How Do The Committees Work?
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.
Serving on a Committee is a great way to become involved in the life of the Township. We are actively recruiting members for the Disabilities committee at this time.
All of the Township Committees are currently participating in implementation of the 2007-2012 Strategic Plan.
The Mental Health, Money Follows the Person and Agency Oversight committees act as stewards for Township funds, monitor the funded agency’s programs and performance and identify unmet needs within the community. Monitoring may include site visits, review of agency materials, and meetings and discussions with agency staff and other committee members.
- Mental Health - This committee reviews grant proposals from agencies serving clients with mental illness or agencies providing intensive counseling type services and outreach meant to positively impact an individual or family’s well-being, especially in crisis situations. Programs address issues such as sexual abuse, family conflict, depression, substance abuse, and coping with cancer and other illnesses.
- Money Follows the Person – This committee reviews grant requests from agencies that serve clients with developmental and other disabilities and their families. 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 Community Support Grants and Incubator Program are examples of this.
- Agency Oversight – This committee oversees agencies that serve the community in the following broad areas: Youth Drop-in Centers, Individual and Family Counseling/Emotional Well-Being, Senior Services, Crisis Intervention/Prevention Services, and Other Services.
- Disabilities - Created by statute, it's charged with providing education and advocacy on behalf of persons with disabilities. Committee projects have included: creation of an Access to Worship Manual; An Information Day for Job Seekers with Disabilities; successful efforts to retain the elevators at the Winnetka Train Station; an event and community education forum on Disaster Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities and Aging in Place for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities, and other efforts at educating the community about the needs, skills, and abilities of persons with disabilities.
All four committees will typically meet monthly for a 1.5 to 2 hour meeting, except for January and one or two months during the summer. The Mental Health, Money Follows the Person and Agency Oversight committees conduct hearings with the agencies applying for funding and make recommendations to the board about which agencies to fund and how much to fund them, within certain parameters set by the board. Preparation for these hearings requires members to read all the funding proposals and prepare questions for the agencies; this process may take several hours. Disabilities meets monthly and the time commitment may vary depending on how involved a member may get in committee projects or tasks.
Each committee member may serve up to 2 three-year terms; members can rotate during their term to other Township Committees.
Qualifications Committee members must be residents of New Trier Township. Committee members should have an interest in human services in their community and a sincere desire to learn about the work of the agencies we fund. Candid yet diplomatic discussion skills, detail orientation and good analytical skills are important. Knowledge and experience with Board development, governance, fund raising, and ability to evaluate program outcomes would be very helpful in evaluating and advising these agencies.
Benefits to Committee Members
Learn the non-profit agency activities in your community and educate yourself about community services and agencies meeting the needs of the community. Serve your Township as you build an understanding of how the Township and other funders work with and evaluate these agencies for effectiveness. Engage in thoughtful discussions about non-profit agencies, community needs, inter-agency coordination, and community services with trained professionals and with other smart committee members.
How Do I Get Involved?
If you would like to find out more about serving on a committee, email the Community Services Administrator or call 847-446-8203. For your convenience, an application can be downloaded in Word or PDF formats.