More than 40 individual volunteers utilize their skills, abilities and interests to further the mission of the Township.
From serving on our Peer Jury or as a member of an advisory committee, to working in our Pantry and keeping the shelves stocked or building new storage capacity, Township residents make a meaningful difference.
The Township Advisory Committees play a vital role in balancing the social service needs of the Township while serving as stewards of Township tax dollars. The four Township Advisory committees are: Agency Oversight, Money Follows the Person, Special Projects/Strategic Planning, and Disabilities.
The Agency Oversight committee reviews grant proposals and makes recommendations to the New Trier Township Board regarding grants to non-profit agencies serving Township residents. Members act as stewards for Township funds, monitor the agency's programs and performance and identify unmet needs within the community.
The Money Follows the Person committee reviews grant requests from agencies that serve clients with mental illness and developmental and other disabilities. It is also responsible for exploring and expanding the concept of money follows the person, a new mechanism of funding for persons with disabilities in that the individual receives funding instead of an agency, and the individual can choose the programs and services that best meets their needs.
The Special Projects/Strategic Planning committee prioritizes projects identified in the Strategic Plan and makes suggestions for new programs and services that may be needed in the community. It offers some members the opportunity to work on short-term projects and stay in touch with new and emerging issues and needs in the community.
The fourth committee - the Township Committee on Disabilities - is organized to represent and advocate for people with disabilities.
Would you like to be a committee member?
Learn more about the benefits, time commitment, qualifications, and term limits as a volunteer of an Advisory Committee.
Peer Jury Program
The Township’s Peer Jury program provides an opportunity for youth to serve as Peer Jurors. Peer Jurors are high school age volunteers, students at local public and private schools. With their parents' permission and the recommendations of school advisers, they have completed a rigorous training. (New Trier Township's training is a model for other communities.) At present there are about 40 jurors who serve in small groups. They have signed an oath to abide by the program standards and maintain confidentiality about all proceedings. The juries meet once or twice a month, depending on case load. The identities of the peer jurors are confidential as are the identities of the offenders.
Would you like to be a peer juror?
Learn more about the responsibilities, qualifications, and responsibilities as a juror with the Peer Jury Program.