Information Regarding The COVID-19 Pandemic

As communities and families manage the very real challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on the notable actions West Deerfield Township is taking in order to ensure that the delivery of critical services to our residents continues unabated.  While our offices are closed to outside visitors, our work to provide much needed services to residents in times of crisis goes on.

* We are maintaining our mission of providing nutritional security for vulnerable members of our community. Our food pantry remains open and continues to serve more than 360 individuals (many of them elderly), and families in our Township. We are pre-packaging boxes stocked with two weeks’ worth of food items.  Those in need can stop by to pick up these boxes during normal business hours.  Additional food will be provided to families who rely on the government subsidized food program that their children receive at school. We will be able to deliver food when necessary.  Please call first so we can meet you outside. Three-day emergency food packages will be available to any Township resident who is in need.

 As always, we are in need of donations of food and household necessities. If you want to provide assistance to our food pantry, please visit us at http://www.westdeerfielddtownship.org for more information.  

* Our transportation services remain open but will be limited.

* All casework will be handled via email or phone.

* We continue to reach out to our township homeless population to ensure they are able to access publicly available health and well-being services provided by the county and state. We will continue daily wellness calls to the seniors we serve.  

* The all-consuming nature of this crisis has the potential to take a significant emotional toll on all of us.  The uncertainty, the constant flood of information, the unpredictability and the economic and social impacts we are all facing can cause anxiety, depression or other mental health challenges. Dr. Jerry Zacher, our resident psychologist, will continue to offer counseling services to families and individuals at no cost to township residents. His services will be delivered remotely via the telephone or face time.  All inquiries will be treated as confidential. To learn more about these services, please call or email Dr. Jerry Zachar at zacher.gerald@gmail.com.  

* Our Township Assessor’s Office remains operational, but it is closed to the public for “walk in” inquiries for the foreseeable future.  If you have questions for our property assessment office, please ask them via telephone or email.  You can reach the West Deerfield Township Assessor’s Office at 847.945.3020 or email at thealy@wdtassessor.org

It is the mission and role of Township government to care for our community in a time of crisis. We are primed and ready to go. While the township office will be closed to most visitors we will continue to provide our vital services.

And finally, please continue to be mindful of the guidance provided by the World Health Organization (www.who.int), the Center for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov), and the Lake County Department of Public Health about how you can keep you and your family safe and how you can access the care you need should you or a family member show signs of flu-like symptoms.

Be safe. Be healthy. Please be kind to loved ones and strangers alike as we all strive to do what’s best for ourselves and families during these very challenging and unprecedented times.  

Sincerely,  

Alyson Feiger

West Deerfield Township Supervisor

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