New Trier Township seeks Angel Fund donations

New Trier Township is seeking donations to assists its Angel Fund, which provides emergency monetary support to residents in need. | Steve Schering/Sun-Times Media
New Trier Township is seeking donations to assists its Angel Fund, which provides emergency monetary support to residents in need. | Steve Schering/Sun-Times Media

Officials at New Trier Township are looking for a little assistance in the organization’s ongoing effort to help its residents.

The Angel Fund, which provides emergency monetary support for residents to pay for food, shelter, medical care and other basic necessities, is currently in need of donations.

“This fund was established in 1995,” said Communications Director Debbie Van Solkema. “For all those years we’ve never had to seek additional funds. It’s amazing how generous and compassionate this community is.”

The Fund is a registered 501(C)3 organization, supported solely by donations from private citizens, various faith groups and a number of civic organizations.

According to officials, the fund is currently lower than usual, but the need has remained consistent and additional applications are anticipated.

“It’s totally funded by the generosity of the residents of New Trier Township,” said Social Services Administrator Jeanne Winsted Rosser. “It exists to provide another avenue for assistance to people who may not fit our conventional criteria.”

Last year, Rosser said the Township received Angel Fund applications from five of New Trier’s six communities. In this fiscal year alone, half of Angel Fund applicants are new.

“What I have processed to date, in terms of monies dispensed, I’m up 14 percent over the same period one year ago,” Rosser said. “People are worried [about perception], but we work really hard to respect them in the situation.”

Circumstances for which the Angel Fund has recently provided support include a single working parent who experienced a sudden loss of income, an applicant whose job which was terminated following a recent promotion and families facing a threat of eviction.

In every case, the township is working with people who are motivated to take control of their lives and willing to work hard to recover from a financial challenge.

Those applicants who do not meet the criteria for emergency or general assistance are directed to the Angel Fund, but must go through the same qualification process to determine eligibility.

“It’s another avenue for us to not tell people we can’t help with their utility bill or rent,” Rosser said. “It focuses on the main items. You need a home to find and keep a job and you need utilities, especially if you have kids. It’s really basic stuff.”

Those interested in donating to the Angel Fund can make checks payable to “Angel Fund-New Trier Township.” Checks or cash can be dropped off at the New Trier Township Office, 739 Elm Street, Winnetka, IL 60093.

For more information, Rosser can be reached at 847-446-8201 or jwinstedrosser@newtriertownship.com.

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