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The New Trier Township Podcast

Need some good news? Listen to a podcast that interviews experts and illustrates the community strengthening outcomes of township government programs.New Trier Township (Winnetka, Illinois) serves the physical, mental and social well being of resident's along the North Shore in Illinois. We're not waiting for better days ahead, we're making a difference-right now.

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New Trier Township Podcast Episode 42-Doctor Scott Mitchell on the Mental Health Counseling Stigma and Life Post COVID-19

May is Mental Health Awareness month, and we visit with the Reverend, Doctor Scott Mitchell of SamaraCare, an Illinois-based 501c3 mental health service provider and township grantee. Doctor Mitchell shares his thoughts on building public awareness about mental illness to reduce the negative stigma regarding seeking treatment. Hear this leading expert’s view on the impacts of COVID-19 on everyone’s mental health and what it will be like to reacclimate to the workplace as the pandemic declines. To learn more about SamaraCare visit www.samaracarecounseling.org


13 May 2021

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New Trier Township Podcast Episode 41 Christine Somervill-NAMI

Christine Somervill Executive Director of Programs at theNational Alliance on Mental Illness of NorthSuburban Cook County (NAMI) joins Jack Macholl to discuss their advocacy work supporting people facing mental illness. Christine shares insights on their programs, including community education, support groups, classes for parents and community organizations that want to learn more about mental illness. Township grants, foundations and donors make this important work possible free of charge. For more information visit https://namiccns.org


25 Feb 2021

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New Trier Township Podcast Episode 40-Maureen McDonnell Peer Services

The first call one makes for help takes courage, these words from Maureen McDonnell Executive Director of Peer Services, an Evanston Illinois based community substance abuse and prevention treatment services organization are heard in her interview with Jack Macholl on episode 40 of the New Trier Township Podcast. They discuss the global pandemic of 2020/21 and how this situation is impacting adolescents and young adults trying to cope with the problems created by substance abuse. If you know someone in need of help, or wish to support their mission of education, prevention and treatment, visit PeerServices.org  


19 Feb 2021

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New Trier Township Podcast Episode 39 Melissa Versch-LIHEAP

The pandemic of 2020 has added financial hardship to many families in New Trier Township. Some are now faced with a "heat or eat" decision. Melissa Versch of the North Shore Senior Center in Northfield Illinois speaks with Jack Macholl about the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The Senior Center works with CEDA to help people from all over Cook County Illinois who need utility bill payment assistance. Please visit www.cedaorg.net/Pre-App  to complete an online application. Residents of New Trier Township who are facing economic difficulty are encouraged to phone Jeanne Winsted Rosser, Township Social Worker at (847) 446-8201. Emergency financial assistance, food pantry service and access to social services through township grantees are available to income qualified individuals/families.


15 Dec 2020

Rank #4

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The New Trier Township Podcast Episode 38-Maribeth Stein-Medicare Part D

New Trier Township hosted a Medicare Part D open enrollment forum on October 22, 2020. Maribeth Stein, Outreach Coordinator/Constituent Advocate for Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky presented as part of the township’s Educational Forum series. The presentation deck is available at the township's website: Medicare Part D 2021 Presentation


26 Oct 2020

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New Trier Township Podcast Episode 37 Joe Coughlin-Local Journalism

The Coronavirus pandemic of 2020 essentially closed down most American businesses by late March. One casualty was the local newspapers along the North Shore area in Illinois. Can dedicated local news "2.0" return with sweat equity and a Kickstarter campaign? Learn how Joe Coughlin and his colleagues intend to do just that on episode 37 of the New Trier Township Podcast hosted by Jack Macholl.


5 Aug 2020

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New Trier Township Podcast Episode 36 Nareen Kim -Housing Law

Life during a pandemic and a reeling global economy is surely enough for all of us to cope with, but eviction or foreclosure added to the mix? How do working people at risk of losing their residence face this paradox and maintain stability? Nareen Kim of the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic shares her legal expertise on episode 36 of the New Trier Township Podcast hosted by Jack Macholl.


1 Aug 2020

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New Trier Township Podcast Episode 35 Darrin Utynek-Bernie's Book Bank

Bernie’s Book Bank collects and distributes new and gently used books to help bridge the reading readiness divide. The pandemic of 2020 has not discouraged the devoted staff, who sans volunteers have pivoted, changed procedures, and forged strategic partnerships to distribute over 300,000 books since the shutdown in mid-March. Hear an inspiring interview with Darrin Utynek, CEO of Bernie’s Book Bank on episode 35 of the New Trier Township Podcast, hosted by Jack Macholl.


27 May 2020

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New Trier Township Podcast Episode 34-Barbara Tubekis-Volunteering Safely During A Pandemic

A shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is a problem across America. Barb Tubekis and the Volunteer Center of Northeast Metro Chicago are working with residents who are sewing masks, delivering meals, and being pen pals to help group homes stay safe during the pandemic. Hear the full story about  safe volunteer opportunities during the pandemic on episode 34 of our podcast hosted by Jack Macholl.


5 May 2020

Rank #9

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NTT Podcast Episode 33 Emily Schnell -Youth Services During COVID-19

Being a pre-teen or high school student is difficult enough. Add a pandemic with shelter in place orders and keeping youth occupied is a major challenge. Emily Schnell of the Warming House Youth Center (Wilmette, Illinois, USA) talks with Jack Macholl on episode 33 of the New Trier Township Podcast.   


23 Apr 2020

Rank #10