Palatine Township is collecting household items for veterans who are exiting homelessness as part of a program for Military Outreach USA from September 13th through September 24th at the Palatine Township offices at 721 S. Quentin Road in Palatine.
The Township will be accepting donations during regular office hours at the South entrance to the building. Office hours are Monday 8:30 AM until 7:00 PM, Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 AM until 4:00 PM and Saturday from 8:30 AM until Noon. "I want to stress," said Andy-John Kalkounos, Palatine Township Supervisor, "that this year because of the virus everything donated has to be new. We cannot accept used items."
The veterans who are supported in this program are moving into their first apartment or home after being homeless. Typically, these veterans will move into an empty space so they will need everything from kitchen items and cleaning supplies to linens and toiletries. The Township will be collecting new personal hygiene items, everything for the bathroom and miscellaneous items such as smoke detectors, light bulbs as well as laundry baskets and detergent.
Military Outreach USA has a formal partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs so that they and their partners can work closely with every VA medical facility to ensure Veterans at the local level are being served. Their partners at the community level–houses of worship, businesses, civic groups, schools and individuals–utilize the resources and tools they provide to help meet the needs of Veterans at the local level.
The Palatine Township motto reads "People Helping People" and their services revolve around helping residents. Palatine Township works with a number of villages to supply the services that the villages are not structured to support. Palatine Township is a 36 square mile area located in northwest Cook County and is one of the most heavily populated townships in Illinois with 113,000 residents. The borders of the Township are Lake Cook Road, Huntington Road, Central Road and Wilke Road. Residents living in all or part of the following communities are a part of Palatine Township… Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Inverness, Arlington Heights, Hoffman Estates, Barrington, South Barrington and Schaumburg.
Palatine Township holds their monthly board meeting on the fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 PM at the Palatine Township offices on Quentin Road in Palatine. For further information on Palatine Township write to the Palatine Township Center 721 S. Quentin Road, Palatine, IL 60067, call 847.358.6700 or visit palatinetownship-il.gov.