathway exploration
  • Job Search Assistance
  • Technology to Enable Remote Learning
  • Training and layoff services for manufacturing companies
 
Call them at 1-800-720-2515 or visit online here for more information.

Spotlight:

CAREER RESOURCE CENTER

Built on a thirty year history of helping over 14,000 clients find employment and new careers, Career Resource Center is an agency partner who has made a difference in the successful job search of many New Trier residents.

CRC emphasizes a holistic approach to the job search, but if a specific event/program listed on the website is of interest, joining that session for a small fee is an option.

Confidence-building, high quality employment resources, individualized attention, education, training, and coaching by industry professionals are all important aspects to a holistic job search. According to CRC’s Director of Programs, Kelly Clark, “CRC walks with clients who find themselves unemployed, including many job seekers in the local community who have been affected by the pandemic.”

Meeting with advisors is the most popular program at CRC. During the first meeting, the Advisor will get to know the individual job seeker, learn about where they are in their job search, and what kind of work they are looking for. Once the advisor gathers that information about the candidate, they are able to work with the individual on building a customized job search strategy. Key components include: creating an effective resume, improving their interviewing skills, developing their personal brand, value statements, and “elevator pitch.” Building target company lists and learning networking strategies along with LinkedIn are also covered. Whether a candidate receives a single or multiple offers, the advisor helps with the negotiation process.
 
CRC holds "Boot Camps" geared towards specific demographics, including 50+, workforce re-entry, career change, job search during a pandemic, post college graduates, more.

To learn more about CRC, visit their website here. The next Virtual Career Resource Center Tour is via Zoom on January 10th at Noon. Sign up here or call 847-295-5626 for more information or to schedule a consultation with Kelly Clark, Director of Programs.

As Clark notes, “Many times a job seeker doesn’t really know what they need to be successful in their search. Candidates come to us thinking they only need help with their resume. This is usually not the case. A successful job search requires that a candidate not only has a resume specific to the role that they are looking for, but many other components that all work off one another.”
 
CRC is a membership fee-based service. New Trier Township residents may be eligible to receive membership assistance.
Update: MLK Day Of Service
Volunteers of All Ages Invited to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King With Remote Activities

Due to the unfortunate recent rise in COVID cases, The Volunteer Center (VC) has decided to offer this year’s MLK Day service event remotely for volunteers of all ages and abilities.

The program will begin on January 17th and finish on January 22nd. The VC MLK Day Committee has created impactful project kits that families, service groups, and friends may order in advance that include the necessary materials for multiple projects designed to support an array of nonprofits in need. Volunteers are invited to donate laundry detergent (one of the most requested items) when they pick up or drop off their completed service kits for donation to the New Trier Township Food Pantry.

More details can be found here: Volunteer Center's 2022 MLK DAY Remote Service Event for All. Questions? Contact Barb Tubekis via email here.
CALENDAR

JANUARY

10 (Virtual) Career Resource Center Virtual Tour, 12 PM - Noon.
Register here or email the Director of Programs, Kelly Clark, here.

11 New Trier Township Board of Trustees Meeting, 7:30 PM
Alan Goldberg Conference and Community Room, 2nd Floor
New Trier Township. Agenda is here.

12 Pfizer Booster Clinic at New Trier High School-Northfield Campus, 3PM - 8PM. Co-sponsored with Jewel-Osco, the Pfizer booster clinic is available to parents, students, and community members age 12+ at the student cafeteria. Northfield Campus address is at 7 Happ Road.

13 Domestic Violence Confidential Legal Help - The North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic hosts free virtual cooking demonstrations with professional chefs on the second Thursday of every month, during which anyone can question attorneys in English and Spanish anonymously in the chat. No domestic violence content will be shown on the video. Guests can log on anonymously using an alias throughout the hour. No registration is required. Join the event here.

17 Martin Luther King Day Holiday - Office Closed. Volunteers of all ages invited to help celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King's Legacy with a Community Day of Service sponsored by The Volunteer Center (details above). Youth organizations the Warming House and Winnetka Youth Organization project information is available here.
19 Free (Virtual) Legal Aid Clinic* for Domestic Violence, Immigration, and tenant-side Housing matters by appointment. Provided by the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic.

26 (Virtual) Inclusion in the Workplace-How You Can Help
10:30AM-11:15 AM. Hosted by TotalLink2 Community and the Northbrook Public Library. To register for the Zoom or to learn more about the programs, visit here.

27 Deadline for NTT Community Support Grants for residents with disabilities: applications here.

27 (Virtual) Special Gifts Theater Singin' in the Rain Performance- Release scheduled for January 27th and will be viewable for 1 month - until February 27th. Purchase tickets here.

FEBRUARY

10 (Virtual) Exploring Grief Group offered by SamaraCare Counseling for those coping with the loss of a loved one begins on February 10th. The group meets Thursday via Zoom from 7 PM - 8:30 PM for a total of 8 sessions. This program is sponsored by local congregations, making it available to participants at no cost. A Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor facilitates the group. For more information and to register, please click here.
 
10 (Virtual) Cooking Demo to Save Lives, 11AM Special cooking demonstration with guest chefs from Judy’s Pizza. The North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic hosts free virtual cooking demonstrations with professional chefs on the second Thursday of every month. The Clinic invites anyone with questions about domestic violence to ask those questions to Clinic attorneys anonymously in the chat. The cooking demonstrations include a live chat, via RingCentral. No domestic violence content will be shown on the video. Guests can log on anonymously using an alias throughout the hour. No registration is required. Join the event here.
 
 * Be advised that for immigration and housing matters, clients using the services should fall at 250% of the federal poverty income guidelines (there are no income limits for domestic violence) Mark your December 15th is next month's Legal Aid Clinic. Click here to reserve an appointment slot. Spaces are limited.
Deadlines and Information!
2021 Illinois Rental Payment Program reopens for applications through January 9th. Learn more: illinoishousinghelp.org.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps eligible low-income households pay for home energy services (primarily heating during winter months). Applications are now open until funds are exhausted. Learn more and apply here.
 
Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) Crisis Program for Water and Wastewater provides a benefit of up to $1,500 for reconnection assistance, disconnection prevention, and other balance and fee assistance. Learn more at 800-571-2332 or online.


OMICRON-SURGE and COVID-19 RECOVERY

COVID-19 Recommendations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Cook County Department of Public Health are now recommending vaccines for all those 5+ years and booster shots for all over the age of 12.

COVID-19 booster shots are now available for all vaccine types for ages 12+. It is advisable to consult with your doctor regarding your health situation and guidelines vary for the immunocompromised and seniors.

Vaccines
 
Anyone 5 years of age and older is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
 
Visit Illinois Department of Public Health vaccination location finder at vaccines.gov or call (833) 621-1284 to schedule an appointment near you.
 
MyShotCookCounty.com to find a vaccine site near you, or call 833-308-1988.
 
New Trier Township High School will partner with Jewel-Osco to host a Pfizer booster clinic for parents, students, and community members age 12+ at the Northfield Campus on Wednesday, January 12th from 3 PM - 8 PM in the student cafeteria. They are looking for volunteers to assist. Volunteer here.
 
Some possible area sites for the immunization or booster shot:
 
 
 
 
 
Testing
 
Free, local COVID-19 PCR Testing by VISIT HEALTHCARE at Misner Auditorium (entrance on Grove Street) - 620 Greenwood Avenue, Glencoe.
No appointment necessary.
 
January 10, 3:45 PM - 7 PM
January 13 3:45 PM - 7 PM
January 17 12:00 PM - 4 PM
 
Free COVID-19 testing is also available daily through the Center for COVID Control at each of the following local sites. No appointment is necessary. Just drive up.

The Glen - 2660 Valor Dr., Glenview, IL 60026
Hours: 9 AM -7 PM, every day
 
Evanston - 2521 Gross Point Rd., Evanston, IL 60201
Hours: 8 AM - 8 PM every day
 
State of Illinois Community-Based Testing Sites are open to all regardless of symptoms. Appointment not required. For updated information and walk-in testing locator, click here.
 
Vaccine Verification in Illinois
 
If you were COVID-19 vaccinated/boosted in Illinois, you can Vax Verify and download the SMART™ Health Card online at the IL Department of Public Health.
Cold Weather Tips
from the CDC
CONNECT WITH YOUR TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS
Residents of New Trier Township are welcomed and encouraged to contact
your representatives about the things that matter to you as we work alongside one another with the motto, Caring In Action.
Township Board of Trustee meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 739 Elm Street in Winnetka. Next Meeting is January 11 and begins at 7:30 PM. Residents are invited to attend the meetings when the Township building reopens to the public at the 2nd Floor Alan Goldberg Community and Conference Room.

The Meeting Agendas will be posted here at least 48 hours beforehand. Find Board Materials here and Financial Reports here.
  • New Trier Township Officials
Gail Schnitzer Eisenberg, Supervisor

Nicole Capretta, Clerk

Jan Churchwell, Assessor

Katherine Casale MacNally, Trustee

Stefan Mozer, Trustee

Elliott Robbins, Trustee

Danielle Ruben, Trustee